Mayor & Council Member Biographies

Composition. The Council shall consist of a Mayor and eight (8) Council members.
 
Representation. The Mayor shall represent the City at large. Two (2) Council members shall represent each of the four (4) districts established under Section 110.060.
 
Eligibility. The Mayor and each Council member shall be a qualified voter of the City. The Mayor and each Council member shall be a resident of the City and shall have been a resident of the City for at least one (1) year prior to his/her election. Additionally, each Council member shall be a resident of the district which he/she represents.
 
Terms. The Mayor and each Council member shall be elected for a four (4) year term except as provided in Section 110.020(D). The terms of the two (2) Council members representing each district shall be staggered so that only one (1) such Council member's term expires in each even-numbered year.
 
Limitation On Terms. There shall be no limit to the number of terms a person may serve as Mayor or Council member; provided however, that no person shall be eligible to be elected to more than three (3) consecutive four (4) year terms as Mayor or Council member.
 
Compensation. The compensation rate set for City Council members shall be as one hundred twenty dollars ($480.00) per month. 

Mayor
Jim Thomson
314-644-2128
jthomson@richmondheights.org

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    Jim Thomson, elected Mayor in April 2016, is a lifelong resident of Richmond Heights. Six generations of his family have lived and attended school and church in Richmond Heights. He and his wife, Kathy, and two children lived on Harter Avenue until the highway expansion, and now reside on Claytonia Terrace. Mr. Thomson is retired after 34 years with the St. Louis Public School system and served as a Richmond Heights District 2 Council member from 2008-2012. Mayor Thomson has always been interested in active community participation with residens and encourages keeping residents informed through District meetings and City messaging systems.  He encourages our residents to enoy the CIty's newest businesses, restaurants, and park improvements and looks forward to providing a high level of communication with City residents.  

Mayor Thomson's term expires in April 2020.

Council District 1

Joan Provaznik
314-645-2479
jprovaznik@richmondheights.org

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Joan Provaznik and her family have lived in Richmond Heights for 27 years and are members of Little Flower Parish. She has an undergraduate business degree from William Woods College and a law degree from St. Louis University.  She has previously worked in public accounting and is currently the Business Manager at Bishop DuBourg High School.  She has held leadership positions in several organizations, including the Richmond Heights Historical Society Treasurer since 2004.

She was elected for her first term representing District 1 in April 2016; her term will expire in April 2020.

Lisa Eppert
314-799-2520
leppert@richmondheights.org     

 lisa fixedLisa Eppert has lived in Richmond Heights for the past 19 years.  She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Degree in Business Administration and Advertising.  Lisa and her husband, Patrick, currently own a marketing services agency executing marketing programs for a broad range of national clients, some in highly regulated industries, and local, national, and international non-profits. She has held many leadership roles in the community including President of both Little Flower Ladies' Club and Little Flower School Board. Lisa is currently Vice President of St. Louis non-profit, Lolly's Place, and a member of the Board of Directors for international NGO, Media Matters for Women.  They have 3 daughters, two at Little Flower Catholic School and one at Nerinx Hall. 

She was elected for her first term representing District 1 in April 2018; her term will expire in April 2022.

Council District 2

Rick Vilcek
314-645-3034
rvilcek@richmondheights.org

vilcekCouncil Member Rick Vilcek and his family have resided in Richmond Heights since 1969. In January 2012, Mr. Vilcek retired as Chief of the Richmond Heights Police Department after completing nearly 43 years of service. He started his law enforcement career with the RHPD in March 1969. Under his leadership, the RHPD achieved international recognition through the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA) in 2008. The RHPD was reaccredited in 2011. Mr. Vilcek is a veteran of the U.S. Army who served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1967 through 1968. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is a 2003 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy. Mr. Vilcek and his wife Cindy have three grown children and 11 grandchildren – three of whom attend Maplewood-Richmond Heights Schools. 

He was elected for his first term representing District 2 in April 2012; his third term will expire in April 2020.

Reginald Finney
314-795-6126
rfinney@richmondheights.org

FinneyReginald Finney has lived in Richmond Heights for more than 50 years and is serving his first term on the City Council. A graduate of Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, Mr. Finney has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Washington University as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in practical theology from Metropolitan Christian Bible Institute. An Air Force veteran, Mr. Finney currently is employed as an IT solutions analyst with Jet aviation at the St. Louis Downtown Airport. 
Mr. Finney formerly served on the RH Recreational Advisory Board and founded the Hadley Township Homeowners Association and the MRH Hall of Fame Restoration Committee. He also co-founded the now-defunct Concerned Citizens for the Betterment of Richmond Heights. Mr. Finney has an adult daughter, Gwendolyn Rusan, of Jefferson City.

He was elected for his first term representing District 2 in April 2014; his second term will expire in April 2022.

District 2 Community Meetings

Reginald Finney and Rick Vilcek host community meetings at 10 a.m. every second Saturday of the month at THE HEIGHTS in order to hear from their constituents and to share information about important issues and updates. Residents from throughout the City are welcome to attend. 

Council District 3

Megan Moylan
314-348-7191
mmoylan@richmondheights.org

moylanMegan Moylan has lived in Richmond Heights since 2005. She is now serving her first term on the Richmond Heights City Council. Mrs. Moylan has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Truman State University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of Missouri St. Louis. Her prior work experience includes teaching, human resources and social services. She plans to return to teaching in the near future. She and her husband, Heath, recently purchased their second home in District Three and look forward to being in Richmond Heights for many years to come. She has three young children who attend the Maplewood Richmond Heights schools and is active in the MRH School District.


Her current term representing District 3 will expire in April 2020.
She was elected for her first term representing District 3 in April 2013 due to a vacancy; her second term will expire in April 2020.

 

Ashley Metcalf
314-210-9276
ametcalf@richmondheights.org

ashley finalAshley Metcalf is a St. Louis native and has lived in Richmond Heights since she was 16.  After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned a Bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, she moved back to Richmond Heights. Ashley and her husband, Joe, and their two daughters live on Princeton Place with both children enrolled in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights school system.  
Ashley works as a Senior Manager for Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate firm, where she represent tenants. She ensures her clients' needs are met and provides leadership to her team of associates. Ashley also volunteers for non-profit organizations such as Crisis Nursery and various local theater groups. 

She was elected for her first term representing District 3 in April 2018; her term will expire in April 2022.

Council District 4

Danny Hebenstreit
314-779-6811
dhebenstreit@richmondheights.org

website MSH_5969Council Member Danny Hebenstreit is a native St. Louisan and has lived in Richmond Heights with his wife for the last five years. For the past 36 years, he has been employed by Anheuser-Busch, and during his tenure, he served as a shop steward participating in the resolution of issues between labor and company. He is knowledgeable in many areas of construction, has owned and operated rental space, and has restored/renovated properties to increase their value. Through all of this, he is able to provide insight to the needs of both landlords and renters. He has a strong commitment to community service as a United Way representative, building several Habitat for Humanity homes, co-organizing a community park revitalization program, and volunteered in many capacities for local school districts.

He was elected for his first term representing District 4 in April 2016; his term will expire in April 2020.

 

Dan Sebben
314-991-3832
dsebben@richmondheights.org

SebbenFirst-term Council Member Dan Sebben has lived in Richmond Heights with his wife, Judy, and daughter, Jessica, for the past six-and-a-half years.He and Judy also have three adult daughters. Mr. Sebben has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s in secondary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a master’s in business management from Webster University. He has worked at Webster Groves High School for the last 27 years as a guidance counselor and cross country and track coach. 
In May 2013, he retired from his counselor position. For the last 32 years, Mr. Sebben also has worked as an athletic event management consultant for Eckelman/Sebben Consultants. While working for the Webster Groves School District, Mr. Sebben has served on community-based committees and task forces. For 12 years, he served on the St. Louis Track Club Board of Directors and was a three-term president of the Board.

He was elected for his first term representing District 4 in April 2014; his second term will expire in April 2022.
Charter Provisions for Council and Mayor
Per the Municipal Code, Section 115.010