Five candidates will vie for two seats on the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees in the April 8 election. Candidates for the Subdistrict 1 seat include Theodis Brown Sr., chief of the Castlepoint Fire Protection Association; and Redditt Hudson, the regional field organizer for Region IV of the NAACP.
Candidates for the Subdistrict 4 seat include the incumbent, Libby Fitzgerald, retired associate professor in counseling at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park; Rodney Gee, principal for financial advisor diversity performance for Edward Jones; and Daniel Henderson, president of Henderson’s Electric LLC. (Candidate bios are attached).
Subdistrict 1 includes the Hazelwood, Ferguson/Florissant, Riverview Gardens, Jennings, Pattonville, Ritenour, University City, Normandy, Clayton and Ladue school districts.
Subdistrict 4 includes the school districts of Parkway, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Rockwood, Valley Park, Meramec Valley, Hancock Place and small portions of Jefferson and Franklin counties.
The winners will serve full six-year terms.
Meet the Candidates
Theodis Brown Sr. of north St. Louis County currently is the chief of the Castlepoint Fire Protection Association and also a trustee of the Castlepoint Community Association. He ran unsuccessfully for the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees in 1994, 1996, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2012.
A St. Ferdinand Township committeeman, Brown is listed in the International Biographical Centre’s Outstanding People of the 21st Century and in the 30th edition of Who’s Who of American Law. He also publishes St. Louis Private Eye Magazine. Brown graduated from the St. LouisPoliceAcademy in 1970 and formerly served as the chief of police and fire marshal in Kinloch. He is a member of the Missouri Peace Officers Association, the Missouri State Investigators Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the St. Louis Police Veterans Association. He graduated from the St. Louis FireAcademy in 1978 and is a member of the Fire Marshal Association of Missouri. A free-lance paralegal, Brown also is a member of the National Paralegal Association.
Brown is married with five grown children.
Redditt Hudson is the regional field organizer for Region IV of the NAACP. He was formerly the political action chair for the Executive Committee of the NAACP St. Louis City Branch. Before working with the NAACP, he was a program associate for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri.
Hudson is also a former St. Louis police officer. He left the force in 1999 to focus on addressing systemic problems in the criminal justice system and improving the police/community relationship. Seeking to address all of the fractures in the police/community relationship, in 2000 he co-founded Project PEACE, an organization working with educators, students and parents to address gang violence prevention and intervention in communities and schools, while promoting individual and community responsibility and accountability.
Hudson sat on the U.S. Attorneys Hate Crimes Task Force in St. Louis. He continues to be an advocate for affordable quality. He has been a regular media commentator on community issues, and he has traveled the country speaking at national conferences and keynoting other events. Hudson lives in Florissant with his wife Hope, who is a registered nurse, and his daughters Lauryn and Faith, who both are students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.
Eleftheria “Libby” Fitzgerald of Chesterfield is a retired associate professor in counseling at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park. She previously has served as the board’s chair and vice chair. She was elected to the board in 2008.
Fitzgerald served two terms as president of the JCD-NEA. She has received several awards for service to STLCC and students, including the Forest Park President’s Star Award in 1995 and the President’s WOW Award in 2004. She was recognized by the college’s board of trustees in 1999 for students’ cultural enhancement, and was nominated by students for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Teachers in America in 1993. She also earned the Forest Park campus Innovation of the Year Award in 1997.
Fitzgerald has served both as president and vice president of local chapter of the Daughters of Epirus, which promotes academic excellence and scholarship among young women, and also supports philanthropic issues both in the United States and Greece. She also was a board member of the Ponepiotic Federation of America, a group that defends human rights for the Greek ethnic minority in Albania. In 2008, Fitzgerald received the Athena Award, an award sponsored by UMSL and the Hellenic Spirit Foundation, for contributions, leadership, commitment to education, philanthropy, arts and community service.
Fitzgerald holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her bachelor’s degree in psychology is from Saint Louis University.
Rodney Gee is a principal for financial advisor diversity performance for Edward Jones. He joined the company in 2000 as a department leader for the human resources function for the Information Systems division, with responsibilities including IS training and the day-to-day recruitment, benefits and compensation administration and management of more than 1,000 associates.
Prior to his current position, Gee served as director of human resources for Edward Jones’ Service division.
He was named a principal in the firm in 2002. Gee was formerly director of staffing at Monsanto. He also was the director of human resources for Monsanto’s Roundup business unit, genomics technology and corporate research groups. Prior to that time, he was a regional sales manager for Motorola’s marketing, training and development, and staffing organizations.
Gee serves as the president of the St. Louis Community College Foundation Board of Directors. He has been a member of the foundation board for nine years. He serves on the boards of Employment Connection and RX Outreach. He also serves on the advisory board of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s advisory board.
In 2013 Gee received STLCC’s Honorary Degree Award. He also is the recipient of the 2013 Corporate Executive of the Year Award from the St. Louis American Foundation.
Gee earned a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in marketing from Central Missouri State University in 1981 and completed a master’s degree in human resource development from Webster University in 2002.
Daniel Henderson is president of Henderson’s Electric LLC. He is a first-time candidate for public office.
Henderson has served in his present role for the past four years. He previously served as an electrician for St. Louis Public Schools, as well as three years as a lead maintenance mechanic at St. Louis Community College.
“I am a former student at St. Louis Community College, and am seeking a seat on the board of trustees to ensure that STLCC remains a thriving force of higher education,” he said.
Henderson is a volunteer for Kids Against Hunger Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters, KaBOOM and Habitat for Humanity.
Henderson earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Webster University in 2000. He also earned journeyman wireman certification at the Joint Apprenticeship Training Center for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Local 1 in 2005.