Dr. Ashlyn Cunningham is an Associate 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.
Sharmila is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Maryville University of St.Louis. Sharmila grew up in India and moved to St. Louis, MO in 1999 and it has been her home since then. Sharmila did most of her education in India and completed her doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership at Maryville University of St. Louis. Apart from Mathematics, she has a master’s degree in computer applications. Sharmila is very passionate about teaching mathematics and has been involved in the university community at various capacities to improve the math, general mathematics curriculum. She has organized some of the workshops at Maryville University of adjunct faculty and summer program for high school girls. She volunteers in circle of concern and have volunteered in other organizations. Sharmila enjoys cooking, walking, and reading.
Gifty is an Assistant Professor at Maryville University – St. Louis, where she teaches general chemistry and biochemistry classes. Growing up in Ghana, Gifty completed her undergraduate degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. She obtained her Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick before moving to St. Louis. Gifty is passionate about teaching, service, and helping young minds realize their dreams and potential.
Dave Franke is the Chief Financial Officer of Alltru Credit Union, where he helps the organization develop and support products that help individuals increase financial independence and empowers underserved communities within St. Louis. He is a CPA and a graduate of Saint Louis University. He has a passion for helping people get to a better place in life and realize their true value in Christ. Dave volunteers as a mentor for Crossroads Prison Ministry and is active in his church.
John is a proud husband, father of 4, and life long St. Louisan. John earned his B.S. in Biology from Truman State University (Go Bulldogs!) and his MBA from St. Louis University (Go Billikens!). John has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years, and is currently Vice President of Client Services for a large Insurance carrier. John believes that we are all called to serve, and looks forward to the opportunity to do so by supporting Humanitri and it’s mission.
Josh is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with passions for mental health and social justice. His social work career began at Marygrove in service to youth and young adults who are facing poverty and homelessness, and learning to cope with severe traumas. He is currently working as a Staff Therapist at Washington University’s School of Medicine in the Psychiatry Department serving individuals and families before, after, and during the birthing process through the Perinatal Behavioral Health Services. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from DePauw University and his Master’s Social Work from Saint Louis University.
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.
Camden is a Financial Performance Manager at Anheuser-Busch. He has been a professional mentor to many Anheuser-Busch employees during his time with the company. As a current member of Washington University’s PMBA50 class, Camden was matched with Humanitri to serve as a board member for the calendar year. Camden earned his BA from THE Ohio State University in 2018 and is committed to positively impacting the lives of everyone he encounters.
Ryan is a husband, father of 4, and native of St. Louis. Passionate about fostering community and loving his neighbors, he is active at Reliant Church in the city and also serves on the board of Lutheran Development Group. He is a self-employed real estate investor and founder of Rhythm Development. He is a Truman State University graduate and received his MBA from UMSL. Ryan enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors with his wonderful family of 6.
John began his career as an estate planning attorney, where he drafted wills and trusts and developed an expertise in probate litigation. He litigated probate claims in nearly every Missouri county and was a member of the Probate Committee of the Missouri Bar. He used his background as an estate planner to launch a career in financial services. Since then, he has held a number of roles requiring advanced technical knowledge and thought leadership. John is also an Army veteran. He is former United States Army Officer, serving as a Tactical Intelligence Officer (Airborne) under the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). His primary role at Central Trust Company is to lead financial planning services across the company’s footprint.
Education & Certifications
· Juris Doctor, University of Missouri – Columbia Law School – Selected to the Order of Barristers
· Bachelor of Arts in History, Truman State University – Presidential Scholar
· Certified Financial Planner™ professional (CFP®)
· Distinguished Military Graduate, Army ROTC
Interests & Activities
John is an active member in his community, currently acting as Chairman of the Board of the Missouri National Guard Hall of Fame, Advisory Board Member at Missouri State University and Board Member at Center of Hearing and Speech. John and his wife enjoy traveling and have traveled to many interesting locales around the world.
Linda is a communication professional with more than 20 years experience developing the tools and systems that create understanding, motivation and acceptance with partners, clients, and communities. She’s held positions in both corporate and not-for-profit organizations. Though retired, Stewart works as adjunct faculty teaching English Composition at St. Louis Community College. She earned a B.A. in English from UM-St. Louis and a M.S. in Communication from Lindenwood University. Stewart holds certificates from the Gateway Writing Project and from the Coro Foundation Women in Leadership program.
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.