Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation
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Trustee Profiles

Spencer Burke is Executive Vice President and Director of the St Louis Trust Company which manages more than 2 billion of assets for 35 families.    Spencer worked for many years at A. G. Edwards & Sons in St Louis before it was consumed by Wachovia and subsequently by Wells Fargo.  

Employment History

            Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Finance A.G. Edwards Inc.

            Chairman of the Capital Formation Committee of Technology Gateway, and Managing Director Investment Baking A.G. Edwards Inc.

            Executive A.G. Edwards Inc.

            Elected Board Chair MICDS

Board Memberships and Affiliations

          Board Member The St. Louis Trust Company

            Board Member Network

            Board of Trustees Member MICDS


  •   BS in economics from University of Pennsylvania
  •   JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School


William "Bill" Polk is Managing Partner of the Security, Defense and Technology lending practice within Egis Capital Partner's Commercial and Specialty Finance business. He has more than 20 years of experience in security industry debt and equity investments.

Employment History

Managing Director, Capital One

           Co-Founder and President, SLP Capital

            Senior Consultant AAI, Boston

            Lending Officer, Chemical Bank, NYC

  • BA from U of Virginia
  • MBA from Harvard University

 Board Memberships and Affiliations

Board of Trustees Vice Chairman - Mary Institute Country Day School (MICDS)

        Board of Trustees Member - University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars Foundation

        Board of Directors Member - Colorado Outdoor Education Center

Marian "Bo" Mehan  is Co-Chair of the estate planning department of Lewis, Rice & Fingerish in St Louis.  She has more than 20 years experience in advising clients on their estate planning, wealth transfer planning and estate and trust administration.

Professional Affiliations and Board Memberships (abbreviated)

               American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

               Missouri and Illinois Bar

               Board, Access Academy 
Member, Board of Governors, Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Foundation

  • BS in Nursing from Saint Louis University
  • St Mary's College of Notre Dame, Rome Campus
  • JD from Saint Louis University School of Law

Rebecca Blankenship is the Director of the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation, and its Assistant Secretary.  
"Becki" worked in associa
tion with EMF long-time board chair, Mr Oliver Langenberg, at A. G. Edwards as an
Investment Advisor, and continued in that capacity after its acquisition by Wachovia and then Wells Fargo.  She
has been the administrative backbone of the EMF for over 25 years.



Tom Cori is the retired Chairman of Sigma-Aldrich an international provider of scientific services and products.
He has been a Trustee of the EMJrF for over 25 years.


Professional Affiliations and Board Memberships (abbreviated)

            Director, Zygogen, LLC
Trustee, Carnegie Institution, Washington, DC


  • Washington University, St Louis  B.S.
  • Washington University, St Louis, PhD  Chemistry

Stuart Kornfeld, MD is the  David C. and Betty Farrell Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Physician Scientist Training Program at Washington University. 


  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, AB
  • Washington University, St Louis, MD   

 Professional Affiliations and Board Memberships (abbreviated)

            American Society for Clinical Investigation
            American Society of Biological Chemists
            American Society of Hematology
            Association of American Physicians
            Foreign member, Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters

Alan L. Schwartz, MD, PhD,  is the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine and Pediatrician-in-Chief at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, positions he has held for 20 years.   He is a physician-scientist whose research focuses on receptor biology and protein targeting and degradation.

  • Case Western Reserve University, BA, Ph.D., M.D.
  • Boston Children's Hospital  - Residency / Fellowship
  • Dana Farber Cancer Inst - Residency / Fellowship
  • Harvard Medical School - Residency / Fellowship
  • University of Helsinki, Finland - Research Fellowship                                                 
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand - Research Fellowship
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Research Fellowship

Professional Affiliations and Board Memberships (abbreviated)
        Case Western Reserve University - Board of Trustees
        St. Louis Children's Hospital - Board of Trustees
        University of Helsinki, Finland - Scientific Advisory Board
        Doris Duke Charitable Foundation -  Medical Advisory Board

Lila Solnica-Krezel, Ph.D.,  is the Professor and Head of the Department of Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine.  


  • University of Warsaw, Poland, MS
  • University of Wisconsin, Ph.D.
  • Harvard Medical School

Professional Affiliations and Board Memberships (abbreviated)

        Faculty of 1000 - Member
        Developmental Biology - Editorial Board
        Developmental Cell - Editorial Board
        Developmental Dynamics - Associate Editor
        Pew Scholar Award
        Basil O'Connor Award - March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Aaron DiAntonio, MD, Ph.D.,  is the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine.  


  • Harvard University
  • Cambridge University, England, MS
  • Stanford University, MD, Ph.D.
  • U. of CA - Berkeley

    Professional Affiliations and Board Memberships (abbreviated)
        Synapses, Cytoskeleton, and Trafficking Study Section of NIH - Chair
        Neural Development - Editorial Board
        Neuroscience Section of the Faculty of 1000 - Member
        Children's Discovery Institute - Scientific Advisory Board