Introducing the 2017-18 Cohort of FOCUS Impact Fellows

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS Impact Fellows 2017-18

FOCUS St. Louis® is pleased to announce the individuals selected for the 2017-18 cohort of FOCUS Impact Fellows. Launched in 2016 and now entering its second class, the program represents FOCUS’ most advanced offering and gives leaders the opportunity to work together to address a specific issue in the St. Louis region.

With generous support from the Missouri Foundation for Health, this year’s cohort will be focused on the St. Louis region’s healthcare safety net, examined through the lens of racial equity. The FOCUS Impact Fellows will work with the area’s top experts and key players, gaining a deeper understanding of how the region’s healthcare safety net is structured, funded, and implemented. They will then be challenged to apply their own leadership competencies and innovative thinking to address systematic needs via a self-designed, impactful, and sustainable project.

In addition to the knowledge gained, projects developed, and networks built, participants will gain considerable training and experience in change management, problem-solving, systems thinking, group dynamics and project management.

“This year’s cohort brings together an impressive set of leadership talent, all with a firm conviction that healthcare is a core issue that needs to be addressed to level the playing field for all St. Louisans,” says Dr. Wally Siewert, director of the FOCUS Impact Fellows program. “I very much look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

The cohort kicks off later this week and will carry out its work over the next 10 months.

2017-18 FOCUS Impact Fellows

Davis L. Allen
Age at Home Care

Mandy Bowlin, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Manager
Behavioral Health Response

Mary Calzaretta
Corporate Counsel
Esse Health

Alaina Culbertson
Neighborhood Branch Administrator
St. Louis County Library

Christopher B. Dennis
Senior Advisor
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

John J. Glenn, Jr.
SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles and SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake Saint Louis

Jessica K. Levy
Senior Lecturer
Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

David Lloyd
Director, Primary Care Services
SSM Health, Cardinal Clennon Children’s Hospital

Greg Lukeman
National Development Director
The Oasis Institute

Valerie Nelson
Director of Consumer Experience & Product Operations

Dr. Steven Player
Director, Center for Diversity & Cultural Competence
Barnes Jewish Hospital

Allen Todd
Director of Partnerships & Initiatives
Health Literacy Media

Cora Faith Walker
State Representative, District 74
Missouri House of Representatives

Dara Webb
Sr. Manager Physician Services & Business Development
Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Kathy Wehrfritz
Yoga Teacher (RYT200) & Community Volunteer
Yoga Focused, LLC