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14 April 2011


ST. LOUIS, MO.: The Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center announced the expansion of their Board of Directors with the addition of new board members.

The four new members of the Friends Board of Directors include Lou Ann Biermann, RN, MSN – Administrative Manager for the Saint Louis University Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and the SLU Liver Center; Tom Fisher, Principal for Fishco Group; Kathleen Morris, MA,BSN, RN and the Team Leader-Ambulatory Surgery and Post Anesthesia Care Unit at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center; and CJ Tatum, CEO of C J Tatum & Associates, LLC.

These four professionals join the other members and officers of the Friends Board of Directors, which includes President Todd Aschbacher; Vice President Robin Ude, PhD; Treasurer John Price; and members at large Joy Doll, Ed Dowd, Pam Smith-Almeida, Dr. Jeff Teckman, John Weiss and Matt White.

“These new board members have already shown their dedication to the Friends of the SLU Liver Center through their leadership in committees and service as volunteers, as well as their financial support of the organization. Their valuable contributions as new Board members will create a positive impact for the Friends organization,” notes Saint Louis University Liver Center co-founder Dr. Bruce R. Bacon.

The Friends organization has raised and donated more than $2 million for the SLULC since its inception. The funds help support the critical infrastructure of the Liver Center from faculty salaries to visiting professorships and patient-oriented seminars and research. By leveraging the donations of the Friends, the Liver Center is able to use the “seed money” as a match for larger grants from outside sources that generate $18 new dollars from outside the region for every $1 raised locally.

To learn more about the new Board of Director officers, please contact Friends Executive Director
Leisa Duff at 314-576-3078 or Additional information can be found at the
Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center’s website at


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