Circle of Care honorees Michael Moehn and Lisa Nielsen.
Riverbend Head Start & Family Services named Lisa Nielsen and Michael Moehn as the 2016 Circle of Care Award recipients.
Board of Directors Chairman Dave Braasch made the awardee announcement at a reception for the non-profit organization’s supporters.
The award was established in 1994 by Sandy Lauschke and Nancy Ryrie, who envisioned a way to generate support for Riverbend Head Start & Family Services by recognizing leaders who exhibit a strong sense of service and philanthropy.
For the past 23 years, the annual tribute has acknowledged the following recipients: Dr. Paul Pierce, Rod and Jane St. Clair, Essic Robinson, Dale and Carol Neudecker, Judge Nicolas Byron and Josephine Beckwith, Jim Goodwin, Buddy Davis, Paul and Sandy Lauschke, Jack and Betty Jacoby, Don Miller, Anna Beach and Andy Simpson, Ron McMullen, Steve and Mary Lou Cousley, state Sen. William Haine, Tom and Jeana Hutchinson, Bill and Pat Kessler, Diana Enloe, Ed and Nancy Ryrie, Mike and Cindy Lefferson, Dr. Robert and Charlene Hamilton, Ed and Patty Morrissey, Bill and Vicki Schrimpf, Dwight and Cheryl Werts and Steve and Jane Saale.
“Lisa and Michael are a community-conscious and connected couple,” a Riverbend Head Start & Family Services press release states. “They are a merited addition to the list of esteemed awardees.”
Nielsen and Moehn were raised in Alton and are proud to call the historical town their home. They have shown tremendous support for the area and Riverbend Head Start & Family Services and have made a huge impact on the community as a whole. Nielsen graduated from Alton High School and received her bachelor of science degree from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and juris doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law. For more than 20 years, she practiced law with Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale P.C. at its St. Louis office. She was an officer of the firm and served in various capacities, a few of which include serving as the firm’s hiring chair, the leader of the firm’s Securities Regulation Industry Group, and being a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Nielsen continues to serve on the Sheldon Foundation Board, the United Way of Greater St. Louis Board, the Ss. Peter and Paul School Board and Ss. Peter and Paul’s Finance Council. She is a past president and former member of the Junior League of Greater Alton.
Moehn, president of Ameren Missouri, is a graduate of Marquette Catholic High School. He attended Lewis and Clark Community College and received his bachelor of arts from Saint Louis University and master of business administration from Washington University. He is an Eisenhower Fellow and serves on the Lewis and Clark Community College Foundation Board, the Christian Hospital Board, the Concordance Academy Board, the Urban League of Greater St. Louis Board and the United Way of Greater St. Louis Board. He is a former member of the Guardian Angel Settlement Association Board and the Marquette Catholic High School Foundation Board, having served as one of its past presidents.
Together, Nielsen and Moehn have served as co-chairs for the Illinois de Tocqueville Society of the United Way and hosted several of its annual events. They have also co-chaired one of the art auctions for the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton and hosted the Junior League Wine and Art event at their home for years.
Nielsen and Moehn are the parents of Ss. Peter and Paul School eighth- and sixth-graders Patrick and Anna, who are being introduced at an early age to the importance of community service. To the delight of Riverbend Head Start & Family Services staff, the Moehn children volunteered at the Essic Robinson Head Start Center in Alton during their Christmas break. The Circle of Care Award Dinner and Auction will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Lewis and Clark Community College Commons. The event will be planned by a committee of the honorees’ friends and family members.
A Century of Caring for a Brighter Future, the dinner’s theme, gives nod to Riverbend Head Start & Family Services’ 100th anniversary in 2016. The agency was founded in 1916 as the Alton Public Welfare Council. Although the name and programs have changed over the years, the agency has remained unwaveringly dedicated to helping reduce, prevent and reverse the effects of childhood poverty.
Proceeds benefit the mission of Riverbend Head Start & Family Services, a nonprofit organization that operates the federal Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Madison County. Through its six centers in Alton, Bethalto, Collinsville, Edwardsville and Granite City, the agency provides early childhood education services to more than 1,000 children, age 5 and younger, and their caregivers. Families who qualify for the programs live under the federal poverty line.
For information, contact Riverbend Head Start & Family Services Public Relations Director Heather Hope at (618) 463-8913 or firstname.lastname@example.org.