2018 Affton Hall of Fame Inductees

2018 Affton Hall of Fame Inductees
Posted on 02/27/2018
2018 Affton Hall of Fame InducteesCongratulations to the 2018 Affton Hall of Fame Inductees, who will be officially inducted at the Affton Education Foundation's Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday, March 10. They include: 

Derek Blasberg

Writer, editor and New York Times best-selling author; Vanity Fair’s “Our Man on the Street” and senior staff member at the Gagosian Gallery; Host of “CNN Style,” a program devoted to fashion, art, architecture and design on CNN International; Contributor to a variety of publications, including numerous international editions of Vanity Fair, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and magazines such as Elle, W, WSJ. Magazine, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and the London Sunday Times; Editor of “Influence,” a fashion and art tome conceived by Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen; Co-author to several of the New York City editions of the Louis Vuitton Travel Guides; Author of New York Times best seller, “Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady,” and its expanded, updated and revamped version, “Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady;” Publisher of “Harper’s Bazaar: Models;” Collaborator with fashion industry image-makers such as Karl Lagerfeld, David Bailey and Marilyn Minter; Consultant on creative projects for luxury fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Fendi and Carolina Herrera; Host of several of Vanity Fair’s video series, including “Derek Does Stuff With A Friend,” which welcomed guest such as Katy Perry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Karlie Kloss and Victoria Beckham; St. Louis Fashion Fund honoree and Fashion Week Daily’s Fashion Media Awards “TV Personality of the Year;” Volunteer for Citymeals-on-Wheels, and supporter of the Friends of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thomas FarmerDentist practicing in Clayton and North St. Louis; Organized the lawsuit to restore Missouri Medicaid adult dental coverage in 2002 and testified in court in regards to the case. The case was decided in favor to restore dental coverage, which remained in effect until August 2005 when the state changed the law ending adult dental coverage. Independent historian; Co-author, with BYU Professor Fred Woods, of the book When the Saints Came Marching In: A History of the Latter-day Saints in St. Louis, which was published in 2009; Helped with planning for the new Arch Museum and attended a scholars’ conference discussing the new museum June 2012; Served as a go-between with the Church History Library, the National Park Service, and City Arch River (CAR) related to the procurement of artifacts and images; Coordinated with the National Park Service, City Arch River, Aperture Film Company, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the production of the new entry film for the Arch Museum; Participant in the Arch Museum film shot at Martin’s Cove Wyoming,  portraying the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail handcart pioneers;  First author for the article, “Sanctuary on the Mississippi: St. Louis as a Way Station for Mormon Emigration,” in Spring/Summer 2018 edition of The Confluence, a quarterly journal of Lindenwood University.

Jim LippertFormer President of Citizens Bank of Newtown; Founder of LOK Mortgage Company; Founder, with his wife Teresa, of JTL Properties, LLC, a real estate investment firm, CRES Management, LLC, a property management firm, and CRES Realty, LLC, a real estate brokerage firm; Recipient of numerous industry awards including “Best Owner of the Year” nine times between 2005 and 2014, “Best Company Management Team” for 2016, and the “Kansas City Cornerstone Award” from the Economic Development Corporation; Partner/investor in BalancePoint Corporation, an IT project solutions and staffing services company, Infusion Express which provides convenient IV therapy services, Certus Resource Group, LLC, which provides strategies for energy usage, and TriCentury Bank, a regional bank in Kansas; Creator of Lippert Family Farm, LLC, which owns and operates a 204-acre farm and horse ranch in Lee’s Summit, Jackson County, MO; Honorary Chair for fall and spring charitable events supporting The World Outreach Foundation, whose mission is to provide healthcare services to poor and vulnerable people both internationally and in the local Kansas City community.

Deborah PhelpsWorked for a St. Louis construction company and the New York Stock Exchange before pursuing an undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis; Obtained a certificate in Health and Human Services and a degree in sociology with honors; Completed two masters and a doctoral degree in medical sociology/social psychiatry from Yale University with a National Institutes of Health predoctoral fellowship; Earned a master’s degree in psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics from Washington University’s School of Medicine; Nominated for the Woman in Achievement Award; Has worked as an academic since 1993, and as a full professor at Fontbonne University since 2006; Nominated multiple times for the excellence in teaching award at Fontbonne; Published seven articles in a variety of academic journals; Completed training as an Usui Reiki Master, Integrated Breath worker and Karuna Reiki practitioner; Self-published a memoir on caregiving and advocacy entitled, Frank’s Arms: Stories and Lessons from a Caregiver and Patient Advocate; In conjunction with the memoir, interviewed for an article on St. Louis Magazine’s website, and appeared on “St. Louis on the Air” with Don Marsh.

Michael VogtAttended Roosevelt University in Chicago, then graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1986; Worked as a union pipecoverer, and owned and operated family tavern, The Olde Topper; Earned Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1996; Served as campaign manager for fellow Affton Hall of Fame inductee May Scheve Reardon when she won the Affton Missouri House seat in 1990 - the biggest political upset of that election cycle; Took over Rep. Scheve’s seat in 2002, and served in the Missouri House of Representatives for four terms before being retired by term limits; Served on the House Judiciary Committee, and became Ranking Member of the Committee on Fiscal Review in his final term; Acted as Democratic Party Committeeman in Gravois Township for twelve years; Currently an Attorney in private practice, and serves part-time as the South County Project Manager for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Serves as both the City and Prosecuting Attorney for the Town of Grantwood Village; Has conducted numerous trials before both judges and juries, and has argued cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals; Has attended more than 100 Missouri Tiger football games, two Super Bowls and five different Cardinal World Series games.
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