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Paraquad Adds Three to Board

ST. LOUIS (November 2021) — Paraquad is pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors: JoAnn Lam, Joseph Bayer, Jr. and Michelle Wieneke. All three began their service in October.

Joe Bayer Jr. Man in grey suit and blue shirt with yellow tie.

After earning a BA in Communication from Truman State University, Joe Bayer, Jr. entered the “real world” working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Over the course of 10 years, he went from an entry-level position to a management trainee, where he was “literally cleaning cars while in a business suit” to area rental manager for the mid-county area of St. Louis County. He eventually moved on to First Integrity Mortgage Services as Vice President of Business Development before becoming Executive Vice President.

He held the President position for the Mortgage Bankers’ Association of St. Louis in 2018 and currently sits on the Board of Governors for the MO Mortgage Bankers’ Association.

JoAnn Lam. Woman in red shirt.

JoAnn Lam has been a community advocate and an organizer for the disabled community for over two decades. Her projects in

clude leading a local support group, co-founding and leading a local advocacy group, coordinating with local governments to update ordinances and policies to align with state legislation and the ADA, advocating at a local and state level, and training others to self-advocate.

Prior to becoming a community advocate and organizer, Lam held a variety of positions in various fields, including as a teacher in Missouri and in Europe and as a social worker.

Michelle Wieneke continues a ten-year partnership between Regions Bank and Paraquad. Michelle began her career with Regions Bank in 1989. She started as a teller and in 1998 became a Teller Supervisor. In 2000, she transferred to the Trust Department as an administrative assistant.Michelle L. Wieneke. Woman in dark suit.

After graduating from Cannon Trust School in 2004, she was promoted to Account Administrator. Weineke handles the majority of the Special Needs Trusts, Guardianships and the VA accounts for the Illinois and Missouri offices. Michelle was a 2006 Regions Morgan Keegan Trust Ace Award winner for superior client service and a member of the 2012 Regions Chairman’s Club.

“We’re thankful for our committed board member volunteers who bring diverse perspectives and wonderful energy to our organization,” said Aimee Wehmeier, Paraquad President.

About Paraquad: Founded in 1970, Paraquad is a leading disability services provider in the St. Louis region. One of the oldest Centers for Independent Living in the country, Paraquad’s mission is to champion equity and independence for people with disabilities through services, partnerships, education and advocacy. A key focus is to make St. Louis more accessible for all people by advocating, building awareness, and delivering comprehensive services. As a Center for Independent Living, Paraquad’s Board of Directors, as well as its staff, is comprised of a majority (more than half) of people with disabilities.

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