Wilma Saunders Schmitz has been a member volunteer Board of Directors of Family Care Health Centers (FCHC) for 20 years, ensuring compassionate and excellence in primary healthcare for 100,000 plus people in the Bi-state region. She also serves on the Missouri Primary Care Association, where she served on the Board Member Committee to mentor other Health Center Board members across Missouri. Schmitz holds leadership positions with the National Association of Community Health Centers committees. In addition, Schmitz was one of one hundred National Community Health Center leaders invited to the White House to discuss how the Affordable Care Act would help fill essential gaps in healthcare delivery for uninsured and underinsured people.
Schmitz also served on the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Community Advisory Council. She has served on the board of directors for the Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (now Voyce). Schmitz also contributed to KSDK-TV on issues facing older adults and their families.
Schmitz obtained her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and her master’s degree in Gerontology from Lindenwood (College) University. Schmitz is the Regional Liaison and Trainer for Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program. Schmitz is a St. Louis native and is married to Stephen Schmitz. She is the mother of two and grandmother of four.