Meet the Fall 2021 Class of Emerging Leaders

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis® has selected 39 talented young professionals for the Fall 2021 cohort of Emerging Leaders. This competitive program provides participants 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 550 young professionals from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Utilizing the interactive FOCUS Virtual Campus and a hybrid model of programming, the fall cohort will include a two-day opening retreat, group Civic Action Project and seminar days covering a variety of leadership and regional issues, for a total of 40 hours of civic leadership development.

“Emerging Leaders is the perfect opportunity for any young professional who wants to take on a greater leadership role in our region,” says Program Director Matthew R. Kerns. “Participants leave the program with a better understanding of themselves and our community and a clearer vision for their future.”

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.

Fall 2021 Emerging Leaders Class

Caleb Bobo
Senior Analyst, Supervision Policy, Research and Analysis (SPRA) & Consumer Affairs
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Zack Boger
Clinical Research Coordinator II
Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine

M. Gabriel Davis
Market Coordinator
City Greens Market

Grace DeClue
Prevention Educator

Chris Draper
Risk Management Team Lead, Cash App
Square, Inc.

Suzy Feakes
Senior Continuous Improvement Manager
SSM Health

Allen Fennewald
Thinker & Writer
Gorilla 76

Anjali Fernandes
Product Manager
Schmidt Futures

Callista Fink
Patient Care Operations Coordinator
Barnes Jewish Hospital

Logan Fuson
Sales Representative
Guardian Relocation

Helena Gould
Principal, Client Services & Growth
Human Agency

Aerial Green
Senior HR Analyst

Steven Hays
Assurance and Tax Manager
RubinBrown LLP

Sarah Hines
Community Engagement Manager
Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis

Sam Johanson
Sr. Project Manager

Evyn Johnson
Digital Marketing Coordinator & B2B Trainer

Nikkita Joseph
Business Operation Manager

Nathaniel King
Data Scientist 1
Edward Jones

Angela Knight
Sr. Clinical Program Manager
Siteman Cancer Center

Laura Lamb
Program Officer
Light a Single Candle Foundation

Whitney Lawson
Interior Designer

Cristin Levine
Associate Research Director

Danielle Lowery
Executive Assistant

James Maher
Law Student
University of Missouri School of Law

Alexandra Marifian
Department Leader – Firm-wide Intranet
Edward Jones

Daniel McFarlane
Assistant Project Manager
Trileaf Environmental

Brian McKinley
Executive Assistant
The St. Louis Black Rep

Ashlin Mosby
Senior Counsel
Wells Fargo

Sarah Mosley
Learning & Development Specialist
Neighbors Credit Union

Libby Pedersen
Executive Director
Ignite Theatre Company

Andrew Ragsdale
Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Missouri Department of Transportation

Darion D. Robinson
Talent Recruitment and Retention Specialist
St. Louis Community College

Clark Roman
Candidate Engagement Manager

Ryan Ryterski
Strategy Development Consultant

Reid Schmidling
Relationship Manager
Buckingham Strategic Partners

Corbin Shelton
Early Elementary Educator
Premier Charter School

Ally Siegler
Health Policy Strategist
Missouri Foundation for Health

Kristen Wann
Human Resources Generalist
Mills Properties

Nygel Williams
Manager, Education Administration and Finance
Washington University School of Medicine