Lyell H. Champagne


Lyell champagne, a native St. Louisan, 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 where he graduated with honors. 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

Vice President

Dr. McDonald, MD received her bachelors from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 1979, her master's at Southern Illinois University and her MD at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1987. She has served as Vice President of the Community Wellness Project board since its inception in 2003. She is a well-known and a respected physician in the St. Louis and East St. Louis area who has practice medicine for over 30 years in the emergency room and Family practice. She also served as President, Academy of Family Physicians.

Raymond L. Scott

PhD Secretary

Dr. Scott is a license Psychologist in both Missouri and California. A large portion of his clinical experiences involves providing age-appropriate and evidence-based services to adolescents, adults, and seniors experiencing a range of psychological disorders. He specializes in conducting psychological assessment of patients’ cognitive, personality and behavioral-functioning and providing individual and group therapy for military personnel and veterans and their families. Other areas of clinical work include providing crisis management and treatment for persons with trauma from sexual abuse, coherent sexual disorder and gender identity issues (LGBTQ) and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Tyrone Brooks


Mr. Brooks is a certified CPA with over 20 years of experience in accounting, serving as a plant controller, internal auditing for a pharmaceutical company and banking for small business owners particularly those in the healthcare field. He currently has his own independent accounting firm with services ranging from traditional general accounting, auditing, personal and corporate tax returns. He has a worldwide network of resources managing companies across the nation. He received his degree in accounting from southern Illinois University Carbondale and his Master’s in education with and emphasis in instructional design from SIUC. He is a member of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and serves on several local community boards.


Advisory Board

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The Community Wellness Project is searching for passionate individuals engaged in their local communities to apply for a seat on our Community Advisory Board. If you or someone you know would be good fit, please apply or forward this message along today! Community Wellness Project’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) is an 8–10-member group that is responsible for advising its Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and its community partners on the efficacy of the organization's programs, services, community needs and the future efficacy of the agency’s priorities for the future. Community Advisor Board Members (CAB) members serve for a minimum of 1 year on a two-year term. When vacancies arise, new CAB members are selected by the Nominating Committee which includes at least one board member, staff member and current community advisory board member. The CAB has a role and responsibility that is distinctly separate from our Board of Directors. Community expertise is highly valued and respected by CWP’s board, staff and volunteers, and therefore, those elected to serve as CAB members are strongly encouraged to complete the two-year term. This helps us ensure inclusivity of our diverse populations we serve, prepare frontline and mid-level leaders for future challenges in managing the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other related health disparities and ensures we have the best leaders in the best roles to maximize our agencies impact in our community. CWP solicits applications from individuals interested in serving on the CAB year-round. We need individuals to unleash their leadership potential to help us create programs and services that are aligned with the communities' services and programs needs that will have lasting impact on behavior changes that impacts communities through the test of time. Come join us for this very important role. CWP is making a difference in your community! If you have questions, please call our Human Resources coordinator at (314) 421-9600.