ACCESS Welcomes Peg Lord

ACCESS Academies is thrilled to welcome Margaret “Peg” Lord as our part-time Event Coordinator!

Before joining ACCESS, Peg served as the Mothers’ Club President and Co-Chair for the Bonne Chance Auction for Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School; the Chair of Ste. Genevieve du Bois Parish’s annual Fundraiser; and sub-committee member for the Annual Catholic Appeal Council.

In addition to her wealth of experience coordinating philanthropic efforts, Lord served as a Special Projects Manager for Merisant Co. and Guest Relations Manager- Agricultural Sector for Monsanto. Peg received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Louis University.

For more information, please contact Julie Linder, Public Relations for ACCESS Academies, by calling (573) 268-0639 or emailing


Since 2005, ACCESS has partnered with middle schools serving high-poverty populations to open Academies promoting a robust curriculum, homework assistance, service projects, and enrichment through extended school day and school year programming.  ACCESS also provides a school-based Graduate Support Director who works directly with students and their families all seven years of their educational journey, from middle school, through high school, and into college. Services include mentoring, advocacy, counseling, and more.  Academies are currently located in Most Holy Trinity School & Academy; St. Cecilia School & Academy; and St. Louis Catholic Academy. ACCESS is also laying the groundwork to open a new Academy at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis next year.

To date, ACCESS has served more than 1,100 disadvantaged students in the St. Louis region. Ninety-eight percent of its graduates have been accepted to private, college-prep high schools; 99 percent graduate on-time; and 96 percent are accepted to college or other post-secondary institutions.

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