President and Executive Director
Kevin is entering his fourth decade of nonprofit management. His career includes leadership roles in Wisconsin, Ohio and Missouri. Kevin has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Social Work, an MSSW and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. In each of his leadership positions, including his current role here at Provident, his vision has been to create a viable, relevant, mission-driven service mix that is accountable, sustainable, and inspirational. He is recognized as a person who collaborates well in the community, develops his team and is a strong fundraiser. Kevin has a particular passion for system advocacy, and has sparked successful statewide legislation in education, foster care and suicide prevention.
Administrator of Mary Ryder Home
Zack joined Provident in 2020. His responsibilities include the administration and regulatory oversight of Mary Ryder Home as well as leading a staff of 35 that includes skilled nurses, care staff, and administrative team. He has degrees in kinesiology and exercise science as well as biomedical science and has spent the majority of his professional career in geriatric care. He has a passion for working with seniors, specifically the underserved population.
Executive Assistant and Interim Human Resources Manager
Renee joined Provident as the executive assistant to the Chief Executive Office in April of 2008. She assists the executive director in effective day-to-day operations, which includes interacting with the Board of Directors and Advisory Council members, staff and community leaders She also provides support to the director of advancement and serves as the organization’s secretary. She is responsible for managing recruitment, benefits, performance management, and employee engagement.
Stephanie French, CPA
Director of Finance and Administration
Stephanie has been with Provident since 2011 and oversees all financial and accounting, facility, and technology-related functions. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from McKendree University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant through the State of Missouri. Prior to joining Provident, Stephanie was a tax manager specializing in not-for-profit tax compliance.
Lindsay Jeffries, LPC, CRC, CFTP
Director of Clinical Services
Lindsay has been with Provident since 2016 and is the first person to fill the newly-created Director of Clinical Services. She oversees the 67 people who make up Provident’s Life Crisis and Clinical teams. Under her leadership, staff members answer calls to the lifeline as well as see clients in the office.
Director of Advancement
Julie has served several valuable roles within Provident since joining the team in 2010. She began her career with the organization writing and managing grants, then served as the director of community engagement, where she worked with community partners and oversaw the Afterschool program. She was named the director of advancement in 2017 and will lead all fundraising efforts as well as continuing to provide high-level guidance to her previous teams.
Director of Youth Programs
Gail joined Provident in May, 2017. Her years of experience as a teacher and Afterschool administrator are apparent as she oversees ten Afterschool sites and works closely with ten Afterschool Site Supervisors and the Afterschool Coordinator. In addition to her daily Afterschool responsibilities, Gail also is involved with the HOMEGROWNSTL initiative out of the Brown School at Washington University, and has become a MASN (Missouri Afterschool Network) ambassador. Gail is also a co-champion in partnership with the YMCA for Design for Change, a social impact program which focuses on STE(A)M.
Bailey E. Wahlquist, LPC (MO), LCPC (IL), NCC
Director of Strategic Planning and Compliance
Director of Psychiatric Services
Bailey began her service to Provident as a clinician, then redeveloped the organization’s compliance programs before becoming the Director of Strategic Planning and Compliance. She manages the agency’s Joint Commission Accreditation, clinical audit process, continuous quality improvement initiatives, and agency Strategic Planning, as well as serving as our Privacy and Security Officer.