Member profiles by Dennis O’Brien
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.
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.