Meet the 2020-21 Class of Leadership St. Louis

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis has selected 56 outstanding individuals from the private, public and nonprofit sectors for the 45th Leadership St. Louis (LSL) class. These participants join a prestigious group of nearly 2,500 leaders who have graduated from the LSL program since its inception in 1976.

Leadership St. Louis is a highly respected program for experienced leaders who have demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the St. Louis region. The immersive nine-month curriculum explores issues such as economic development, racial equity, education, criminal justice, poverty, immigration and arts and culture. Leadership St. Louis is designed to challenge participants’ thinking, expose them to new ideas and perspectives, and promote discussion, reflection and action. Many graduates describe the experience as “transformational,” arming them with the tools, resources and connections to lead more effectively in their personal, professional and civic roles.

“The need for collaborative leadership has never been greater in our region,” says Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D., President & CEO of FOCUS St. Louis and Director of the Leadership St. Louis program. “We’re excited to bring together this diverse group of leaders to gain a deeper understanding of St. Louis’ civic landscape by exploring the issues, institutions and systems shaping it.”

Leadership St. Louis is one of six leadership programs offered by FOCUS St. Louis to further its mission of educating and connecting leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region. Find your FOCUS program today.

2020-21 Leadership St. Louis Class

Betsy Abente
Associate Director, International Center for Child Health and Development
Brown School, Washington University

Erin Bachelier
HR Administrator
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

David Benitez
Senior Government Relations Coordinator
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Will Bonfiglio
Director of COCAbiz
COCA – Center of Creative Arts

Lauren Brenner
General Counsel and Compliance Officer
Mid-America Transplant

Patrick R. Brown
Community Development Executive
Ameren Missouri

Rebecca L. Brown
Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff to Chancellor Martin
Washington University

Chris Carl
Managing Director
Slalom

John Nasukaluk Clare
CEO & General Manager
Classic 107.3

Arthur Clyne
Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Management Consulting
Commerce Trust Company

Ja’Net Daniels
Founder and President
BeLovely

Kiesha Davis
Director, Partnership and Capacity Building
Deaconess Foundation

Carey DeLargy
Domestic Violence Court Manager
Family Court of St. Louis County

Steve Dilley
Chief Lending Officer
St. Louis Community Credit Union

Dr. Molly Elrick
Data Modeling Senior Lead
The Climate Corporation, A Division of Bayer

Julie Erickson
Executive Director
Center for Hearing & Speech

Steven Fiamingo
Vice President of Transformation
Ascension

Ken Fields
Corporate Reputation Lead
FleishmanHillard

Jason Frazier
President/CEO
MindsEye Radio

Karen Ganschaw
Director of Marketing
Nestlé Purina PetCare

David Goeke
Director – Tax Mergers & Acquisitions
Emerson Electric Co.

Sara Govero
President
Govero Asset Management
Director of Client Relations
Cosmich Simmons & Brown

Michael C. Gray
Senior Vice President
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Charlisha L. Greene
Senior Director, Supply Chain
The Boeing Company

Lisa Greening
Project Manager
Turn the Page STL

Dr. Jessica C. Harris
Interim Assistant Provost
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Reginald L. Harris
Partner
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Alesha Henley
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
St. Louis Regional Chamber

Margaret Hillman
Shareholder
Polsinelli PC

Sarah Hobson, Ph.D.
President and Founder
Community Allies

Leslie Holloway
Chief Development Officer
YWCA Metro St. Louis

Heather Kellogg
Director of Home Lending Sales Execution & St. Louis Site President
Citi

Aaron B. Lang
Vice President and Branch Manager
Enterprise Bank & Trust

Takisha Lovelace
Executive Director, Community Health Operations
Mercy

Brian Malone
Attorney/Shareholder
Lashly & Baer, P.C.

Sara Melly
Partner
Thompson Coburn LLP

Jo-Elle Mogerman
Director- North Campus
Saint Louis Zoo

Amanda Partyka Norris, AIA
Lead Architect
Core10 Architecture

Kelly Peck
Vice President
Barrett Barrera Projects

Kiel Peregrin
Senior Vice President, Operations
Bethesda Health Group

Rev. James K. Poinsett
Executive Director
Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

Sekhar Prabhakar
CEO
CEdge

Gaelle Prophete
Executive Director
Junior League of St. Louis

Melanie Renken
General Counsel
Object Computing, Inc.

Aimee Rowbottom, AIA
Director of Architecture & Interiors
Jacobs

Anaja “AJ” Sander
Vice Chair
Ferguson Youth Initiative

Joyce Schaefer
Principal Consultant
The Table Group

Melanie Schmickle
Attorney
SWMW Law

Karen Sher
Vice President, Community Engagement
Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Naveen Singla
VP, Data Science
Bayer Crop Science

Mary Sly
Vice President #KeeleyCares
Keeley Companies

Brandi Smith
Senior Director, Human Resources & Administrative Services
ARCHS

Andy Struckhoff
Vice President
PGAV Planners, LLC

Michael Waters
Manager, Information Technology
Centene Corporation

Rodney A. White
Director Diversity & HR Strategy
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

Marilyn Wilson
Supervisor, Public Health Research
Washington University School of Medicine