Provident Board Profile: Aaron Stewart


Which talent would you most like to have? Is mindreading a talent? If it is, then definitely mindreading. If not, then remembering people’s names. I am terrible at remembering names. My first boss, Tom Arcobasso (owner of Arcobasso’s Italian Restaurant), could remember everyone’s name that came into his restaurant. It was unbelievable. He’d meet someone in passing, wouldn’t see them for months or even years, and could recall there name almost immediately. I’d like to have that talent.
What is the last book you read? “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
What is your favorite quote or proverb? “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark”. – Michelangelo
What do you like about being a part of Provident leadership?  
I like knowing that my time, talent, and treasure is having a direct and positive impact on those suffering from behavioral health issues especially for individuals with the greatest need. We all have someone in our lives that has suffered from or are currently suffering from behavioral health issues. My late mother was the person in my life that has been hit hardest by behavior health issues. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder/manic depression when I was four years old. I grew up watching her struggle with this disease until she passed away 17 years later. I’d need a book to write a description of the tremendous toll it took on her as well as our family. Back then there wasn’t nearly as much awareness of nor support for behavioral health issues as there is today but we still have a long way to go. I love that by being a part of Provident, I have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people like my mom and our family.
How is Provident uniquely positioned to make a difference in St. Louis?  I think Provident is uniquely positioned to make a difference in St. Louis for a number of reasons. What stands out most to me is our diversified outreach for combating behavioral health issues. Whether it be our crisis hotline, afterschool programs, community education, or counseling services, we have the ability to positively impact the mental health of our community through a number of avenues.