Board Members

Cwp_staffLyell H. Champagne

A native St. Louisianan, Lyell attended Cardinal Ritter College Prep and graduated from Senior Classical Academy at Soldan. He then attended Yale University on a National Merit Scholarship, and later Washington University School of Law.  After working for several of St. Louis’s leading law firms as a litigator, and a five year stint as Midwestern Regional Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Lyell founded his own law firm, The Champagne Law Firm, LLC.  He previously focused on litigation, primarily in civil rights, employment, education, real estate, and business disputes.  Former clients were mostly individuals, but also included some of St. Louis’s leading minority and female owned businesses.


 Mecca T. McDonald, MD

Community Wellness Project – Board Member for four years.  Consultant for AIDS/Syphillis.  Area physician for 17 years – Emergency Room/Family Practice.  President, Academy of Family Physicians for 2006.




Melba R. Moore, MS, CPHA

Cwp_staffMelba R. Moore is currently the Commissioner of Health for the City of St. Louis Department of Health.  She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from Webster University and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Health Management from Lindenwood University.  She has a certificate of completion in Management from the John F. Kennedy School of Government for State and Local Executives and has been approved by the Public Health Practitioner Certification Board as a Certified Public Health Administrator. In addition, Commissioner Moore was the recipient of 2009 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Services.

 She has taught a course entitled, “Investment in Success” to undergraduate students at Sanford Brown Business College. She serves on the Board’s of Director’s: FAIR Foundation-Liver Disease; St. Louis Connect Care; Community Wellness Project; and The Ethic Project. She served on the Regional Health Commission Board from 2000-2003. In 2007, Ms. Moore visited New Dehli, India where she was one of twenty delegates representing the American Public Health Association/the People to People International Program on an educational tour of the Medical Care and Public Health system.  She has over 20 years’ experience in executive leadership and management in the public sector.  Her areas of focus include program assessment, development, quality assurance and policy development. She also possesses advanced knowledge of health administration, with a particular sensitivity to policy issues of concern to public health, women, children and minorities.