Kay Gasen Thenhaus served as director of the Community Partnership Project at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, linking university resources with the needs and priorities of neighborhoods across the St. Louis metropolitan area. She was a founder of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy at UMSL, a leadership development and community building certificate program for neighborhood leaders that currently has more than 200 alumni throughout the St. Louis region. She has provided training and technical assistance to neighborhood and community organizations and led university civic engagement efforts.
Kay retired in 2014 following a 28-year career of community engagement and neighborhood development with the University of Missouri. In addition to her service with the Board of Directors at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, she is currently a commissioner with the City of St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency, recently completed an appointment as an Executive in Residence with the United Way of Greater St. Louis and is providing volunteer assistance to several community organizations and initiatives.