SHILOH — Ryan Russell Kemper, partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, has been named 2018 auxiliary board chair for the Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis. He succeeds Patrick Smith Sr. with Ameren Missouri, who has held the chair position since 2016.

United Way’s Illinois Division also welcomed Rachael Jackson, executive director with Project Compassion, and Earl Liverpool, president of Livekey Tool and Machine, as new members to the auxiliary board. Both are from Belleville.

kemper ryan russell“United Way is vital to our region through its support of dozens of agencies, big and small, located right here in the Metro East,” said Kemper (left). “Additionally, through targeted programs and innovative partnerships, United Way is addressing the St. Louis region’s most critical issues, like poverty, homelessness and violence. I’m proud to lead the Illinois Division board this year.”

Kemper, of O’Fallon, Ill., has served in several roles with the Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis in the past few years, including being a member of the auxiliary board of directors since 2010 and member of the campaign team since 2011. In 2016, he led the Illinois Division’s annual campaign as chair and helped raise over $1.4 million for the community. In addition, he served as an allocations volunteer evaluating United Way’s partner agencies from 2010 to 2015. He also serves on the board of directors for United Way of Greater St. Louis and is a member of its public affairs committee.

Kemper joined Thompson Coburn LLP in 2005 after earning his law degree at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He became a partner with the firm in 2014. His practice focuses on environmental and energy issues, government regulation, and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Illinois public affairs committee for the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the planning commissioner for the city of O’Fallon. He also serves as a volunteer lawyer for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Last year he was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List.

United Way’s Illinois Division serves the counties of Clinton, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair and helps more than 100,000 people in these counties each year.

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives. United Way helps one in three people in its 16-county region in Missouri and Illinois by supporting the foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, education, financial stability, health and strong communities. For more information, contact (314) 421-0700 or visit www.HelpingPeople.org.