Dr. Ashlyn Cunningham is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Maryville University. She has been an academician for 22 years and an occupational therapist for 29 years, working and conducting research primarily in the area of mental health. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University, her Master’s from Texas Woman’s University and her Doctorate from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a member of the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Kevin Golden is senior pastor at Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Missouri. He has earned a PhD in exegetical theology and has been a guest instructor at seminaries and has lectured internationally. He has served on various boards within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and in the community.
Julie Siess was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Saint Louis in 2003. Julie has a B.S. in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Julie has over 20 years of experience in the field of IT Project Management in manufacturing, healthcare and banking. Julie is currently an IT Program / Project Manager for U.S. Bank in Earth City, Missouri. Julie has previously worked with Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in their training programs.
Scott Davis is retired from a career as an entrepreneur and consultant in the areas of software and customer service. He was co-founder of the St. Louis Chapter of the ALS Association and has served on several not for profit boards. He joined the Humanitri Board in September 2013, assuming the role of Board President in November 2014 and serving in this role through December 2019. He and his wife Cheryl have three sons and six grandchildren and are members of Village Lutheran Church – Ladue.
Deborah Grupe graduated with a bachelors degree in secondary education from Concordia University, and is certified in secondary English and K-12 library science. She also received a certificate in youth and family ministry through Wartburg Seminary’s Youth Leadership Training program. Over the years she has been an educator, public and school librarian, youth minister, and is currently a clinician with Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. She and her husband Mike raised four children in St. Louis and have resided in North St. Louis County since 1982. She has volunteered over the years with Humanitri, the late Otis Woodard’s Northside Lutheran Outreach, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, congregational social ministries, and is a Missouri Master Naturalist. She also sings in the St. Louis Symphony’s IN UNISON Chorus.
Lorri Holtgrieve served as the Associate Director of Strategic Engagement at Lutheran Hour Ministries where she has worked in varying capacities for the past 20 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University in Communication and Spanish and her master’s degree in communication management from Webster University. She enjoys working with churches, schools and other non-profit organizations to help them tell their stories in order to raise awareness and support.
Scott Homan earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University and served three years as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer. He earned an MBA at the University of Missouri and pursued a 38 year career in manufacturing where he retired as Executive Vice President of Business Planning and Development. Scott and his wife, Christine, actively and significantly support their church and seven nonprofit agencies, including Humanitri.
Tiffany Jackson is a licensed master social worker with more than 20 years of experience working in the social service field. Jackson has experience developing and implementing strategic programs and processes aimed at empowering women and families; hiring, training and developing staff; and working with community partnerships and collaborative programs to produce positive change.
Kenya Leonard is a humanitarian at heart with more than 20 years volunteer experience with youth mentorship, community programming, and organizational involvement and leadership. Her professional career includes almost 20 years of work as a Paralegal in small, medium and large firms and local and national firm experience. Kenya is Past President of Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis Paralegal Association. Kenya believes in using her gifts and talents to connect people to resources and to make this world a better place.
Nikki Lindsay is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. She moved to the Greater St. Louis area as a teenager. Having developed a passion to care for the sick and injured, Nikki pursued a degree in the nursing field (1996-1999). Her experience as a registered nurse is in critical care and behavioral health. Currently, she is a healthcare executive employed as a Director of Operations for Mental Health. Nikki has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from McKendree University. Nikki is the biological mother of 5 beautiful children, but mother to many. She and her husband, Johnny, reside in the Greater St. Louis area.
Courtney Manus is a civil practice attorney. She has served as an attorney for several non-profits for persons with disabilities, and she regularly mentors high school and undergraduate students seeking a career in the legal profession. Courtney earned her M.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and her J.D. degree from St. Louis University. She is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Missouri St. Louis, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Dr. Maria Spilker is a Deloitte consultant combining over a decade of experience in the field of HR and Industrial Organizational Psychology. She thrives at helping organizations in areas such as organizational design, workforce planning, talent management, learning and development, and change management.
Dr. Alice Vlietstra brings a background in human development, family systems and psychology to an appreciation of the importance of community for healthy development. Previously a faculty member of the University of Missouri -St. Louis, she is founder of Positive Family Dynamics PC, her counseling practice, where she has been practicing for over 35 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and her Masters and Doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the University of Kansas. In her work with families, she has become very familiar with the adverse impact of early trauma and the benefits of community efforts to prevent it.