Executive Committee


Kevin Nicol

President, Founder

The Nicol Foundation’s (TNF) founder, Kevin G. Nicol, graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in education and taught in area schools for 11 years. Nicol entered the financial services industry in August 1981. The quality and quantity of business he produced has been frequently recognized. From 2009 through 2015 Kevin has been recognized by St. Louis Magazine as one of the St. Louis areas best Wealth Managers. Kevin was also one of seven featured in the April 11, 2011 issue of Forbes Magazine as one of St. Louis’ best financial advisors and The Wall Street Journal in September 2014 as one of the top 10 financial people to know in St. Louis.

Kevin is primary shareholder and President-CEO of Nicol Enterprises, Incorporated (NEI) dba Nicol Financial Services, a holding company owning: Nicol Investors Corporation (NIC), a Member FINRA and SIPC securities Broker/Dealer;financial-prioritiesNicol Advisors Corporation (NAC), a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA); and Kevin G. Nicol and Associates, an independent insurance agency.Kevin and wife, Elizabeth, are also owners of Nicol Investment Properties, LLC, a property ownership and management company. He also is a Mason, Shriner, Optimist, Rotarian (Paul Harris Fellow), member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Granite City CUSD #9, a Board Member for the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program in the Granite City CUSD #9, and honorary member of the U.S. Olympic Alumni Association – MO-IL Chapter.

As an author, Kevin has written many articles and has five published works: Financial Priorities, a Foundation for Financial Freedom; Making a Difference, the Nicol Way; Financial Priorities, the Workshop Series; the curriculum for NICOL University (NIC-U); a training program for financial services professionals); and Lean Not, Kevin’s autobiographical testimony.


Nancy (Nicol) Vetter-Staten, LCSW


Nancy Vetter-Staten is retired from being the Director of Social Services and Spiritual Care at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL for 21 years and Adjunct Professor of  psychology at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC), Belleville, Red Bud and Granite City, IL for 20 years. A first cousin to The Nicol Foundation founder Kevin Nicol, Nancy has extensive experience counseling, teaching and working with 501c3 charitable organizations.



Dr. Almeda M. Lahr-Well, Ph. D.


Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1969; Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 1972; and Ph.D. from St. Louis University in 1975. Being fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, Almeda has traveled and studied extensively on a world-wide basis. As an educator, Dr. Lahr-Well has taught at many institutions including, St. Louis University, McKendree College, Greenville College, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Washington University, Forest Park Community College and Lincoln Land Community College. In 1985, she founded the Lahr-Well Academy in Edwardsville, IL and still serves as President and CEO.

As an ordained minister and credentialed chaplain, Dr. Lahr-Well has always been very active in church activities including ministering, serving as pianist, organist, choir director and on many committees. Almeda is also securities and insurance licensed with Nicol Financial Services. Throughout her career, she has served with many organizations on numerous committees and received many professional, educational and community recognitions and awards.


Gail E. Mueller

Secretary, Treasurer

Gail graduated with her B.S. degree in education from Illinois State University and her Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. She taught thirty-four years in the Granite City School District, Community Unit #9 at the elementary and secondary levels.

Upon her retirement from public education, Gail became a social entrepreneur, working with an organization with a unique, innovative product technology and a mission to help 5 million children who suffer from malnutrition. Since 2008 she has been Series 6 & 63 securities licensed and life and health insurance licensed for the states of Illinois and Missouri with Nicol Financial Services in Granite City, Illinois. As an accomplished musician, Gail is also an ordained minister and credentialed chaplain working actively with many churches, religious and community organizations.


Elizabeth L. Nicol

Committee Member, Co-Founder

The Nicol Foundation’s (TNF) co-founder, Elizabeth L. Nicol, graduated magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in education. She is a retired teacher from the Granite City CUSD #9 and has dedicated her professional career to educating youth and working as a church choir director and organist. As wife to Kevin G. Nicol, Beth has been very involved with NFS business activities and has formed spouse support groups for Nicol Financial Services.



Dr. Jerry Staten, Ph. D.

Committee Member

Dr. Staten is a clinical psychologist and has been in private practice for over 40 years. Now retired, he was an Adjunct Professor of psychology at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC), Belleville, Red Bud and Granite City, IL for 20 years. Jerry is husband to The Nicol Foundation’s Vice-President, Nancy Vetter-Staten and cousin to Founder Kevin Nicol.



Dale Bohn

Committee Member

Cousin to Kevin Nicol and Nancy and Jerry Staten, Dale Bohn is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Dale is Association Manager at the St. Louis USBC (Bowling) Association and has many years’ experience working with 501c3 charitable organizations. He is a member of the Missouri Bowling Hall of Fame.