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.

Karen and Pegi believe that Betsy is our Wonder Woman who gets it all done without ruffling her cape and her boots are always shined.

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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.

Pegi and Betsy say that Karen is truly a Renaissance Woman.

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Pegi Nardoni

Office Manager

Pegi Nardoni joined Shepherd’s Center in 2007 and is instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the organization. With over 40 years of experience, Pegi has worked for companies such as Clinique and Maritz, but believes that nothing is more rewarding than working at the Shepherd’s Center (her first non-profit) where she says, “the sun always shines.”

A wife, mother and grandmother, when she is not at work, she is involved in giving back to her community through the Affton Elks #2635 and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 555, where she holds a committee chair in one and is an officer in the other.

Karen and Betsy describe Pegi as a “tornado of joy and good will.”