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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.

Lynn Voss, MA, CPP, Assistant Director

Lynn Voss is the Assistant Director of the Institute. As an undergraduate and shortly thereafter, Lynn worked in private industry but also with U.S. Department of State, Office of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs as a staff assistant where she developed a passion for foreign policy issues and a belief in candidates who focus on practical solutions to problems. During her 19 years at UMSL, Lynn has been Administrator for UMSL’s Anthropology Department and Manager of Coordination Services within UMSL’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies.  Lynn also helped facilitate workshops and conferences for UMSL’s Center for Ethics in Public Life and Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life along with a number of other on-campus units and external government organizations.  Lynn received her B.S. at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and her M.A. at the University of Cincinnati where she received a full scholarship and taught Economic Geography as a graduate research assistant. She also earned a Certification in Program Planning (CPP) in 2006 and furthered her language education in French at Alliance Francaise de Saint Louis.

Jalina Drake, Administrative Coordinator

Jalina Drake is a proud University of Missouri- Saint Louis (UMSL) alumnus; she holds a B.S in Criminology and Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Juveniles. While at UMSL Jalina was a student worker at the Parking and Transportation Department. During her senior year she interned for St. Louis County Family Courts for two semesters working as a Teacher Assistant with Project LEARN, an educational program to identify the learning disabled (LD) youths who become involved with juvenile court and to facilitate their reentry into the educational system. Jalina was offered a position as a Correction Officer for Farmington Correctional Facility shortly after graduation. After  spending some time in that role, Jalina returned to UMSL as an employee of the Parking and Transportation Department. Since 2014, she worked as an Office Support Assistant III for the Political Science Department and in 2016, split her time between Political Science and Psychological Sciences. She's currently  the Administrative Coordinator in the office of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life. Jalina stays busy outside of work being a basketball mom with her fifteen-year-old daughter, Ja’Myia as well as learning Computer Programming Coding with LaunchCode.

St. Louis Advisory Board

Ms. Monica Combest
Dr. Malaika Horne-Wells
Hon. Monica Huddleston
Ms. Susan Kendig
Dr. Julia Muller
Hon. Linda Rallo
Sherri Rogers
Mr. Erv Switzer