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Saint Louis University Women's Council

Formed in 1958, the Saint Louis University Women’s Council fosters and encourages interest in SLU’s educational and research activities. The group highlights women on campus who are doing amazing and innovative work, and supports the Women's Council Mary Bruemmer Endowed Scholarship.

A group of women pose for a photo together at a table during the spring luncheon.

Attendees of a spring 2024 Saint Louis University Women's Council event.

The Women’s Council began when Elise Werner, a noted philanthropist, invited a group of her friends to meet at Chouteau House (now Cupples House) on the Saint Louis University campus. They decided to establish a new organization to inform members about the University and its philosophy and objectives. The founding members aimed to both increase SLU’s reputation in the St. Louis area and to provide a channel to bring the University’s resources to the community. 

Mary Bruemmer Endowed Scholarship

Saint Louis University Women's Council members support the Women's Council Mary Bruemmer Endowed Scholarship, which provides about a dozen students with scholarship funds annually. Created to help meet the increasing need for financial aid among SLU students, the fund is named for Mary A. Bruemmer, a beloved and longtime administrator and full-time volunteer who served the University for 65 years.  

Support the Mary Bruemmer Endowed Scholarship

Women’s Council Events

The Saint Louis University Women’s Council hosts social and educational events throughout the year to highlight new or interesting programming and offer a space for faculty and staff to speak about their personal experiences. Join us for one of our upcoming events.

See Events Calendar 

About the Women’s Council 2024 Board

Two women pose for a photo together.

Sandy Burkel, 2024-2026 Women’s Council president, and Jerrie Coughlin, 2022-2024 Women’s Council president, pose for a photo at the group’s Spring Luncheon.

Sandy Burkel - President 
Angela Blackshear (A7S ‘78)
Sr. Mary Chaudet (Nurs ‘71)
Sheila Heitz
Maureen Hoock (DCHS ‘80)
Marilyn Horst (SW ‘77)
Margaret Mary Moore (A&S ‘79)
Patty Smith (A&S ‘71)
Jerrie Coughlin (A&S ‘65 Grad A&S ‘94) Past president 

Women’s Council Presidents

2024-2026  Sandy Burkel 
2022-2024   Jerrie Coughlin 
2020-2022   Gretchen Schulte
2018-2020    Amelia Kelly 
2016 -2018   Susanne Gerber
2014-2016    Pat Forster (Pat)
2012-2014    Roisin Hughes
2010-2012    JoAnn Lusser
2008-2010    Kathy Anderson 
2006-2008    Dottie Gorman
2004-2006    Kay Kaiser 
 2002-2004   Carole Less
 2000-2002    Jeanene Dugan 
 1998-2000    Kate Gunn 
 1996-1998     Mary Bommarito 
 1994-1996     Mary Ferrick
 1992-1994    Joan Lipic 
 1990-1992    Liz  Mudd 
 1988-1990    Nancy Dooley
 1987-1988    Nancy Bidwill
 1982-1987    Penny Farrell 
 1975-1982    Lorraine Murray 
 1964-1975    Marie O’Sullivan 
 1962-1964    Barbara Muckerman
 1958-1961    Elise Werner 



How is the Saint Louis University Women’s Council different from the Saint Louis University Women’s Commission? 
The Women’s Council is for women alumni and friends. The Women's Commission is an internal group for faculty, staff and students only. 
Is there a membership fee to join?

There are no membership fees or dues required to join the Saint Louis University Women’s Council. 

Is there a fee for events?

Most events do not have a registration fee. If lunch is served, a registration fee may be required to cover food expenses. Any fees associated with an event will be specified on each event registration form.