Meet Our Spring 2023 Cohort of Women In Leadership

Becky RasmussenNews

FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to announce the 26 outstanding individuals selected for the spring 2023 cohort of Women In Leadership.

The Women In Leadership program, held each fall and spring, offers professionals the opportunity to refine their leadership competencies, gain a deeper understanding of the St. Louis region, and connect with women from diverse backgrounds. Through interviews and field days, participants are able to explore different styles of leadership and tap into the wisdom of area business, community and civic leaders, while also honing their facilitation, negotiation and communication skills.

“For more than 40 years the Women In Leadership program has been bringing together a diverse mix of women from across sectors for growth, learning and connection,” says Shalia Ford, WIL Program Director. “This experience is designed to help participants gain the tools, resources and network to lead more confidently and effectively in all their spheres of influence.”

Upon graduation, participants join the network of more than 10,000 FOCUS program alumni.

Women In Leadership Spring 2023 Cohort

Kelly Behlmann
Executive Director
Disabled Athlete Sports Association

Susan Brewster
Strategic Planning Lead

Tammicka Buford, SHRM-CP
Human Resource Success Manager
Special School District of St. Louis County

Jennifer Gibson
Assistant Director, Strategic Initiatives
St. Louis County Library

Courtney Grady, MA, PLPC
Therapist & Clinical Services Manager
Covenant House Missouri

Michelle Graham
Executive Director – Missouri and iHear Teletherapy
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf

Tamara Harris
Director of College and Career Success
Marian Middle School

Rhonda Lingard
Operations Manager
CASA of St. Louis

Maria Majors
Executive Director
STL Rhythm Collaborative

Jenna Majzoub
Director, Prospect Management and Research
Saint Louis University

Kathy McCadden
Director of Development

Heidi Meister
Senior Vice President, Core Operations Strategy Leader

Phyllis Miller
Senior Director, Women’s Services
YWCA Metro St. Louis

Ronika Moody
Distinct Consulting Services LLC

Amy Nash
Nash Properties

Crystal Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Beverly Farm Foundation

Kelly Plunkett
Director, Third Party Risk Management

LaVada Rice
Director – Metro St. Louis Extended Campuses
Webster University

Joslyn Richardson
Math Specialist and Early Childhood Project Manager
Institute for School Partnership

Kathryn Shackelford, AICP, PTP
Funding Specialist

Manila Tamrakar Mathema
Assistant Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Stephanie Usher
Service Delivery Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Jamie Vollmer
Events by Inspire

Jaronda Williams
Senior Analyst

Tangela Williams-Spann
Special Education Teacher
Special School District of St. Louis County

Melissa Wilson
Land Use Manager
St. Louis County Department of Planning