Board of Trustees


Cathy Steele

St. Louis

Cathy Steele is the Managing Partner of The Law Office of Cathy Steele, PC in St. Louis. She has practiced law in St. Louis for over 30 years. Cathy graduated from the University of Missouri­Columbia, School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1981 and University of Michigan with an AB in Psychology in 1977. Her areas of practice include Wills and Trusts and Real Estate. As a volunteer in the St. Louis Community she has been involved in advocating for Families and Children. She is a Past President of the Board of Directors of Jewish Family & Children’s Service and a past volunteer child advocate for Voices for Children.


Angela Dalton

St. Louis

Angela Dalton holds a BS in Business Administration from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and was awarded the Certified Financial Planner designation from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, CO. She is a retired financial services executive who has over 25 years experience focused on business management, investment services, trust administration and financial planning. Ms. Dalton has been involved extensively in a volunteer capacity in the St. Louis community. She has served in a leadership role on numerous non-profit boards for the disabled and disadvantaged, municipal services and the arts.


Sarah E. Giboney


Sarah Giboney is a partner with Smith Lewis, LLP in Columbia, Missouri. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994. She earned her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law in 2000. Her areas of concentration include Estate Planning and Special Needs Trusts, as well as Corporate Transactional Work and Eminent Domain. Ms. Giboney has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Midwest Special Needs Trust since 2002 and also serves on the Boone County Family Resources Board of Directors, an agency that provides individually planned support services for developmentally disabled residents of Boone County, Missouri.


Letitia “Tish” Thomas


Tish Thomas is the sister of a family member with developmental disabilities. In addition, she has worked for the University of Missouri for 30 years on contracts and programs related to mental illness, developmental disabilities and aging. She has a MS Degree in Recreation and Park Administration from the University of Missouri.


Gerald J. Zafft

St. Louis

Jerry Zafft recently retired as counsel to the St. Louis office of Stinson Leonard Street LLP where he specialized in estate planning, business law and taxation. He was instrumental in establishing the Midwest Special Needs Trust and has been active as a Trustee and/or officer since its creation. Jerry currently serves or has served on a number of civic and charitable boards, including Project, Inc., a sheltered workshop; Rainbow Village, which provides residences for agencies serving developmentally disabled residents of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County; the National Benevolent Association; Woodhaven Learning Center and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. He served on the Missouri State Mental Health Commission, including a term as its chairman. Jerry has been recognized for his many years of service to the mental health community and has received numerous awards, among which is the Lifetime Legacy Award by the Missouri Mental Health Foundation.


Stephanie Briscoe


Stephanie Briscoe is an experienced advocate for individuals with disabilities in the area of special education as well as an adviser for life strategies pertaining to individuals with disabilities. She currently assists those with cognitive and other disabilities, including parents and family members, in developing their Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) for school, and post-secondary education, advising that can lead individuals and families to independent living and employment. Stephanie has more than 15 years of front-line experience in assisting those with disabilities. She has worked as a special education substitute teacher for several school districts around Missouri over the last 15 years. She is currently serving on Missouri’s Developmental Disabilities Council, a Governor-appointed Council, where she served a term as its Chair for several years. She has achieved numerous certificates of accomplishment related to disability training, conferences, and conventions. Stephanie Briscoe is a proud member and graduate of the 2004 class of Missouri’s Partners in Policymaking.