St. Louis Public Schools Special Administrative Board
In 2007, Melanie Adams was appointed by Mayor Slay as 1 of 3 members on
the St. Louis Public Schools Special Administrative Board charged with
overseeing the administration of the school district until 2011. Ms
Adams is the Managing Director of Community Education and Events for
the Missouri History Museum and Historical Society, and also has her
own consulting firm which helps non-profit organizations build better
connections to the broader community. She was the first executive
director of Teach For America, St. Louis, was a founding member and
President of Metropolis St. Louis, and has served on a variety of
boards in the region including Americorps St. Louis and The St. Louis
Public Schools Foundation. She currently serves on of the Black
Leadership Roundtable, and the St. Louis Community College Foundation.
Adams earned her undergraduate degree in English/African American
studies from the University of Virginia and her M.Ed. from the
University of Vermont.
Judge Patricia Breckenridge
Missouri Supreme Court Judge
Judge Patricia Breckenridge was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court
in September, 2007. She began her judicial career at the age of 25,
when she was appointed Associate Circuit Judge of Vernon County.
Breckenridge was a member of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western
District, before becoming the third woman on the current Supreme Court,
setting a new record. She earned a B.S. degree and a law degree from
the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a Fellow of the American Bar
Association, and has been the recipient of several awards including
The University of Missouri–Columbia School of Law’s Citation of Merit
in 1996, and The Missouri Bar President’s Award in 1994.
Kathleen Sullivan Brown
Associate Professor, College of Education, UM-St. Louis
Kathleen Sullivan Brown, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Educational
Leadership and Policy Studies in the UM St. Louis College of
Education. She holds the Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in
teaching and learning from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
of Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches graduate courses in
K-12 educational administration and doctoral courses in educational
research and policy. Her main research interest is collaborative
partnerships between schools, universities and communities. From
1999-2006, Dr. Brown served on the Board of Directors of the Holmes
Partnership, a national consortium of universities, schools, and
professional associations committed to reform in schools and in teacher
education. In Spring 2008 she took on a new role as a Visiting
Professor and Executive Director of the Illinois Education Research
Council, a state agency which conducts policy research for the state of
Rashda “Sonny” Buttar
Clayton School Board
Rashda (Sonny) Buttar is a graduate of the Institute’s “Pipeline to
Local Office” program. She was the mother of three young children
when she decided to seek election to the Clayton School Board in 2005.
As one of four candidates for three spots, she campaigned hard, taking
advantage of her maternity leave from her work as a corporate attorney.
Now in her second term, she is Vice president of the Board.
Professionally, she is Assistant General Council with Patriot Coal
Corp. and volunteers as a member of the Clayton Sports and Wellness
(D-District 72, St. Louis County)
Maria Chappelle-Nadal is serving her second term in the Missouri
House where she serves on the Ways and Means Committee, and Special
Committees for Immigration and Senior Citizen Advocacy. In addition to
her legislative duties, Rep. Chappelle-Nadal is a member of Young
Democrats of Missouri, Women in the Neighborhood, the Olive Business
Association, and the Democratic National Committee. Rep.
Chappelle-Nadal began her political career as the public information
officer for Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell and later served as Missouri's
Senior Advocate. In 2002, she was one of 20 national fellows chosen by
the National Organization for Black Elected Legislative/Women
(NOBEL/Women) and the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at
Rutgers University for to attend a national program for women in public
policy and politics. Rep. Chappelle-Nadal is a graduate of Georgia
State University in Atlanta, GA.
Governmental Affairs Director
Leann Chilton is the face and voice of BJC HealthCare in Washington,
DC, Jefferson City, Mo., and Springfield., Il. She is director of
governmental relations for BJC, the largest hospital operator and
employer in St. Louis. Chilton spent over 17 years working for
MCI/WorldCom in Denver, DC and St. Louis, and urges people interested in
political occupations to do a "DC tour." Chilton previously served as
chair of the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ governmental relations
committee and is currently on the board of trustees of the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Gateway Area Chapter and the Missouri
State Chamber Board. She attended Eastern Illinois University in
Charleston, Il., for three years and transferred to Northeastern
Illinois University in Chicago, where she graduated with an
undergraduate pre-law degree in sociology and criminal justice. She
also has an MBA from Washington University.
Wray Clay, VP of Community Investment Initiatives,
United Way of Greater St. Louis
Wray Clay has worked with the United Way of Greater St. Louis since
1984. In 1990, she was appointed Vice President of Allocations/Agency
Relations, managing a department team and over 400 volunteers, annually
facilitating the distribution of over $42 million to support health
and human services. Ms Clay is currently Vice President for Community
Investment, responsible for developing impact initiatives and community
partnerships in line with the United Way’s strategic vision. From
1997-2004, Ms Clay was elected to serve on the Edwardsville (IL) School
Board. She volunteers with Parents As Teachers St. Louis City
Advisory Board, Boys & Girls Town of Missouri Board of Trustees
(St. Louis), Southwestern Illinois Educational Association and
Foundation, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Community
Advisory Board. She is a member of St. Peter A. M. E. Church, the
NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Ms Clay attended Southern
Illinois University in Edwardsville, obtaining a B. S. in Human
Services and a M. S. in Public Administration. She is a blessed mother
of two - a son, 25, and a daughter 23.
Legal and Legislative Affairs Dept.
President, The Conley Financial Group
Kathy Conley-Jones is president of The Conley Financial Group, a
multi-line insurance and financial services brokerage firm. She began
her financial services career in 1982 with General American Life.
Kathy is a licensed insurance broker in life, health, property,
casualty and allied lines in Illinois and Missouri. She is also
licensed to provide investment services. Her areas of expertise are
corporate benefits, insurance and financial services strategies with a
special focus on women and their unique planning needs. Kathy is a
member of the U.S. Bank Women in Leadership organization, the National
Organization of Women in Business, and the St. Louis Chamber of
Commerce. She received her B.A. degree in interdisciplinary Social
Studies and a minor in education from Saint Louis University.
MO Court of Appeals, Eastern District
Judge Kathianne Knaup Crane was appointed to the Missouri Court of
Appeals in July 1990 and served as Chief Judge from 1995-96. Prior to
joining the bench, Judge Crane was an assistant U.S. Attorney in St.
Louis and practiced law with a St. Louis law firm. She earned her
undergraduate degree at Washington University and graduated cum
laude from St. Louis University School of Law. She also attended the
University of Strasbourg and served in the Peace Corps. Judge Crane
has served on the boards of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the
Family Support Network and Nerinx Hall High School, is currently on
the Dean's Council of St. Louis University School of Law and is
beginning a term on the board of the Scholarship Foundation. She has
received the Robert Walston Chubb Award from Legal Services; the Alumni
Merit Award from St. Louis University School of Law; the Chief
Justice's Award; the Nerinx Hall Woman of Excellence Award; and the
Women Lawyers' Association President's Award.
Director, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Margaret Donnelly is the Director of the Missouri Department of
Health and Senior Services. Prior to her appointment, she served three
terms in the Missouri House (D-73), focusing much of her work on issues
relating to families, seniors and health care. She started her public
service career as a member of the Ferguson-Florissant School Board, and
was a member of the
METRO Board of Commissioners from 1999-2002. She currently serves
on the board of directors of the Family Support Network. In 2008, she
was a candidate for Missouri Attorney General. In addition to her
public service career, Director Donnelly has been an attorney in private
practice for 20 years. Donnelly earned her JD and bachelor’s and
master’s degrees in social work from Saint Louis University.
Missouri Alliance on the Status of Women
Margaret Eaton began her professional life in Cleveland as a community
organizer with Ohio Public Interest Campaign, a church-labor coalition
promoting fair solutions to job loss caused by factories chasing cheap
labor overseas. Later she ran the country’s first door-to-door
organizing drive for pay equity for 9to5 Working Women in Boston.
Margaret was an organizer and regional field manager for NARAL
Pro-Choice America, during her five years with NARAL she was part of a
national learning team that studied the practices of effective
organizations. She then helped run one of the largest union election
campaigns in the last 30 years for the Service Employees International
Union, managed a Seattle City Council campaign (her candidate won),
worked as a consumer rights lobbyist in Washington State, then spent
five years as a Senior Program Officer for the Ms. Foundation for
Women. Today, Margaret is a consultant, she helps social change
organizations with strategy development and communications. She lives
in St. Louis with her husband and son.
(R-District 15, St. Charles County)
Elected to the House in November 2004, Rep. Sally Faith started her
political career as a member of the St. Charles County Council,
serving as Chair and Vice-Chair. She is a not for profit fundraiser in
the St. Charles area and has worked as Director of Development for the
St. Charles Community College Foundation and Director of Marketing for
Whitmoor Country Club. In addition to her legislative duties, Rep.
Faith is a member of the St. Charles Transit Authority, and is active
in a number of community organizations. She also serves on the Board of
Directors of Bridgeway, Focus St. Louis, New Frontier Bank and the
Foundry Art Centre. She is a graduate of the Sue Shear Institute’s
Pipeline to Public Office program, and has participated in Leadership
St. Louis and Leadership Missouri.
St. Charles City Council
After more than 30 years in special education, I felt a new
journey for my life was in order and with little more than enthusiasm
and strong organizational skills, I challenged an incumbent for the
City Council in St. Charles, Mo. in 2007. What a journey it was! My
background as an educator, administrator, community volunteer, and
parent, gave me all the skills I needed to run this hard-fought
campaign, and win! I have spent my life in service to children,
community and those who are challenged in anyway. What better way to
continue to do this than to serve as an elected official. My vision is
to grow, green and gather, my community through good decision making
and an undaunting spirit.
Shear Fellow, 2004
Mayra Flesner just completed her second year of law school at Saint
Louis University School of Law where she is President of the Hispanic
Law Student Association and a member of the Women Law Student
Association and the International Law Student Association. She received
her undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Political Science from the
University of Missouri- St. Louis (UMSL). Mayra interned for State Rep
Barbara Fraser where she developed an interest for the law and working
for the public. During her senior year at UMSL Mayra held three
internships while attending school full-time: the Sue Shear Institute,
the United States District Court- Eastern District of Missouri, and the
Multicultural Office on campus. This past year Mayra was selected as
teaching assistant to her Legal Research and Writing professor and to
represent SLU at the Immigration and Refugee Asylum Moot Court
Competition at University of California-Davis. Last summer, she
studied abroad at the Saint Louis University School of Law Madrid
Campus in Spain. Mayra’s interests continue to be in issues involving
women in public policy, immigration and criminal law. Currently she
works as a Rule 13 intern at the Missouri Public Defender’s Office in
Troy, Missouri and has been selected to work in the Family Law and
Immigration Clinic at SLU in the Fall 2009.
Legislative Assistant for Sen. Joan Bray
Ellie Glenn is a 2007 Sue Shear fellow and a Truman State University
graduate. After graduation, Ellie spent a year as the Northeast
Missouri field organizer for the Jay Nixon for Governor campaign,
recruiting and organizing volunteers in 18 counties. Beginning in
2009, Ellie began working as the legislative aide to state Senator Joan
Bray. She plans to begin a Masters in Public Administration program
at Mizzou in the fall.
Alexandra So-Yun Haar
Law Student - Washington University School of Law
Alex graduated with College Honors in Arts and Sciences from
Washington University in 2008 with a B.A. in
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology. She recently completed her first
year at Washington University School of Law where she received a
Scholar in Law Award. This summer she is interning for Judge Crane for
one month, and then will work at the law firm of Haar & Woods.
Outreach Coordinator, Congressman Russ Carnahan
Anna Jinkerson is the outreach coordinator for Congressman Russ
Carnahan’s office in St. Louis. Her outreach work focuses on
constituency groups in the policy areas of community development,
education, science, environment and innovation, women's and LGBT health
and advocacy. During the 2008 election cycle she served as an advisor
to the Women for Obama program and Field Director for the
Congressman’s political efforts. Prior to working in the Carnahan
organization, she was the statewide volunteer coordinator for Claire
McCaskill’s 2004 campaign for Governor. Ms Jinkerson holds an
Associate of Arts degree from Jefferson College and a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri-St.
Louis. During her under graduate career, she worked as a policy intern
for Gloria Steinem's organization, Choice USA. She is currently
pursuing a Master’s in Political Science from the University of
Missouri-St. Louis and resides in the Benton Park area.
Sue Kendig, JD, LLB RNC, MSN, WHCNP
Professor of Nursing
Susan M. Kendig is a clinical associate professor at the College of
Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a faculty member
of the STD/HIV Prevention Project at Washington University School of
Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Active in policy and advocacy, she was
appointed to the Missouri Patient Safety Commission by Governor
Holden. She has served on the Missouri Department of Health’s Managed
Care Task Force, the Missouri State Board of Nursing’s Advanced Practice
Nursing Task Force, and was an inaugural member of the Missouri
Women’s Health Council, Office on Women’s Health. Nationally, Ms.
Kendig is Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the National
Association for Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, and chairs their
policy committee. The author of numerous publications related to
women’s health, advanced practice nursing, and health policy, Ms.
Kendig has telecast nursing continuing education programs to 1,000
hospitals nationwide. In 2005 she was named a Fellow of the American
Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She completed her law degree at the
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in December 2007 and
focuses her practice in the areas of health care professional
regulation, patient safety and risk management.
Senior Vice President, Fleishman-Hillard
Ann Kittlaus is a seasoned public affairs specialist with 20 years
experience in strategic planning, media relations, grassroots outreach,
public education, branding and legislative affairs. Her
Fleishman-Hillard client list has included a wide range of corporate,
non-profit, and government interests. Among them are Missouri’s largest
electric utility, an international non-profit organization focused on
fire prevention, a major telecommunications company, Missouri’s 529
college savings plan, and a national manufacturer expanding operations
in southern Illinois. Ms. Kittlaus also oversees the FH St. Louis
internship program. Previously, in Washington, D.C., Ms. Kittlaus
oversaw media relations, and legislative and communications strategies
for a federal agency as a White House appointee. Prior to that, she
directed communications and grassroots public education campaigns for
two national 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, and served as a
legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Kittlaus
holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Boston
U.S. Senator Christopher S. Bond’s Office
Lane Koch is the Office Manager for U.S. Senator Christopher “Kit”
Bond’s St. Louis District Office. She interned for Senator Bond in his
St. Louis District Office summer of 2007 and again in the D.C. Press
Office Fall 2007. She took a leave of absence from Senator Bond’s Office
to work on the John McCain campaign as the Field Director for St.
Louis City and County and returned to Senator Bond’s office following
Election Day. A St. Louis native, Lane received a Bachelors of Arts
degree in Political Science from Taylor University in January 2008.
Mary Delach Leonard
St. Louis Beacon
Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist with the St. Louis
Beacon, an online-only regional news source established by former
editors of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Leonard joined the Beacon
staff in April 2008 after a 17-year career at the Post-Dispatch, where
she was a reporter and editor in the features section. Her work for the
Post-Dispatch was cited for awards by such organizations as the
Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press
Association and the Illinois Press Association. Leonard began her
newspaper career at the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat after earning a
degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois
University-Edwardsville, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty
Coordinator of St. Louis Social
Venture Partners (SVP)
Rachel Lockhart-Korris is the coordinator of St. Louis Social
Venture Partners, a program of the Regional Business Council that
applies the principles of venture capital to build capacity in
non-profit organizations in the St. Louis area. Before coming to the
Regional Business Council, Rachel was a 2005 Teach for America – St.
Louis Corps Member. She designed and implemented a high school Spanish
curriculum at both Sumner and Roosevelt High Schools in the St. Louis
Public School District. Rachel is also active in the community serving
as Chair of the Advisory Board to the Alpha Delta Pi chapter at St.
Louis University. She is a Founding Board member of St. Louis
Collegiate, a proposed charter school in north St. Louis, and
volunteers with the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, the
Ronald McDonald House and Teach for America – St. Louis. Rachel has an
undergraduate degree in political science from Boston University.
(D-District 39, Jackson County)
Rep. Beth Low was elected to the House in 2004. In addition to her
legislative duties, Rep. Low works at a domestic violence shelter as a
non-case load social worker. Prior to that, she worked as Community
Organizer and Program Director for the Missouri Progressive Vote
Coalition. Rep. Low is a member of the Greater Kansas City Women’s
Political Caucus, Co-founder of the Kansas City Progressive Roundtable
and a member of the Committee for County Progress. She was the 2003
recipient of the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus Torch
Award. Rep. Low received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies
from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1999. During her studies at
the University of Missouri, Rep. Low spent a year studying at the
University of Manchester in Manchester, England. She is pursuing a
Masters Degree in Social Welfare at the University of Kansas, but put
her studies on hold to hold public office.
Attorney, Polsinelli Shugart PC
Alison Marischen is a 2000 Shear Fellow and graduate of Truman
State University. She is an attorney with Polsinelli Shugart PC in St.
Louis where she handles real estate transactions and public law
issues. Prior to attending law school at Washington University, Alison
spent a year in Washington DC as an intern for Sen. Christopher Bond.
She was a law clerk for the Honorable Jean Hamilton, U.S. District
Court, Eastern District of Missouri, and the Honorable Stephen
Limbaugh, Jr., Supreme Court of Missouri. Alison is a member of the
Missouri Bar and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and serves as
Chair of the St. Louis District Young Leaders Group for the Urban Land
Institute (ULI). She is married with a son Will, and baby #2 on the
Senior Vice President and Partner,
Cynthia McCafferty joined Fleishman-Hillard in 1998. She currently
leads the St. Louis Healthcare group, managing a diverse base of client
in areas such as health policy and disease education.
Cynthia is one of the agency’s resident experts on emergency and
pandemic flu preparedness, including leading the agency’s work for the
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for five years.
Before joining Fleishman-Hillard, Cynthia worked as a consultant on a
variety of political campaigns. Her background also includes serving as
voter file director for the Missouri Democratic Party. Additionally,
she was electoral director for one of Missouri’s largest
political-action committees focused on women’s health issues. Cynthia
has a degree in American studies from Saint Louis University. She began
her career as grassroots organizer for a statewide environmental
organization. Cynthia is currently a member of the Board of Directors
for Maternal, Child, and Family Health Coalition, SSDN, Arts &
Education Council, FOCUS St. Louis, and a member of the St. Louis Social
Director of Governmental Relations, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Emmy McClelland is an active leader in government, politics and her
community. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri at
Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Missouri
Life Teaching Certificate. She is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis.
Ms McClelland currently serves as Director of Government Relations for
St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Previously, she served as Governor
Bob Holden’s Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs for two years
concentrating on education issues. She served in the Missouri House of
Representatives for ten years, and holds the distinction of succeeding a
woman and being succeeded by a woman. Ms McClelland was also the
Director of Secretary of State Roy Blunt’s Corporation Division Field
Office in St. Louis. As an advocate on behalf of the developmentally
disabled, McClelland has worked on the local, state and national level.
She and her husband Alan have lived in Webster Groves for more than 30
years. They have two adult children, Mike and Karen.
Health Policy Associate
Missouri Foundation for Health
Michelle is a Health Policy Associate at the Missouri Foundation
for Health (MFH), the largest nongovernmental funder of health services
in the state. MFH serves to empower Missourians to achieve equal
access to quality, affordable health services that promote prevention
and encourage health behaviors. Prior to working at MFH, Michelle
served as a consultant to the Healthy Youth Partnership (HYP), a
cross-sector coalition of over 80 organizations combating youth obesity
in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. She is actively engaged in the
St. Louis community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Coro
Leadership Center-St. Louis, as Vice Chair for the Washington
University St. Louis Young Alumni Association, and volunteering time to
support regional agencies, such as the Metro Homeless Center/Shalom
House and the Newman Center at Washington University.
A native Texan, Michelle moved to St. Louis in August 2000 to
attend Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned her B.A.
(History, Biology) and B.F.A. (Painting). She is a former Sue Shear
Institute intern, and participated in the Coro Fellows Program in
Public Affairs in 2005-2006.
Mary Hoemann Newell
Law Clerk for Judge Mary R. Russell
Missouri Supreme Court
Mary Hoemann Newell is a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Russell at
the Supreme Court of Missouri. She is a 2000 honors graduate, Phi Beta
Kappa, of the University of Missouri–Columbia with a Degree in
Political Science, and a 2003 graduate of the University of
Missouri–Columbia School of Law.
As an undergraduate, Mary completed internships with the joint
constituent services office of Senators Bond and Ashcroft and with the
Missouri House of Representatives. During law school, she served as
president of the Women Lawyers’ Association and was a member and
Associate Managing Editor of the Missouri Law Review. Mary is the proud
mother of two daughters--Elizabeth 2.5 years and Madeline
Treece Phillips LLC
Mary Phillips is the managing partner and 50% owner of
TreecePhillips, a government and public relations firm that lobbies at
the state and federal levels. She is one of very few women in Missouri
who manages such a firm: Most female lobbyists work alone or are
non-management employees of a male-owned firm. From 1997-2000 Phillips
was the executive director of a large healthcare agency. Prior to
that, she was president of Phillips Consulting, an administrative and
organizational consulting firm. Phillips also served as Springfield,
Missouri’s cultural ambassador to its sister city of Isesaki, Japan.
She earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from MU, and has a
B.A. in International Relations. Phillips has served on the Boards
of Directors of many for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and
has also served as an officer for several local associations. In 2000
she was served on the Jefferson City/Cole County 20 Year Strategic
Planning Task Force. She has also served on the executive committee for
several statewide and local campaigns for public office and ballot
Law Clerk, Missouri Court of Appeals
Megan Phillips is a law clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals.
She began her career in large law firms in Paris, France, and St.
Louis, Missouri, and has also worked in non-profit women’s advocacy,
the family court system, and academia. Megan is a past president of the
Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis and former board
member of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.
Currently she serves as president of the Missouri CASA Association and a
member of the boards of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of
Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Forest Park Southeast Development
Corporation. She is also a volunteer faculty member for Missouri Girls
State. Ms Phillips earned her J.D., a B.A. in Sociology, and a B.E.S.
in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of
Angela Turner Quigless
Circuit Judge, 22nd Judicial Circuit
St. Louis City
Angela Turner Quigless was appointed Circuit Judge in the City of
St. Louis in March, 2003, after over eight years as an associate
circuit judge in the court. She received her Undergraduate Degree from
the University of Missouri–Columbia and her Law Degree from Saint Louis
University. Before becoming a judge, she was an Assistant U.S.
Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, an Assistant City
Counselor and an Assistant Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis.
Her other public service includes working for the Missouri Public
Service Commission as Assistant General Counsel, as well as working for
the Missouri Department of Revenue. She is married and the mother of
a son, Charles, who was born in 2001. She is a member of many
professional associations and is involved in the community.
Managing Supervisor, Fleishman-Hillard
Ms. Rausch joined Fleishman-Hillard in June, 2008, and leads public
affairs teams for clients including University Town Center
Development/Holland Construction and the Illinois State Chamber of
Commerce. She also manages national media strategy and message
development on behalf of AT&T’s citizenship and sustainability
initiatives. Before joining Fleishman-Hillard, Ms. Rausch served as
Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s Deputy Director of
Communications. She served as one of two chief spokespersons for the
Administration, crafted both proactive and reactive messages and media
strategies, developed policies and legislative initiatives, and
directed communications managers from more than 20 state agencies.
Before joining Governor Blagojevich’s team, Ms. Rausch was chief
political reporter for WICS TV in Springfield, Ill. She covered
congressional, state, and local political races as well as day-to-day
legislative action in the Illinois State Capitol.
Ms. Rausch received her Bachelor’s of Journalism - Broadcast from
the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Terri F. Reilly
Executive Director, St. Louis Earth Day Festival
Terri F. Reilly joined St. Louis Earth Day as Executive Director in
December 2005 and began transforming the one-event-a-year, non-profit
organization into a year-round, environmental powerhouse. St. Louis
Earth Day’s programs include the annual Earth Day Festival – now in its
20th year, which is the oldest and largest environmental event in the
Midwest, drawing 25,000 people, as well as the annual Earth Day
Symposium, which focuses on environmental quality issues facing the St.
Louis region. In 2006, Terri developed and launched Recycling On the
Go, the region’s first large-scale event recycling program, which
addresses the negative environmental impact of large festivals and
events by diverting waste that would have ended up in area landfills.
Recycling On the Go provides an array of strategies to green all event
aspects. Terri was recently featured in an Alive Magazine cover story
titled “The Buzz List: 25 People Putting St. Louis on the Map,” and she
was the subject of another cover story, titled “Saving Planet Earth”
in the April edition of St. Louis Woman Magazine.
Development Officer, St. Louis Public Schools
Linda Riekes has over 35 years of service in the St. Louis Public
School system. She began her career as a 7th & 8th grade social
studies teacher at Hamilton Middle School in 1970. Since then, she has
directed a variety of projects including the Law and Education
Project, the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program, the
St. Louis Consortium for Dropout Prevention, the Law and Citizenship
Education Project and the St. Louis Internship Program. She currently
serves as the Development Officer, and Liaison to the St. Louis Public
Schools Foundation. Riekes has also served as adjunct professor at
Washington University and Webster University. She is the chairperson
of the Youth Committee for Crusade Against Crime, and was recognized
earlier this year with the Women’s Justice Award, presented by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly and the St. Louis Daily Record.
Riekes earned a Bachelor’s degree at Mills College in Oakland, Ca.,
and a MA in History from UCLA. She also holds a MA in History/Education
from Washington University.
Webster Groves City Council
A graduate of the Pipeline to Local Office Program, Debi Salberg
served two-terms on the Webster Groves Plan Commission (including 2
years as chair) and ran for the City Council in 2008 while serving her
second term on the Board of Adjustment. She was one of three women
(Anne Tolan was another) elected in a four-candidate contest for three
at-large seats. After her election, Debi was one of five women on the
six-member City Council in Webster Groves, which also has a woman
mayor, Gerry Welch.
(D-District 82, St. Louis County)
Jill Schupp was elected to the Missouri House in 2008. A Democrat,
she represents the 82nd district which includes parts of Creve Coeur,
St. Louis County, Town and Country and a very small amount of
Chesterfield. In addition to her legislative duties, Rep. Schupp
continues to serve as a community volunteer. Previously, she worked as
an advertising executive for 20 years and worked for several years as
an elementary school teacher. Rep. Schupp was a member of the Creve
Coeur City Council and served two terms as president of the Ladue
School Board. She was named the 2008 Creve Coeur Citizen of the Year.
She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri –
Columbia, and also completed graduate course work and received her
teaching certification from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Kacie Starr Triplett
6th Ward Alderman, City of St. Louis
Kacie Starr Triplett was elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in
April 2007 at the age of 26. She is the youngest person on the board,
and is one of eight women among the 28 members (a record). During the
presidential primary, she served as the local spokesperson for the
Barack Obama campaign – playing an important role in his historic
victory, and later serving as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic
National Convention. She’s been featured in ALIVE Magazine’s as one of
St. Louis’ local residents with the most “buzz” and in Ebony Magazine
as a Young Leader Under 30. Alderman Triplett has also represented the
United States during a bi-partisan delegation to East Asia where she
studied the government and history of Vietnam. In 2008, the Riverfront
Times named Triplett the Best Local Politician in the region. In 2005,
she was appointed to the Affordable Housing Commission by Mayor Slay,
making her the youngest Commissioner in the history of the Affordable
Housing Trust Fund. Prior to running for office, Alderman Triplett
served as the District Affairs Coordinator for Congressman Russ
Carnahan and as the Community Outreach Coordinator for former Minority
Leader, Dick Gephardt. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political
Science from Hampton University and a Master’s Degree in International
Relations from Webster University.
Webster Groves City Council
Anne was one of three women elected in a four-candidate race for
the Webster Groves City Council in 2008 (Debi Salberg was another). A
graduate of the 2008 Pipeline to Local Office program, Anne has over 15
years of experience as a community volunteer. She served a member of
the Green Space Advisory Commission in Webster Groves, and represented
the city on the Special School District Parent Advisory Council for two
years. She was the organizer of the Northwestern Tuxedo Park
Neighborhood Association and served on the Shady Creek Citizens Advisory
Committee. She is currently President of the Board of the Miriam
Foundation in St. Louis. Anne also volunteered for the Institute’s
annual “Women Walk Before they Run” event in 2008.
Cheryl D.S. Walker
Past President, University of Missouri Board of Curators
Cheryl Walker of St. Louis was appointed to the University of Missouri
Board of Curators by Gov. Bob Holden in 2003. She is the immediate past
Chair of the Board. Curator Walker is President and General Counsel of
Obasi Enterprises, LLC. She formerly served as a counsel in the St.
Louis office of Bryan Cave LLP, and she remains Of Counsel for the
firm. Curator Walker is a member of the Tower Grove Park Board of
Commissioners and of the boards of The Newberry Group, St. Louis Social
Venture Partners and The United Way of Greater St. Louis. She received a
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of
Missouri-Rolla in 1986 and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington
University in 1990.
Mayor, Webster Groves, Mo. &
Sue Shear Institute Advisory Board
An economist by training, Gerry Welch began her political career
in 1994 as a member of the Webster Groves’ City Council. She was
elected Mayor in 1998 and was re-elected in 2004 and 2006. Mayor
Welch is a past president of the St. Louis county Municipal League, and
represented the League on the East West Gateway Board of Directors.
She is a founder of Metro Mayors, an organization for mayors of large
cities on both sides of the Mississippi River, and serves on the Sue
Shear Institute Advisory Board.
Attorney at Law
Hope Whitehead is a practicing attorney with almost twenty years of
legal experience in a variety of practice areas. Originally, from New
York, Hope moved to Missouri to attend Washington University School of
Law. She graduated in 1990 and immediately became a prosecutor for
the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney’s Office. She became an
outstanding trial attorney and when she left the office, Hope was the
head of a trial team supervising other prosecutors.
Three different Governors appointed Hope to leadership positions in
their administration. In 1997 she was appointed by Governor Mel
Carnahan to be the State Supervisor for the Division of Liquor
Control. In 2000, Governor Roger Wilson appointed Hope to a position
as Associate Administrative Law Judge for the Division of Workers’
Compensation and in 2001 Governor Bob Holden appointed Hope to the
statewide board of Legal Services. Hope is a former member of the
Missouri Bar Board of Governors and former president of the Mound City
Bar Association. In addition to her thriving solo practice, Hope
coordinates “Ask the Lawyer” programs with neighborhood organizations
and mentors new lawyers and paralegals. In 2010, Hope and her
husband, Jon, will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They
have two boys.
Eileen Wolfington, Community Development Specialist
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Eileen Wolfington is a Community Development Specialist working in
the St. Louis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She is
responsible for promoting community and economic development and fair
and equal access to credit. Before coming to the Federal Reserve Bank
of St. Louis, Wolfington worked for national, regional and state
financial institutions with a focus on consumer banking. Personally,
Eileen is a financial literacy educator, a diversity facilitator and a
presenter of Mexican folklore. She received her Bachelor’s degree from
the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.