Board of Directors
Dr. Ollie C. Fisher – President
Ollie Fisher began his professional career as a Chemical Engineer for Monsanto. He returned to Washington University and received his dental degree in 1977. He practiced in public health prior to starting a private dental practice with his wife, Dr. Perdita Jay Fisher. Dr. Fisher is a retired Navy Captain, and decorated veteran of the Gulf War. He has served on numerous boards including the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Better Family Life, and Support A Child/A Better World. Dr. Fisher has served as President of the St. Louis Dental Society, ADA and MDA Delegate, and Board President of the Missouri Board of Health and Senior Services. Dr. Fisher is a former Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Delta Dental Missouri, and Campaign Co-chair for the Dental Health Theatre, Health Works! Project.
C. Christopher Lee – Vice-President
Chris Lee graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, followed by a 40-year career in print communications, public and community relations, and non-profit consulting and management. Chris spent 23 years at AT&T working in a variety of positions, most notably as Director of External Affairs guiding the company’s philanthropic programs in Missouri. During this time, he developed a multi-million-dollar competitive grants program to expand technology access for K-12 schools across the state; coordinated a joint project with the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Education to train teachers how to best utilize technology in the classroom; and supervised the piloting of advanced technology designed to improve student outcomes. After departing AT&T, Chris established a consulting firm to assist non-profit organizations with strategic planning and fundraising, which later led to his assuming leadership positions with the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation (SLPSF). He spent eight years at the Foundation serving as its Vice President-Operations and Executive Director. Following his retirement from SLPSF in 2013, Chris co-authored a book on African-American entrepreneurship and continues to assist aspiring authors in reviewing and editing their manuscripts. Chris has served on numerous community boards including Community Women Against Hardship, Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, The Miriam Foundation, Jazz St. Louis, Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy, and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Dr. Perdita J. Fisher – Treasurer
Dr. Fisher is a native of Atlanta, Georgia having received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She continued her education at Washington University in St. Louis where she received her dental degree in 1979. She has practiced in public health, prisons, and school settings in addition to starting a private dental practice with her husband Dr. Ollie C. Fisher. Dr. Fisher has studied Nutrition and incorporates total wellness into her dental practice. Dr. Perdita Jay Fisher currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserves where she has attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She has served on numerous boards including the National Dental Association, Missouri Foundation for Health, Delta Dental Health Works Theatre, Better Family Life, and Support A Child/A Better World. Dr. Fisher is the author of “From Pregnancy to Childhood, A Parent’s Guide to Good Dental Habits” and “A Woman’s Guide to a Healthier New You”. She can often be found in area schools teaching children and educators about the importance of good oral health and healthy lifestyles. Perdita is passionate about reducing dental health disparities in underserved communities as well as giving back to her community.
Dr. Alandrea P. Stewart, MEd., NCC – Secretary
Dr. Alandrea P. Stewart serves as the Executive Director for Communications and Marketing at Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU). Dr. Stewart has more than ten years of experience in K-12 and higher education, having served as an administrator, program director, program coordinator, counselor, advisor, mentor, and adjunct instructor.
Dr. Stewart began her career at Harris-Stowe State University in 2016 as a student success coach in the Office of Student Support Services. She has also served the institution as director of Student Support Services and acting Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
Her key accomplishments include rebranding of the university’s Communications and Marketing department; establishing the university’s presence on social media; developing the university’s new slogan, “Change Happens Here;” and reestablishing the university’s Foundation. Before coming to HSSU, Stewart worked as Lead School Counselor at Soldan International Studies High School in the St. Louis Public Schools where she provided student support in the areas of academic achievement, personal and social development, and career development. She has also worked at St. Louis Community College as a Senior Project Associate, Student Support Specialist, and Program Coordinator. The St. Louis American Young Leader award and Delux Magazine Women Who Inspire award are two of countless accolades that Dr. Stewart has received for her involvement in the community and commitment to education. She is a 2017 Higher Education Leadership Foundation Fellow, an active member of the Xi Zeta Graduate Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Fisher Family Scholarship Fund Board of Directors, and Jackson State University National Alumni Association. Dr. Stewart earned her a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Jackson State University. She holds a Master of Arts in Sports Management from Lindenwood University and a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Stewart earned her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a strong advocate and believer in the idea that “Education Changes Lives”.
Judy Ferguson Shaw, MEd. – Member
Mrs. Judy Ferguson Shaw holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Harris Teacher’s College and a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary School Guidance and Counseling from Northeast Missouri State University. After serving 34 years in public education, Mrs. Shaw retired as Guidance and Counseling Department Chair at McCluer North High School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. During her working years, she founded the McCluer North High School Colleges & Universities/Historically Black Colleges and Universities Tour Program, which introduced high school and middle school students to higher education campuses. Mrs. Shaw is a former elected official of the City of Berkeley. While serving as an elected official, she was a member of the National League of Cities Board of Directors and served on other committees. Currently, Mrs. Shaw is the Grade A for Change (GAFC) Political Action Committee Campaign Manager and Treasurer. Additionally, she is the Advisor to the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.-Alpha Zeta Chapter Future Iota Leaders (FIL) Youth Program. She also serves as chair of both its Scholarship Program and its Local National Essay Contest. Mrs. Shaw is passionate about education and the electoral process.
Jennifer H. Fisher, Esq. – Member
Jennifer H. Fisher is currently a principle in the Law Offices of Jennifer H. Fisher, LLC. During her more than 30 years in the practice of law she has served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, Assistant St. Louis City Counselor and has served as outside counsel for various entities including the St. Louis Board of Education, Ford Motor Company, Shell Oil Company and State Farm Insurance Companies. Jennifer has also served as general counsel to several businesses with real estate holdings and hotel properties throughout the Midwest. Jennifer is not only committed to serving her clients but the greater community as well. She has served on numerous boards and commissions including the St. Louis Zoo and Museum District, The Scholarship Foundation, City of St. Louis Port Authority, City of St. Louis Industrial Development Authority and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (Edward Jones Dome). In addition to her private practice Jennifer has served as a Municipal Judge for more than thirteen years. She is currently serving as a Judge in several St. Louis County Circuit Court-Municipal Divisions.
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