Announcing the Fall 2018 Class of Emerging Leaders

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis® has selected 31 talented young professionals for the Fall 2018 cohort of Emerging Leaders. This competitive program provides participants (ages 22-35) with an increased sense of engagement in the region, as well as the tools to take an active role as the next generation of St. Louis regional leaders.

Since its launch in 2012, the FOCUS Emerging Leaders program has trained more than 350 young professionals from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The fall cohort will be the first to participate in the newly expanded format, which includes a two-day opening retreat, group Civic Action Project and seminar days around the region for a total of 40 hours of civic leadership development.

“Our expanded curriculum gives the class more time to explore the St. Louis region and its unique issues and opportunities, as well as form deeper connections with fellow participants,” says Emerging Leaders Director Shalia Ford. “The addition of the group project also provides a hands-on leadership experience and serves as a blueprint for continuing civic engagement after graduation.”

Over the course of the three-month program, Emerging Leaders develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the St. Louis community, explore their personal, professional and civic leadership styles and gain a diverse network of peers. Upon graduation, participants become part of the FOCUS network of more than 8,500 leadership program alumni.

Fall 2018 Emerging Leaders Class

Emily Bardon
Lewis Rice LLC

McKinzee Boyd
Customer Success Advocate

Jake Brooks
Director of Ambulatory Business Operations
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

John Cruz
Data Management Coordinator
Rise Community Development

Drew Deptola
Manager, Healthcare Consulting

Michelle Echols
Career Advisor/Account Manager
Father’s Support Center

Rich Fisher
Designer/Project Manager
Randy Burkett Lighting Design

Emily Fuhrman
Manager, Foundation & Giving

Alex Gillette
Senior Consultant Software Engineer III
Daugherty Business Solutions

Marshida Harris
Teen Advisor
Kingdom House

Dana Ivancic
Team Leader
Swank Motion Pictures

Jasmine Johnson
Project Manager Associate
U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation

Darryl Jones II
Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Kelly Jurotich
Customer Engagement Specialist

Kyle Juvers
Deputy Director of Community-Based Studies
Better Together STL

Kaleb K. Katzenberger
Risk Consultant
Wells Fargo Advisors

Samantha Clemons Long
CEO & Founder
ELI Directional Drilling

Kristi Luther
Content Writer/Strategist
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis

Ashley June Moore
Director, College Advising Corps
Washington University in St. Louis

Erin Muzughi
Marketing Manager

James Owen
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Beyond Housing, Inc.

Tashanna Rucker
Big Futures Senior Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Megan Sherling
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services

Lucas Signorelli
Executive Director
St. Louis MetroMarket

Adekemi Sodamade
Analyst, Investment Strategies

Brian Temple
Design Professional

Drew Tingle
Financial Planning Associate
Plancorp, LLC

Justin Treadwell
Senior Payroll Success Advocate

Jessica Waite
Senior Project Interior Designer

Rebecca Weaver
Cities Program Manager
The Nature Conservancy

Daphne Williamson
Senior Retirement Specialist
Edward Jones