The 2018 St. John Vianney Hall of Fame class was honored at a ceremony on Sunday, June 3, at Andre's West in Fenton.
Here is a look at each of the six inductees:
Don Eggleston has been a member of the Board of Directors of St. John Vianney High School since 2006 and has twice served as the Chairperson of the Board. He is currently the Chair of the Mission Integration Committee of the Board. Don enjoyed a 30-year career in health care, serving in the areas of community outreach, organizational development and mission integration for SSM Health in St. Louis. He is the founder of Mission Works, LLC, a teaching and consulting resource. He published a book in 2018 entitled "With All We Are: Mission, Purpose and Transformation." Don holds a Master of Divinity degree from Kenrick Seminary and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also completed a certificate in Leadership of Organizational and Social Change from Case Western University. Don and his wife, Mary Ann, have been married for 31 years and have two sons, Tim and Andy. His wife and sons are "pure gifts" in Don's life.
STEPHEN FREI '72
Stephen Frei '72 attended St. Peter's in Kirkwood before his time at St. John Vianney High School, which included winning the Bro. Joseph Lanfer Award, earning six varsity letters, winning four individual track and field league championships and being a part of six championship relay teams. He continued his track career at the University of Missouri. His professional career includes 52 years working at Emil Frei & Associates, Inc., including serving as the President from 1990-2016. He has had the privilege of working with wonderful priests, nuns, Bishops, Archbishops, and Cardinals all over the country. In fact, an employee commented that Steve was the only person he knew who had worked with two infallible people: Pope St. John Paul II and his wife. His charity work includes 14 years coordinating the volunteers at the Sts. Peter and Paul Winter Shelter, with five years serving on the Board of Directors there. He has volunteered at the USO since 2005 leading Friday night crews from 6-midnight. Steve's contributions to Vianney include volunteering as the football team's statistician for 15 years, donating for and working on the renovation of the Chapel, making regular contributions to various fundraising campaigns and sending his three sons to Vianney as well as convincing his daughter to send her son here. Steve has been blessed with a "terrific" wife, five children and eight grandchildren.
MIKE NORMILE '67
Michael Timothy Normile '67 is overwhelmed to be recognized as a man of character and accomplishment. His inspiration is his 46 years with Christine. He is equally proud of his four children, their spouses and his eight grandchildren (with a ninth on the way). He is a CPA with a BSC and MBA from Saint Louis University. His career included six years at national CPA firm Ernst & Young and 24 years at Mercantile Bank, where he advanced to Executive Vice President, Comptroller and Chief Accounting Officer before the company was sold to US Bank in 1999. He finished his career at the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, where he served as Chief Financial Officer until his retirement at the end of 2004. He has actively served as a community volunteer since his retirement. He serves or served on the Board of Directors of three local financial institutions. He has been actively involved at St. John Vianney High School since 2004 and a Board member since 2009.
BROTHER LEO SLAY, S.M., C.F.E.
Brother Leo I. Slay, S.M., C.F.E., who comes from a family that has been in the restaurant business since 1911, has been engaged in food service in the Society of Mary (Marianists) since 1949. For more than 68 years he has served as food service director at Marianist schools. Bro. Leo's distinguished career includes being chosen as St. Louis Food Executive of the Year in 1970, receiving the Missouri Restaurant Association's Professional Operator's Award in 1972, being selected as the St. Louis Restaurant Association's Man of the Year in 1974 and being voted into the Missouri Restaurant's Food Service Hall of Fame in 1992. Bro. Leo ran the St. John Vianney High School food service from 1989-1995. "I believe that there is no better way to be happy than to be of service to others," Bro. Leo said. "My duties as a religious in food service has always led me to understand that the best way I can be of service to others is to help them to serve God and his people with much happiness because of what I do in food service."
Jerry Stevison was an educator and coach in St. Louis Catholic schools for 45 years, including working at CBC, Vianney and Priory. He worked at Vianney for two different stretches, from 1970-1974 and then from 1978 and until retiring in 2013. He was Vianney's head librarian, in addition to teaching, for 30 years. In 2009, he edited and co-authored a book about Vianney's first 50 years. Jerry was a fixture of Vianney athletics for 39 years, as an assistant coach for the football team for all 39 years, including serving as the defensive coordinator from 1978-96, coaching the throwers on the track team for 35 years and coaching wrestling for 10 years. He received the John Kadlec Assistant Coach of the Year Award from the National Football Foundation in 2003. Jerry has been active in volunteer work for decades and since his retirement has continued to work at Carondelet Community Betterment Foundation food pantry and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish's St. Vincent de Paul Society. Jerry and his wife, Jackie, live in Sappington and have two grown children who graduated from Vianney — Jim (Class of 94) and Bill (Class of 1997). Jerry's brother, Tom, worked as a guidance counselor at Vianney from 1979-2011.
DOUGLAS A. ZINSER '92
Doug was raised in South County by parents Alan and Kathy Zinser, has a sister Kathleen Hollenberg (brother-in-law Matt Hollenberg) and brother Stephen Zinser (sister-in-law Katie Doering Zinser). He attended Most Precious Blood Grade School before St. John Vianney High School. He continued his education at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, finishing with a Bachelor's of Science Degree, a lot of good memories and great friends. He left for Chicago to chase after his love for the markets, and began as a Runner at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. After finishing his apprenticeship, he began trading in the Nasdaq Futures Pit with Jump Trading LLC. He continued his career as a Team Lead with Jump Trading. Doug now lives in Lincoln Park, Chicago, with his wife Andrea DaPrato Zinser, and his two daughters — eight-year-old Blake and six-year-old Amelia. His daughters attend St. Josaphat Grade School in Lincoln Park. Doug has been an airplane pilot for 20 years and enjoys flying to his farm in Hermann, Missouri, to escape city life.