Member Profiles

*Member profiles written by Dennis O’Brien


Patti McCarty, MA, MFA, is a freelance writer with a passion for helping nonprofits tell their stories. Prior to founding McCarty Communications, she served on the marketing and communications team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation for five years. While there, her key focus was to help the foundation’s donors understand the pediatric research they funded. 

Patti has been a member of CSPRC since 2013 and currently serves on the CSPRC Communications Committee editing Noteworthy. “I joined CSPRC because, for me, it’s all about keeping current on best practices and networking,” she said. “Plus, let’s face it, nonprofit communicators are the cool kids.”

Patti holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an MA in Marketing from Webster University and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She lives in the vibrant South Hampton neighborhood of South City with her husband and their beloved Goldendoodle Gracie.


McKenna Mitchell serves as Fundraising Events Coordinator & Development Associate at LifeWise STL (formerly Kingdom House).Prior to this role, she worked in marketing and events for Ballpark Village.

“I value CSPRC as a way to build up your network with like-minded individuals,” said McKenna, who serves on the Spectrum Committee. “It's inspiring to be in a room with people of different backgrounds and professions, all with the same intentions. As someone new to the nonprofit world, I've learned a lot from the panel discussions.”

McKenna graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Human Development & Family Studies, a minor in Public Service & Leadership, and a Multicultural Certificate in 2016. She also completed the Peace Corps Preparatory Program at Mizzou and has done numerous service-learning projects including two trips focusing on Sea Turtle Conservation work in Costa Rica, volunteering in a special needs school for two months in Ghana, volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, and teaching English classes in Cambodia. 

McKenna currently serves on the FLOURISH St. Louis Community Leaders Cabinet, which was formed to achieve zero racial disparities in infant mortality through the St. Louis Region by 2033.


Linda Robinson, MA, has served as Director of Volunteer Recruitment of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri since April 2019. She was the Operational Team Lead for Wells Fargo Advisors for the prior 11 years, and Assistant Supervisor for A.G. Edwards and Son for the 18 years preceding that.

“I joined CSPRC to build my network with individuals in the nonprofit sector who have experiences in the field of public relations, marketing and volunteerism,” she said. “This knowledge will help me in my personal and professional development as I pursue my goals.” 

After earning a BS in Communications from Lindenwood University in 2001, Linda earned an MA in Human Resources from Webster University in 2016 and a second MA from Webster in 2018, this time in Nonprofit Leadership. 

This experienced professional has an extensive career as a volunteer and volunteer coordinator at 11 nonprofits, including Better Family Life, Concordance Academy, Korean Cultural Festival, Nine Network and the Pujols Foundation. In addition, she has been recognized for her volunteer service 10 times between 2007 and 2018. Details can be found at her LinkedIn profile.


Rose Miyatsu, MA, a Department Specialist/Writer for Washington University's Arts and Sciences Communications, earned her PhD in English in May 2019. Her dissertation focuses on 20th-century American novels, with a focus on disability studies.

 

“As a student aspiring for a career in non-profit communications and marketing , I greatly value the opportunities CSPRC provides me to network and learn more about the nonprofit agencies I plan to serve,” she said, “It also offers me a way to learn about different strategies for strengthening programing and marketing."

 

Rose has engaged in a variety of writing and editing projects, including 18 months as a paid blog writer for the University Libraries’ Special Collections. She also created a campus-wide marketing campaign to promote inter-university communication on graduate careers, and her strategy for this campaign is currently being adopted by other Universities. She has also taught Writing One as well as Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Since 2016 Rose has volunteered at Places for People preparing clients with mental illnesses for the HiSET exam. She recently began a newsletter for HavenHouse.

 

Rose is a martial artist with over ten years of experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She lives in St. Louis with her husband, Toshi, and pet tortoise Chekov. 


Lisa Naeger Shea is Marketing and Communications Manager of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, a COA and BBB accredited federation of eight 501(C)3 agencies, each with a distinct mission. Since March 2018, she has been responsible for the central office’s overall mar/com strategy and day-to-day operations, as well as supporting mar/com personnel at each of the eight agencies.

While working for 10 years in the cable broadband (Suddenlink) and data storage/security (TierPoint) sectors, she learned the value of professional peer organizations. “As soon as I transitioned to the nonprofit world, I wanted to seek out the relevant local support group,” said Lisa. “Everyone recommended CSPRC, and at my first lunch event, I was able to not only listen to a presenter who shared information relevant to my work, but also network with people who, like me, are taking on the unique challenges (and joys!) inherent to community service/nonprofit communications.”

After graduating from UM in 1989, Lisa taught preschool (Clayton Child Center, Jewish Hospital Employee Child Center) and kindergarten (St. Boniface), and managed an educational toy store (The MIND Construction) at the St. Louis Galleria before spending 14 years as a fulltime at-home parent, “manic volunteer and freelance writer and editor.”

Lisa currently serves as board president for Criminal Justice Ministry and is involved in organizations at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Oakville.


Cody Hinkle is Director of Marketing and Communications at Beverly Farms Foundation, a BBB Accredited Charity and a planned community in Godfrey, IL, that looks and feels like a neighborhood and provides a loving, caring home to 400 individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

“We joined CSPRC as an organization member to network, as well as to take advantage of the educational series each month,” she said. “The topics that CSPRC chooses are all things that both our marketing and development departments find necessary and thought provoking.”

After graduating from SIU Edwardsville in 2002, Cody worked for Liberty Bank, Bau Funeral Homes, and Madison County where she worked as Circuit Clerk. She then served as Operations Director/Marketing Coordinator from 2009-2014 before assuming her current responsibilities.


On a personal level, Cody is married to Chris Hinkle and has one son Memphis. She enjoys history, politics and volunteering for events and committees in the RiverBend area of Illinois.


Barrett Baebler, D. Mgt., Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management, has served as the Director of Nonprofit Management and Leadership programs at Webster University since 2012. “Today’s nonprofits face challenges requiring strong leaders with new skill sets. How does one acquire these skills? By actively participating in nonprofit professional organizations like CSPRC and by continuing their professional education,” said Dr. Baebler.

Dr. Baebler has been active in CSPRC for years. “CSPRC provides nonprofit professionals an opportunity to network and learn through great programmming and events. CSPRC members are also eligible for tuition discounts at Webster University.”

According to Dr. Baebler, nonprofits need professionals who can ensure the financial viability of the organization, address human resource management and operations, and deliver their mission. “Nonprofit leaders have to have the skills to balance the business-side with the mission-side of their organization,” he said, “At Webster University, we have expert faculty who teach these skills.”

Dr. Baebler serves as a consultant, and advisor to nonprofits focusing on capacity-building, financial management, strategic planning, and business plan development.


Dorothy Carlin  founded her firm, Simply Strategy, 10 years ago when she wanted to move from a traditional agency to a research-driven, consulting business. Providing quantitative and qualitative research, strategic way-finding and project management, she feels fortunate to serve clients she truly cares for. 

"Now we’re a four-woman team serving companies and organizations who impact the well-being of people and communities," Carlin says. "Non-profit professionals are more constrained than their for-profit peers yet just as quality-and brand-minded. I love the problem-solving and collaborative nature of my non-profit colleagues. The connections I have made through CSPRC have impacted my business—both by connecting me with potential clients and building relationships with other professionals with whom we’ve partnered. CSPRC offers a unique venue to collaborate with true professionals across the spectrum of organizations in St. Louis."


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Lisa Dunham, development specialist for the St. Charles City-County Library, is part of a team that works with district staff, trustees and volunteers to fund new programs and expand library services. She also gives marketing support for the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library, two nonprofits that support the library district. Her responsibilities in this role also include donor relations, website management and special events.

After graduating with a bachelor’s in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an master’s in communications from Lindenwood University, she worked from 1993-97 for MK-Ferguson as a communications specialist. For the next two years, she worked as communications coordinator for the National Association of Electrical Distributors. In 1999, she began an eight-year stint as governmental communications director for St. Charles County Government before moving to her current position at the library in 2007.

This multi-talented communications and development professional has attended CSPRC events for many years. She became a member “because I found that it provided tremendous resources and connections that were vital to a one-person communications shop,” she said. “Over the years as I've moved on to different jobs, I still find that CSPRC continues to provide invaluable worth to me as a professional and to the mission of my organization. I am lucky to be able to use my love of reading and my passion for literacy in my work for the St. Charles City-County Library District.”

Lisa is currently the president of the Cottleville/Weldon Spring Rotary Club and enjoys volunteering with Rotary on a variety of community projects. Lisa, her husband and daughter live in St. Peters. On a personal level, she said, “We are avid soccer fans, spending most of our free time watching our daughter Marlee, nieces, nephews and friends play ‘The Beautiful Game,’ as well as watching college and semi-professional teams compete.


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Lisa Dunham, development specialist for the St. Charles City-County Library, is part of a team that works with district staff, trustees and volunteers to fund new programs and expand library services. She also gives marketing support for the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library, two nonprofits that support the library district. Her responsibilities in this role also include donor relations, website management and special events.

After graduating with a bachelor’s in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an master’s in communications from Lindenwood University, she worked from 1993-97 for MK-Ferguson as a communications specialist. For the next two years, she worked as communications coordinator for the National Association of Electrical Distributors. In 1999, she began an eight-year stint as governmental communications director for St. Charles County Government before moving to her current position at the library in 2007.

This multi-talented communications and development professional has attended CSPRC events for many years. She became a member “because I found that it provided tremendous resources and connections that were vital to a one-person communications shop,” she said. “Over the years as I've moved on to different jobs, I still find that CSPRC continues to provide invaluable worth to me as a professional and to the mission of my organization. I am lucky to be able to use my love of reading and my passion for literacy in my work for the St. Charles City-County Library District.”

Lisa is currently the president of the Cottleville/Weldon Spring Rotary Club and enjoys volunteering with Rotary on a variety of community projects. Lisa, her husband and daughter live in St. Peters. On a personal level, she said, “We are avid soccer fans, spending most of our free time watching our daughter Marlee, nieces, nephews and friends play ‘The Beautiful Game,’ as well as watching college and semi-professional teams compete.


Posted 11-4-13
Lisa Dunham, development specialist for the St. Charles City-County Library, is part of a team that works with district staff, trustees and volunteers to fund new programs and expand library services. She also gives marketing support for the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library, two nonprofits that support the library district. Her responsibilities in this role also include donor relations, website management and special events.

After graduating with a bachelor’s in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an master’s in communications from Lindenwood University, she worked from 1993-97 for MK-Ferguson as a communications specialist. For the next two years, she worked as communications coordinator for the National Association of Electrical Distributors. In 1999, she began an eight-year stint as governmental communications director for St. Charles County Government before moving to her current position at the library in 2007.

This multi-talented communications and development professional has attended CSPRC events for many years. She became a member “because I found that it provided tremendous resources and connections that were vital to a one-person communications shop,” she said. “Over the years as I've moved on to different jobs, I still find that CSPRC continues to provide invaluable worth to me as a professional and to the mission of my organization. I am lucky to be able to use my love of reading and my passion for literacy in my work for the St. Charles City-County Library District.”

Lisa is currently the president of the Cottleville/Weldon Spring Rotary Club and enjoys volunteering with Rotary on a variety of community projects. Lisa, her husband and daughter live in St. Peters. On a personal level, she said, “We are avid soccer fans, spending most of our free time watching our daughter Marlee, nieces, nephews and friends play ‘The Beautiful Game,’ as well as watching college and semi-professional teams compete.


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Stephanie Garvey

Ana Carolina Pires McGin is an experienced marketing and sales professional now making the transition from the business world to the nonprofit world. Ana Carolina is a native of Brazil and speaks fluent Portuguese and English. While earning her bachelor’s in tourism and hospitality from Uniersidade FUMEC – Brazil in 2006, she worked as an international travel consultant responsible for international and domestic travel arrangements. She also worked as an international tourism information consultant providing assistance in English to tourists in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She met her husband Connor McGinn, a St. Louisan, while gaining more experience in the tourism industry and improving her English proficiency working in New Mexico.

From 2007-10, Ana Carolina worked for Connections Loyalty Travel Service in St. Louis. She was a department leader responsible for supporting and coaching staff, managing sales agents, and assisting with procedure implementation and operations costs. Then, for nearly four years, the couple lived in Brazil where Ana Carolina served as senior market analyst for Localiza Rent a Car, working to increase market share and profitability. She coordinated marketing and sales campaigns, oversaw customer relations and sales training programs, and managed Localiza’s presence in events and trade shows for travel agencies in Brazil.

Upon returning to St. Louis in the fall of 2013, Ana Carolina has focused on her career transition to the nonprofit market.  “I am passionate about people and social causes,” she explained. “So my ultimate career goal is to work for the betterment of communities and social improvement. The positive results in my career were mostly achieved by creating innovative solutions to help people and organization’s to become more successful together.”  

While in Brazil, she volunteered teaching moral principles to underprivileged children. In St. Louis, she volunteers with the New Dimensions Program coaching students from the SLPS. 

Ana Carolina joined CSPRC while attending her first CSPRC meeting in February 2014. With her positive, can-do attitude, she immediately volunteered to serve on the Membership Committee, saying that “it is a privilege to meet and work with great people. Being a member and a volunteer at CSPRC has given me the opportunity to connect and be in touch with key players in the non-profit market in St. Louis.”

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Linda Behrens

 

Linda Behrens serves as the senior community engagement coordinator for the Central Pacific Province of School Sisters of Notre Dame, a Catholic congregation of women religious serving in a variety of missions ranging from education to pastoral ministries to social justice. This highly skilled and experienced professional creates internal and external communications projects, working closely with the development office. Prior to that, she worked from 2003-06 as the first lay person to serve as director of public relations/communications for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s in journalism in 1981, she worked for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Anthony’s Medical Center for 16 years and then St. Alexius Hospital. 

Linda’s involvement with CSPRC dates the early 80s when she served on the board and helped organize the first (or one of the early) Spectrum Conferences. In 2003 she attended the Spectrum conference on her first day on the job with the Sisters of St. Joseph, per the request of her supervisor who recognized it as a valuable professional development experience. She was invited to rejoin the CSPRC board in 2010, serving first on the program committee and then as treasurer for two years. The last board year and this current term, she has headed the CSPRC communications committee.

“The networking opportunities through CSPRC are invaluable,” she said, “especially by being involved on the CSPRC board. I feel so much more connected to CSPRC by getting to know the other board and committee members. And I have met people, like from the Archdiocese and a school my work sponsors, just because I was introduced as a board member at the luncheons.”

Linda lives in South County and has a 20-year-old daughter majoring in business management at Missouri State University. Photography has always been one of her loves, and she recently began doing freelance photography, including high school seniors, engagement, family and event photos. 

Jana Shortt

Jana Shortt, director of communications and marketing for the Ferguson-Florissant School District, oversees the internal and external communications for the system of nearly 2,000 employees serving more than 11,000 students across 24 schools in north St. Louis County. She also serves as co-chair of the Ferguson-Florissant Foundation for Education

“I decided to join CSPRC after attending two recent luncheons and appreciating the valuable information that was shared,” she said. “Being part of a small communications department with an equally modest budget, the reasonable cost of membership helped make it possible for me as well.” 

After graduating from St. Louis University in 1998, Jana worked as an account manager for Adamson Advertising and then as public relations manager for Hardee’s Food System. From 2007-11 she worked as a freelance consultant. Then she moved to Twist and developed marketing plans for local and national clients, including The Limited, the BlackFinn and SmashBurger restaurant concepts, Jazz St. Louis and the law firm of Cordell & Cordell. 

 Since joining the school district in 2012, she ha