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.

Jennifer Drake Fantroy, Institute Assistant Director

Jennifer Drake Fantroy is the Assistant Director of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life.  In addition to managing the 21st Century Leadership Academy and the UMSL LEAD Program, programs to promote civic engagement and improve leadership skills among college women, Jennifer provides leadership for all the Institute’s programming and represents the organization both on campus and in the community. 

Before joining the Institute, Jennifer worked at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in Washington, DC, where she was most recently the Assistant Director for State Support.  In this role, she provided technical assistance and training to state and community organizations in their efforts to reduce teen pregnancy, and provided assistance and advice to local, state, and federal policymakers on the issue.  Jennifer also briefly served as a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s (D-MA) health policy staff on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Before her time in the nation’s capital, Jennifer worked and volunteered for a number of organizations to help improve the health and lives of Missouri women. She is a 2005 graduate of the 21st Century Leadership Academy and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Truman State University the same year.

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