Member Profiles

*Member profiles written by Dennis O’Brien

 

Mandi Norbi serves as the Events & Communications Coordinator for both Send Me St. Louis and Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis.

“CSPRC is the most relevant local network for people who work in the communications space,” she said. “It provides a valuable community for sharing knowledge, addressing pain points, and growing in best practices for the field. It’s nice to be around people who truly ‘get’ what I do every day!” A CSPRC member since 2015, Mandy joined the board in August 2018 and serves on the Communications Committee.

Mandy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Missions from Concordia University Wisconsin (2010),  a Certificate in Non-profit Administration from LSU – Shreveport (2016), and a Chancellor’s Certificate in Web Page Design from UMSL (2018).

As an undergraduate, Mandy served as a resident assistant, writing consultant, and missions club coordinator on the Campus Ministry Leadership Team. Prior to joining Send Me St. Louis in November 2015, she worked as a nanny, barista, and receptionist, and spent 7 months overseas as a World Race Christian missionary. 

On a personal level, Mandy says, “I enjoy visiting cute coffee shops, spending time with my Ghanaian husband and our one-year-old daughter, and traveling.” She’s been to 12 countries and all over the U.S.


Lisa (Elizabeth) Snider, MEd, serves as executive assistant to the Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri—St. Louis where she provides high-level administrative support and coordinates special events, programs, projects and strategic business plans. She is also the program manager for UMSL’s Executive Education programs and grew enrollment grew by 67% and profits 263% in the last year.

Lisa serves on both the CSPRC Board and Program Committee because “CSPRC brings together a diverse set of nonprofit professionals to better themselves and further their nonprofits’ mission,” Lisa said. “These professionals teach me invaluable skills, provide valuable information and are extremely supportive of the St. Louis Community.”

Lisa earned her BA in International Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies in 2013 from American University in Washington D.C. She then spent 2014-16 as a Teach for America Corps (TFA) volunteer teaching middle school mathematics. While teaching full-time, she also earned a MA in Secondary Education from the Arizona State University in Phoenix in May 2016.

When not working or volunteering, Lisa enjoys running, reading and playing with her dog. 

Stacie Zellin

Stacie Zellin, MPH, CHES, who has served as Communications and Outreach Coordinator of NCADA (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse-St. Louis) since November 2015, is a big CSPRC fan.

“The biggest benefit to being a member of CSPRC has been the incredible networking opportunities,” she said. “It’s great to get to know others that are either in your role, or a similar role, at other organizations. By sharing ideas, or talking through challenges, the conversations I have had with other members and attendees has helped to inform a lot of the work I do at my own agency."

Stacie received her BS in Health and Human Development from Montana State University in 2007, and went on to earn her Masters of Public Health at Saint Louis University (MPH).

 From 2012-2015, she served as a Public Information Officer for the City of St. Louis Department of Health, acting as a spokesperson to the public and the media, and she in now a Certified Heath Education Specialist (CHES).

On a personal level, she is a new resident of the Shaw neighborhood, along with her husband Jared (who is also very involved in community-building/non-profit work—and actually got Stacie connected with CSPRC in the first place), their daughter Montana, and their two rescue dogs.  She very much enjoys outdoor activities, and says those activities have only become even more fun with a baby in tow.


Mary Kay Lofgren

Mary Kay Lofgren, CPA, is a Partner in RubinBrowns Assurance Services Group and Vice Chair of the Not-For-Profit Services Group. She primarily serves clients in the nonprofit and public sector industries. She has more than 20 years of experience working on assurance engagements in these industries.

“I value CSPRC because of the rewarding and meaningful programs of CSPRC, as well as the valuable relationships with other CSPRC member that have developed over the years.” she said.

After earning her BS in Accounting from Truman State University in 1995, Mary Kay began her career at RubinBrown and was promoted to Partner in 2015. Mary Kay speaks on nonprofit financial topics in community and client venues. 

Mary Kay volunteers as Board President of Springboard to Learning. Previously, she served as treasurer of the organization. She also serves on the finance committee of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri and as chair of the finance review committee of St. Joseph-Manchester Church.

When not working or volunteering, Mary Kay enjoys being with her family, spending time outdoors, and traveling.


Erin Everson

Erin Everson, Communications Coordinator at the Society of the Sacred Heart (SSH), is responsible for managing social media and website communications. She also supports general communications efforts for the United States–Canada province of this international congregation of women religious dedicated to discovering and revealing the love of the Heart of Jesus in our world.

“I found the CSPRC panel on social justice in January very compelling, relevant, challenging, and overall a good conversation to listen in on,” Erin said. “When it comes to being a communicator, especially one newer to the game, I appreciate the opportunities CSPRC offers to learn how to use communication tools more effectively. Even more, I appreciate the conversations they host, allowing me to listen and reflect on the opportunity I have to be a voice for my organization, our mission, and how to better serve our community and beyond.”

A native of Omaha, Erin attended Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic all-girls high school founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart and the connection that led her to pursue her current position. She graduated with honors from Saint Louis University with a BA in communications in 2016. With a longtime passion for storytelling, Erin has been producing videos since high school and has worked as a freelance videographer since 2013. She often partnered with student clubs and organizations to share their mission and stories during her time in college. Erin worked as Chief Video Officer of SWOT Media Group before moving to SSH in 2018.


Kate BrennanKate Brennan is Director of Annual Giving and Development Communications at Saint Louis University. Managing a team of six, she oversees the strategy, planning, and calendaring of the Billiken Call Center, all development direct mail and digital communications, the Reunion Giving Program, and other annual giving initiatives.

Why CSPRC? “I find a lot of value in sharing ideas and learning from others in similar fields,” Kate says. “Several networks and organizations provide resources in higher education, but CSPRC provides a much-needed network outside of the higher education universe. And the organizational membership makes it possible for more of us to take advantage of the professional development opportunities CSPRC offers.” 

Kate has deep roots at SLU. As an undergraduate, she worked in the university’s phonation. Two weeks after graduating magna cum laude in May 2002 with a BA in psychology, Kate began was hired as Assistant Director of the Annual Giving Program where she worked for eight years until being promoted to her current position as Director in July 2010. As AD, the Billiken Call Center reached its peak performance, raising over $1M/year.  It was also at SLU where she met her husband P.J. Brennan, who worked in an office next to hers.

Kate recently joined the board of the Missouri Family Heath Council and is excited to put her professional skills to work for another nonprofit she feels passionate about. At home, Kate and P.J. are busy raising their two-year-old, Jude, as well as their dog Lucy and cat Jack. 


Libby Massa Sunkari

Libby Massa Sunkari has served as Community Relations Manager at Sherwood Forest since January 2017. This nonprofit has provided education and opportunity to transform the lives of children from low-income families and underserved communities from the St. Louis area since 1937, both through its month-long summer camp experience and a variety of evidence-based programs during the school year.

“CSPRC helps me stay informed on best practices improve my skills and connect with other people in St. Louis working in the nonprofit field,” Libby says.

After earning her BA in American Studies/Women’s and Gender Studies from DePaul University in Chicago in 2012, Libby served in the highly selective Teach For America program for two years, working as a kindergarten teacher for the St. Louis Public School at Patrick Henry Downtown Academy.

After completing her Teach For America commitment, Libby was hired as Community Partner Program Coordinator for the St. Louis Public Schools in 2014, coordinating logistics, communications and oversight of 150 corporate volunteers. For the next 18 months, Libby served as Marketing Coordinator for the St. Louis Public Schools. She was responsible for chairing weekly marketing committee that oversaw everything from social media to large scale marketing events and coordinating with district leaders to implement student recruitment efforts by supporting magnet school enrollment.

Libby is alum of the Focus St. Louis Emerging Leaders program. She volunteers for Read Readers and serves on the Teacher For America–St. Louis Member and Alumni Board.


Shandi Greve Penrod

Shandi Greve Penrod, MA candidate, serves as Communications and Administrative Assistant for Congregation Shaare Emeth, a Jewish Reform Congregation in Creve Coeur.

“The PR/marketing communications field changes quickly, and it's important to continuously learn about the new trends in technology, strategy, and tactics,” she said. “CSPRC keeps me up to date with information that is nonprofit-specific. After attending several meetings, participation with CSPRC has also begun helping me connect with others in my field.” 

Shandi will complete her MA in Communications Management from Webster University in the fall of 2018. While earning her BS with honors in Mass Communications with minors in musical theater and French from Southeast Missouri State University in 2007, Shandi wrote biweekly articles for the university paper, The Arrow, and completed internships for the March of Dimes, Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation and Hype Creative. After moving back to the St. Louis area in 2008, she served as a communications intern for a year at Central Reform Congregation (CRC). She then worked independently for three years as an internet marketing specialist and online sales manager before taking a position at Shaare Emeth in 2012.

As a volunteer, this skilled and energetic young professional served on the Event Planning Committee of the Mizzou Women’s Center, on Steering Committee of the Jewish Environmental Initiative of St. Louis for 6½ years and on the Board of Directors of CRC for 4½ years.

On a personal level, Shandi is an avid audiobook and podcast listener, health and wellness nut, lunchtime yogi, and a lover of dark chocolate and (shh) the Oxford comma. She plays roller derby with the Metro-East league, the Confluence Crush, under the nickname Splatniss Everdeen. She lives in Glen Carbon, IL, with her husband and five-year-old daughter. She welcomes people to connect with her at a CSPRC luncheon or her website or other social media.


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Deb Cottin has served as Director of Development and Marketing for Safe Connections since April of 2009. With her team, Deb raises about $2.4M/year to support the St. Louis region’s oldest and largest nonprofit focused 100% on ending domestic and sexual violence through therapeutic counseling, 24-hour crisis care, and youth education. During her tenure, Safe Connections has doubled in staff size and in the number of counseling and education clients served. Deb is now happily learning the ins and outs of running a capital campaign while planning a new website and photography to be more welcoming and representative of Safe Connections’ diverse clients.

“CSPRC is a terrific way to stay connected to the latest trends and developments in the nonprofit field,” she said. “Being involved with CSPRC for 14 years has provided me with some of my most valued professional relationships and growth. Plus, I love getting to meet those new to the field who I can support in return for all of the support that I’ve received.” She served as 2008–2009 Chair of the CSPRC Board of Directors.

After attending Ursuline Academy, Deb earned her B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri–Columbia in 1993. She spent a year serving the poor in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps between writing and editing stints at the Riverfront Times. After serving as marketing coordinator for a book publishing company in Colorado for three years, she returned to St. Louis in 2003 to serve as Director of Marketing for FOCUS St. Louis for five years before assuming her position at Safe Connections.

In her free time, Deb parents her 16-year-old daughter while pursuing her quest to visit and hike at every state park and historic site in Missouri.

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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.


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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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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