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Introducing the Inaugural Class of FOCUS Impact Fellows

Wednesday, March 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
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FOCUS St. Louis® is pleased to announce the individuals selected for the first class of FOCUS Impact Fellows. Launched in 2016 with support from the William T. Kemper Foundation, the program represents FOCUS’ most advanced offering and gives leaders the opportunity to work together to address a specific issue in the St. Louis region.


In addition to working toward a tangible outcome, program and/or solution, participants will gain considerable training and experience in change management, problem-solving, systems thinking and project management. While FOCUS Impact Fellows is new for the St. Louis region, similar programs in other cities have had significant success in facilitating positive and sustainable change on issues ranging from economic development to health to education.

The first class will be using the Ferguson Commission report as a guidepost and framework for their work.Our hope is that the FOCUS Impact Fellows, trained leaders with a passion for civic engagement, will commit their time and energy to a signature priority, developing and implementing a plan to bring it to life in our region,” said Felicia Pulliam, director of the program.


Beginning in March, the class will carry out its work over a 10-month period. For more information on the FOCUS Impact Fellows, or other FOCUS leadership programs, visit


2016 FOCUS Impact Fellows

Melanie Adams

Managing Director, Community Education & Events

Missouri History Museum


Kelly Annis


ULI St. Louis


Bill Bayer

Director of Syndications & New Business Initiatives

U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation


Katie Carpenter

Program Manager



Leann Chilton


BJC HealthCare


Patrick Clarkin


Charles L. Crane Agency


Desiree Coleman

Vice President

Wells Fargo Advisors


Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez

Interfaith Consultant


Liz Haynes

Director of Special Programs

Maryville University


Tameka Jones

Digital Marketing Manager

The Salvation Army Midland Division


Missy Kelley

President & CEO

Downtown STL, Inc.


Steve Lewis

Vice President

Associated General Contractors of Missouri


Turan Mullins

Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Maryville University


Tom Noack

General Counsel, Vice President & Secretary
Commerce Bank


Arthur Porter

Senior Vice President

Marks and Associates


Cassandra Brown Ray

Director of Finance

Saint Louis Zoo


Steph Regagnon

Founder & CEO

Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation


Ruth Sergenian

Director, Economic Research & Analysis

St. Louis Regional Chamber


Paul Sorenson

Director of Strategic Communications & Planning

Grace Hill Settlement House


Greta Todd

Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Affairs

St. Louis Children’s Hospital


Sue Wagener

Executive Director

Covenant House Missouri


Kevin Windham

Marketing Assistant

Southeast Missouri State University


Jacinta Witherspoon

Community Volunteer/Human Resource Development

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