Don Ficken is a semi-retired business executive who been an active volunteer in the metro St. Louis area for more than 30 years. Most recently as a volunteer with the St. Louis Astronomical Society, he founded and chaired the St. Louis Eclipse Task Force that organized more than 300 volunteers and 160 organizations to help the St. Louis region be one of the most prepared cities in the country for the historic August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. He continues to manage the nationally recognized St. Louis Library Telescope Program that has placed more than 150 telescopes into the St. Louis Metro area libraries for patrons to checkout just like a book. He delivers more than 100 outreach programs each year to the public and has been recognized with a number of awards for his service.
Don is passionate about the mission of VOYCE to ensure the quality of life for people living in long-term care. Early in life, he regularly visited nursing homes to give friendship and comfort to those in need. More recently, the parents of his wife both needed long-term care. His Mother needed hospice during her struggle with cancer, and his Father currently resides in a long-term care facility. He recognizes that not everyone is as fortunate to have a caring family.
Don has served as Vice President Finance and Administration for the Naturalizer Division of Caleres, Inc, as President and CEO of Meridian Enterprises Corporation and, in his semi-retirement, continues to own and operate a variety of businesses that provide web-based services to corporations. Don has an MBA Finance from the University of Missouri in St. Louis and BSBA in Accounting from the University of Central Missouri.
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