Tucci quits Missouri March of Dimes board over firing of director [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 09--ST. LOUIS --Kim Tucci, president of the Pasta House Co. and a longtime civic booster, has resigned as the March of Dimes Missouri board chairman to protest the surprise firing of the nonprofit agency's state director, Mary Elizabeth Grimes.
"This is a travesty, and it's a setback for the March of Dimes," Tucci said in an interview Tuesday night. "Holy smokes. She's excellent."
Grimes was dismissed Oct. 1 as director of the Greater Missouri chapter by Shelly Goodchild, west region director for the organization. Grimes had worked there since September 2011.
Diane Droege, Missouri director of communications for the March of Dimes, confirmed that Grimes no longer worked there but declined to elaborate.
Grimes and Goodchild could not be reached for comment.
The March of Dimes is a national charity dedicated to reducing infant mortality and birth defects.
Grimes, with an MBA from Washington University, has worked in various leadership positions, including director of corporate marketing for BJC Healthcare. She's on various boards including the city's Convention and Visitors Commission.
Tucci said Grimes told him about the dismissal a week earlier. Then Goodchild called him and said, "'So, you will help us with the transition?' I said, 'Absolutely not. I'm out of here.' I said, 'I'm the chairman and you removed the executive director without telling the chairman and the board?'"
Although he was not told a reason for the dismissal, Tucci believes it may have to do with Grimes' support of Tucci as auctioneer of the organization's St. Louis Signature Chefs Auction, held on Sept. 25.
Tucci, who has served on several major boards, said he has volunteered as auctioneer for the fundraiser for about a decade. Last year, the organization used a professional auctioneer after Grimes was told by a superior to do so, Tucci said. This year, Grimes again called upon Tucci. He said he raised far more than the professional had the year earlier.
Tucci said Grimes told him that she had not received permission to use him as auctioneer.
Ruth Meyer Hollenback, the Missouri chapter's board vice chairwoman, was also surprised by Grimes' dismissal. Hollenback, vice president of provider engagement and contracting at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, also said Grimes had done a fine job and didn't know why she was let go.
"My commitment to the mission of the March of Dimes is still very strong, but I'm unhappy with the turn of events," Hollenback said.
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