2014 Member Profiles

Robin Zellers

Robin Zellers has served as director of community development for HavenHouse St. Louis since July 2014. She is responsible for special events, fundraising, donor cultivation, community relations and public awareness of HavenHouse, an agency that provides lodging, meals, support services and transportation to 19 medical centers so patients who come to St. Louis from all 50 states and around the world can receive the cutting-edge, life-saving medical care they need.

After graduating from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s in child and family development in 1994, she moved to North Carolina. Her nonprofit career began in 2000 when she worked for four years for the Onslow County Partnership for Children in Jacksonville, N.C. She relocated to St. Louis in 2004, and for the next 10 years, she had a series of positions at Child Care Aware of Missouri, including that of assistant director and chief of community engagement. She played a role in many efforts to improve the early childhood system in Missouri; implemented state and federally funded programs impacting families with young children, including disaster recovery and military deployments; and lobbied in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., to influence change in public policy to increase the safety and quality of child care programs. 

“I joined CSPRC to expand my professional network and skills in development, plus acquire professional development specifically in marketing and public relations,” she said.

Robin is from St. Louis and currently resides in O’Fallon, Mo. When she is not busy working or running her home-based business, she seeks opportunities to spend time with her 18-year-old son or dote on her two dogs (one is a rescue with special needs). In addition, she enjoys boating, cooking, baking and working in her yard.
~ December 2014


Randi SchenbergRandi Schenberg, is community relations director for Crown Center for Senior Living in University City, a diverse community providing affordable, quality, independent living in a caring, secure, diverse and friendly atmosphere, honoring the Jewish tradition. Randi is responsible for the marketing and promoting of Crown Center including advertising, social media, community networking and leasing. She is most excited that Crown Center is opening a new café in 2014 as part of physical improvements, including a community garden, culinary studio, fitness center and art studio.  

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1987 with a degree in hospitality management, she spent 11 years in the St. Louis hotel industry working at several downtown hotels. Before moving to the Crown Center in 2011, she also worked for Meridian Enterprises, an incentive travel company; Concierge Preferred, a St. Louis visitor guide; and BusyEvent, an event planning company. Randi is so happy that she made the move to the nonprofit world!

Randi has been a CSPRC member since 2011 and serves on CSPRC’s membership committee. “I value CSPRC because it has given me an easy way to become a part of the St. Louis nonprofit community. I have had great opportunities for partnerships – annually, our residents have been donating to a nonprofit organization whose marketing director I met at a monthly luncheon,” she said.  “Also, our new website was created by an agency that I met through a CSPRC referral. The relationships that I have made in CSPRC are helping me do a better job!”

When not busy with her work at the Crown Center and her volunteer obligations, Randi loves cooking and baking for her husband and two teenage boys, and because she loves cooking, she gets up to exercise every morning at 5 a.m.
~ November 2014


Maren Mellem

Maren Mellem, JD, has served as director of community relations at Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition since April 2014. She handles a wide range of responsibilities for the agency, including creating and implementing the agency’s communications plan and preparing grant applications.

Maren graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from Southwest Missouri State in 1998 and earned her doctorate in law from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2001. After clerking for the Missouri Court of Appeals and serving as an associate attorney for Brown and James, she served as assistant prosecuting attorney in Franklin County from 2003-07. Working for the Bassett Law Firm from 2007-13, she managed a large caseload of Social Security and veterans’ disability claims nationwide. In 2013, Maren managed the Brentwood office of the Strange Law Firm while maintaining a large family law caseload before assuming her present position at Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, an agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child’s life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families in the St. Louis metropolitan community.

“I joined CSPRC because I want to learn as much as possible about public relations and look forward to networking with my colleagues,” she said.

Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition |  Facebook
~ October 2014


Linda BehrensLinda 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. 

Connect with Linda:
Twitter  |  LinkedIn  |  Pinterest  |  Online Portfolio  |  Blog
~ August 2014

 

Matt Jannings

Matt Jannings

 coordinates the development department for the Center for Head Injury Services, a nonprofit that helps people with brain injury, autism and other disabilities reach their maximum potential by developing skills, creating opportunities and shaping brighter futures through eight programs ranging from adult day services to employment services. His responsibilities include cultivating funding sources and managing two large-scale annual events. 

After graduating from McKendree University with a bachelor’s in organizational communications in 2010, Matt worked a year for the American Red Cross educating 19,000 St. Louis area youth in preparedness. He moved to the Center for Head Injury Services in 2011, first serving as a job developer, then as coordinator of job development and eventually as employment coordinator. He assumed his current responsibilities in March of 2014.

“I value CSPRC for the exposure my agency is able to receive from individuals who can give sound advice based on their own experience and perspective,” he said. “Since joining CSPRC, I have personally met with individuals who are willing to help guide me through the start of my development career. It's something that you can't get through the local chambers.” 

Matt lives in St. Charles with his girlfriend and dog. Having played varsity soccer at McKendree University, he now plays in a competitive kickball league and a sand volleyball league! He is pursuing his master’s in nonprofit leadership at Webster University. Any free weekend you will find him at his family’s lake property! 
~ July 2014


Ryan Farmer

Ryan Farmer has been with the St. Louis Area Foodbank since 2009. Established in 1975, the Foodbank has grown to become the Bi-State region’s largest non-profit food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need, helping to provide more than 28 million meals annually.

Ryan currently serves as the director of communications and leads the organization’s internal and external communications. This includes printed materials such as newsletters, annual reports and marketing materials. In addition, he handles all media relations and is a staff liaison for the Foodbank’s Young Professionals Board. He organizes the annual “Hunger Is No Laughing Matter” benefit comedy event at The Pageant, which has sold more than 800 tickets each of the past two years. He also oversees the organization’s advocacy efforts, website and social media channels. 

Before starting at the Foodbank, Ryan spent nearly 10 years working in radio at both the Des Moines Radio Group in Des Moines, Iowa, for two years and CBS Radio here in St. Louis for eight. He received his bachelor’s in radio/television production from Drake University in 2000. 

Ryan currently serves as vice president of the Community Service Public Relations Council, planning the organization’s 2014 annual Spectrum conference. He lives in Kirkwood with his wife, 5 year-old son and 18 month-old daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, going to the movies, and cheering for all the St. Louis sports franchises – particularly the Cardinals and Blues.

“Since joining CSPRC in 2010, I have been blown away by the number of connections I have made through the organization,” he said. “Plus, as most people in the nonprofit world know, we’re often wearing many hats. I appreciate that the monthly luncheons, as well as the annual Spectrum conference, bring in quality speakers on a variety of topics that have helped me do my job better.”

~ June 2014


Ana Carolina McGinn

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.”

~ May 2014


Stephanie GarveyJeanette R. Reynolds has worked with St. Louis Earth Day since 2010, helping to increase the visibility and quality of their programming and events. As programs and communications director, she is responsible for advancing its mission of cultivating environmental stewardship and engaging all sectors of the community in action to support a healthy and sustainable future. Personal accomplishments have included authoring the grants that have enabled the organization to double its staff in 2013 and growing the St. Louis Earth Day Festival to be the second largest Earth Day celebration in the country.

Jeanette earn a bachelor’s in communication from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 2005 and a master’s in gender and development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK in 2009. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and served in Fiji, 2006-08. There she helped residents of a housing project establish a successful parents’ community education group, which continues to operate today. Prior to the Peace Corps, Jeanette shared her professional energies with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia as a case manager and with the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center as an instructor and coordinator. 
 
When not dumpster diving for recyclables, she spends as much time as possible outside – trail running and walking her dog, Daisy. She is also a volunteer with KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) and has served as a member of the Mayor Slay’s Vanguard Cabinet and on OneSTL’s Public Engagement Committee.
 
“I joined CSPRC after attending the 2012 Spectrum conference,” Jeanette said. “Keeping engaged with the nonprofit communications community has helped me stay aware of trends and meet potential partner organizations. It has been especially satisfying for me to connect what I am working on at a small nonprofit within a broader industry context.”

~ April 2014


Stephanie GarveyMicki Keim has served as vice president, marketing and communications, at Easter Seals Midwest (ESMW) since October 2013. She moved into her current position shortly after Life Skills officially affiliated with the national Easter Seals organization. The mission of ESMW is to help individuals with developmental disabilities – including autism – learn, live, work and participate in the community.

Micki is responsible for the development and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities that enhance the organization’s brand. Over the 13 years she has played an active role in the expansion of an organization with $5 million to one with a $40 million budget that provides services throughout the entire state of Missouri. Micki loves a challenge. “The more balls in the air, the better,” she said.

After earning a bachelor’s with honors in mass communications from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2001, Micki served as associate director of development at Life Skills for seven years. She spent a year as catering sales manager for Steven Becker Fine Dining before returning to Life Skills as director of development in 2009. 

“I am proud to be a member of CSPRC,” she said. “For communication professionals in our industry, CSPRC offers a great opportunity for monthly networking. The topics presented at luncheons are always informative and timely to current trends in the non-profit world.”

In her spare time, you can find Micki in the gym, on the golf course or hosting dinner parties and entertaining friends. She has been married to Matt Keim for 11 years and lives in Pacific, Mo., with their dog Sophie.

~ March 2014


Stephanie GarveyStephanie Garvey is director of development and alumni engagement, College for Public Health and Social Justice, at St. Louis University. Her responsibilities are many and include: working with the dean to further his strategic initiatives, managing the alumni board, and developing strategies and activities to ensure proper recognition of donors. She also identifies potential funders, works to develop and maintain relationships with them, as well as creates meaningful alumni engagement activities.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a bachelor’s in business administration, she worked as a community relations assistant for the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club from 2003-05 while earning her MBA in 2005 from SIUE. From 2005-09, she served as manager of special events and marketing for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. In 2009, she moved into the position of director of development and marketing.  She served in that capacity until February 2012 when she stepped down to become finance director for a statewide campaign for 11 months. She moved to her current position at St. Louis University in March 2013.

This talented and accomplished marketing and development professional has served on the CSPRC board of directors since 2009, and she currently serves as board secretary. “I value CSPRC because it offers quality programs and a chance to network with other marketing and development professionals who I may not have had the chance to meet otherwise,” she said. Stephanie has also served as a board member on the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2010.

A newlywed, Stephanie lives in Holly Hills with her husband Ahern and enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and traveling. She is currently working on her golf game.
~ February 2014


Madison Hrdlicka has served as communications manager for Variety, the Children’s Charity, since January 2013. For more than 80 years, Variety has served children with physical or intellectual disabilities in the St. Louis area through its own programs and by funding 80 partner organizations. As communications manager, Madison works with her team planning communication strategy and creative content. She manages Variety’s social media and writes many of its print pieces. She also helps manage and update Variety’s website, manages Variety’s blog and occasionally photographs events.

Prior to graduating from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s in public relations and minors in marketing and Spanish in May 2012, Madison served as an event planning intern and mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. She managed the CVB blog while interning at the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also did a six-month internship writing copy for the Metropolitan Bride Magazine in Springfield. After graduating and moving to St. Louis in June 2012, she worked for six months as an intern at Standing Partnership.

"I was introduced to CSPRC through my boss last January and have enjoyed the luncheons ever since,” she said. “The skilled speakers, networking opportunities and invaluable tips have made my CSPRC membership a wonderful experience." When the new organizational membership became available in November, her boss Jean Steck, upgraded her membership to include Madison.

Madison loves running and just completed her first half marathon in October. She is also a big dog lover and has a golden retriever named Mason.
~ January 2014