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Announcing the 2016-17 Leadership St. Louis® Class

Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
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FOCUS St. Louis has selected 60 outstanding individuals from the private, public and nonprofit sectors for the 41st Leadership St. Louis (LSL) class. These participants join a prestigious 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.

 

“We are excited to welcome this talented and diverse group of participants 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., President & CEO of FOCUS St. Louis and Director of the Leadership St. Louis program.

Leadership St. Louis is one of eight leadership programs offered by FOCUS St. Louis to achieve its mission of preparing diverse leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region. To learn more about FOCUS St. Louis and its other programs, visit
www.focus-stl.org.

 

Individuals Selected for the 2016 – 2017 Leadership St. Louis Class:

Ann Balsamo

Vice President, Accounts

Elasticity

 

Scott Barthelmass

Public Information Officer

Eureka Fire Protection District

 

Elizabeth Bleier

Director of Talent Acquisition

KIPP St. Louis

 

Melissa Bowman

Advocacy Director – Illinois, Post Acute Care, and Regulatory

SSM Health

 

Chandler Branch

Executive Director

Art St. Louis

 

Lucy Brennan

Controller

Parents as Teachers National Center

 

Becky Bromberg

Vice President, Associate General Counsel

Maritz Holdings, Inc.

 

Tiffani Burris

Executive Director

Isaac Bruce Foundation

 

Apollo Carey

Member/Attorney

Lewis Rice, LLC

 

William Catalano

Director of Economic Development and Brand Marketing Director

Village of Godfrey

 

Francis Chmelir

Executive Director

ITEN

 

Patti Christen

Executive Director of Development

Jefferson College

 

Carol Clark

Senior Vice President

FleishmanHillard

 

Paul Costigan

Vice President, Program Development & Quality Assurance

International Institute of St. Louis

 

Nikki Davis

Director, Biotech Strategy and Operations

Monsanto Company

 

Riisa Easley

Independent Consultant (Project Director)

St. Louis Regional System of Care

 

Jacob Engle

Vice President

Twain Financial Partners

 

Karen Fincutter

Director, Boeing Defense and Space Development Communications

The Boeing Company

 

Julia Flood

Artistic Director

Metro Theatre Company

 

Mike Gibbons

Chief Information Security Officer

Edward Jones

 

Ellie Glenn

Government Relations Director

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

 

Jackie Hamilton

Chief Development Officer

Beyond Housing, Inc.

 

Jaime Haro

Senior Director, Enterprise & Market Risk Management

Ameren

 

Sharon Harvey-Davis

Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, & Chief Diversity Officer

Ameren

 

Joseph Havis

Vice President, Enrollment Management

Fontbonne University

 

John Headrick

Technology Development and Commercial Operations Lead

Monsanto Company

 

Merrilee Hertlein

Architect, Principal

Mackey Mitchell Architects

  

Lynn Huelsmann

Executive Director

Anderson Hospital Foundation

 

Karen Kharasch

Executive Director, Business & Research Administration, Siteman Cancer Center

Barnes Jewish Hospital & Washington University School of Medicine

 

Jason King

Director of Real Estate

IronRock Investments, LLC

 

Mary Kitley

Chief Development Officer

St. Patrick Center

 

Allison Klouse

Principal

Wildwood Middle School

 

Emma Klues

Director of Communications and Outreach

Great Rivers Greenway

 

Kristin Lappin

Vice President – Administration

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

 

Christina Lawrence

Vice President/Managing Director, MDO, Shopper Marketing

Nestle Purina Petcare

 

Darci Madden

Partner

Bryan Cave LLP

 

Kacey Mahrt

Vice President – Assistant Director of Project Management

U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation

 

Amy Mistler

Partner

Spencer Fane LLP

 

Greg Mohler

Vice President, Design and Construction

BJC HealthCare

 

Beth Orwick

Chief Trial Assistant

Circuit Attorney’s Office

 

Daniel Pate

Vice President, Asset Management

Blue Sky Capital

 

Rajiv Patel

Vice President – Medical Affairs

SSM DePaul Hospital St. Louis

 

Jason Penfield

Senior Vice President, Manager Commercial Real Estate

Commerce Bank

 

Stacy Reliford

Missouri Government Relations Director

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.

 

Richard Ryffel

Senior Lecturer

Washington University in St. Louis

 

Elizabeth Schmidt

Owner and Sole Proprietor

Betsy Marketing Archeology

 

Ann Seeney

Director, Human Resources

St. Louis Cardinals

 

Jarrod Sharp

Partner

Thompson Coburn LLP

 

Mariah Small

Director, Human Resources

Emerson – White-Rodgers Business Unit

 

Gerald Smith

Recorder of Deeds

St. Louis County Government

 

Brenda Stewart

Vice President of Development

Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter

 

Rikki Takeyama

Director of Strategic Engagement

St. Louis Regional Health Commission

 

Amanda Thompson Rundahl

Director of Learning and Engagement

Saint Louis Art Museum

 

Hannah Verity

Director of Global Program Development

Webster University

 

Charles Walker

Accounting Manager

Enterprise Holdings

 

Johnny Wang

Partner

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

 

Alisa Warren

Executive Director

Missouri Commission on Human Rights

 

Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge

Senior Director – Governance & Systems – Corporate Procurement

Express Scripts

 

Eric Winkles

Chief Program Officer – Education

Great Circle

 

Rebecca Zoll

President/CEO

North County Inc.


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