Meet our dedicated board members.
Joe Aiello – President
President, Bassik Services Inc.
Term began 11.11.2010
Joe Aiello began his association with F.A.C.T. in 2008 as a guest at several F.A.C.T. fundraising events. As his interest in the organization grew, Joe was invited to join the Board in November 2010. Knowing that the agency makes a significant difference in the lives of so many Joe is very proud to serve on the board. Joe is employed as President of Bassik Services, Inc., a provider of logistics services in the Saint Louis marketplace, and also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Kathy Sigmund – Vice President
Finance Director for Coordinated Youth and Human Services
Term began 11.9.2006
Kathy became involved with FACT in 2002, joining the Board in 2006. Kathy’s passion is working with nonprofits. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Maryville University in 1996, passed the Certified Public Accountant exam in November of 1998 and received her license in 2000. After working as an auditor, she moved into various accounting roles with several non-profits. She now works as the Finance Director for Coordinated Youth & Human Services in Granite City, IL.
Kathy and her husband Jay enjoy traveling, hiking, attending fundraisers, cooking, and finding new and interesting distilled spirits. Between them they have 5 children; Tyler, Tony, Katie, Laura and Emily
Luke Pulliam – Treasurer
Senior Project Architect, Trivers
Term began September, 2018.
Luke is a Registered Architect with over 12 years of experience in residential, educational and civic projects. In addition to architecture, Luke has an interest in painting and sculpture. His experience in both art and architecture help shape and drive his passion to add value to the community through design and volunteerism. Luke began working with F.A.C.T. as a member of their Fundraising Committee in 2017. Now as a board member he is committed to helping F.A.C.T. achieve its mission of improving quality of life and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
Dave Becker – Secretary
Global Vision Tech
Term began March 2019
Dave Becker began working with F.A.C.T. six years ago, assisting with the installation and application of the current case management software. Before working in software, Dave spent several years working in the field of social work. He received a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Culver-Stockton University, and a Master’s of Social Work from St. Louis University. He began his career implementing drug and alcohol prevention programs in St. Louis City with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. From there, he moved on to work with the homeless population for Covenant House Missouri, serving as the outreach coordinator providing shelter, education, and workforce development skills to homeless and runaway teens. Dave concluded his social work career at Marygrove, where he served as the Director of Residential Services overseeing four cottages, the overnight emergency program, staff training, and the implementation of their FAMCare software case management system. He then changed gears and went to work for Global Vision Technologies to serve as the subject matter expert, designing case management software that focuses on social welfare organizations. When Dave is away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, watching their three children participate in sports and extracurricular activities, playing golf whenever he can, and rooting for his beloved Mizzou Tigers.
Chief Client Services Officer, Emmaus
Term began 3.13.2014
Michelle Peters has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She began her career as a direct support professional during her youth and has carried a deep passion for service excellence and advocacy throughout the years. Michelle is presently employed by Emmaus Homes as the Chief Client Services Officer where she leads and directs the organization’s service delivery for nearly 300 clients. Since joining the Emmaus team, she has been creating a culture of exceptional customer service and employee engagement in problem solving, prevention, innovation, and change implementation. Prior to her position within Emmaus Homes, Michelle held various leadership, case management, and transition roles within the Department of Mental Health.
Owner, G.S. & S Contractors
Term began 3.6.2003
Midge Smith and her husband, Russ, have owned G.S. & S. Contractors since 1983. Midge received a Bachelor’s degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education in 1970 from Fontbonne University and between her education and her own personal experience raising a family, she has seen firsthand children’s potential to succeed given the appropriate environment. Previously Midge has volunteered her time, and collected and distributed food and clothing to families in need in St. Louis City. She has been a F.A.C.T. board member for over 15 years and continues to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities.
Owner, Harmon Properties Inc.
Term began 1.11.2007
JWeb Media Design
Term began 9.1.2014
Senior Legal Assistant, Express Scripts
Term began 1.8.2015
Anne Wansing joined the Board of F.A.C.T. in January, 2015. Anne has worked for various corporations around St. Louis in their corporate legal department and currently works for Express Scripts. Anne has lived in St. Charles since 1996 with her husband and two boys (21 and 19). Her oldest son is a Junior at Missouri State University studying Cyber Security. Josef, her 19 year old son, has been diagnosed with Epilepsy, Autism, ADHD, diabetes, visual tracking difficulties, Celiac disease and is color blind. He currently is participating in an internship program through the City of St. Charles School District and hoping for full-time employment by May. She has been advocating for her son since he was 2 years old beginning with First Steps. Anne and her husband, Jamie, were introduced to F.A.C.T. when their son was first diagnosed with Autism when he was 5 years old. They came to speak with an advocate and decided it would be best if Anne participated in the workshops about the IEP process. She has always been so blessed by the many people who have helped her through the years, she decided it was time to give back and help others.
Attorney, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Term began 2020
Amanda Schneider joined the F.A.C.T. Board in 2020. She began working with F.A.C.T. in 2018 on the DD Council’s Missouri Lay Educational Advocacy Project. Amanda is currently the Managing Attorney of the Health Justice Initiative and Education Justice Program at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. She has practiced education law including special education law for fourteen years. Amanda’s inspiration for her work is her nephew, Nick Schneider, diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, who is now a high school graduate and working part-time while attending community college.