Board of Directors

Dr. Ollie Beniyah Fisher DMD, FICD, FACDPresident
C. Christopher (Chris) LeeVice-President
Dr. Perdita Jay FisherTreasurer
Dr. Alandrea P. Stewart, Ed.D, NCCSecretary
Judy Ferguson Shaw, MEd.Member
Jennifer H. Fisher, Esq.Member

Dr. Ollie Beniyah Fisher DMD, FICD, FACD – President

Ollie Fisher began his professional career as a Chemical Engineer for Monsanto Chemical Company after graduating from Washing University in St. Louis, Missouri. He returned to Washington University and received his dental degree in 1977. After dental school Dr. Fisher began practicing dentistry in the area of 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 Delta Dental of Missouri. 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 currently serves as Director of Quality Assurance for Gateway to Oral Health Foundation a free in-school dental service and is President/CEO of Ghan Eden Agriculture & Ecology Enterprise. He manages the Eco-Park at Agua Clara and oversees the Seeding Youth to Success project both headquartered in Belize, Central America.

C. Christopher (Chris) Lee – Vice-President

C. Christopher 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 Jay 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 a private dental practice with her husband Dr. Ollie C. Fisher. Dr. Fisher has studied Nutrition and incorporates total wellness into her dental practice. She is a Certified Fitness and Nutrition Specialist and a Mental Wellness and Health Advocate. Dr. Perdita Jay Fisher is a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. She has served on numerous boards including the National Dental Association as an Officer, Missouri Foundation for Health, Delta Dental Health Works Theatre and Better Family Life. Dr. Fisher is an accomplished author having published several books including “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. Dr. Fisher is passionate about reducing dental health disparities in underserved communities as well as giving back to her community.

Dr. Alandrea P. Stewart, Ed.D, NCC – Secretary

Dr. Alandrea P. Stewart, Ed.D., serves as the Vice President and Chief of Staff at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri. She holds an educational doctorate in higher education leadership from Maryville University, complemented by master's degrees from Lindenwood University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University. Prior to her appointment at Harris-Stowe State University, Dr. Stewart served as Lead School Counselor in the St. Louis Public Schools District and as a Program Coordinator at St. Louis Community College.

Outside of her professional commitments, Dr. Stewart remains deeply engaged in various community and organizational endeavors. She is a member of the Xi Zeta Graduate Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Fisher Family Scholarship Fund Board of Directors, charter member of the Gateway Metropolitan Section of the NCNW, and proudly maintains her lifetime membership with the Jackson State University National Alumni Association.

Dr. Stewart's dedication to educational equity and community involvement has not gone unnoticed, earning her prestigious accolades such as the St. Louis American Young Leader Award, Delux Magazine’s Power 100 in Education Award, and the "Women Who Inspire Award" from Delux Magazine. She was also recognized among Hot 104.1 “The Hot 28 Celebrating 28 Influential Natives” for her impactful contributions to the community. Dr. Stewart is a distinguished Higher Education Leadership Foundation Fellow and an alumna of the American Academic Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Academy, demonstrating her ongoing commitment to professional growth and leadership excellence.

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. Additionally, she is the former Advisor to the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Alpha Zeta Chapter Future Iota Leaders (FIL) Youth Program. She also served as chair of both its Scholarship Program and its Local National Essay Contest. Currently, Mrs. Shaw is the Grade A for Change (GAFC) Political Action Committee Campaign Manager and Treasurer. She is also the Spirit of love Church Clerk. Mrs. Shaw is enthusiastic about education and the electoral process. She has two daughters, both with doctoral degrees, and are politically active.

Jennifer H. Fisher, Esq. – Member

Attorney Jennifer H. Fisher is currently a principle in the Law Offices 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 (The Dome). In addition to her private practice Jennifer served as Municipal Judge in the St. Louis area for more than seventeen years.

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