A community volunteer, a president of a microbrewery and a CEO of are the latest additions to Aquinas Institute of Theology’s board of trustees. They join 21 other women and men who oversee the direction of the graduate school.
New members are J. Patrick Mulcahy, vice chairman of Energizer Holdings, Inc.; Tom Schlafly, attorney and president of St. Louis Brewery, Inc.; and Bonnie Wimmer, volunteer and board member at Catholic Community Services, Midtown.
“The caliber of these three trustees is an indication of just how far the current board has taken the school,” said Fr. Charles Bouchard, O.P., president of Aquinas Institute. “This is an extraordinarily talented and professional group. Their influence will be felt throughout the life of the school as they oversee our expansion.”
Wimmer is a lifelong Catholic and St. Louis native. She has been married to pediatrician Warren J. Wimmer for 52 years. The couple raised four boys and four girls and now has 22 grandchildren. Wimmer has served on boards of education of her children’s schools as well as chairman of the boards of Our Lady of Life and Catholic Community Services, Midtown. She has volunteered at Midtown for more than a dozen years. Wimmer has degrees in psychology and sociology from Maryville University and worked as a medical technician to help her husband through medical school.
Schlafly is president of the company that produces Schlafly beer and operates two restaurants in St. Louis. He’s also an attorney with Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, LLP. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University. Schlafly serves on boards of the St. Louis Public Library, Downtown St. Louis Partnership, Friends of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Trailnet, St. Louis Public Schools Foundation and the St. Louis Art Museum. He and his wife, Ulrike, a native of Cologne, Germany, live in St. Louis.
Mulcahy joined Ralston Purina in 1968 and went on to become co-CEO in 1997. Energizer Holdings, Inc. spun out of Ralston Purina in 2000, and Mulcahy was CEO of Energizer. He stepped down as CEO in January and now serves as vice chairman of Energizer Holdings. Mulcahy is president of the board of commissioners for the St. Louis Art Museum, vice chairman of the American Youth Foundation board of directors, and a member of boards for Energizer Holdings and Solutia, Inc. He earned an MBA and master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. Mulcahy and his wife, Midge, have six children and live in St. Louis.
The board of trustees for Aquinas Institute consists of Dominican men and women from throughout the United States and Catholics largely from the metropolitan area committed to graduate-level theological study. They work with leaders of the Central Province of Dominicans.