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FOCUS Announces 2015-16 Leadership St. Louis Class

Thursday, May 28, 2015   (0 Comments)
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FOCUS St. Louis has selected 67 outstanding individuals from the private, public and nonprofit sectors for the 40th Leadership St. Louis (LSL) class. These participants join a prestigious and diverse group of more than 2,000 leaders who have graduated from the LSL program since its inception in 1976.

Leadership St. Louis is a highly respected program for emerging and established leaders who have demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the St. Louis region. The 18-day, 9-month curriculum explores such issues as economic development, education, poverty and social services, racism, arts and culture, and the criminal justice system. Participants visit key sites in the bi-state region, engage in face-to-face dialogue with regional decision makers and gain a deeper understanding of leadership approaches that produce results.

 

“It is exciting for us to invite such a talented and diverse group of community leaders into Leadership St. Louis. Over the next year, they will experience this region in new ways and gain knowledge, skills and connections they can use to make a difference within it,” said Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D., FOCUS St. Louis Executive Director and Director of the Leadership St. Louis program.

Leadership St. Louis is one of seven leadership programs offered by FOCUS St. Louis to achieve its mission to create a thriving, cooperative region by engaging citizens to participate in active leadership roles and to influence positive community change. 

Individuals Selected for the 2015 – 2016 Leadership St. Louis Class:

 

Quen Agnew

Employer Relations/Career Specialist

Southeast Missouri State University

 

Barbara Archer

President

Archer Wealth Management, LLC

 

Andrew Barnes

Owner

Artisan Building Company

 

Lori Becker

Director of Development and Communications

Starkloff Disability Institute

 

Mirza Bijedic

Director

Better Family Life, Inc.

 

Keith Brooks

Director, Cardinals Care

St. Louis Cardinals

 

Cathleen Brueggemann

Director of Development

Missouri Botanical Garden

 

Jacqueline Byrne

Director of Development

Youth Learning Center

 

Emily Dai

Manager - Industry Relations and Public Outreach

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

 

James Frost

President/Owner

Accessible Strategies Group, LLC

 

Shannon Grass

Chief Development Officer

Epworth Children & Family Services

 

Deidre Griffith

Program Officer

Missouri Foundation for Health

 

Mary Elizabeth Grimes

President

Marian Middle School

 

Christopher Haffenreffer

Manager, Corporate Development

HBM Holdings

 

Kara Hanak

Director, Strategic Program Management

Express Scripts

 

Elizabeth Hartman

Director of Human Resources

The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum

 

Cathy Hartmann

Executive Director

Springboard

 

Ann Haubrich

Institutional Giving Director

Voices for Children

 

Simon Huang

CIO, Director Information Systems

St. Charles County Government

 

Arindam Kar

Partner

Bryan Cave LLP

 

Shawn Kormanek

Managing Director

Citi Bank

 

Jacki Langum

Staff Attorney

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

 

Maureen Larkins

Senior Director

Ascension

 

Peter Lazaroff

Wealth Manager

Plancorp, LLC

 

Brian Leahy

Senior Human Resources Business Partner

MasterCard

 

David Leipholtz

Director of Community Based Studies

Better Together

 

Elizabeth D'Agostino Letscher

Assistant Vice President, Real Estate and Community Development

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

 

William Liebermann

Owner

WJL Companies

 

Joey Mahari

Manager - Software Solutions

Emerson

 

Meg Manley

Senior Vice President

McCormack Baron Salazar

 

Ryan Martin

Assistant Vice President & Treasurer

Ameren

 

David Martineau

Executive Director

NCCJ STL

 

Scott Meyer

Director of Investments

BMO Private Bank

 

Sarah Rochelle York Moore

Manager, Quality and Regulatory

Young Dental Manufacturing

 

Brian Naber

US Commercial Operations Lead

Monsanto Company

 

Thomas Noack

General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary

Commerce Bank

 

Kimberly Norwood

Professor of Law

Washington University School of Law

 

Katherine Nowak

Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives

Mercy

 

Matthew Oldani

Vice President, Strategic Alignment

Deaconess Foundation

 

Wendy Orson

Chief Executive Officer

Behavioral Health Network

 

David Orwick

Partner

Thompson Coburn LLP

 

Jessica Pabst

Director of Advocacy - Missouri

SSM Health

 

Cordaryl Patrick

City Administrator

City of Dellwood

 

tinA pihL

Executive Director

Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation

 

Juli Plassmeyer

Vice President of Marketing

Nestle Purina PetCare Company

 

Antonia Ponder

Archdiocesan Elementary School Development Director

Archdiocese of St. Louis/Today and Tomorrow Foundation

 

Linda Rallo

Public Policy & Strategic Communications Consultant

Pick Strategies

 

Pradeep Ramakrishnan

Senior Project Manager

Enterprise Holdings Inc.

 

N. Ellen Reed-Fox

Vice President of Development

Neighborhood Houses

 

John Rohde

Senior Business Development Manager

World Wide Technology

 

Stephen Savis

Vice President - North America Human Resources

Monsanto Company

 

Lindsay Selner

Director, Activation Planning

BJC HealthCare

 

Suzanne Sierra Sewell

Owner

Sierra Public Relations

 

Donna Smith-Pupillo

Executive Director

Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries

 

Nancy Spargo

CEO

St. Louis Center for Family Development

 

Rebecca Spear

Director, Global Internships & Corporate Partnerships

Webster University

 

Angela Tate

Vice President of Operations

Behavioral Health Response

 

Scott Thoma

Principal- Client Needs Research

Edward Jones

 

Kristin Thompson

Financial Advisor

Renaissance Financial

 

Eugene Todd

Group Head/Managing Director

First Bank

 

Suzanne Wagener

Executive Director

Covenant House Missouri

 

Pam Weston

Director Employee Communications

Equifax Workforce Solutions

 

Sandra Wilkie

Director of Research and Evaluation

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

 

Megan Williams

City Attorney/ Assistant Corporation Counselor

City of Alton

 

James Wyrsch

Attorney/Owner

Khazaeli Wyrsch Stock LLC


 

 

 



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