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Col. Ron Battelle
Executive Director, The BackStoppers, Inc.
Chief (Retired), St. Louis County Police Department

Colonel Battelle was a nearly 40-year veteran of the County Police Department and was promoted to Chief of Police on October 1, 1990. He was the first officer in the 50+ year history of the Department to advance through the ranks to the position of Chief of Police and was responsible for the overall operation of the almost 1,000 member Department that serves a population of over 1,000,000.

Colonel Battelle was appointed to the Police Department as a new police officer on October 1, 1965 and served in patrol and detective assignments. His management experience as a sergeant (1970), lieutenant (1971), captain (1975) and major (1978) include patrol, criminal investigation and staff assignments. His last command prior to being promoted to Chief of Police was Commanding Officer of the Division of Criminal Investigation (1985-1990).

Chief Battelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeast Missouri State University in 1976 and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the US Secret Service Dignitary Protection Academy, Member of the International Association of Police Chiefs’, Member and past Chairman of the St. Louis Area Police Chief’s Association, Former Vice Chairman of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis; Member of the Housing Authority of St. Louis County. Chief Battelle served in the Air Force and was stationed at the United States Air Force Academy.

As Chief, several new programs were initiated under his command, primarily Neighborhood Policing, including the Citizen Police Academy and Teen Police Academy, which will enhance Neighborhood Policing programs countywide. In May of 1996, Chief Battelle was selected as the “Outstanding Missouri Police Chief of the Year”. In September of 1998, under the leadership of Chief Battelle, the Department attained international accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), making the St. Louis County Police Department the largest local police department to achieve this accreditation.

Chief Battelle also participated in the statewide Homeland Security Panel to deal with terrorist threats, including development of first responder protocols and logistic and equipment needs. Chief Battelle oversaw acquisition efforts through federal grants to purchase equipment for police, fire and emergency services personnel throughout St. Louis County.

Chief Battelle retired from the St. Louis County Police Department as of June 1, 2004. He is now the Executive Director of the BackStoppers.

Chief Battelle and his wife MaryAnn reside in Chesterfield, and they have four grown children and five grandchildren.


Elizabeth Bettale
Office Manager

Elizabeth joined The BackStoppers in 2011. She excels in communicating with and building relationships with the families we assist, donors, and event organizers. Elizabeth looks forward to continuing the growth the organization has seen over the past several years.

“I have been fortunate enough to learn from Jacqueline’s example during our time together in The BackStoppers office. This example will guide me in my role as Office Manager. To serve the families of fallen heroes is a privilege, and I aim to do so to the best of my ability.” – Elizabeth


Jim Noonan
Office Administrator

Jim joined The BackStoppers in 2016.  He brings his passion for The BackStoppers’ mission and experience in the financial industry to his role.  Jim is committed to affecting The BackStoppers’ growth at this critical time for support of first responders.

“I love being a part of something bigger than myself, and getting to help the families of these brave men and women is something in which I take an immense amount of pride.” – Jim


Katelyn Klaus
Office Coordinator

Katelyn joined The BackStoppers staff in early 2017.  She exhibits enthusiasm for our mission and all tasks daily.  Katelyn is eager to grow, and accepts new challenges with fervor.  Her adaptability and drive are assets to the office.

“I am thrilled to be joining The BackStoppers team! Coming from a family of first responders, it really means a lot to be able to honor and remember our fallen heroes.” – Katelyn


Maggie Schmidt
Office Assistant

Maggie joined The BackStoppers in spring of 2017.  Her great focus and work ethic allow her to acquire the knowledge and skills of her position with ease. Maggie contributes to the harmony of the office.

“I enjoy working at BackStoppers because as an organization we are here to protect and serve the families of the fallen heroes in appreciation for their sacrifices.” – Maggie


Jacqueline Bettale
Office Manager (Retired)

It is with simultaneous joy and sadness that we announce the retirement of Jacqueline Bettale. After nearly twelve years of dedication and hard work as the Office Manager of The BackStoppers, Jacqueline departs to pursue volunteer opportunities and spend more time with her grandson. Both the office and the entire organization are better because of her leadership, devotion, and organizational skills. Jacqueline’s compassion and wisdom will be truly missed, and we cannot thank her enough for the impact she has made on the families we assist, our staff, and the organization.


“It’s been my honor to work for the organization and to get to know many of the families we assist.  I admire their strength and dedication to their families.  It’s also been a pleasure being able to speak with so many donors and members – their heart-felt support of our mission allows The BackStoppers to continue to help families in the best way possible for each family.” – Jacqueline