Whether offering their life experiences or wisdom for making the most out of each day, older adults give so much to their peers and younger generations. The Shepherd’s Center believes in giving back. We provide volunteer run services and programs designed to help adults 55 and older maintain their independence and successfully age in place. It enriches their life…and our community.
To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, services or programs, email or call us at 314.395.0988.

Shepherd’s Center locations within the community

Webster Groves Christian Church

1320 W. Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63122 

Harrison Avenue MBC Annex

347 South Harrison Avenue
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Leadership Team

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Betsy Solomon, MA

Executive Director

Betsy Solomon has worked in the rewarding non-profit world of senior programming for 25 years – including various roles at the Shepherd's Center beginning in 2007. Her prior professional life included Education Manager for St. Louis Regional OASIS as well as teaching and curatorial positions with the Saint Louis Art Museum and Laumeier Sculpture Park.

In addition to working with older adults, Betsy loves art and continues to teach a regular schedule of art history classes for St. Louis Community College, OASIS and various churches. Betsy and her husband Mike have two teenage children, two cats, and three fish. Betsy is also a BIG fan of the Dave Matthews Band.

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Karen M. Zelle, MAT

Services Coodinator

Karen has spent much of her professional life in the field of coordination, holding positions such as Volunteer Coordinator and Bereavement Coordinator with Evercare Hospice & Palliative Care and Young Years Coordinator with the Community Music School of Webster University.

Married for 33 years to Rick Zelle, she has three sons and three dogs and lives in Manchester. In her spare time, she teaches early childhood music with the Community Music School of Webster University, sings with her family band and volunteers with the Great Rivers Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists, the Endangered Wolf Center and the Department of Conservation.

Mindy Bethke, MBA

Administrative Assistant

Mindy joined the Shepherd's Center in 2021 and will be assisting with day-to-day operations of the organization. Mindy was a technology tutor volunteer before joining us in this administrative role. Mindy had an extensive background working with non-profit organizations in New Mexico and Chicago, Illinois before starting a family in Kirkwood, Missouri. Mindy lives with her husband, Jamie, teenage daughter, Hazel, and their two dogs, Sparkles and Honey. In addition to family time and cooking, Mindy really enjoys playing guitar and singing.

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