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The People Behind the Organization

Hi-Tech Charities Board of Directors meets quarterly for the purpose of providing input for the organization’s service delivery and to develop initiatives that promote awareness regarding the stigma associated with mental illness. The Board advises, plans, monitors and advocates on behalf of service consumers. Any consumers or family member is eligible for Board membership. The Board meets quarterly and is open to all consumers or family member. Attendees may address the Board regarding any issue involving the delivery of service or any issue effecting their health or wellbeing.

The Board officers include the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer who are elected annually. An Executive member of the staff serves as a representative/advisory member of the Board. A quarterly consumer report is presented at each meeting of the Board.  Anyone wishing to join the Board or gain more information about the Board may contact any of the Hi-Tech Charities  offices/locations for application process:


St. Louis Office:
5920 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112
Ph: 314-389-5737; Fax: 314-382-1660

Irondale Office:
104 South Hickory Street, Irondale, MO 63648
Phone: (573) 749-0260; Fax: (573) 749-0249


Francis Onukwue, MA, MBA, PhD

Francis Onukwue, MA, MBA, PhD

President/CEO, Operations and Programs Management, Corporate Management,

Strategic Corporate Development 


Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, BA, MBA

Senior Vice President, Operations


Chidimma Nwankwere

Chidimma Nwankwere, B.A.Ed., MHA

Vice President, Programs


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Erickson Smith, LCSW

Clinical Director - Clinical Management & Counseling 



Mrs. Stella Erondu

Retired Principal and Charter School Co-Founder

Board Chair


Mr. Christopher Worth

BFA, M.A, M.Ed., PhD student

Faculty at the University of Missouri St. Louis SUCCEED Program

Board Member


Ms. Claudette Bosley

Healthcare Worker

Board Member

Hi-Tech Charities has existed and served the community for over 23 years.  Over the years, some of our volunteers have retired and discontinued active civic service. We welcome applications from upstanding community members and stakeholders interested in becoming enthusiastic volunteers and board members. For more information, please submit your statement of interest to

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