Board of Directors


Cassidy_Flynn.jpgCassidy Flynn, Chair of External Relations

Assoc. Director of Development, Leadership Giving | University of Missouri-St. Louis

Cassidy is a proud graduate of the B.F.A. Acting program at Missouri State University. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Development of Leadership Giving at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In this role, Cassidy manages the university's leadership giving program through identification, qualification, solicitation, and ongoing cultivation and stewardship of leadership giving donors through the Pierre Laclede Society, a society which recognizes donors whose annual contributions equal or exceed $1,000. Cassidy is also a professional actor and has worked with regional theaters including The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Metro Theater Company, The New Jewish Theatre, SATE Ensemble Theatre, Mustard Seed Theatre, Theatre Nuevo, Max & Louie Productions, Equally Represented Artists, YoungLiars, The Midnight Company, West End Players Guild, Civic Arts Company, and more. 

Jess_Gouldthorpe.jpgJess Longueville, Chair of Internal Relations 

Program Manager of Grants | Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis

Jess is a graduate of Spring Hill College with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Business Administration. She currently serves as the Program Manager of Grants at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC). In her role at RAC, she manages the Program Support grant program with a budget of $800K which supports arts and culture projects and programs that increase the access and participation in arts and culture in St. Louis City and County. Jess brings 8+ years of experience and success in the nonprofit sector with a diverse background in social services, arts administration and community initiatives. She has a passion for intentional and effective work and is dedicated to achieving policies and practices that ensure an economically thriving, creative, equitable and safe St. Louis community. She also considers herself an organizational guru, avid runner, volunteer, book-worm and multi-disciplined artist.

Cassidy_Flynn.jpgAbby Brandon, Membership Liaison

Community Relations Coordinator | St. Louis Area Foodbank

Abby is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a degree in Business Administration and International Business. She has five years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in fundraising and event management, and currently serves as the Community Relations Coordinator at the St. Louis Area Foodbank. In this role, she manages Foodbank fundraising events, third party fundraisers, cause marketing campaigns, and works with the Foodbank's Young Professionals Board. She loves St. Louis and is passionate about serving her community. In her spare time, she volunteers with Bilingual International Assistant Services as a citizenship tutor and has spent several years preparing older adults to pass their US citizenship exams.

Cassidy_Flynn.jpgMichelle Boyer, Programming Lead

Marketing Communications Specialist | National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Michelle 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.

Joe_Fetter.jpgCaity Zielinski McDonnell, Treasurer

Financial Adviser | Northwestern Mutual

Professional background: Caity currently runs her own financial advising practice through Northwestern Mutual. As an advisor, Caity educates and inspires her clients to take action through a holistic planning approach - from paying down debt, buying a house, income protection and retirement - if it has to do with finances, she has helped her clients achieve their goals. Caity currently serves as an event planning chair for The Young Friends of Hope Lodge board and also as Treasurer for YNPN St. Louis. She uses her background in non-profit strategic planning and market research, as well as her MBA, MA in Human Resources Development and MA in Non-Profit Management to engage and impact those around her for the betterment of our community.