Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life

2011 Participants

 

 

Heidi Allen

Heidi Allen 
Graduate
Master's of Social Work

Heidi Allen is a graduate student in the Masters of Social Work program with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Currently she is a member of the Student Social Work Association and the National Association of Social Workers. Her undergraduate study was completed at University of Missouri – St. Louis where she made the Dean’s List and earned her BSW in social work with a minor in Psychology. She is the mother of four children and active in their church. She currently is employed as a trainer at a restaurant but is pursuing a career in social services relating to children. She currently volunteers with Parents as Teachers and the United Way. It is her goal to be a voice for those children who are abused and/or neglected who cannot speak for themselves.

LeannaBales

Leanna Bales
Senior
English

Leanna Bales is a Senior at University of Missouri St. Louis. She is an English major with an emphasis in British Literature. She hopes to graduate May 2012, and enjoys her Professors and classes immensely. She graduated from Fort Zumwalt West High School in 2008. This semester she is going to take the LSAT and the GRE before going into either Graduate School or Law School. She enjoys volunteering with her Church and helps bring masses to two Senior Living facilities as well as spend time with the residents. During the summer of 2011 Leanna Volunteered in Antigua, Guatemala at a Day Care for the children of low-income women and enjoyed the experience immensely. She worked with a group of 2 to 3 year olds that had an amazing impact on her and she hopes to go back in 2013 to visit them. Leanna has two brothers, an older brother that is twenty-three and a younger brother that is five and just entered Kindergarten. Leanna would like to one day publish a novel and enjoys writing fiction in her free time. She also likes to play lacrosse with friends and spend time with her little brother.

DacaraBoldenDacara Bolden
Junior
Communication

 

 

DanielleCatesDanielle Cates
Senior
Business
 Marketing

Danielle Cates is a senior at the University of Missouri Saint Louis. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing which will be completed in August 2012. Danielle transferred from Saint Louis Community College where she was on the Dean’s List. Following graduation she plans on receiving a Master’s in Business Administration and possibly in the future attending law school so that she can concentrate on advocating for higher education and health care reform. While in high school Danielle volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, which is the nation’s premiere donor and volunteer-supported youth mentoring organization. Danielle was also an alumnus of Distributive Education Clubs of America. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Outside of full time classes she enjoys her position with River City Casino as a MyChoice Representative, as well as painting, and spending time with family and friends.

 

MelissaDouglassMelissa Douglass
Graduate
Master's of Social Work

Melissa Douglass is a graduate student in the Master’s of Social Work program with a concentration in Family Practice and Non-Profit Management and Leadership. She is originally from Chicago, IL and transferred to the University of Missouri-St. Louis from the University of Dayton in Ohio where she studied Criminal Justice. She earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from the university last August, and was honored to be nominated by faculty to serve as the Student Marshal of the graduating class. Melissa works as a Family Outreach Worker with the YWCA’s Head Start program. In her position she works to educate and empower parents and is an advocate for early childhood education.

Melissa aspires to work with young adults and adolescents in crisis intervention, counseling, and encouraging the development of positive behavioral health. She has worked as a mentor for 100 Black Men of Chicago and has led a young women’s mentoring program in partnership with Dayton Early Career Academy. In 2010 Melissa interned with the Family Court of St. Louis County and learned about the integration of social services within the legal system. Melissa believes in the power of mentors and feels that small successes produce the most rewarding experiences. She sees UMSL Women Lead as an opportunity to further her skills as a young leader in the social services community. She looks forward to volunteering more in St. Louis and at UMSL. In her free time Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband, her amazing 3 year old daughter, and watching T.V. shows about dance, her favorite pastime.

SharHart

Shardai Hart
Graduate
Master of Education

Shardai Hart is a graduate student in the Masters of Education program with a concentration in Adult Education & Higher Education Administration. Currently she is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, serving as Membership Officer. Her undergraduate study was at the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she earned a Bachelors of Business Administration. While at UMKC she served as President of the Rho Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Public Relations Officer of the African American Student Union, a Campus Ambassador who promoted UMKC to prospective students, and a member of the Student Appeals and Student Conduct Committee where she heard cases to ensure justice and equity on campus.

Shar is currently a Legal Assistant II at a law firm in Creve Coeur, MO and is apart of their Emerging Leaders Program. She also has experience working as a Human Resources intern at CCP where she assisted the VP of HR, and a student assistant in UMKC’s School of Law where she performed duties for law students and the Career Services Director. She is a volunteer for Girls on the Run and is currently a member of the YWCA – Young Ambassadors, American Bar Association – Student Associate, and National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. Shar is an advocate for Justice and Education. She plans to attend law school upon graduation. Her goal is to decrease the number of functional illiterate adults in her community and help those who are faced with injustice in the workplace. On her spare time, she sings and watches her favorite off the air TV series: Martin and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

JasminHarveyJasmine Harvey
Sophomore
Biology/Pre-Vet 


Jasmine Harvey is a sophomore here at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which is where she started her college career. Jasmine intends to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Pre-Vet. Following graduation she plans on attending the University of Missouri-Columbia for Veterinary Medicine. First semester here at UMSL she acquired a spot on the Dean’s list after intense workloads. Jasmine is currently involved in UMSL’s Pre-Vet club, as well the Biological Society, and The Amnesty International Group. Off campus she is active in her church community as a youth leader, a mime, as well as an avid volunteer in the community. Her junior year of High School she began a Veterinary Assistant vocational program at North Technical High School, and became a Certified Veterinary Assistant her senior year. Throughout her second semester in college she volunteered at Normandy Animal Hospital to secure her certification level. Jasmine currently works at NASCAR Speed Park as an assistant manager, though as she furthers her education she plans on getting a job as a Veterinary Assistant until receiving a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine. Jasmine also plans on becoming a Big Sister for the Big Brother Big Sister program when she is more established. Overall Jasmine enjoys ministering through mime dance, writing music or poetry, helping people and ultimately looking for ways to make a difference and inspire those around her.

HeatherHewittHeather Hewitt
Graduate
Masters of Social Work

Heather Hewitt is a graduate student in the Master’s in Social Work program. She graduated from UMSL in 2007 with an undergraduate degree in political science. In May 2007 she began a career in the social services field as an entry-level grant writer for the Human Development Corporation. In April 2010 she was promoted to Division Director of Grants and Corporate Development, where she was responsible for developing and facilitating all agency planning activities. Such activities included conducting a community needs assessment, leading strategic planning sessions and writing the agency strategic plan, and writing the federal Community Services Block Grant.

The majority of Hewitt’s experience has been working in an administrative role with federally funded grant programs. Her intention in the MSW program is to concentrate in family practice and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with her own private practice. Hewitt still remains committed to social justice, with a specific interest in improving the lives of low-income families in St. Louis City. She hopes to serve the community through volunteer leadership positions in nonprofits and community coalitions.

PatienceKanyiPatience Naa Kai Kanyi
Graduate
Public Policy

Patience is a graduate student pursuing Public Policy Administration with emphasis in Managing Human Resources and Organizations. She also plans to pursue a program in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri St Louis. She is very passionate about issues relating to women and girls education and empowerment. While in Ghana (her home country) Patience was the President and Advisor to her local Presbyterian Church Children’s Ministry. She is currently volunteering as a Sunday School Tutor in the University United Methodist Church, St. Louis. Patience has been very active since enrolling in UMSL. She worked as a graduate assistant in the office of the Dean of Graduate School and Academic Affairs. She was a volunteer in the office of the Executive Leadership Consortium. She was also a peer mentor for the 2011 UMSL Girls Leadership Camp. Patience was an International Student Orientation Leader during the 2011 UMSL international students’ orientation week. She is currently an International Student Leader and also a member of Student Today Alumni Tomorrow. Her goal is to make significant and measurable contributions to organizations that she joins and eventually lead through the design and delivery of innovative programs and activities. She is efficient, effective, detailed and results oriented. Patience likes cooking!

CharisseMooreCharisse Moore
Sophomore
Social Work

Charisse Moore is a sophomore attending the University of Missouri- Saint Louis. Charisse is majoring in Social Work with a minor in political science. She works as a youth specialist for Better Family Life Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps urban communities grow and develop. Her work at Normandy Middle School’s after school program encourages children to reach their full potential through artistic teaching methods and helpful life skills. All in all working for this company has helped her to see the challenges and fulfillment when working with children. Charisse has also taken part in the Women s' Networking Series and most recently the UMSL Women LEAD program. These programs have given her a sense of direction when it comes to networking and being professional in a business environment.

BrittanyPumphreyBrittany Pumphrey
Senior
Psychology/Media Studies

Brittany Latrice Pumphrey is a senior and is very pleased with her choice to attend the University of Missouri of St. Louis to obtain two bachelor degrees. Double majoring in Psychology and Media Studies she has major plans to become a life coach with a special focus on the adolescence group and relationships. To influence a larger audience she plans to also work in radio and television broadcasting as a mental health expert. With these plans in mind she networks and makes connections in and outside of UMSL’s campus. On campus she is involved with “The U” student radio station where she hosts her own show on Thursdays from 11am-12pm. She is very enthused by her position as disk jockey and host for the show. Speaking on controversial topics, informing listeners on psycho-education, interviewing local professionals, playing a variety of music and participating in healthy debates is the format of her show. This is just a small portion of what is in the making for this optimistic and energy filled young woman. Outside of full time classes she works a part-time job and is an active member in Toastmasters International speaking organization. She would refer to herself as an “expert in multi-tasking.” With the motto, “everything I do and think should have a positive purpose behind it,” she is planning to capture a large audience and be a young and positive public influence for her generation.

TerriReevesEeterrica "Terri" Reeves
Junior
Criminal Justice

EeTerrica “Terri” Reeves is 21 years old and a junior at UMSL majoring in Criminal Justice with a Psychology minor. After completing her undergraduate degree she plans to attend law school, and concentrate her efforts to become an advocate for women and children. She hopes to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia or the University of Mississippi. Terri’s ultimate goal is to open a house or center where juvenile delinquents can continue their education and possibly attend college. She would also like to develop a program that advocates for women’s health. In the latter part of her career, she either would like to be a judge or congress woman. In her personal time Terri enjoys reading, painting and going to museums.

AmieRiceAmie Rice
Junior
Sociology/Anthropology

 

CarolRobinsonCarol Robinson
Graduate
Counseling Psychology

 

DawnSchulteDawn Schulte
Social Work
Graduate

Dawn Schulte is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program, concurrently pursuing a certificate in Gerontology. Dawn graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Summa cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Throughout her undergraduate study, Dawn was Student Liaison for the Student Social Work Association. She was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter. Dawn received the Department of Social Work Service Award as an undergraduate student at SIUE, demonstrating outstanding academic achievements, commitment to values and goals of social work, and potential for future professional leadership. Dawn chaired the holiday gift committee for Lydia’s House Transitional Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence residents for three years, and is now a volunteer with Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc. Concentrating in areas of gerontology and health care, she hopes to participate in community education, enhancing public knowledge of the hospice philosophy and forming alliances within the medical community. She is researching and developing an outreach program to address the issue of underrepresentation of minority families receiving hospice care.

EmilySpacajEmily Spacaj
Junior
Business Adminstration

Emily Spacaj is a junior at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Following graduation, she will be pursuing a Masters of Business Administration. Emily transferred to UMSL from St. Louis Community College at Meramec where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society, the Meramec Honors Program and was on the Dean’s List. During her time at STLCC she held numerous positions within the Student Governance Council, including secretary, vice president and president. She was also a member of the District Student Government Association and the Meramec student member of the Capitol Committee for the 2013 Fiscal Year. She attended the fall 2010 and spring 2011 Missouri Community College Association conferences. During the spring conference, she lobbied for funding of community colleges in Jefferson City. In March 2011 she went to the American Student Association of Community Colleges conference in Washington D.C where she was also able to lobby for the Pell Grant. In her free time she enjoys knitting, reading, playing with her little brother Patrick and dog Cocoa.

KristinWeberKristen Weber
Senior
Criminal Justice

Kristen Weber is a senior criminal justice major and is planning to attend law school in the fall of 2013. Her focus is public policy and criminal law as it relates to child abuse and neglect. She plans to work with a prosecuting attorney’s child abuse division and lobby for the rights and needs of children in foster care. In 2009 she founded the L.I.F.E. Foundation, which works with residential shelters to provide school supplies and sponsor back to school events. The organization is currently working on a transitional housing program for teenagers in foster care who are aging out of the system. Kristen was appointed to Governor Nixon’s Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board where she reviews Child Abuse Hotline cases. She is also the Networking Lead for the Foster and Adoptive Coalition’s Junior Board and volunteers for many St. Louis organizations, some include The Women Safe House, Crisis Nursery, and Our Little Haven.

CourtneyWilliamsCourtney Williams
Junior
Criminology/Criminal Justice

Courtney Williams is a junior at the University of Missouri- St. Louis pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. Following graduation she plans on pursuing a Masters in Public Policy and possible future doctoral work or law school. Courtney transferred to UMSL from St. Louis Community College- Meramec where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and on the Dean’s List. She was also in the Honors Program, Concert Choir, and Theatre Club at the community college. She currently studies in the Pierre Laclede Honors College at UMSL. Her future goals include working with lobbyist and Congress for victim rights and child safety laws, perhaps as an elected official. She has been a Big Sister Mentor in Big Brother, Big Sister since August 2010 and an active church member helping as a Sunday school teacher for the kindergarten through sixth grade class. In her free time she works at Macaroni Grill as a server, spends time with her fiancée, and watches movies.

JoannaWoolensJoanna Woolens
Senior
Communications

Joanna Woolens was born and raised in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently a senior majoring in Communications, with minors in Media Studies and Theater/Dance. Her expected graduation date is sometime within the spring of 2012. She transferred to the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the summer of 2010. Ever since then, Joanna has been involved with organizations such as the Tau Sigma National Honor’s Society, Bridge Program Alum, Executive Leadership Consortium Programs, Sista’ Keeper’s, and much more. Also, she is a current intern for the UMSL Alumni Association. At UMSL, Ms. Woolens obtains various scholarships, and recently made the Dean’s List for the 2010-2011 school year with a 3.8 GPA. Ms. Woolens has also been awarded the Who’s Who Among Students of American Colleges and Universities for 2011. She is currently working on a documentary to promote social change for the disabled. In addition, she has raised funds for networking trips in 2009/2010 to attend the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, and The Essence Magazine Women’s Empowerment Conference in Chicago and New York City. Ms. Woolens is planning to attend graduate school, and hopes to continue inspiring others in positive ways through the arts. Joanna hopes to gain more experience through programs on UMSL's campus including the LEAD and Sister Scholars in Training, and to meet other women with positive goals. Joanna believes that her overall purpose is to inspire others, and reach out to them through all aspects of her career.

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