President and Chief Executive Officer
Doorways Interfaith AIDS Housing and Services
Opal Jones became President and Chief Executive Officer of DOORWAYS in December 2012. DOORWAYS, an interfaith non-profit organization that provides housing and related supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS, assists more than 2,300 individuals annually in 132 counties in Missouri and Illinois. As the lead executive, Opal overseas this $7 million organization that includes four housing programs and a 24-hour residential care facility where some of the sickest people living with AIDS reside in Missouri. Prior to her tenure as President and CEO, Opal served as Director of DOORWAYS’ residential programs for four years.
In November of 2013, Opal joined the National AIDS Housing Coalition board of directors in Washington D.C., where she meets with other national leaders, legislators and government officials about HIV/AIDS policies. In November of 2014, Opal was asked to serve as Vice President. Opal serves on the Missouri Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee which advises Missouri Housing Development Commission staff on rules and regulations of Missouri Housing Trust Fund. Opal completed the Coro Women in Leadership program through Focus St. Louis in 2012, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which she obtained in 2000.
Opal’s 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. In September of 2013, Opal was invited to join the St. Louis Forum, an organization of more than 260 executive and professional women in St. Louis who have distinguished themselves through significant achievement in their field and contributions to the local community.