Read Our 2022-2023 Impact Report

When I assumed the role of Board Chair three years ago, Access Academies was embarking on an exciting new chapter. The ink was drying on its partnership with Saint Louis University, Shelly Williams was taking the helm as Executive Director, and our promising College and Career Success Initiative was still getting off the ground. Today, I am happy to report that with your generous support and the incredible dedication of our students and families, Access continues to provide transformative opportunities that inspire our region’s youth to think, dream, and achieve big!

This year, we have much to celebrate. We expanded our College & Career program by adding a third counselor and doubling the amount of our college scholarship. We grew our enrichment program with inspiring new courses, advanced our comprehensive multi-year program evaluation through SLU’s School of Education, and raised over $650,000 at the Celebration Dinner. Further still, we added five new talented members to the board and witnessed more of our high school seniors accepted to Saint Louis University than ever before. To say that I am proud of what our students, families, and staff have accomplished over the last 12 months is an understatement.

Our success would not have been possible, however, without the enduring vision of our founder, John Vatterott, and the relentless dedication of board member and former Graduate Support Director Terry Mehan. This fall, both John and Terry passed away. And while we miss them dearly, we have found comfort in knowing that their legacies will continue to impact the lives of our students across the region.

As we look ahead, I turn the reins over to incoming Board Chair, Tom Wheeland. Tom joined the Access Board in 2021 and has since served as a member of the Finance Committee. In his professional life, Tom is the National Practice Leader at FORVIS, and he earned his J.D. from St. Louis University and his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. A good friend of John Vatterott, Tom is enthusiastic about the opportunity to further his mission and is especially excited to help Access accomplish new milestones as we approach our 20th anniversary in 2025.

In closing, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the Access family — our dedicated students, families, supporters, donors, and partners — for entrusting me to lead this organization. It has been an honor and a joy to know that together we are shaping a brighter future for the next generation and are giving every student, every chance, every day.

Brian Day
Chair, Board of Directors

Click here to read the full 2022-2023 Impact Report.


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In Honor Of

Brian Day
Carolyn Dubuque
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Incarnate Word Academy
Marie Kenyon
Connie Linden
Peg Lord
Tom Mackowiak
Birch Mullins
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Carmelita Spencer
Students of St. Mary’s South Side Catholic HS and Vivian Garcia
Andrew and Molly Vatterott
Bob Vatterott
Chris Vatterott
Joan and John Vatterott
Madison Washington and Sasha Redding
Tom Wheeland

In Memory Of

Cathy Coughlin
Frances Dolan
David B. Flavan, II
Vicki Ganninger
Sue Geldmacher
Charles Harris
Charlie Harris and Mike Harris
Edward Michael (Mike) Harris III
S.R. Jones
Terry Mehan
LaChai Minner
Michael Noetzel
Mike Richter
Lori Schroeder
Tearra Terry
John Vatterott
R. David Volk
Jane Walsh
Minerva Williams
James H. Wuller

*Bold designates donors who contributed $1,000 or more.

Click here to download the full list of 2022-2023 donors.