Rev. Cedric Portis Sr.

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Rev. Cedric Portis Sr.

Rev. Cedric Portis, Florissant, has served as senior pastor of Third Presbyterian Church in St. Louis since 2003, with responsibilities including but not limited to preaching, teaching, visionary planning, budget analysis and staff supervision. Rev. Portis is also an adjunct professor of Ethics, Critical Thinking and Organizational Leadership for the University of West Los Angeles. Before his call to ministry, he served for more than 11 years as an engineer project manager in many significant public construction projects around the metro St. Louis area. Rev. Portis holds a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary, a Master of Project Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management and bachelor’s degrees in Christian ministry from St. Louis Christian College and mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Rev. Portis served as Vice President and President during his term which ran from 2015 to 2019. 

Mr. Richard Ryffel

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Mr. Richard Ryffel

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Richard Ryffel, Clayton, is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance Department of the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.  He was appointed to the JEGB when it was established and is its immediate past president. Mr. Ryffel was also a long-standing board member and board chairman of Beyond Housing, a community development organization that works in the Normandy Schools Collaborative/24:1 footprint to promote education, housing, health, employment and economic development. Mr. Ryffel was an original member of the JEGB, appointed in 2014 and during his term, he also served as Board President. Mr. Ryffel stepped down from the JEGB in 2019.