Introducing the Spring 2022 Class of Emerging Leaders

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis® has selected 32 talented young professionals for the Spring 2022 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 575 early-career professionals from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

“Emerging Leaders is the perfect opportunity for any early-career professional who wants to take on a greater leadership role in our region,” says FOCUS President & CEO Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch. “Participants leave the program with a better understanding of themselves and our community and a clearer vision for their future.”

During the four-month 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.

The Emerging Leaders program is presented with support from Big League Impact, Dierbergs, The Kwame Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, and Regions Bank.

Spring 2022 Emerging Leaders Class

Dallas Adams
Communications Manager
Starkloff Disability Institute

Rachel Anders
Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer
St. Louis Area Foodbank

Melissa Baldwin
Training & Development Manager
Mills Properties, Inc.

Kristin Bengtson
Associate Director of Community Strategy

Kelsey Bodie
Instructional Coach – Educational Leader
Hazelwood School District

Tiffany Brewer
Managing Director
EarthDance Organic Farm School

Andrea Cox
Wellness Coordinator and Program Director
The Collective STL @ Rung for Women

Taylor Decker
School Social Worker
Rockwood School District

Mitchell Fitzpatrick
Outreach and Training Coordinator

Brittae Gray-Ross
Application Developer
Washington University

Tracy Gutzke
Sr. Financial Analyst
St. Louis Children’s Hospital/BJC HealthCare

Ben Hasse
Cost Allocation Manual Manager
Ameren Missouri

Laurel Hawkins
HR Manager
Emerson Electric Co.

Brittany Hensley
Growth & Development Administrative Assistant
Husch Blackwell LLP

Jazminique Holley
Lead Instructor, Lead Learner, Founding Coach
Showstoppers Cheer STL

Heather Jaconis
Operations Manager
Philanthropy Missouri

Lauren Kistner
Marketing & Communications Manager
Forsyth School

Natalie Kniepman
Vice President – Sr. Supplier Solutions Manager
Citibank, N.A.

Nicholas Krehmeyer
Sales Enablement Coordinator
Midwest BankCentre

Natasha Leonard
Director of External Relations
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition

Endia Lumpkins
Sales District Leader
Pepsi Corporation (Frito-Lay)

Brian Manchisi
Senior Project Analyst – Office of Innovation & Commercialization
Washington University in St. Louis

Karen Mohan
Human Resources Business Partner
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Jake Mondschein
Customer Advocate

Alex Monroe
Project Manager
Gorilla 76

Jay Nelson
Boards and Commission Liaison/Custodian of Records/Fiscal Note Coordinator
St. Louis County Executive

Alisha Sonnier
Board of Education Member for City of St. Louis/Mental Health Advocate
Cigna/Board of Education

Laura Stock
Senior Associate – Project Architect
The Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Aaron Weekes
Gorilla 76

Rebecca Winkler
Public Policy Administration Graduate Student
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Kurt Wunderlich
Client Development Advisor
Buckingham Strategic Wealth

Beverly Ziegler
Director – Women’s Business Center
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis