Title: Program Manager of Grants
Organization: Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
Professional background: Currently, Jess serves as the Program Manager of Grants at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) and is the Vice President of YNPN St. Louis. In her role at RAC, she manages the Program Support grant program. She has over 5 years professional experience working in the nonprofit sector in childcare and teaching, program management, communications and marketing, fundraising, and planning and executing special events. She has a passion for mission-driven work and is a proud St. Louisan dedicated to achieving policies and practices that ensure an economically thriving, creative, equitable and safe community. She has a Liberal Arts Education with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Business Administration from Spring Hill College. She also considers herself an organizational guru, avid runner, volunteer, book-worm and multi-disciplined artist.
What is the background on your cell phone?: Lemons (I love lemons) and my screensaver is a wedding photo of me and my husband.
Role: Chair of External Relations
Job Title & Organization: Associate Director of Development, Leadership Giving at University of Missouri-St. Louis
Professional background: Cassidy is a proud graduate of the B.F.A. Acting program at Missouri State University. He currently serves as the Advancement Officer of Stewardship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He manages the university's giving website, donor recognition and acknowledgement programs, and all stewardship events. Cassidy is also a professional actor and has worked with regional theaters including but not limited to The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Metro Theater Company, New Jewish Theatre, Mustard Seed Theatre, Max & Louie Productions, Equally Represented Artists, West End Players Guild, and Civic Arts Company.
What is the background on your cell phone?: My family on vacation in Colorado.
Job Title & Organization: Communications Manager, Gateway Greening
Professional background: By day I am the Communications Manager at Gateway Greening, working to improve regional and national social awareness of their programs while building mutually beneficial community relationships to support ongoing operations. It's a job that I love and a mission I can get behind. By night, I work as a freelance writer and social media marketer, helping my small business clients craft winning messages, blogs, and strategies.
What is the background on your cell phone?: A sea turtle swimming through a coral reef.
Role: Community Relations Liaison
Job Title & Organization: Barista, Starbucks
Professional background: I've always been passionate about education and non-profit organizations. I have previously worked as an ESL Teacher and International Admission Counselor. I love working with people and helping them reach their goals.
What is the background on your cell phone?: The St. Louis Arch
Role: Programming Lead
Job Title & Organization: Marketing Communications Specialist, National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Professional background: I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Print and Internet Journalism and a minor in Spanish. After graduating, I spent time working for a local event planner here in St. Louis before moving to the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul in June of 2014. I started at SVdP as the Communications Administrative Associate and was recently promoted to Marketing Communications Specialist. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization that works to help those in need. I manage the National Council's social media accounts, produce and publish the Society's weekly e-newsletter, develop promotional items, assist in the production of a television show for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), handle media inquiries and work with the Marketing and Communications Director on a variety of other projects for the Society.
What is the background on your cell phone?: My favorite quote, "She believed she could, so she did." Seeing that quote every time I look at my phone reminds me that anything is possible through hard work, determination and perseverance!