Board President 

& Treasurer 

Bill Krenn brings to the Assisi House Board his experience as CEO and CFO of a local manufacturing company. Bill Krenn has been a servant of homeless outreach for the last 35 years, with emphasis on those experiencing severe mental illness. Beginning with serving at St. Patrick Center’s Shamrock Club in 1984 then founding the original Assisi House, launching one of the first Housing First models of accommodation in 1989. Also serving as a winter outreach advocate with Winter Patrol in the early 1990’s then continuing with Saint Louis Winter Outreach. The original Assisi House is still in operation along with the next five houses established in this new development. 




Vice President

Jerry King retired from his real estate development career after over 40 years in the industry, and over 30 years directing his own housing development companies. Mr. King developed over 1,500 units of housing in the City of St. Louis, both market-rate and low-income, new construction and rehabilitation, and for ownership as well as rental. His experience in this field is utilized at AHI in his role in directing the acquisition and renovation of the Assisi House buildings.  

Interested in joining the Assisi House Board? 

Please reach out to our Board President, Bill Krenn at wjkrenn@gmail.com


Deborah Sheperis


A retired healthcare executive, Deborah Sheperis has extensive people management and organizational skills, plus a masters degree in counseling. Ms.Sheperis combines her experience and skills to assist with organizational planning, and actively participates in business oversight of Assisi House operations, and day-to-day management of existing residences.

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Teka Childress

Teka Childress is a forty-year advocate of unhoused persons, starting at age twenty. She lived for over twenty years at a shelter with homeless women and children at Karen Catholic Worker House and then started a co-housing community with some of their formerly unhoused families. She has worked 16 years as a outreach worker to unhoused persons with mental illness for a community mental health center and has been an ongoing member of St. Louis Winter Outreach. She is currently part of a coalition to break down barriers for homeless persons to be sheltered and housed in neighborhoods throughout the city. 

Derrick Thomas

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