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Fall 2016 Class of Emerging Leaders Announced

Thursday, August 25, 2016   (0 Comments)
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FOCUS St. Louis® is pleased to announce the 27 young professionals selected for the Fall 2016 class of Emerging Leaders. The Emerging Leaders program offers a select group of St. Louis’ young and talented the opportunity to receive training to develop leadership and management skills. This competitive program provides participants with an increased sense of engagement in the region, as well as the tools to take an active role as the next generation of St. Louis regional leaders.

Over the course of the three-month program, Emerging Leaders gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the St. Louis community, an opportunity to develop leadership skills, a chance for personal growth and self-assessment, exposure to volunteer involvements, and a diverse network of peers. Click here to learn more about the Emerging Leaders program.

Fall 2016 Emerging Leaders Class

Karissa Anderson

Manager of Advocacy & Policy Research

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, St. Louis Graduates


Kalena Beckley

Account Executive- Public Sector



Michele Bildner

Coordinator - Assessment, Evaluation, & Policy Program

Saint Louis County Department of Public Health


Eric Cadell

Director of Procurement

Dutch Hollow Supplies


Ben Chambers

Development Officer

St. Louis Public Radio


Kaci Dannatt

Senior Manager, Oncology Services

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital


Sarah Doriani

Interior Designer

Forum Studio


Stacy Erker

Experiential Marketing and Events Manager



Jesse Francis

Supervisor Margin Analysis and Reporting



Jonathan Hofmann

Dean of Students and Culture

EAGLE College Preparatory Schools


Mark Hoppe

Senior Analyst

Edward Jones


Tom Kalla

Manager of Implementation

The Resource Group / Ascension Health


Aly Kowal

HR Manager



Jeff Lenhart

Managing Advisor

BKD Wealth Advisors


Sara Lewis

Agency Relations Manager

St. Louis Area Foodbank


Bernard Long, Jr.

High School Band Director, Adjunct College Professor

Normandy School District, Lindenwood University


Rachel Macon

Communication and Training Analyst

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


Tracie McKeown

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Mission: St. Louis


Kevin Petersen

Associate Attorney

Dentons US LLP


Kelly Quinn

State Director – Missouri

Best Buddies International


Shanna Seyer

Coordinator III

Webster University


Rachel Simon-Lee

Media Production Specialist

BJC HealthCare


Taylor Smith

Partnership Manager

College Bound St. Louis


Dionne Stewart

Senior Quality Systems Analyst, Internal Audit

Centene Corporation


Darren Wang

Program Coordinator

Grace Hill Settlement House


Lindsey Webster

Professional High School Counselor, Counseling Department Chair

Ritenour School District


Joe Wilson

Executive Director

The Civic League of St. Louis

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