BUILDING FUTURES TEAM
Deja Blue Bio
BRAYON CALVIN Bio
CHRISTINA DECLUE Bio
Working for Building Futures has allowed Christina to continue to feed her passion of giving back to St. Louis youth in a unique and rewarding way. The meaningful exchange of lifelong skills taught to children in their formative years excites her because she knows that each child that participates in Building Futures programs leaves with a fresh outlook life, and the opportunity to succeed.
Christina is motivated by the knowledge that at the end of every day, the lessons she has taught each child give them the ability to change trajectory of their lives and enhance their relationships. And that is her true purpose.
MATTHEW ROELEVELD Bio
Director of Programming/Founder
FRANK LORBERBAUM Bio
Frank 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 a full-time employee. As an employee, Frank attends and participates in all board meetings but is not a voting member.
Interim Executive Director
ANDREW THORP Bio
For 15 years, Andrew serves as Executive Director of the Miriam Foundation, a St. Louis nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with learning disabilities and their families. As Executive Director he was responsible for growth and all organizational functions including the acquisition/allocation of funding, strategic planning, and management of a 100+-member staff.
Early in his career Andrew served as both an agriculture volunteer and a Regional Representative for the U.S. Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa. For 10 years, he also held various positions with the Coro Leadership Center including Director of the Coro Fellows Program, Training Director, Associate Executive Director and ultimately Executive Director.
Andrew holds a Master of Public Administration from the American University School of Public Affairs and a BA in history from The College of Wooster.