Building Futures Board of Directors
Board President is a retired executive from the design and construction industry having served fifty-seven years in management with design/build general contracting firms. Ron currently has a non-profit consulting firm where he mentors numerous minority contractors in the St. Louis marketplace. He also founded PEOPLE in 2013 which exists to unite minority contractors with majority contractors for the purpose of “mixing” it up, knowing each other, trusting each other, and ultimately working with each other. Ron has been active on several boards including serving as Chairman of the AGC Construction Careers Center Charter High School. Ron also co-chairs our Fundraising Committee.
Board Vice President, attended Missouri University of Science and Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. He was an accomplished track and field athlete, which resulted in numerous awards including the "All-American" title in hurdles for two years. Jusean is a Project Engineer with the Paric Corporation construction firm. As his devotion and commitment to building progressed, so did his love to be involved in the community by targeting and positively impacting underprivileged youth. This passion led him to the Building where he is able to do both. He is also a member of the Young Professional's Board for Catholic Charities. Jusean helps teach Building Futures Saturday workshops every week. Jusean was also honored as one of the “Top 30 Under 30 in St. Louis” in 2018.
Founder – Board Secretary, architect, psychologist, 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 hundreds of 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 develops and oversees all curriculum.
Susan J. Reid
Board Treasurer is a career educator with twenty years of education experience, who is 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's Degrees in the field. Prior to becoming a principal in St. Louis Public Schools, she was for one year a literacy coach in Memphis City Schools and for one year a program director at The Bodine School for children with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.
Founder Chief Executive Officer, 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.
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.
Angela’s teaching experience allows her to provide valuable criticism of current and future curriculum.
Paul Krautmann, Founder
An organic farmer; ecologist; cabinet maker; sculptor; metalworker; furniture designer; sustainable designer and 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 shares his wealth of knowledge of organic gardening with many local community gardens. Paul provides his expertise in the selection and installation of new equipment.
Barbara A. Geisman, J.D.
As the former Executive Director for Development under Saint Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Barbara spent nearly a decade managing all aspects of the Mayor's economic development policy. She left the Mayor's office in 2010 to attend law school at Washington University. For dozens of large-scale projects involving urban planning, federal grants, and tax incentives, Barbara negotiated development strategies and multimillion-dollar budgets while solving a variety of logistical problems, all so developments could successfully advance. She is a licensed architect with more than 40 years of experience in community development.
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. She offers a track record of consistently on-time, on-budget projects that exceed client expectations. Sue also co-chairs the Fundraising Committee.
Ken Kranzberg, chairman of TricorBraun, a leader in the packaging industry, Mr. Kranzberg’s philanthropic efforts helped transform St. Louis’ Grand Center into a vibrant area with the couple’s funding of the Kranzberg Arts Center, the new Marcelle Theatre, and many other initiatives. In old North St. Louis, they rescued a dilapidated building to create Northside Workshop, an art space dedicated to addressing the area’s cultural and community issues.
Mr. Kranzberg sits on the Sam Fox School National Council at Washington University. Over the years, he has received numerous honors, including the 2007 Jane and Whitney Harris St. Louis Community Service Award and a 2015 St. Louis Arts Award for Excellence in Philanthropy from the Arts and Education Council.
Past Board President - is an emerging entrepreneur in North St. Louis after a 28-year career at Boeing/ McDonnell-Douglas. Most recently he was the senior manager of learning, training and development supporting international employees, customers, and the international vice president for human resources and business development. Holston lived in Europe for 8 years and held site leadership roles in operations, quality, and aerospace supplier development. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical aerospace engineering from Princeton University and a MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School and Wissenschaftliche Hochschule fur Unternehmensfuhrung (WHU) in Germany. He is a University City High School graduate and an alum of Inroads, M.I.T.E.S., and the Developing Engineering Students program at McD-D. In addition to serving on our board, he volunteers to work with our students on Saturdays. He also serves as Board Treasurer of Confluence Academies Charter Schools. His concern for underprivileged youth is evidenced by his major service efforts.
Tom Peterson, AIA, LEED BD+C Principal Mackey Mitchell
Tom divides his work at Mackey Mitchell between designing and managing renovation projects and leading the firm’s technology research, development, and implementation. Tom’s personal passion to instill the “why” habit into young people and teach them how to make things with their hands has lead him to Building Futures. He is a welcome addition to our team.
Jay Reeves, AIA, LEED BD+C
Past Board Vice President, 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 received a Bachelor of Architecture at Drury University. While there, he began his own Design+Build business. He has lived and practiced in Maine, Guatemala, and St. Louis where has earned multiple local and national design awards for his design work, collaboration with the trades, and design build installations. 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. Jay also chairs the Long Range Planning Committee
Anthony Lemons, Executive Director
Prior to joining Building Futures, Anthony Lemons is a native of St. Louis and has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years. That experience allows me to offer exceptional expertise in program development and administration for youth and young adults. With a master’s degree in Learning Technologies, I most recently served as Director of Programs and Placement for a national nonprofit entity. During that time I worked closely with non-profit organizations and corporate partners to develop quality Workforce Development programming for young adults ages 18-25 years old. I have been very involved in the St. Louis community serving as volunteer coordinator at St. Vincent Community Center and the local boys and girls club. As a father, I love sports and enjoy spending time with my two sons camping and coaching basketball.
I also enjoy reading in my spare time. My favorite book is Good To Great by Jim Collins. It has heavily influenced my decision making, particularly strategic thinking, and to great effect.