Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life

Staff and Advisory Board


Vivian Eveloff, Institute Founder and Director
Vivian Eveloff has been the director of the Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since its creation in 1996. Prior to assuming this position, she was a public policy professional at Washington University, the Monsanto Company and in her own consulting firm. She was also Director, Spokesmanship for Monsanto and provided professional speakers training to other corporations and non-profit organizations.

In the St. Louis community, Vivian was a founder of the Metro St. Louis Women's Political Caucus and went on to Chair the organization at the local and state levels. She also helped launch the Missouri Women's Action Fund which helped to elect more Missouri women at the state and federal levels. She has worked with local governments and advocacy groups for diverse issues from the arts to daycare and zoning as part of her commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the area.

Michelle Landers-Ochsner
Michelle is the editor of the Institute’s website and coordination assistant for the Institute's programs. She earned her bachelor's in Political Science at Truman State University, and graduated from the Leadership Academy in 2008. After Truman, Michelle completed her Master's in Public Policy Administration at University of Missouri-St. Louis in August, 2012. Prior to joining the Institute, Michelle was a policy intern at the City of St. Louis Department of Health, Bureau of Children’s and Environmental Health.


St. Louis Advisory Board

Dr. Sheilah Clarke-Ekong 
Hon. Nancy Greenwood
Dr. Malaika Horne-Wells
Hon. Monica Huddleston
Ms. Susan Kendig
Hon. Skip Mange
Dr. Julia Muller
Hon. Linda Rallo
Mr. Erv Switzer
Hon. Anne Tolan
Hon. Gerry Welch