United Way of Greater St. Louis announced Steve Lipstein, president and CEO of BJC HealthCare; and Gene Diederich, partner with Moneta Group, will serve as co-chairs of its 2016 community campaign.
“United Way of Greater St. Louis is a vital organization to the St. Louis region, contributing to the health, well-being and livelihood of our neighbors and our community,” Lipstein said. “I am honored and excited for the opportunity to lead this year’s campaign, along with Gene, to address some of the most pressing issues facing our community today. By all working together, we can support the health and human service needs of those who live and work here.”
“Every year, thousands of people in our area greatly benefit from and find their lives improved by the work of United Way and its member agencies,” Diederich said. “The annual campaign has been incredibly successful for years, due in large part to the generosity of local companies and the people who make up our community, and I look forward to continuing its success in 2016.”
United Way of Greater St. Louis focuses on creating a strong community by inspiring collaboration and mobilizing people throughout its 16-county region to support education, financial stability, health and basic needs. Each week, United Way invests more than $1 million into the region. The annual fall fundraising campaign officially begins in September.
“Steve and Gene are esteemed leaders whose experience and guidance will prove to be instrumental to the success of this year’s campaign,” said Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “Their generosity and sense of community and philanthropy seamlessly fit into the mission of United Way: to help people live their best possible lives. We are extremely fortunate and excited to have them both on board.”
Last year, United Way’s campaign was co-chaired by Suzanne Sitherwood, president and CEO of Spire Inc., formerly The Laclede Group; and Sue McCollum, chairman and CEO of Major Brands Inc. It was United Way’s most successful campaign to date, generating $74.3 million to help people in the region.
About Steve Lipstein
Steve Lipstein has served as president and CEO of BJC HealthCare since 1999, leading one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care organizations and overseeing 15 hospitals and more than 30,000 employees in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. Prior to joining BJC, Lipstein’s four-decade career includes roles with Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Chicago Hospitals.
A member of the board of the Missouri Hospital Association, Lipstein also serves on the St. Louis Regional Health Commission and is executive board chair of the BJC Collaborative, which consists of eight health systems spanning Eastern Kansas, Missouri and Southern Illinois. Additionally, he serves on the board of trustees of Washington University and its School of Medicine National Council, and is chair of the Institute of Public Health National Advisory Council. He is an immediate past member and vice-chair of the board of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which was established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In 2014, Lipstein was elected for membership into the National Academy of Medicine and became a Distinguished Service Member for the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2015.
Lipstein is also a member of the board of directors of Ameren, the Teach for America- St. Louis Regional Advisory Board, and the board of trustees for Emory University. He formerly served as chairman of the board of directors of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank. Lipstein was named St. Louis Citizen of the Year in 2013 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A graduate of Emory University, he received his master’s in health administration from Duke University.
Steve and his wife, Susan, have three adult children.
About Gene Diederich
Gene Diederich serves as partner with Moneta Group, one of the nation’s largest independently owned financial advising organizations. Previously serving as CEO, the organization nearly doubled in size under his leadership.
Diederich began his 35-year career in the financial services industry at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell in Kansas City, followed by a 25-year career with A.G. Edwards & Sons and successors. He joined Moneta Group in 2009. Diederich holds a bachelor’s in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas.
Diederich serves on the board of directors for the Magic House, Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Strathalbyn Farms Club, and represents Moneta Group as a member of the Regional Business Council. In addition, he is a member of the de Tocqueville Society of United Way of Greater St. Louis.
Gene and his wife, Kim, have four children and three grandchildren.