Mission Statement

Our mission is to engage the St. Louis community in honoring and celebrating the crew and families of USS ST LOUIS (LCS-19)by creating memorable commissioning events, providing support that lifts morale and establishing a scholarship fund that invests in the crew’s continuing education. 

The Commissioning Committee of USS ST LOUIS has been organized and is directed by Barbara Broadhurst Taylor, the sponsor of the ship who will maintain a multi-decade relationship with the crew and their families that extends through the life of the ship.

Her Committee operates as part of the Navy League of the United States St. Louis Council. Its members are volunteers who represent a broad spectrum of skills and community interests and who work together to engage the community in building enduring relationships with the crew and honoring them for their patriotism and service.


Barbra Taylor

Barbara Broadhurst TaylorSponsor

Barbara Broadhurst Taylor, the sponsor of USS ST LOUIS, has deep ties to both the military and the new ship’s namesake that make her an ideal choice for the role.

Barbara’s father, Edwin B. Broadhurst, was a highly decorated World War II pilot who rose to the rank of a Lieutenant General in the Air Force before his untimely death. Her father-in-law, Jack Taylor, also was a decorated World War II pilot, serving on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and other ships in the Pacific Theater.

Barbara grew up all over the world as she and the rest of her family followed her father’s career. She landed in Colorado long enough to begin studies at the University of Denver and to meet Andy Taylor. Andy and Barbara married after her junior year in summer 1970 and moved to California where Barbara completed her degree in psychology at the University of San Francisco. Andrew C. Taylor, who took his first post-collegiate job in San Francisco that year, later became Chairman and CEO and now Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings, Inc., the automobile rental company founded by his father, Jack, in St. Louis in 1957. They have three daughters.

After moving to St. Louis, Barbara has served her adopted hometown with extraordinary dedication. As the first woman president of the Board of Commissioners of the Saint Louis Art Museum, she played a key role in the Museum’s expansion, culminating in the opening in 2013 of the acclaimed new East Building. Before that she had served as vice president of the board of commissioners and as president of the museum’s Friends Board and as a museum Trustee. At Forest Park Forever, an organization dedicated to restoring and maintaining the largest urban park in Missouri, she serves on the Board and Executive Committee. She also has served as a trustee for Webster University, Mary Institute/St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), The Junior League of St. Louis, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital Friends Board.  She is a member of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way.

Other interests include architecture and design, landscaping, travel, sports, and her two granddaughters.

Dawn Kotva

Dawn L. KotvaChairman

Dawn Kotva directs the Commissioning Committee’s efforts to engage the St. Louis community in celebrating and supporting the crew and family members of USS ST LOUIS. She brings to this role deep experience in executive operations, community relations and Naval service.

A St. Louis native, Dawn attended Northwestern University on a Naval ROTC scholarship.  She graduated with a B.A. degree in biochemistry and was commissioned in the United States Navy.  While on active duty, Dawn served on the USS YOSEMITE (AD-19) as the Communications Officer and Chief Engineer.  She worked as an Admiral’s Aide for Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command and then served as the Operations Officer for USS MERRIMACK (AO-179).

She currently serves as Vice President of Operations for MTM, one of the nation’s largest non-emergency medical transportation brokers. Prior experience includes executive management roles at Cigna, Express Scripts and Penske Logistics. She holds an MBA degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dawn is an active community volunteer. In addition to chairing the Commissioning Committee, she is a member of the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, on the advisory board of SouthSide Early Childhood Center, and an Impact Fellow with Focus St Louis.