Member Profiles

Member profiles by Dennis O’Brien

Janelle MuehleisenJanelle Muehleisen is director of development and communications for the Institute for Family Medicine (IFM). As the sole development employee at IFM, she manages all aspects of fundraising, communications and marketing for the organization. IFM works diligently to remove barriers to healthcare for those who need it most and provides quality care to school districts, community centers and other nonprofit agencies.

“CSPRC is an important bridge that links nonprofit communicators to each other,” she said. “These connections are energetic, and I’ve benefited several times from a new idea sparked by one of those connections.” Janelle joined the CSPRC board in 2017 and serves on the Partnership/Sponsorship Committee.

A native of the St. Louis area, Janelle’s career initially began in the medical field, where she served as a pharmacy technician in both retail and hospital settings. She found her true calling in nonprofit development when she began working with Paraquad in 2011 as the development department assistant, gaining invaluable mentorship from the development director there. She eventually managed the organization’s communications and public relation efforts. She has since assumed roles across the nonprofit spectrum, specializing in all things development. Some organizations she has previously worked with include CharacterPlus, the National Corn Growers Association and, in the for-profit sphere, Scottrade.

Janelle graduated Magna cum Laude from Maryville University with a degree in organizational leadership and psychology in 2016. She also works part-time for 100th Monkey Media, creating content for social media channels for a handful of clients. 

In whatever free time is left after work and taking care of a toddler, she can most likely be found at her favorite craft brewery, catching live music, or knitting and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers from her living room.

- August 2017

Chris StalterChris Stalter has served as communications coordinator for Places for People since June 2012. He is responsible for all external communications for a $19 million nonprofit that, since 1971, has provided housing and an extensive variety of treatment programs, services and resources for the most vulnerable people in our community who live with serious mental illnesses, typically accompanied by complex and multilayered challenges: chronic homelessness, substance abuse disorder, primary health disorders and trauma. 

“After attending CSPRC events off and on the past five years as a guest, I am excited that Places for People will become an organizational member,” he said. “CSPRC offers a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from my peers, and it provides access to an amazing array of resources, whether at luncheons or Spectrum.”

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s in journalism in 1995, Chris served as a staff writer for the Olney Daily Mail for two years. He then worked as sports editor for The Leader-Union in Vandalia, Illinois. After moving to St. Louis in 2007, he spent five years managing communications and assisting with development for Rossman School in St. Louis, an independent, coeducational preparatory school for students in junior kindergarten (age 4) through grade 6.

At Places for People, the upcoming year will feature a flurry of activity as Chris helps the organization celebrate its 45th anniversary with a series of events over the next 12 months. The organization also recently kicked off a rebranding project.

On a personal level, Chris and his wife Katie are the proud parents of two daughters, Josie (6) and Eva (almost 2). The couple has been married for nearly nine years despite the fact that Chris is a die-hard Cubs fan and Katie is a lifelong Cardinals fan.
- June 2017

 

Rachel D’Souza-Siebert is the founder and principal of Gladiator Consulting, a company that enables her to strengthen nonprofits and community groups by sharing her experiences as a nonprofit manager and development officer.

Why has Rachel remained involved with CSPRC for seven+ years? “I continue to renew my membership because of the opportunities to build my own network and to engage in a practice of lifelong learning,” she said. “CSPRC offers relevant and timely content for those in our profession AND offers a platform for professionals to share their learnings, failings and best practices.”

After graduating with honors from Loyola University Chicago in 2004, she worked for three years as a manager for Banana Republic/Gap while earning her MPPA in nonprofit management and leadership at University of Missouri-St. Louis. In 2008, she became development manager for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis. In 2011, Rachel moved to the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools where she served as director of development for four years.

“When I founded my nonprofit consultancy in 2015, I was looking for a way to balance my personal reality of being a mother of two with a traveling spouse with my desire to continue use of my professional skills,” she said. “I have settled into a great niche of small-but-mighty organizations with like visions for our community but very different missions – Arch City Defenders and Forward Through Ferguson, for example. Not only am I able to support their fund development goals, but I also find myself learning so much about new strategies and systems for earning charitable revenue and building relationships with funders.”

Rachel has also served as a volunteer spokesperson for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 
- May 2017


Stacy Kress is the marketing manager for the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis (NCJW), an organization that has been making a difference in St. Louis through community service projects and advocacy for more than 120 years. She is responsible for all marketing and promotions of NCJW programs and events, including advertising, branding, press releases, social media and more.

“I value CSPRC because it is a great way to connect with people who work in the nonprofit world and understand the challenges of trying to do more with less,” she said. In fact, NCJW is a CSPRC organizational member.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in business and marketing in 2000, Stacy began a career in business marked by many successes. Before moving to NCJW and the nonprofit world in 2015, Stacy worked for five years as a buyer for Famous Barr, five years as an account executive for L’Oréal Designer Fragrances, and another five as sales and marketing manager/social media manager for VIP Access Tickets and Self Storage Finders.

As a volunteer, she has co-chaired the NCJW Back to School Store since 2013, co-chaired an annual bowling fundraiser for the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation for the past five years, and currently has served as a trustee of United Hebrew Congregation’s Board since 2013.

Stacy and her husband Dave are raising two children (Adam, 8, and Rylie, 5). In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, working out and traveling. She is “a huge Mizzou fan.” In fact, as an undergraduate, Stacy coordinated team promotions for all major athletic events, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, and wrestling. She also developed and implemented marketing plans for the $29 million athletic organization, which resulted in increased revenue and attendance at games.
- April 2017


Kimberly SingerKimberly Singer, MA, is the principal strategist at Kimberly Singer Creative, LLC, a firm she launched in May 2016 to help organizations and nonprofits develop actionable communication strategies and produce creative, results-oriented content.

“CSPRC is great as a resource for marketing and communications professionals,” she said. “We always need to keep learning, since the landscape is always shifting! But I think even more than the fantastic learning opportunities, getting connected to this network of people doing the work of amplifying the diverse nonprofits in St. Louis is extremely valuable both personally and professionally.” 

After a year serving on the CSPRC Program Committee, she joined the board in 2016 and serves as vice chair of the Membership Committee.

Kimberly has more than 15 years of experience working in marketing and communications with nonprofits in the arts, education, family services and more. An Ohio native, she earned a bachelor’s in English literature at Miami University in 2000 and a master’s at the University of Chicago in 2003. She worked for five years at the University of Chicago Press before taking a position as the manager of marketing and visitor services at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in 2006. After serving in that capacity for six years, she worked as communications manager at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University for nearly five years before opening her own firm. 

Kimberly serves on the board of the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank and is a strong advocate for ending diaper need in our region. She is in her third year supporting Sing for Siteman, a fundraiser for cancer research created in partnership with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. 

When she’s not busy with her volunteer work or helping her clients solve problems, she’s chasing around her two young kids, reading whenever she finds a free minute, and enjoying the myriad outdoor activities and cultural opportunities available throughout St. Louis.
- March 2017

 

Amanda LaumeyerAmanda Laumeyer is development director at St. Patrick Center. St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. St. Patrick Center focuses services in St. Louis City and St. Louis County, providing assistance to 7,200 individuals and families annually. She is responsible for fundraising, directing events, volunteer services and telling St. Patrick Center’s story in the community. As part of the development team, she has successfully raised thousands of dollars through St. Patrick Center’s fundraising events, including the Irish Open Gala and Golf Tournament, the Veterans Day 5K, Irish Party and He Said She Said Trivia events. 

Amanda values CSPRC because “every nonprofit in St. Louis is telling a different and important story. CSPRC helps those of us who are telling the stories. It’s a great resource to build skills, learn industry trends, gain insight and advice from professionals, and connect with colleagues.” 

After graduating from Missouri State University in 2006, Amanda worked as community liaison for ComForcare Senior Services. She then worked in corporate sales for American Veterans Care Coordination St. Louis, as the national sales director. Prior to St. Patrick Center, Amanda served as walk manager at the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter. Her success in that role contributed to the St. Louis Chapter’s Rising STAR and STAR status awards. 

In addition to serving on the CSPRC program committee, Amanda, as a volunteer, is a member of the Sports Commission Associates (St. Louis Sports Commission Young Professional group) and the Metropolitan St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Run Committee. 

Amanda enjoys cheering for the Cardinals, watching NCAA basketball and spending time outdoors with her husband and son.
- February 2017

 

Lisa CohnLisa Cohn, an AmeriCorps VISTA, serves as recruitment and outreach coordinator for ServiceWorks STL. She manages its cohorts, creates new community partnerships and occasionally facilitates student cohorts herself. ServiceWorks, the nations’ largest corporate sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA program, utilizes VISTA volunteers to help underserved youth (16-24) in 14 major cities learn soft skills that prepare them for college and career success.

Lisa is excited to be a new member of CSPRC. “I look forward to meeting fellow nonprofit professionals and learning from their collective experiences,” she said.

Lisa graduated with honors from Washington University in 2016 with majors in both English literature and psychology. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and plans to dedicate her life to empowering those who have been affected by incarceration. To learn more about her passion, read her December 5, 2016, article on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Justice-involved Youth Capable, Compassionate Enough to Help Peers Outside Their Walls. Her volunteer work as an undergraduate included the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center, a tutoring program at the St. Louis County Justice Center and a prison reentry program run by Mission: St. Louis. She also completed summer internships at the ACLU of Missouri and Citizens for Juvenile Justice in her hometown, Boston. 

For relaxation, Lisa enjoys volleyball, skiing and reading.
- January 2017

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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.


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.


Posted 11-4-13

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.”

Posted 5-4-14

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