WHO WE ARE
Get to know the patriots who believe in the Folds of Honor mission and are working hard to change lives in their city.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alejandra (Ally) Berra
I am Portfolio Manager for Commerce Trust Company in Clayton. My husband and I reside in Webster Groves and we stay busy raising 2 beautiful little girls. I grew up with Honduran parents that were active in our community – I am continuing that example for my daughters. I am proud to be a member of the Folds family and give back to those who have sacrificed so much for the rest of us. I believe in education as key to building strong communities and our country’s economic development. Folds of Honor is changing lives and creating an impact.
I came to the United States to attend University of the Ozarks where I double majored in Business and Economics, I met my husband and moved to St. Louis. I later earned my MBA from Webster University and continue to support many organizations such as Operation Food Search, Marian Middle School, Mosaic Project, The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, and Regional Business Council’s Young Professional’s Network.
I am proud to be a naturalized U.S. citizen and stand next to many men and women who call this beautiful country our own. Many of which serve in different branches of the military so we can continue to enjoy our freedom. Thank you for your service!
My appointment to the position of Secretary of the Board, for the STL Chapter of Folds of Honor, is one I will work tirelessly to fulfill my duties in our mission to help support all veterans and their families. I did not serve our country, but my father and stepfather both served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Needless to say, I was raised to appreciate those who sacrifice everything.
As a member of the Alton community, I have cooked meals for the Alton Police Department, volunteered/participated in numerous fundraisers (most notable is the Blake Snyder Memorial Golf Tournament) and many charities associated with our Community Outreach Team at Leidos (such as Mission Continues, charity drives for STL Children’s Hospital, STL Area Foodbank and Stray & Rescue STL).
I feel as though our veterans, and their families, are willing to sacrifice everything so it was past due for me to serve and help them. Along with being a member of the Folds of Honor Board, I participate in the American Corporate Partners (ACP). ACP offers veterans a yearlong, one-on-one mentorship with a professional from different career paths.
Chief Relationship Officer
I am a proud St. Louis native. I graduated from Lindenwood College in St. Charles and have mastered Relationship Marketing through excellent communication skills focusing on family and friendships. As a self-employed medical consultant, I have a passion for helping individuals by always creating a professional, positive environment uniting groups via successful networking. I have been involved with several charities over the years primarily focusing on youth and veterans, and currently a Board Member.
I reside in the O’Fallon, Missouri area with my wife & high school sweetheart Mariann and our beloved dog. I remain very close to our large family. A few of my favorite hobbies are fishing, golfing, and traveling.
My wife and I reside in Chesterfield, MO a suburb of St. Louis. We are blessed with three wonderful children. I am the President & General Manager of Courtesy Products, located in St. Louis. I attended college and graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Other volunteer activities have included American Hotel & Lodging Association – Board of Directors, Mercy – Corporate Partners Counsel and Regional Business Council – Mentor Network.
Being a member of the Folds of Honor St. Louis Chapter provides the opportunity for us to give back to the families of our fallen and disabled service members. Each scholarship awarded changes a life.
Vice President / Treasurer
I am proud to serve as the Vice President / Treasurer for the Folds of Honor St. Louis Chapter, and this opportunity is very meaningful in so many ways. My Father, Robert S Stapleton, served in the Army Air Corps with honor in WWII, as did his 5 brothers…all in different branches. At a very early age I was fortunate to be surrounded by family, friends and neighbors who all appreciated freedom and what it took for this great country to be THE beacon of freedom for the rest of the world.
I learned true appreciation for all military from my father and family and I simply have to pass that on and give back! I am so fortunate to have friends that serve and have served in the military and for Folds of Honor and when they needed foot soldiers… I had to step up! I am honored to serve our Folds Families and this incredible community.
My wife Bet and I have been married for 33 years and have five children and one amazing granddaughter. I serve on The Children’s Hospital of St. Louis Foundation Board, The St. Louis Sports Commission Board, The Children’s Miracle Network Board and am the past President of the Boston College Alumni Chapter of St. Louis organization (GO EAGLES).
I began my military career in 1983, spending 5 years as Infantryman in the U.S. Army with the 101st and 25th Infantry Divisions. I currently serve as Inspector General (IGQ) with the 126th Air Refueling Wing (Scott AFB), Illinois Air National Guard, with 22 years of military service. I moved to St. Louis in 1988, graduated from St. Louis University in 1993, and taught high school business and marketing with the Hazelwood School District. I joined McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) in 1995, and have worked on a number of military programs including F-15, F/A-18, Apache, Future Combat Systems, and U.S. Air Force Tanker. I have an MBA from Fontbonne University (1998), and received my Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 2009.
I have served for many years in various leadership positions for the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and have served on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Sports Commission since 2005. I also currently serve as the Director for the City of Florissant Veterans Commission. I enjoy golf, motorcycles, and traveling with my family. I married my beautiful bride in 1994, and am the proud father of 2 wonderful daughters.