Since 2010 Sneakers with Soul (SwS) has generated donations of over 15,000 pairs of new sneakers to at-risk kids in the greater St. Louis area. In addition to the donations of new shoes, Sneakers with Soul has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of volunteers over the years by bringing people face-to-face with the children and families that are impacted by the gift of a new pair of shoes.
Born out of a mission ministry at Manchester UMC in Manchester, MO, in October 2017, Sneakers with Soul moved out of the church to become a standalone 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SwS is now positioned to dramatically expand its mission beyond its local St. Louis roots to reach out and serve underprivileged children and youth here in the MidWest and beyond. By giving to Sneakers with Soul more lives are impacted and changed for the better. Thank you in advance for your support of Sneakers with Soul and the children and youth that we serve.
Maurice “Moe” Parisien
Founder & President
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Board of Directors
Maurice "Moe" Parisien
Founder & President (volunteer)
In 2017 following 40+ years a career consisting of sales and marketing management positions with major consumer packaged goods firms, database and digital marketing services organizations, Moe formally established Sneakers with Soul as a standalone 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand its reach in providing new, quality, brand-name sneakers to kids in need. His responsibilities as full-time volunteer are many-fold. Moe sets the strategic direction for the non-profit while negotiating pricing and special discounts with the shoe manufacturers and shoe retailers. Additionally, with the support of the volunteer Board of Directors, he is establishing and maintaining ongoing relationships with a network of churches and faith-based organizations, as well as social services organizations that are instrumental in the distribution of sneakers to the kids in need.
Joy A. Parisien
For over 30 years, Joy has been working with high school students in a wide range of mathematics coursework from pre-algebra to first-year calculus. Possessing a gift for explaining difficult concepts, she has been able to successfully teach a wide range of math topics. As treasurer, she is responsible for oversight of the nonprofit’s funds, along with its financial management reporting.
Joy and Moe have been working together in building the Sneakers with Soul ministry since its inception in 2010. She has been most supportive in working with Moe in managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.
James "Jim" Belval
Board Member (volunteer)
For over 40 years Jim’s career focused on engineering design and construction management in the healthcare…pharmaceutical manufacturing and hospital facilities. His work involved senior management positions in with both Mallinckrodt and later with BJC HealthCare. For both firms, he directed Planning, Design, and Construction activities that invested $150+ million per year in expansion and modernization projects.
As a member of the Sneakers with Soul board, Jim provides valuable strategic thought and direction stemming from his years of midlevel and senior-level corporate management experience. Importantly, Jim has a big heart and committed to the mission of serving the underserved in the communities served by Sneakers with Soul.
Ann Webb Camp
Board Member (volunteer)
Ann is an innovative, results-driven leader with repeated success in conceptualizing and implementing effective marketing and branding initiatives and guiding the strategic direction of SMBs in competitive markets. She possesses a talent for building consensuses with internal and external stakeholders to forge strategic alliances and advance shared goals. Ann is an expert communicator, able to optimize the productivity of sizeable, cross-functional teams with the creation of innovative training programs and leading by example.
Ann has been a long-time supporter of Sneakers with Soul, who was inspired by her dear departed father, Jim Webb, of St. Louis, who too encouraged and supported the mission of Sneakers with Soul since its early days in 2010. Like all of our board members, Ann contributes in the support of our mission both with her heart and mind.
Board Secretary (volunteer)
Mark is a seasoned entrepreneur and senior executive, consultant, and Board Member with more than 40 years of success across the retail, wine & spirits, restaurant, packaged goods, telecom, advertising, and financial services industries. Leveraging extensive experience in business development and strategic marketing for Fortune 50 clients in a variety of industries, he has assisted companies working on sales & marketing strategy or in need of expert guidance on influencing the behavior of consumers, employees, and/or channel partners. His areas of expertise include sales, marketing, employee engagement, behavioral economics, new business development, and strategic planning.
Mark is our Board Secretary and a valuable contributor to the process of furthering the mission of Sneakers with Soul through his vast corporate business experience and a considerable network of senior-level corporate connections.
Board Member (volunteer)
Scott is President and CEO of LifeWiseStl formerly Kingdom House, a holistic, family social services agency serving economically disadvantaged families living in the city of St. Louis. Since 2011, Scott has been a significant force in the success of Sneakers with Soul by putting in place programming to connect this organization with the clients of Kingdom House and Guardian Angel Settlement. Prior to his work at Kingdom House, Scott was employed by Edison Brothers for 21 years where he held the position of VP- Director of Stores.
Scott’s extensive nonprofit work experience focused on the poor has and continues to be an invaluable asset to the Board of Directors and the furtherance of the mission of Sneakers with Soul.