Announcing Our Spring 2020 Class of Emerging Leaders

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis® has selected 33 talented young professionals for the Spring 2020 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 450 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 10,000 leadership program alumni.

Applications are now open for our fall 2020 cohort of Emerging Leaders!

Spring 2020 Emerging Leaders Class

Jamal Bailey
J.E. Bailey Non-profit Consulting Firm

Malerie Brenston
Executive Realtor Assistant
Coldwell Banker-Gundaker Real Estate

Nick Catanzaro

Jana Clemens
Ops Support Sr. Supervisor

Lisa Cohn
Program Manager, Transformative Workforce Academy
Saint Louis University

Rachel Condra
Internal Communication Specialist
Commerce Bank

Ashlee Cooksey
Construction Project Engineer/Architectural Designer
Kwame Building Group

Josh Cornier
Development Associate
ACLU of Missouri

Mike Degnan
Continuous Improvement Adviser
SSM Health

Jessica Duneman
Director of Retail Operations
National Council of Jewish Women – The Resale Shop

Kiana Fleming
Communications Manager
City of Olivette

Miranda Gibson
MacArthur Safety + Justice Challenge Grant Manager
St. Louis County Department of Justice Services

Erin Godwin
Zoning Plan Examiner
City of St. Louis

Ronnice Hamm
Dispatch Supervisor

Jayson Hill
Senior Staff Accountant
Enterprise Accounting

Kelsey Johnston
Training Team Lead and Principal Trainer, Epic1 Project
Washington University School of Medicine

Ana Kent
Policy Analyst
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Shaari King
Project Manager
Aegis Home Protection/NVPS

Kaleigh Lawrence
Senior Program Manager
St. Louis Public Schools Foundation

Anna Lin-Schweitzer
Communications Director
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

KiMonyca McCoggle
Staff Accountant, CPA

Triná Owens
Director of Accounting
Eden Theological Seminary

Ellen Prinster
Transmission Line Engineer

Kathryn Redmond
Associate Attorney
Armstrong Teasdale

Stacy Sedlack
Performance Excellence Consultant
St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Andrew Serkes
Vice President
J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Sarah Small
Senior Product Engineer

Sarah Elizabeth Stoeckl
Clinical Research Coordinator
Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University

Cheryl Tao
Senior Counsel

Michael Thompson
Business Developer & Marketing
Kwame Building Group

Amber Walker
Bail Disrupter/Client Advocacy Coordinator
The Bail Project

Jessica Weissert
GIS Analyst II

Carrington B. Wentz
Corporate Development Analyst
Centene Corporation