To email a member of our leadership staff: first_initial last_name@doorwayshousing.org. example: John Smith – jsmith@doorwayshousing.org



Opal M. Jones
President and Chief Executive Officer

Opal M. Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer of DOORWAYS, an interfaith non-profit organization in St. Louis, Missouri that provides housing and related supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS.  DOORWAYS assists over 3,200 individuals annually in 132 counties in Missouri and Illinois.  As the lead executive, Opal oversees this $10 million organization that includes five housing programs and a licensed 24-hour residential care facility.

Opal serves as President of the National AIDS Housing Coalition in Washington D.C., where she meets with other national leaders, legislators and government officials about HIV/AIDS policies.  She also serves on several advisory committees including the Missouri Housing Trust Fund and St. Louis Regional Health Commission.

Opal holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Her tenure as president and CEO at DOORWAYS has been marked by numerous recognitions including the University of Missouri – St. Louis’ Distinguished Alumni award in September of 2013 – the University’s highest honor bestowed on alumni, and the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, in February of 2014, for her impact in the St. Louis business community.  She was named one of the 2018 Diverse Business Leaders by the St. Louis Business Journal and received the Spirit of Justice Award from the St. Louis Bar Association in October 2019.

Gary MuddGary Mudd, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Gary Mudd brings almost 30 years of non-profit experience to DOORWAYS. Gary is a certified public accountant with ten years of public accounting experience at Deloitte and Kerber, Eck & Braeckel where he worked with numerous not-for-profit clients. He manages the information technology efforts for DOORWAYS and oversees all financial issues related to the growing organization. Gary holds a M.B.A. from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science – Accountancy from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Gary serves as board treasurer for PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization, and previously served on the boards of St. Louis Effort for AIDS and Art St. Louis.

Patricia_Plumley-croppedPat Plumley, MSW, MM, LNHA
Chief Program Officer

Pat Plumley is a a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and leads DOORWAYS’ four housing programs and a 24-hour residential care facility. She oversees compliance for issues related housing and related supportive services to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS. Before joining the DOORWAYS team in January 2014, she was the Corporate Program Services Manager for St. Andrews Resources for Seniors/Management and the Director of Senior Services for SSM Health Care. Pat holds Masters from both Saint Louis University and Webster University as well as several certifications.

Jim Timmerberg, MSW, MM, LNHA
Development Director

Jim Timmerberg leads the fundraising campaigns, giving events, planned giving, major gifts, stewardship, and strategic communications functions at DOORWAYS. With over 25 years of experience, he brings extensive knowledge of the development and communications fields. A long-time friend of DOORWAYS, Jim first became involved with the agency in 1997 as a volunteer and donor, ultimately accepting an invitation to serve on the DOORWAYS Board of Directors. Immediately prior to joining DOORWAYS as an employee, Jim held a leadership role at the Wilkinson Group, where he collaborated with more than 20 non-profit organizations, ranging from small social service groups to major arts organizations and institutions of higher learning. Jim is active outside DOORWAYS, serving on the boards of the Adlon Condominiums and Animal House Cat Shelter.



Brenda_Malone_webBrenda Malone
Subsidy Program Director

Brenda Malone has more than 21 years of nonprofit experience; eleven in the housing sector. Prior to joining DOORWAYS in 2003, she worked with resettling refugees and immigrants at the International Institute in St. Louis.  Brenda currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Ryan White Planning Council and has her BS in Business Administration from Fontbonne College.

Britta_Smith_webBritta Smith
Outstate Program Director

Britta Smith has more than 25 years of nonprofit experience; seventeen in the housing sector. Prior to joining DOORWAYS in 2007, she worked with housing individuals with special needs, children in foster care, persons living with HIV/AIDS, homeless individuals and persons affected by domestic violence.  In addition to the nonprofit skill set, Britta brings her nearly 5 years’ experience as a certified Realtor along with membership of the National Association of Leasing Professionals to DOORWAYS. These certifications along with being a State certified housing counselor affords Britta a comprehensive perspective required to provide quality services. Britta has her Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Illinois University.


Patrick Young
Human Resources and Volunteer Director

Patrick Young leads our human resources and volunteer management efforts. Patrick started at DOORWAYS in 2012 as office manager and assistant to the president. Due to organizational growth, a HR positon was created in which Patrick was promoted to in 2013. Since then, Patrick has worked with agency leaders to formalize the organization through new policies, procedures and initiatives. Patrick received his Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University in 2012, and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, the Human Resources Management Association(HRMA), and sits on the board of the Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association (MVMA). He received the credential of Certified Human Resources Professional from SHRM in 2016.


*Photo credits – Scott Lokitz, Joel Marion, Mark Moore and King Schoenfeld


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