This fall we bid a fond farewell to our Residential Director, Shannon Damery, who was given the incredible opportunity to take part in a PhD program in Belgium. Her passion for our scholars and thoughtful presence will be dearly missed, and we wish her all the best. Shannon joins the ranks of Alumni Scholars Justice (Mizzou) and Arecia (UAPB), whom we are proud to be sending off to college this semester!
Name: Joshua M. Walehwa
Education: The University of Iowa, BA/MA in Art Education and MA in Student Development in Postsecondary Education
Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
Children: Harold, 9th grade
Fun Fact: Josh has a twin brother, who works in law enforcement
The Boys Hope Girls Hope St. Louis family is also thrilled to be welcoming Joshua Walehwa as our new Program Director! Prior to his time at BHGH, Josh served as Director of Housing and Residence Life at Saint Louis University. He brings over 10 years of experience in residential settings through his career in higher education, and he has continued to teach in the k-12 arena in leadership development and studio art.
Josh believes in the transformative power of education. He experienced being a first generation college student while at the University of Iowa where earned BA and MA degrees in Art Education and an MA in Student Development in Postsecondary Education. It is these and other experiences he had growing up that fueled his passion for helping students succeed.
His experience in curriculum development, management, student support, and teaching will be essential as he transitions to overseeing our residential and Hope Prep staff. Josh is excited about the opportunity to contribute to a strong staff at Boys Hope Girls Hope.
In addition to Josh, we are excited to be able to introduce our two new board members!
Senior Director of Global Internal Audit
Sun Edison (formerly MEMC)
"...I believe education is the foundation for success. And while it is important to me that my children are hard-working students, some of my most proud moments as a parent are when they recognize their talents as an ability to give back to others. So Boys Hope Girls Hope embodies my core beliefs. I have seen a glimpse of how the organization is changing lives."
Senior Director & Principal of Business Solutions Development
"My Passion is driven by the knowledge that Boys Hope Girls Hope is an organization that is in a unique position to positively alter the life trajectory of disadvantaged young people."