Concordance Academy Appoints Five Community Leaders to Board of Directors

ST. LOUIS – Concordance Academy of Leadership, led by president and CEO Danny Ludeman, announced the election of five new members to its Board of Directors: Dr. Kelvin Adams, Superintendent of Schools for the St. Louis Public School District; Lynn Britton, President and CEO of Mercy; Laurent Javois, Regional Executive Officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health; Michael Moehn, Chairman and President of Ameren; and Steven Nystrom, former Senior Vice President of US Bank.

“The extensive multi-disciplinary expertise that Kelvin, Lynn, Laurent, Michael and Steven bring to the Academy is outstanding,” said Ludeman. “It is an honor to partner with some of St. Louis’ most esteemed, accomplished leaders as we work together to make a significant impact in lowering reincarceration rates across the region.”

Dr. Adams (photo available at: has served as the Superintendent for the St. Louis Public School District for seven years, and oversees nearly 4,000 employees and a $285 million budget. Under his leadership, the district executed a $155 million facilities expansion, and has seen improved test scores and graduation rates.

Britton (photo available at: became president and CEO of the Mercy health system in 2009, after serving as senior vice president since 2004. He has led the organization in a return to its roots as a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, while at the same time engaging its integrated physician partners in efforts to deliver a new model of care.

Javois (photo available at: has led the east region for the Division of Behavioral Health at the Missouri Department of Mental Health since 2007. He serves as CEO of the regional psychiatric hospital system and liaison with the division’s contracted community-based providers.

Moehn (photo available at: was elected to the position of President of Ameren Missouri in 2014 and is responsible for the state’s largest energy provider in serving more than 1.2 million electric and gas customers across central and eastern Missouri, including the greater St. Louis area.

Nystrom (photo available at: retired as Senior Vice President of US Bank in 2011 after over 40 years as a banker in Chicago, Connecticut, and St. Louis, primarily serving the commercial real estate industry.



Concordance Academy is a St. Louis-based nonprofit that offers the country’s first set of integrated, holistic and evidence-driven services to individuals returning to society from prison. Led by President and CEO Danny Ludeman, the organization assists participants in three primary areas: behavioral health and wellness; education and employment; and community and life skills. The Academy starts working with individuals six months prior to release and continues assisting for up to a year after their return to the community. The organization is committed to restoring individuals, rebuilding families, transforming communities and advancing the field of re-entry services. For more info, visit

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