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Maxine Clark
CEO / Co-Founder

Maxine Clark is one of the true innovators in the retail industry. During her career, her ability to spot emerging retail and merchandising trends and her insight into the desires of the American consumer have generated growth for retail leaders, including department store, discount and specialty stores. In 1997, she founded Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience. Today there are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide. Cumulative sales have exceeded $5 billion and over 140 million stuffed animals have been sold world-wide. In June 2013, Maxine stepped down from her Chief Executive Bear role to apply her entrepreneurial skills to her passion for improving K-12 public education and encouraging and investing in women and minority entrepreneurs such as Goldie Blox, myEDmatch.com, Wondermento and St. Frank. Maxine is also a Managing Partner of Prosper Women’s Capital, a St. Louis based fund created to invest in women owned businesses in the St. Louis area and a member of the Board of Advisers of Lewis & Clark Ventures, a St. Louis based private equity firm.

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Bob Fox
Chair / Co-Founder

A native of St. Louis, Bob served in The United States Air Force from 1962 to 1966. He graduated with a B.S. in Business and Economics from Drury University in 1968 and received his MBA from Saint Louis University in 1976. Bob has served on the Board of Trustees of Saint Louis University since 2006. In 2005 Bob and Maxine created the Clark-Fox Family Foundation to support the St. Louis community in areas vital to equity, regional growth, and prosperity.

Bob serves on the Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Gephardt National Council for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University where he personally mentors both Civic Scholars and Goldman Fellows. He also serves on the Education Committee of the St. Louis Zoo Foundation.

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Tina Klocke
CFO / COO

Tina Klocke, a St. Louis native, serves at the Foundation as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer. She is an accomplished finance and operations C-Level executive with a distinguished career and a record of success in the start-up and leadership of public and private corporations generating $30 million to $500 million in annual revenues. Hired during the start-up of Build-A-Bear Workshop as one of three original full-time employees, Tina is highly respected for helping Build-A-Bear Workshop become a leader in the retail make-your-own stuffed animal business. She excels at developing and advancing organizational strategy to spearhead revenue, profitability, and enterprise growth.

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Allie Cicotte
Senior Programs Manager

Allie Cicotte is a native of St. Louis and serves as the Programs Manager for the Clark-Fox Family Foundation and Project Manager for Blueprint4SummerSTL. She graduated from Truman State University in 2011 with bachelor’s degrees in German and Spanish. Allie then joined Teach for America where she taught Kindergarten-8th grade Spanish, and then transitioned to teaching Kindergarten. While teaching, she loved working with students directly, integrating innovative approaches alongside traditional classroom curriculum, and learning new things about the educational landscape both nationally and in St. Louis.

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Samantha Stangl
Assistant Programs Manager

Samantha was born and raised in Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa, where she received her Bachelor’s of Social Work and minored in Spanish. During her studies at Iowa, Samantha worked as the Specialized Immigration Legal Advocate at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and spent her summers working with Upward Bound, a college access program. Immediately after graduating, Samantha spent two years living and working in South Texas first with The Cesar Chavez Foundation as an Americorps VISTA and then as a counselor at a women’s health clinic. Samantha then moved to St. Louis in order to obtain her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Kerrie Murray
Foundation Administrator

Kerrie Murray is originally from Illinois, growing up in a rural farming community. In college during the summers she ran a park program for children 5 -16 years old. After receiving her degree in Healthcare Management from SIU Carbondale, she worked as a marketing coordinator for a physical, occupational and speech therapy company.

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La'Shawn Thomas
Program Associate

La’Shawn Thomas was born and raised in New York City, NY. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from the City University of New York, but she did not begin her career in education right away. She spent some time in the corporate world writing ad copy, advocating for patients, doing medical coding, to name a few, but something was missing. La’Shawn decided to pack her bags and move to Atlanta, GA (not knowing anyone there) in 2000 to pursue a career in education. She joined Drew Charter School, a Blue Ribbon school in Atlanta as a first grade teacher where she taught for 2 years.

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