Meet the New Class of FOCUS Emerging Leaders

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis has selected 28 talented young professionals for the Spring 2019 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 Emerging Leaders program has trained more than 350 young professionals from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The three-month program 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.

“Emerging Leaders is unique in its ability to bring together young professionals across sectors and industries,” says Program Director Shalia Ford. “It also continues to be a great springboard for participants, as they go on to pursue leadership positions in their careers and in the community.”

During the program, participants meet with area leaders to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of St. Louis, 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.

Spring 2019 Emerging Leaders


Jordan Alexander
Senior Talent Acquisition Leader
SSM Health

WyKeshia Atkins
Director, Learning Assistance Programs
Southeast Missouri State University

Kathryn Bader
Project Manager for System Integration

Nathaniel Barlay
Student/President, Missouri Young African Professionals
Saint Louis University

Briana Bobo
Social Media Recruitment Specialist
Centene Corporation

Lee Camp
ArchCity Defenders, Inc.

Tyler Corbett
IT Engineer, End User Experience
Express Scripts, Inc.

Teyuna Darris
Substitute Teacher
Riverview Gardens School District

Rebecca Glasgow
Asset Manager – Affordable Housing Tax Credit Investments
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation

Chelsea Hand-Sheridan
Workforce Solutions Manager
International Institute of St. Louis

Jolene Hibbler
Aftercare Coordinator
Great Circle

Amanda Honigfort
Special Programs & Projects Producer
HEC Media

Shaniqua Jones
Development Manager
The Haven of Grace

Richard Juang
Goldberg Segalla LLP

Kent Kasischke
Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Centene Corporation

Kelly King
Human Resource Generalist/Business Assistance Manager

Molly Loughran
Population Health Program Manager
Centene Corporation

Brittany Lyons
Web Content Coordinator
Missouri Historical Society

Grace McKee
Director of Student Programs
Washington University Campus Y/YMCA

Erin Meyers
Assistant Director of Development, Individual Members & Donors
Gateway Arch Park Foundation

John Moenster
Analytics Manager

Grace Pettit
Marketing Manager
Censis Technologies

Saffiyah Poole
Education and Development Coordinator
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Julian Schaaf
Gorilla 76

Autumn Shepherd
Community Engagement Coordinator
Youth In Need

Justin Striebel
Senior Art Director

Jacob Surratt
Analyst, Site Selection & Incentives Advisory
Duff & Phelps

Ellen Ziegler
Senior Account Manager