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Joan McGivney of Webster Groves was employed by AT&T (formerly Southwestern Bell Corp). for 17 years various positions as staff and project manager, system analyst and manager in training, planning software evaluation and acquisitiion. She was elected to serve a six-year term on the board in April 2013, and currently serves as board chair.
McGivney served two three-year terms on the Webster Groves School Board and also served on the St. Louis County Special School District Governing Council. She is a former substitute teacher for the Affton, Bayless and Hancock Place school districts.
McGivney served on the Webster Groves City Council for four years, leading committees for both the formation of the city’s long-range plan and incorporation of recycling. She also served on the committee to pass an $8 million bond issue for the city’s recreation complex and chaired a successful sales tax drive to raise $23 million for capital improvements.
She was a volunteer tutor for five years with Mentor St. Louis for St. Louis Public Schools and served as a tutor with OASIS tutoring program for several years and as a mentor with Discovery Options. She served on the United Way Community Investment and neighborhood panels for seven years. She has been involved in community, youth and church activities for 30 years, and was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Webster-Shrewsbury-Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce in 2001.
McGivney earned a master’s degree in public policy administration from Saint Louis University, and a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also earned a graduate certificate in gerontology from UMSL.
McGivney and her husband Jim have been married for 41 years and have two grown daughters.