Monday, July 4, 2011

President Profile: Toni Love (BDPA St. Louis)

BDPA St. Louis chapter was founded in January 1989.   It is a chapter for which we have very little documented history.  One thing we do know is that the chapter has done very well over the past few years under the leadership of its current president -- Toni Love.

Toni Love, President
BDPA St. Louis Chapter

12545 Olive Blvd, Suite 182
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 374-0516

Toni has been a BDPA member for over 20 years.   She served as president of the BDPA St. Louis chapter since 2009.  Under her leadership the chapter has been very active with program meetings, youth education programs and annual banquets to honor its members, students and volunteers.  Toni works closely with the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) to raise scholarship funds for the student members in her chapter.

Toni has over 20 years of experience in Information Systems, encompassing multiple development languages, operating systems, and industries. She is currently an Application Development Specialist for Ameren Services in St. Louis where she has been employed for 18 years. Toni received Ameren’s President’s Performance Leadership Award and the Tom Voss Diversity Award. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley campus.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Washington University in St. Louis. She is certified as a Project Management Professional and Microsoft Certified Professional.

Toni is a team player that is goal-oriented, motivated, and organized. She is determined and resourceful, quick to grasp new ideas and finds challenges stimulating. She enjoys sharing knowledge with peers and teaching in formal and informal settings. Toni loves giving back to the community and is a volunteer for many organizations, including, Big Brothers Big Sisters, UrbanFuture and the United Way.

Recent BDPA St. Louis Chapter Program Meeting

Toni's Favorite BDPA Memory: "My first memory of BDPA was taking our students to the 1993 National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Championship held in Kansas City. Denise Gibbs and I took the initiative to take our HSCC team under the leadership of Connie Boon who was the president of the chapter at the time. We were operating on a shoe string budget at the time. We drove the students from St. Louis to Kansas City and shared rooms with the students. Someone from BDPA Kansas City chapter heard of our financial straits and got with the other chapters and bought food for our students. BDPA-Love at its finest and I have been in love with BDPA ever since. I wonder what happened to Anthony Williams and the folks from the BDPA Kansas City chapter?”

Toni's Favorite Scripture: "To whom much is given, much is required." Luke 12:48

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