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Alton city attorney chosen for Leadership St. Louis class

From Illinois Business Journal news services


Alton City Attorney Megan Williams is the lone Illinois representative chosen to participate in FOCUS St. Louis’ 40th Leadership St. Louis class.


Some 67 individuals were chosen from the private, public and non-profit sectors for the program.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in such a prestigious program,” said City Attorney Megan Williams. “I look forward to utilizing the knowledge gained through this intensive leadership program to better serve the citizens of Alton.”

“As City Attorney, Megan Williams has demonstrated a distinct ability to synthesize information and develop solutions to problems facing our community,” said Mayor Brant Walker. “Megan is an ideal candidate for this program and I am confident that it will allow her to further develop her already strong leadership abilities.”

Leadership St. Louis is a program for emerging and established leaders who have demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the St. Louis region. The 18-day, nine-month curriculum explores such issues as economic development, education, poverty and social services, racism, arts and culture, and the criminal justice system. Participants visit key sites in the bi-state region, engage in face-to-face dialogue with regional decision makers and gain a deeper understanding of leadership approaches that produce results.

Leadership St. Louis is one of seven leadership programs offered by FOCUS St. Louis to achieve its mission to create a thriving, cooperative region by engaging citizens to participate in active leadership roles and to influence positive community change.



Quen Agnew, Employer Relations/Career Specialist, Southeast Missouri State University

Barbara Archer, President, Archer Wealth Management, LLC

Andrew Barnes, Owner, Artisan Building Company

Lori Becker, Director of Development and Communications, Starkloff Disability Institute

Mirza Bijedic, Director, Better Family Life, Inc.

Keith Brooks, Director, Cardinals Care, St. Louis Cardinals

Cathleen Brueggemann, Director of Development, Missouri Botanical Garden

Jacqueline Byrne, Director of Development, Youth Learning Center

Emily Dai, Manager – Industry Relations and Public Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

James Frost, President/Owner, Accessible Strategies Group, LLC

Shannon Grass, Chief Development Officer, Epworth Children & Family Services

Deidre Griffith, Program Officer, Missouri Foundation for Health

 Mary Elizabeth Grimes, President, Marian Middle School

Christopher Haffenreffer, Manager, Corporate Development, HBM Holdings

Kara Hanak, Director, Strategic Program Management, Express Scripts

Elizabeth Hartman, Director of Human Resources, The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum

Cathy Hartmann, Executive Director, Springboard

Ann Haubrich, Institutional Giving Director, Voices for Children

Simon Huang, CIO, Director Information Systems, St. Charles County Government

Arindam Kar, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

Shawn Kormanek, Managing Director, Citi Bank

Jacki Langum, Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Maureen Larkins, Senior Director, Ascension

Peter Lazaroff, Wealth Manager, Plancorp, LLC

Brian Leahy, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, MasterCard

David Leipholtz, Director of Community Based Studies, Better Together

Elizabeth D’Agostino Letscher, Assistant Vice President, Real Estate and Community Development, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

William Liebermann, Owner, WJL Companies

Joey Mahari, Manager – Software Solutions, Emerson

Meg Manley, Senior Vice President, McCormack Baron Salazar

Ryan Martin, Assistant Vice President & Treasurer, Ameren

David Martineau, Executive Director, NCCJ STL

Scott Meyer, Director of Investments, BMO Private Bank

Sarah Rochelle York Moore, Manager, Quality and Regulatory, Young Dental Manufacturing

Brian Naber, U.S. Commercial Operations Lead, Monsanto Company

Thomas Noack, General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary, Commerce Bank

Kimberly Norwood, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law

Katherine Nowak, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives, Mercy

Matthew Oldani, Vice President, Strategic Alignment, Deaconess Foundation

 Wendy Orson, Chief Executive Officer, Behavioral Health Network

David Orwick, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Jessica Pabst, Director of Advocacy – Missouri, SSM Health

Cordaryl Patrick, City Administrator, City of Dellwood

 tinA pihL, Executive Director, Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation

 Juli Plassmeyer, Vice President of Marketing, Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Antonia Ponder, Archdiocesan Elementary School Development Director, Archdiocese of St. Louis/Today and Tomorrow Foundation

Linda Rallo, Consultant, Pick Strategies

Pradeep Ramakrishnan, Senior Project Manager, Enterprise Holdings Inc.

N. Ellen Reed-Fox, Vice President of Development, Neighborhood Houses

John Rohde, Senior Business Development Manager, World Wide Technology

Stephen Savis, Vice President – North America Human Resources, Monsanto Company

Lindsay Selner, Director, Activation Planning, BJC HealthCare

 Suzanne Sierra Sewell, Owner, Sierra Public Relations

Donna Smith-Pupillo, Executive Director, Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries

Nancy Spargo, CEO, St. Louis Center for Family Development

Rebecca Spear, Director, Global Internships & Corporate Partnerships, Webster University

Ramon Stewart, Securities Trader/Vice President, Citi

Angela Tate, Director of Clinical Services, Behavioral Health Response

Scott Thoma, Principal- Client Needs Research, Edward Jones

Kristin Thompson, Financial Advisor, Renaissance Financial

Eugene Todd, Group Head/Managing Director, First Bank

Shira Truitt, Manager and General Partner, The Truitt Law Firm, LLC

Suzanne Wagener, Executive Director, Covenant House Missouri

Pam Weston, Director Employee Communications, Equifax Workforce Solutions

Sandra Wilkie, Director of Research and Evaluation, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Megan Williams, City Attorney/ Assistant Corporation Counselor, City of Alton

James Wyrsch, Attorney/Owner, Khazaeli Wyrsch Stock LLC

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