Building Futures Board of Directors
Executive Director, is an architect; builder; sustainable designer; furniture and cabinet maker; designed and built one of the first sustainable homes in St. Louis; Sierra Club leader for field trips abroad to do land conservation work; leader of camping outings for inner-city teens; Teacher of design-build courses for high school students. Frank is a founder of Building Futures and full-time employee of Building Futures. As an employee, Frank attends and participants in all board meetings but is not a voting member.
Board Chairman architect; full-time Senior Lecturer at Washington University School of Architecture teaching courses on architectural design, design process, and service learning courses for schools in the city of St. Louis; author of many 2-d & 3-d hands-on problem-solving projects with sustainable design and the process of lateral thinking as underlying themes. Gay is a founder of Building Futures and oversees the curriculum.
Senior manager for International Solutions of Boeing’s Learning, Training & Development organization. Holston graduated from Princeton University with a BS degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering. In 2007, he completed the executive MBA joint international program of the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and the Wissenschaftliche Hochschule fur Unternehmensfuhrung (WHU) in Germany. He is a University City High School graduate and an alum of Inroads and M.I.T.E.S. He has been with Boeing for twenty-five years and is a resident of Old North. In addition to serving on our board, he volunteers to work with our students on Saturdays. He serves on the Board for Confluence Academy Charter School. His concern for underprivileged youth is evidenced by his efforts.
Susan J. Reid
A career educator with twenty years of education experience. Susan currently serves as the Principal of Compton-Drew Investigative Learning Center Middle School. She has served the children of St. Louis Public Schools as a middle school principal for nine years and as a classroom teacher for eight years during which time she obtained two Masters Degrees in the field. Prior to becoming a principal in St. Louis Public Schools, she served for one year as a literacy coach in Memphis City Schools and one year as a program director at The Bodine School for children with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.
An organic farmer; ecologist; cabinet maker; sculptor; metalworker; furniture designer; sustainable designer and currently builder of his home and studio; implements new uses for recycled materials in building scale design. His skill as a sculptor and metalworker and concern for young people is invaluable in developing new curriculum. Paul is a founder of Building Futures.
A teacher in the St. Louis Public Schools for fifteen years, she is currently teaching second grade at Shaw School, St. Louis Public Schools. Angela is a recipient of the “Pettus Award” for teaching excellence. She is a passionate advocate for the present and future of our youth.
Proud Father of three children, he has successfully raised all three in the St. Louis Schools system. Two of his children have participated in Building Futures programs over the last three years. Anthony is retired military and post office. Anthony volunteers frequently to work with our young people in addition to serving as a board member. He has been teaching Building Futures students since our founding in 2012 and is always there when we need a hand.
Karl Grice, FAIA
An architect with a Master’s degree in architecture and social work, and founding Principal of Grice Group Architects in St. Louis. He has over 35 years of experience as an Architect. As an avid local architectural history buff, Karl combines this knowledge with current design techniques to provide a unique approach to modern planning that blends with any neighborhood. Karl is the recipient of several prestigious awards, the most recent being Saint Louis Historical Preservation Society’s Award of Excellence, as well as receiving his third consecutive Architect of the Year Award.
Kevin M. Mixon
Project Manager, India, and has been at Boeing for 14 years. He has a BS in electrical engineering, Project Management Certificate, and an MBA. Kevin is currently the President of the National Society of Black Engineers St. Louis Aerospace Alumni Chapter. He has taken a leadership role at Boeing in the mentorship program that reaches out to the community to promote STEM learning and has coordinated several robotics programs at Hazelwood East High School.
Susan Pruchnicki, FAIA
Susan is a principal at Bond Architects in St. Louis, Missouri. Bond Architects focuses on educational, municipal and commercial projects throughout the St. Louis metro region. Susan’s specialty is creating environments that contribute dramatically to a facility’s functionality, working atmosphere and historical accuracy.
Jay Reeves, AIA, LEED BD+C
Jay brings a rich experience to Building Futures as an architect, a designer, a maker, a teacher, and a builder. He is a long time St Louis City resident and is a practicing architect at SPACE Architects + Designers + Builders. Jay began his architectural training at Drury University. While there, he received a Bachelor of Architecture, Minors in Art History and Global studies, and began his own Design+Build business. Since then, he has lived and practiced in Maine, Guatemala, and St. Louis earning multiple local and national design awards for his design work, collaboration with the trades, and design-build installations. Jay’s daughters Sophia and Maya both attend Building Futures. During our Saturday sessions, you can find Jay sharing his love for teaching and making with Building Futures students, often introducing new projects to the curriculum.
Jusean attended Missouri University of Science and Technology, one of the highest accredited universities in the state, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management with a minor in Civil Engineering. While in school, he was an accomplished track and field athlete, which resulted in numerous awards including the "All-American" title in hurdles for two years. His passion for building landed him the occupation of Project Engineer with the Paric Corporation construction firm, which granted him the privilege to help manage the construction of the soon to be 8th tallest building in St. Louis. As his devotion and commitment for building progressed, so did his love to be involved in the community by targeting and positively impacting the youth. This led him to the Building Futures non-profit organization, where he was able to do both. In addition, he also served as a varsity track and field coach in his former high school, where he led 5 student-athletes to state finals. Lastly, his involvement with his local church introduced him into becoming a member of the Young Professional's Board for Catholic Charities.