Introduction
If you’re thinking about higher education, Siba’s small class sizes, individual attention, and expert instructors can help you develop the skills today’s employers seek in graduates. We strive to make our community accessible to students of all backgrounds by offering a variety of financial aid options. Since our establishment in 1947, we have been dedicated to strengthening our region with a committed presence downtown and exceptional graduates.

Our History
Stevens – The Institute of Business & Arts (Siba) got its start in 1947 as Patricia Stevens, a modeling and finishing school for women. And although we have always been located in downtown St. Louis, we are proud to have moved to our permanent campus in the historic garment district on Washington Avenue in 2010. Over the years, the college has grown and evolved with the times. In the 1980’s we became co-educational, and in 2008 we added Bachelors degree programs to our offerings. Among our longest-running programs are Fashion Development & Merchandising, Business, and Interior Design, all of which have undergone curriculum updates and program title changes over the years as technology and demand changed. Our more recent program additions of Paralegal Studies (1995) and Graphic Design (2016) also undergo constant evaluation to remain viable for today’s employers. Stevens – The Institute of Business & Arts became our new name when we moved to our current home at 1521 Washington Avenue - the school’s first permanent campus. The 25,000 square foot building underwent a $3 million dollar renovation that was designed specifically for our small classes and program needs. The building’s rich history in St. Louis’ Garment District harkens back to 1917 when it was constructed for the George E Keefe shoe factory.

Our Faculty
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Cynthia Musterman
Cynthia Musterman
President
Emilee Schnefke
Emilee Schnefke
Academic Dean & Registrar
Steve Asher
Steve Asher
Department Head, Paralegal Studies; Career Services Director
Chrissa Siamps
Chrissa Siampos
Financial Aid Director
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Chrissa Siampos
Financial Aid Director
Mrs. Siampos holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and was employed at Boeing for twelve years. She also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Ms. Musterman holds a B.A. in Communication from Arizona State University and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law. In addition to her duties as President, Ms. Musterman serves as Academic Dean for evening school students.
Mrs. Schnefke holds a B.S. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and a M.S. in Human Resource Management from Lindenwood University. Mrs. Schnefke has been employed at Siba since 2007, beginning as an Admissions Recruiter. In addition to her administrative duties, she currently teaches courses in General Studies and Business Administration.
Steve Asher
Department Head, Paralegal Studies; Career Services Director
Mr. Asher holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mr. Asher teaches classes in the Paralegal Studies and heads the Career Services department.
Chrissa Siampos
Financial Aid Director
Mrs. Siampos holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and was employed at Boeing for twelve years. She also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Cynthia Musterman
President
Ms. Musterman holds a B.A. in Communication from Arizona State University and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law. In addition to her duties as President, Ms. Musterman serves as Academic Dean for evening school students.
Ratesha Nicholson
Department Head, Business Administration
Janelle Schrumpf
Department Head, Interior Design
Lynne Wasson
Department Head, Fashion Development & Merchandising
Shane Duncan
Department Head, Graphic Design
Sara Dorn
Director of Admissions
Tameca Bevly
Facilities Manager
Ayla Gehner
Recruiter
Meghanne Frere
Student Services Coordinator
Adjunct Professors

In addition to our highly qualified full-time faculty members, Siba employs several gifted and dedicated adjunct instructors, most of whom work full-time and/or maintain businesses and practices in their respective fields of expertise.

We are always on the lookout for knowledgeable professionals with expertise in the subjects we teach. If you’re interested in being considered for a future adjunct position, please submit your resume and cover letter to resume@siba.edu.

Military Students

It has always been important to us to honor the commitment and courage of our veterans and first responders. As a VA-approved institution, Siba has been working to meet the educational needs of our citizens who have served in the armed forces since the institution was established. We understand the sacrifices our veterans make to ensure our freedoms and are proud to offer a variety of benefits to them.

We also work to accommodate the needs of students who may be called to duty during their time at Siba. Students will not lose credits because of deployment and, if possible, can pick up where they left off in the curriculum after returning home. We accept transfer credits earned during training, as well as ACE credits. Military students are also exempted from our $25 application fee, our quarterly textbook and campus technology fee, and their graduation fees are included in tuition. Those benefits extend to First Responders and their dependents as well. See our Military Benefits page for more details.