Welcome Aboard, the phrase is written on multi-colored stickers, on a brown wooden background. Business concept, strategy, plan, planning.

Tim M. Murch, chairman of the Buddy Fund, a St. Louis-based charity that provides sports equipment to underserved at-risk youth, announced Amy Tipton and Nate Kulla have joined the Board of Operations.

Tipton, a mother and former elementary education teacher, hopes to give kids a new vision for their future through team experiences. Her devotion to kids and our city will give The Buddy Fund a passionate view in extending its outreach.

As a senior manager, Kulla has more than 7 years of experience as a CPA working for BKD, LLP, a national CPA and advisory firm. He is member of the BKD Foundation Committee for the St. Louis office and serves on the Rockhurst University Alumni St. Louis Leaders Council and St. Louis Alumni Council. He also serves on the finance committee at St. Joan of Arc Parish in South St. Louis City. With a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting and finance and an M.B.A. degree, Kulla will be a great asset helping The Buddy Fund reach their growing financial goals.

The Buddy Fund is a charity helping St. Louis area children without regard to race, ethnicity or religion. It was founded in 1962 by St. Louis Sportscaster Buddy Blattner to supply new sports equipment to other charities and organizations that used sports to help redirect and change the lives of at-risk underserved youth, including boys and girls clubs, police athletic leagues, homes for kids, community centers and after school programs.