Southeast Missouri State University alumna and West County St. Louis advanced practice dermatology nurse and business owner, Dr. Cynthia Ann Fleck, recently won the Mrs. Missouri, USA Universal title and is preparing for the Mrs. USA Universal Pageant in Reno, Nevada, this summer.
Fleck, a Chesterfield and Creve Coeur native, has written extensively and lectured globally on the subject of skin care and diabetic foot care. She is passionate about providing advanced skin care to those with diabetes and increasing the awareness of the importance of regular diabetic foot screenings, foot care and preventing amputations, which she represents as her platform for Mrs. Missouri.
She recently kicked off a national campaign to increase the awareness of the importance of diabetic foot exams called, “Show Me Your Sole!” partnering with The American College of Clinical Wound Specialists, the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. She says diabetic foot care issues plague more than 11 percent of Missourians and many of her patients.
“I am thrilled to wear the crown and represent the great State of Missouri and City of Chesterfield in my quest for Mrs. USA Universal while raising awareness for diabetic foot care and amputation prevention,” she said.
In celebration of her crown, Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation proclaimed May 16 “Cynthia Fleck Day” in the City of Chesterfield.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The American College of Clinical Wound Specialists, is the Assistant Chief Editor of an international peer reviewed wound management medical journal, is the Scientific Co-Chair of a diabetic foot medical/surgical/biotech conference, was instrumental in launching one of the most iconic advanced skin care lines in the country, serves on the Women’s Leadership Counsel for the Humane Society of Missouri and is the president and CEO of Cynthia Fleck & Associates, LLC, a medical/surgical/biotech/legal consulting firm located in St. Louis.
Fleck, a 1987 Southeast graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, received an Alumni Merit Award from the University’s Alumni Association in 2014 and was recognized as a Southeast Salutes award recipient in 2005. She presented the keynote address in 2014 at the University’s Power of Women luncheon and serves on the College of Health and Human Services Advisory Board at Southeast.
She is passionate about music, dance, theater, volunteer work, philanthropy, animal and young person welfare, as well as spending quality time with her mother and mentor, Clayton native, philanthropist and former beauty queen Judith Fleck, and her friends who embody her extended “family.”
Fleck and her mother joined the Southeast Horizon Club, pledging a gift of a continuous memorial scholarship for future nursing students who show academic promise and financial need. She says she is forever grateful for the love and guidance of her mother and her late father, Col. Douglas Fleck, to whom she credits all her success and accomplishments.
“My mother has always been the wind beneath my wings and my father, my rock,” she said.
She also has maintained a dear friendship with her undergraduate nursing professor at Southeast, Desma Reno, who she says was instrumental in her growth and development.
“Desma is one of those rare professors who touches your life and never leaves. She is a gift to the nursing profession,” Fleck said.
Fleck is married to Randall Ford Barker, an agriculture and data science executive and managing director for FarmLink.
For more information, contact Fleck at (314) 518-3846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.