Introducing the 2018-19 Cohort of FOCUS Impact Fellows

Becky RasmussenNews

We’re pleased to announce the 15 individuals selected for the 2018-19 cohort of FOCUS Impact Fellows. Launched in 2016 and now entering its third class, the program represents our 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 Missouri Foundation for Health, this year’s cohort will focus 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.

“The FOCUS Impact Fellows program is not just a leadership program but a leadership experience,” says Dr. Wally Siewert, director of the FOCUS Impact Fellows program. “This year’s cohort brings together a talented, committed and passionate group of community leaders, and I look forward to seeing they are able to accomplish over the next 10 months.”

2018-19 FOCUS Impact Fellows

Ana Barbic
Intellectual Property Protection Lead
Monsanto Company

Dr. Isaac Butler
Vice President, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and Adjunct Professor
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Nergis Y. Cavitt
Senior Learning & Development Consultant
BJC HealthCare

Michelle Glowczwskie
Director of Telehealth & Home/Community Services
Behavioral Health Response

Liam Charles Janski-Ogunfidodo
Follow-up Coordinator
Behavioral Health Response

Cos Majachani
Cyrix Systems Inc.

Katherine Medeiros
Vice President Strategic Initiatives

Jacqueline Randolph, MBA, EMT-P, CP-C
Executive Director Ambulatory Services
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Viji Samikannu
Director, Talent Development
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Rev. Donna Pupillo, RN
Executive Director
Deaconess Nurse Ministry

Burl Stamp
Stamp & Chase

Dr. Melissa Tepe
Affinia Healthcare

Shanna Wiechel
Managing Principal

Sarah Willey
Director of Development & Community Outreach
Great Rivers Environmental Law Center

Beth-Anne Yakubu
Executive Director, Emerson Leadership Institute
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Saint Louis University