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Denise R. Chachere

Denise R. Chachere
Denise R. Chachere
Board Chair

Denise R. Chachere of St. Louis is the human resources/organizational development director at Jost Chemical Co.  She is an adjunct professor at both Saint Louis University and Washington University, and also a self-employed consultant in human resource management and dispute resolution. Chachere was elected to the board in April 2005. She currently serves as the board's chair and has previously served two terms as vice chair.

"I have a reputation for listening to all sides of issues and making fair decisions," Chachere said. "I think my passion for education, respect for students and understanding of issues from an administrative and academic perspective will help me represent the citizens of Subdistrict 2.

Chachere started her own business, Employee Assets LLC, in 1996. She has practiced human resource management at service and manufacturing firms in the private and public sectors for 12 years. She also has 15 years of teaching experience in management, statistics, human resource management, employment law, collective bargaining and labor economics. Her research and publications have focused on dispute resolution for union and nonunion employees and other strategic human resource initiatives in relation to organizational effectiveness measures.

Active in professional organizations, Chachere is a member of the Association of Governing Boards and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). She currently is serving a three-year term on the ACCT Board of Directors, and was elected secretary-treasurer of the ACCT Executive Committee. She has served on ACCT's Governance and Bylaws, Public Policy and Finance, and Audit committees. In addition, she has served for four years as the ACCT Missouri State Coordinator, and plays an active role in state and national advocacy efforts. She is the past president of the Human Resource Management Association of Greater St. Louis.

Chachere expects to complete her doctorate in public policy studies and leadership at Saint Louis University in 2011. She completed her master's degree and doctoral coursework in industrial relations/human resource management at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. Her bachelor's degree in management and computer science is from Louisiana State University. She received the University of Illinois Robert Ferber Dissertation Award and the McNatt Award in Labor Economics, and in 1990-91 was a University of Illinois Distinguished Fellow as well as an Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations Distinguished Fellow.

Chachere is married with two children and three grandchildren. She also has hosted three exchange students who currently are studying abroad.