Board Bios

CLAIRE APPLEWHITE

Author

13074 Starbuck Road St. Louis, MO 63141
314-560-2906

Claire Applewhite, mystery writer and Acquisitions Editor for Smoking Gun Publishing, LLC, is a graduate of St. Louis University. Her published books include The Wrong Side of Memphis, Crazy For You, St. Louis Hustle, Candy Cadillac and Tennessee Platesand the Doctor's Tale. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Applewhite has served as a Past President of the Missouri Writers Guild and Board member of the Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America. Organizational memberships include the St. Louis Metropolitan Press Club, St. Louis Writers Guild, Sisters in Crime, Ozark Writers League and Active member, Mystery Writers of America.

Websites: www.smokinggunpublishing.com, www.claireapplewhite.com., www.clairedunoir.com

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JOAN LEE BERKMAN

President
Face Watchers

180 N. Brentwood Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105
314.726.0934 (Fax)

Joan retired after 30 years with Southwestern Bell - now the new AT&T - as Executive Director of External Affairs, where she managed the company’s government and community affairs for Eastern Missouri. Following her retirement, she and her mother, Eleanor, a well-known St. Louis drama coach, co-authored a book, entitled: “Face Watchers: Wrinkles Are Physical, Face Lines Are Mental.” In addition to presenting Face Watcher workshops to professional organizations throughout the country, Joan owns a public relations consulting firm. She also serves on a number of charitable boards including the Center of Creative Arts and Junior League of St. Louis Advisory Boards, March of Dimes of Greater St. Louis and its Missouri Chapter, St. Louis County Workforce Development, University of Missouri-Friends and serves on the Governor-appointed Advisory Committee of the Missouri Community Service Commission.

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JOE BONWICH

Director of Content Strategy
The Vandiver Group

501 Maryville Center Drive, Suite 320 St. Louis, MO 63141

Joe Bonwich recently joined the Vandiver Group as Director of Content Strategy coming from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch where he had been food writer and resteraunt critic since 2002. Earlier in his career he wrote for The Riverfront Times and edited St. Louis Magazine. Bonwich was the Senior Marketing Consultant and Public Relations Manager for Phoenix Creative Company and Vice Presidentat Data Research Associates in charge of marketing, corporate communications and investor relations. Bonwich recieved his B.A. at St. Louis University and Masters at the University of Wisconson-Madison.


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JESSICA Z. BROWN

Founder and President, Gateway Media Literacy Partners, Inc.; Adjunct Professor, Webster University; Adjunct Lecturer, University College at Washington University

Jessica Z. Brown, community connector,  media literacy proponent and educator, often speaks  to  professional and parent groups on the importance of on-going media literacy education as a vehicle toward economic development and healthy communities.  She  is founder and president of Gateway Media Literacy Partners, Inc., adjunct professor at Webster University, adjunct lecturer at University College at Washington University in St. Louis, and an award-winning communications professional with more than 30 years experience, including newspaper reporting/ photography, television news and production, video production, corporate marketing communications, customer-service management and education consulting.

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CHARLENE BRY

Founder
Ladue News Ladue Consulting

#1 Maryhill Lane, St. Louis, MO 63124
314 994-0445

Charlene Bry began her career as a reporter and columnist for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. She founded the Ladue News, a major St. Louis publication now owned by Lee (I don't know if its INc.) Her articles have been published in People magazine, American Airlines magazines, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A former model and fashion writer, Bry started her own company, Boot Loot, Inc., to create fashionable attire for women. She travels to Paris and New York to keep up on current trends, was a speaker for the Fashion Group International. Bry is currently writing her first book, “History of Ladue: A Celebration,” about the development of Missouri suburbs with connections to the historical Lewis and Clark. Bry's awards include “Media Person of the Year,” the Women of Achievement Award, and Entrepreneur of the Year. She is a board member of A&E.

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CLAUDIA BURRIS

Retired Senior Editor Photojournalist
Webster University

Claudia Burris retired from Webster University in 2013, after 23 years as senior editor/photojournalist. A 1979 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Burris is an award-winning communications professional who started out as a reporter/photographer at the Paragould, Ark., Daily Press. She then worked for Ralston Purina in St. Louis where she served as assistant editor of the Ralston Purina Magazine. Burris left Purina to work at the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council as manager of communications before coming to Webster. She is now an adjunct professor of photojournalism at Webster University.

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BOB COHN

Editor/Publisher Emeritus
Saint Louis Jewish Light

314-743-3667

Bob Cohn is the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus for the St. Louis Jewish Light where he began working in 1969. He retired as Editor-in-Chief/Publisher in 2004, but still contributes editorials, major articles, theatrical and book reviews and hard news. Bob graduated from Washington University with degrees in English, philosophy, political science and the Washington University Law School with a Doctor of Law degree. He worked as Administrative Assistant, Staff Attorney, Press Secretary and Speech writer for the late Lawrence R. Ross, then St. Louis County Supervisor (Executive). Bob has won numerous local and national awards for his journalism and community service, including the "Rockower Award for Excellence in North American Jewish Journalism", two lifetime achievement awards from the American Jewish Press Association of which he is a past president, among others. Bob is currently Chairman of the St. Louis County Human Rights Commission and Board Chairman and Immediate Past President of the Press Club. He also teaches at the Jewish Community High School, CAJE Adult Studies, a film class for OASIS and the Jewish Community Center, and a course at Washington University on Middle East reporting and commentary. Bob and his wife Barbara reside in Clayton, and are the parents of three children, and have five grandchildren.

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ALLISON HAWK COLLINGER

AHC Consulting

9200 Olive, Ste. 200 St. Louis, MO 63132
314-994-7676

A sought-after speaker, connector, big thinker and trainer, Collinger has been behind some of the St. Louis regions’ key initiatives and celebrations including generating support for two professional sports venues in downtown St. Louis (Edward Jones Dome and Scottrade Center), returning professional football to St. Louis, opening the region’s light rail system, being responsible for two Super Bowl Post-Parties, and rebranding the Spirit of St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend into GO! St. Louis. Her vision and commitment has been responsible for connecting multiple individuals and organizations, including creation of the Diversity Awareness Partnership, and the Healthy Youth Partnership.

Collinger’s company provides “What if?” strategic communications, collaboration and branding services to a range of clients as well as a popular Social Media workshop series, geared to empowering attendees to learn, freshen and incorporate social media tools to strengthen stakeholder engagement. Formerly vice president of Fleishman-Hillard, Inc. and executive at the St. Louis Rams, she has received three Silver Anvils from the Public Relations Society of America, the highest award bestowed on communications professionals. The St. Louis Business Journal named her to the 40 Under 40 list in 2001.

Collinger holds a B.A. from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, is a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and a graduate of the 1996-1997 Leadership St. Louis program.

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SUZANNE CORBETT

Writer/Producer, Culinary Teacher and Food Historian

Suzanne Corbett is a national award-winning writer and media producer. She currently contributes St Louis Post-Dispatch, News Magazine Network, StLouisSportsPage.com, AAA Traveler and Journey Magazines and RealFoodTravler.com. Past publication credits include travel/food editor St Louis Globe Democrat.com, food editor PrimeLife Media, Better Homes & Gardens, Sauce, Victoria Magazine, St. Louis At Home, St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles, St. Louis Town & Style and Midwest Living. In addition Suzanne has been a frequent guest on KMOX and FoodTalkSTL radio and has served as the host and producer of Hot Plates that aired on KSLG 1030AM in addition to serving as a food historian/living history foodways interpreter with the JNEM/National Parks.

Suzanne is the author of the award winning cookbooks The Gilded Table: Recipes and Table History from the Campbell House and Pushcarts & Stalls: The Soulard Market History Cookbook. She is also the winner of two Telly Awards, a Davey Award, the recipient of NATJA Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. In addition, Suzanne has been honored with the Missouri Media Award from the Department of Agriculture Missouri Wine and Grape Program, named Travel Writer of the Year by Mississippi Tourism, and the received the Quest Award from the MIssouri Professional Communicators (National Federation of Press Women’s Missouri affiliate) that recognizes individuals whose work reflects an enduring quest for the highest standards of professional ethics and excellence.

Suzanne holds a BA and MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She is a member of North American Travel Journalists, National Federation of Press Women, Midwest Travel Writers, International Food, Wine And Travel Writers Association, the Association of Food Journalists, Les Dames d’Escoffier International and is a Certified Culinary Professional with the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

THOMAS ESCHEN

Vice President
Institutional Advancement for Maryville University

650 Maryville University Dr. Ganer Hall, Room 222 St. Louis, MO 63141
314-529-9343

Thomas Eschen is Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has over 27 years of experience in development in positions at Washington University, Webster University, Lindenwood University, KWMU 90.7 FM and DeSmet Jesuit High School, as well as in teaching. He has served on numerous non-profit boards including River Styx, Double Helix, Black Cat theater, Mary Queen of Peace Parish, and The St. Louis Regional Chapter of the AFP (NSFRE). Escehn has a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a teaching certificate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a masters degree in communications from Saint Louis University.

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CYNTHIA KAGAN FROHLICHSTEIN

Author, Travel Writer

1 McKnight Place, #269 St.. Louis, MO 63124
314 432-3450

Cynthia just published her second children's book, The Peanut Butter Birthday Party. The book deals with giving back to help others. Her first book, The Perils of the Peanut Butter Kid won both national and regional awards.

Before writing children's books, Frohlichstein also earned many regional and national awards for her travel, feature, and children's destination articles.

She received the Quest Award from the National Council of Press Women for her abilities and integrity in journalism. The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis presented her with their most coveted Catfish Award. She also received the Press Club's "President's Above and Beyond Award" in 2013. Cynthia currently serves as co-chair of Programming on the Press Club Board. She also established a continuing speakers' series, "The Press Club at The Gatesworth. Club members provide monthly programs for which an honorarium goes to the club's Enterprise Journalism Fund.

For her community involvement Cynthia earned the Woman of Worth Award in 2007 from the Outstanding Women's League. In 2010 she was named Woman of Achievement, St. Louis' prestigious honor, for Lifetime Service. St. Andrew's Senior Services chose to honor her as an Ageless, Remarkable St. Louisan in 2014. She has established an education fund for St. Louis Breast Cancer Coalition. Cynthia is a member of the committee for Jewish Book Festival and works with Maryville University's "Kids Rock Cancer".

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ELLEN FUTTERMAN

Editor
The St. Louis Jewish Light

#6 Millstone St. Louis, MO 63141

After a distinguished 25-year career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, award-winning journalist and former daily features editor Ellen Futterman joined Twist as a vice president in October 2007. She manages several of the marketing firm’s cultural and business accounts along with generating and developing new business.

Ellen joined the Post-Dispatch in 1982 as a general assignment reporter. Her previous journalism experience includes stints at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and the Belleville News-Democrat.

During her tenure at the Post, Ellen worked as a news reporter, feature writer, columnist, movie critic and critic-at-large. She won major local and national awards for her reporting on “Women Who Kill,” about battered women, and for a four-part series about teenage pregnancy, “Children Having Children.”

In 1995, Ellen started the paper’s weekly entertainment magazine, Get Out, now called GO, and served as its editor. In 2001, she was named Everyday Editor and supervised the paper’s daily feature sections before taking a paper-wide buyout in September 2007.

Ellen teaches journalism and film at Webster and Washington universities and serves on the Board of Directors of Student Media Inc. at Washington University. She is married to Jeff Burkett and has three children.

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AMANDA GALLOWAY

Freelance special events and public relations

407 Lee Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119
314-590-0544

Amanda Galloway is a freelance journalist and PR professional who has spent her career working with some of St. Louis' most renowned movers and shakers.  She currently writes for the St. Louis Business Journal, the Webster Kirkwood Times, and the South County Times.  Her public relations client list includes The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, The Old Webster Jazz Festival, and Jakala US.

Amanda lives in Webster Groves with her husband, Brian, and their four year old son, Michael.

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RICHARD GAVATIN

Information Management Solutions, Inc.

P.O. Box 37008 St. Louis, MO 63141
314-432-0997 | 432-3456 fax

Richard Gavatin was the webmaster of the Press Club Web site through 2007. He designs and maintains web sites and has been an editor, writer and publisher during his entire adult life. In his youth, during his Pharmacy education he was the driving force of his Student Magazine back when “Copy and paste” literally meant “copy and paste” . He has been the editor of numerous print and on-line newsletters during the 80’s and 90’s and when the new media of web publishing started he was there from the very beginning. He has authored books, articles, blogs and many other written publications, including a translation from English to his native Swedish.

He is now an independent consultant, a database professional, and Technical Trainer.  His involvement with the Press Club started in 2006 and has included, in addition to the web site (comprising of the creation of a system to accept credit card payments), co-chairing the By-Law committee and conducted several workshops on Web Site design and Social Media.



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MARGARET GILLERMAN

Reporter
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

900 N. Tucker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63101
314-340-8000

Margaret Gillerman has worked as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 28 years. She has covered most beats and written many hundreds of news and feature stories about people and governments throughout the metropolitan area. She was awarded the Newspaper Guild's Terry Hughes award for her work. Some of her favorite assignments over the years have been covering the people and issues of East St. Louis and the personal stories of people affected by the Flood of 1993. Gillerman, a St. Louis native, grew up in Olivette and attended Ladue schools. She has a bachelor's degree in English and History from the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in University City with her husband, political reporter Mark Schlinkmann.

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WILLIAM GREENBLATT

Photographer
UPI

20 Nantucket ln. Saint Louis, MO 63132-4135
Phone: 314-554-1000

William Greenblatt has provided photography services for over thirty years-both as a staff photographer for United Press International and as owner of Wm. Greenblatt Photography, LLC. Greenblatt clients include commercial, industrial, Public Relations, Advertising and Non Profit agencies. His expertise is special events; news making opportunities; professional and collegiate sporting events features in Missouri and other areas in the United States. Greenblatt is also the official photographer for elected officials on the national, state, and local level.

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ALICE S. HANDELMAN

Public Relations Consultant

314 567-1212 | 314 997-6663

Alice S. Handelman is immediate past president of the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis after serving two years as its president and four years as first vice president. She is also the advisory chair for the 2009 Media Person of the Year gala. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she is an award winning writer and photographer. A public relations consultant , she is The author of ³LaSalle Street ­ The History of the St. Louis Wholesale Flower Market². Handelman worked for 18 years as Community Relations Director at Jewish Center for Aged. Prior, she was a feature writer for the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the National Hockey League. Handelman chairs the print and public relations selection committees for the St. Louis Media Halls of Fame at the Mercantile Library, University of Missouri, St. Louis. An active community volunteer, she is past president and chairman of the board of Gateway Elder Services and serves on the executive committee of Women of Achievement. She co-chaired the St. Louis contingent to the Lion of Judah International Conference in September . Handelman is also involved in the Capital Campaign committee of the Jewish Community Center and serves on the Adult Programs and Services committee of the JCC. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Women¹s Division of Jewish Federation of St. Louis for the past six years. In 2000, she received the Quest Award from National Federation of Press Women; in 2002 was named a Woman of Achievement for services to older adults; and in 2006 was named a Woman of Worth by OWL. Alice and her husband Howard have three children and four grandchildren.

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DENISE HOLLINSHED

Crime/General Assignment Reporter
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Denise Hollinshed is a crime/General Assignment Reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since September, 1998. Prior to that she worked as a crime reporter with the Belleville News-Democrat from 1990 to 1998 before joining the Post-Dispatch. She took graduate courses at Lindenwood University in St. Charles toward a graduate degree in Journalism/Mass Communications. She received her B.S. Degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a minor in Business Marketing in 1990. An Associate of Arts degree/ Mass Communications from St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley in 1987. Produce and write news and feature articles for the largest metropolitan newspaper in St. Louis for 17 years. Specializes in writing stories on crime, housing trends, children issues, poverty, affirmative action, race and ethnicity, social issues, government and schools. I also videography and photograph at crime scenes to help tell the stories that appear in my internet reporting. Owner and Operator of Eagle Eye Alpaca and Llama Haven, a traveling petting zoo since 2008. I'm currently writing children books based on my petting zoo characters in my traveling petting zoo, Eagle Eye Alpaca and Llama Haven pettingzoohaven.com.

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JEANE JAE

Vice President of Communications
Humane Society of Missouri

Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Animal Medical Center of Mid-America
1201 Macklind Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110
314-951-1517| www.hsmo.org

As Vice President of Communications for the Humane Society of Missouri, Jeane Jae is responsible for getting the word out about and garnering support for the work of the largest animal welfare organization in the Midwest. She is a very experienced communicator working in her career for publications, radio, hospitals and higher education, in addition to animal welfare. For more than 20 years she provided communications and marketing services to St. Louis Community College and also taught advertising, business and marketing. At one point, she provided executive search consulting services for the city manager position for the City of Webster Groves. Jeane is a life-long Missourian. She grew up in Hannibal, attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and SIU-Edwardsville and has worked in St. Louis her entire career. She has been a member and officer of numerous professional organizations, served as an officer for two scholarship foundations and has served as a court appointed special advocate guardian ad litem. She has two adult children and lives in Grantwood Village.

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BETTY KAGAN

314-401-8134

Betty has broad international experience in financial services, software development, higher education and management consulting. (American Express, Oracle, London Metropolitan University, Pricewaterhouse Coopers)
Her MBA in Computer Applications from NYU gives her a strong understanding of functional system requirements, relationships between different types of data and approaches to improving the efficiency of business processes through integration and automation.

She has been involved in a wide variety of non-profits (NCJW, Jewish Book Festival) helping them address their database needs regarding members, donors and other constituents, integrating front and back office systems and using social media to broaden an organization's reach to expand membership and attendance at events.

She is Treasurer of NCJW and member of the Board of Directors, St Louis Section and Co-Chair of Missouri's Own program for 2014 at St Louis Jewish Book Festival. I am active with St Louis Breast Cancer Coalition and Maryville's Kids Rock Cancer. She also is National Marketing and Outreach Director for The Perils of the Peanut Butter Kid and handled publishing and distribution of Cynthia Kagan Frohlichstein's new book The Peanut Butter Birthday Party.

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SUSAN KERTH

Media Relations Officer
Webster University

470 E. Lockwood St. Louis, MO 63119

Susan Kerth, media relations officer at Webster University, is responsible for media cultivation and outreach for the institution-at-large, the Office of the President, the School of Business and Technology and the Holden Public Policy Forum.
Susan has more than 15 years of experience in public relations and journalism. Prior to joining the University in 2007, she was a reporter for the St. Louis Business Journal. Susan also served as public relations manager for A.G. Edwards and as account executive at the public relations firm of Fleishman-Hillard Inc.
Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the University of Missouri-Columbia.   

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BENJAMIN A LIPMAN

Attorney
Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C.

600 Washington Ave. Suite 2500 St. Louis, MO 63101
314-444-7886 | 314-612-7886

Ben works in the Litigation department, specializing in Media and Communications, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property as well as Commercial Real Estate at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C. He joined them in 1991. Education:

Washington University School of Law - J.D. - 1991; Washington University Law Quarterly; Winner, Wiley Rutledge Moot Court and final round Golden Gavel Award winner; American Jurisprudence Awards; Order of the Barrister; Chairman, Honor Council University of Pennsylvania - B.A. - Economics (English minor) - 1988

Court experience:
United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals, Second and Eighth Circuits; Various Lower Federal Courts; all Missouri Courts; all Illinois Courts. Bar Associations: American Bar Association and Committees; Missouri Bar Association and Committees; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Chairman, BAMSL Media Law Committee; Illinois Bar Association Academic and Publishing: Adjunct Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law (teaching Media Litigation); Freelance writer, St. Louis Journalism Review; Co-Author, Missouri chapter, Open Government Guide: Access to Public Records and Meetings In The 50 States and D.C.; Reporter’s Privilege chapter, Missouri Media Law Handbook Other Activities: Board Member and Treasurer, Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis; Board Member, Vashon - Jeff VanderLou Initiative; Member, Anti-Defamation League Civil Rights Committee; Australian Rules Football team member and Board Member, St. Louis Blues A.R.F.C.; Commissioner, St. Louis Airport Commission

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LINDA LOCKHART

Outreach Specialist
St. Louis Public Radio

3651 Olive Street | St. Louis, MO 63108
314-516-6410

As outreach specialist for St. Louis Public Radio, Lockhart works to connect with and engage listeners and readers, primarily through the Public Insight Network. She has worked at numerous newspapers around the Midwest, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Beacon, the Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin, The Milwaukee Journal, and the St. Louis Pioneer Press in Minnesota. She is a founding member of the Great St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, the local affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, and served offices with both. She was recently honored with the Living Legend award for her many years of service. Lockhart is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and studied at the Institute for Journalism Education.

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KENT MARTIN

Communications Consultant

Cell 314-277-5277

Kent Martin has been a journalist and communicator as far back as grade school, when he edited his sixth grade newspaper. 

Martin graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and then worked on the staff of the school while studying for a master's degree. He left after five years to head for St. Louis for a job as a reporter with KMOX Radio. His work garnered numerous national honors, including the George Foster Peabody award, a regional Emmy, the Champion-Tuck Award for financial reporting, the National Association of Science Writers and the National Association of Black Journalists award for best newspaper feature. 

He is currently employed in the field of public relations. Martin has worked for numerous non-profits throughout his career, including the March of Dimes and the Family Resource Center in St. Louis. He also served pro bono as volunteer communications director for the National D-Day Memorial Foundation in Bedford, VA.

Martin is a member of the St. Louis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America; QEBH, a national honorary society; and the St. Louis Press Club.

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MATT MURPHY

Communications Director
Carpenters’ District Council

Phone 314-484-1190

Since 2013, Matt Murphy has served as communications director for the Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis, a 22,000-member trade union serving professionals in the construction industry. He oversees content for the Carpenters’ quarterly newsletter, website, social media and video productions, as well as supervising media relations and special events management. Formerly, Murphy was the public information officer for St. Louis Circuit Court, press secretary to St. Louis City Aldermanic President James Shrewsbury; reporter/editor for the Suburban Journals Newspaper and a broadcast journalist for numerous Missouri radio stations including KMOX and KTRS. He is a graduate of SIU-Edwardsville and the Broadcast Center.

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TRISH MUYCO-TOBIN

Community Editor
Gazelle STL

2074 Concourse Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146
www.gazellestl.com

Trish Muyco-Tobin has been a journalist and writer for print, radio and television for more than 20 years. She currently is the community editor at Gazelle STL. Trish most recently served as the editor-in-chief of Ladue News in St. Louis. Under her leadership at Ladue News, one of the area’s leading society and lifestyle publications strengthened its focus on promoting local charities and nonprofits, encouraging diversity, and on highlighting the stories of those who make St. Louis a better place for the entire community.

Trish is the proud recipient of the 2014 Salute to Women in Leadership Award in Media by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis for promoting diversity in media and in the community at-large. She serves as a proud board member for the St. Louis Press Club, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and Friends of Character Plus. She also is a member of the Radio Arts Foundation's Advocacy Council.

Trish is also the recipient of numerous awards in broadcasting during her more than 10 years in radio, including: Gold World Medal (New York Festivals), Top Radio Winner (MADD Media Awards), Air Award for Radio Excellence, and two Excellence in Media International Awards.

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Trish came to the United States with her family in 1985. She resides in St. Louis with her husband, David.

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PAM NIEHAUS

Communications Consultant, Community Volunteer

131 Portland Terrace, St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone 314-968-1042

Pam Niehaus is a retired communications executive and current community volunteer. She served as director of communications for St. Louis Community College until 2004, and was responsible for marketing, advertising, public information and graphic design. Earlier in her career she was a writer and editor for two local publications, St. Louis Magazine and St. Louis Home and Garden Magazine. Her freelance work has included projects in education, interior design and architecture topics. In addition to her membership on the Press Club board, Pam serves on the board of the Webster Community Arts Foundation and the Webster Groves Business Development Commission. She was previously active in the St. Louis Chapter of Women in Communications Inc. and served a term as WICI president. Awards she has won individually or as part of a communications team include: the Silver Anvil, Public Relations Society of America; various citations, Council for Advancement and Support of Education; and other local advertising awards. Pam is a graduate of the Journalism School at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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CHARLOTTE VM OTTLEY

Market Development Strategist

4400 Lindell Blvd. Ste 7J St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone 314-776-1919

Charlotte VM Ottley has an eclectic and accomplished personal and professional background as a university instructor, EMMY Award winning media executive, producer and on-air talent with CBS- and NBC-owned television stations in both St. Louis and New York tri-state areas. She is currently a columnist for the Ladue News entitled: The C Suite Business Notes and a speech writer for numerous corporate executives. Ottley has represented over 265 history makers with new edge strategies and has authored three books. The most recent book is “Surviving Success*Changes, Challenges, Choices". Donald Trump selected Ottley for inclusion in his book "The Best Advice I Ever Received," as did Ambassador Rev. SJ Cook for her book: "Sister Strength".  Formerly the President of the National Broadcast Association of Community Affairs, she is the recipient of numerous honors, including the President';s Game Changers Award from the NAACP, 4 Emmy Awards, as well as the first African American Alumni of the Year at SIU Carbondale's School of Communications. Among her most prestigious honors has been the dedication of a 4,500 sq. ft. building named in her honor: the Charlotte Merritts-Ottley Transitional Women's Center. Ottley holds a Master's Degree in Communications from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a Certificate for Executive Management from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University in association with the National Minority Supplier Council, which honored her with their National Tier I Business Achievement Award. Additionally, she has a Certificate of Clinical Competence and a Certificate in the Healing Arts from the State of Missouri. As a board member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Press Club she chairs the film and photography membership committee.

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GLENDA PARTLOW

Executive Director
St. Louis Press Club

Glenda Partlow was formerly with the St. Louis Public Schools as the the communication specialist and, most recently, divisional assistant for the Division of School Partnership Programs and Volunteer Services. While with the city schools, she received national and local awards for outstanding partnership-in-education programming that brought community resources into instructional activities shared by city and county students as an adjunct component of the desegregation settlement plan. Earlier in her career, Partlow was director of publications and public relations at what was then Lindenwood Colleges, public relations manager at KFUO, and managing editor of the St. Louis Bar Journal. She received her Bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Florida State University and did graduate work in educational administration at University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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CHARLOTTE PETTY

Adjunct assistant professor at Webster University’s Graduate School of Communications and adjunct instructor, at the University of Missouri at St. Louis in the Pierre Laclede Honors College and the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Communications

Charlotte Petty is an adjunct assistant professor at Webster University’s Graduate School of Communications and adjunct instructor, at the University of Missouri at St. Louis in the Pierre Laclede Honors College and the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Communications.

Previously, Charlotte was editor and publisher of The Spanish Lake Word newspaper, an analyst and project manager for MasterCard International and communications specialist for Anheuser-Busch.

She received her Master’s in Communications from Webster University and Bachelor’s in Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.


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MARGE POLCYN

President
M.L. Polcyn & Assoc.

4363 Kingbolt Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63129
314-416-4074 | 314-416-4074

Marge Polcyn, began her career in school public relations in 1966 at a suburban Pittsburgh school district. Moving to St. Louis in 1971, she helped start a public relations office at Notre Dame College in South County. In 1976, Marge moved to the St. Louis Public Schools where she helped steer the ground-breaking implementation of the Voluntary Desegregation Plan. In her 16 years with the St. Louis Schools, she chaired a committee for the district’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, edited a history of the St. Louis Public Schools, and produced the full gamut of public relations. After retiring from the school district post, Marge worked as a public relations consultant and also served as adjunct professor of communications at Maryville University, St. Louis University and Notre Dame College. In 1995 she was named executive director of the St. Louis Press Club. After 10 years, she again “retired,” this time to volunteer her knowledge and expertise as a member of the National Federation of Press Women—Missouri Affiliate, the Missouri School Public Relations Association, Women in Communications, Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Missouri, as a fund raiser, and as president of the Gateway Chapter of OWL from 2001 till 2005. Through the years of her service, Marge has been honored with the Matthews-Dickey Sheer Elegance Award, the Press Club Catfish Award, the 2005 Quest Award for excellence in communication from the Missouri Chapter of the National Federation of Press Women, a 2006 Woman of Worth Award from OWL, and gold and bronze medals from the St. Louis Senior Olympics.

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JOAN QUICKSILVER

The Quicksilver Company Public Relations Advertising & Special Events

300 Carlyle Lake Dr. St. Louis, MO 63141
314-991-4985 | 991-4983 fax

Joan Quicksilver’s experience and expertise in communications has contributed to the growth and success of a wide range of accounts, with emphasis on public relations, advertising, and special events.She began her career as a copywriter for P.N. Hirsch and Company. She later joined The Savan Company as Creative Director, Account Executive and Public Relations Director.In 1976, Ms. Quicksilver and a partner formed IQ & Associates, an advertising and public relations company in Clayton, Missouri. As president of IQ & Associates, for eighteen years she managed campaigns for financial institutions, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, philanthropic organizations, medical practices, breweries, shopping centers, supermarkets, and entertainment entities such as The St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Symphony, Fox Theatre, KMOX Radio, FOX-2 KTVI, KPLR-TV, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Kool Jazz Festival, Coors Beer, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University, McDonnell-Douglas Corporation, etc., etc. Since 1994, she continues her work at The Quicksilver Company. Her creative endeavors include writing and producing for radio, television, and the print media. For her efforts she has been the recipient of a Flair Award for the best local radio campaign, been awarded Emmy Awards for best locally written and produced television commercials and sales films, and won the Marconi and Addy Awards for best regional radio campaigns. Not content to merely use her talents in business, Joan Quicksilver has made a strong commitment to the St. Louis community. In recognition of her services, she was named the St. Louis Globe Democrat “Woman of Achievement” for Creative Philanthropy, the youngest woman to be so recognized. In 2001, she received The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis’ “President’s Award” for outstanding performance in media and community relations. She was inducted into The Catfish Club, the highest honor bestowed by the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, for distinguished service in the public relations field. The National Federation of Press Woman honored her with its Quest Award for Outstanding Professionalism in Journalism at ceremonies in 2005.

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TERI RAFFERTY

Public Realtions Manager
St. Louis Neiman Marcus

100 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, MO 63131
314-614-6725

Teri Rafferty became the Public Relations Manager of our St. Louis Neiman Marcus last November, just in time to help coordinate our Press Club’s annual Beauty Buzz fund-raising event in February. She is in charge of all of the St. Louis Neiman Marcus special events, charity and corporate events, fashion shows, and personal appearances, as well as manager for all media, press and public relations issues. Prior to joining NM she worked at Amerinet, where, as their meeting and events manager, she had sole responsibility for all aspects of 80+ events a year and, with a team of four, executed 220+ events annually. The previous five years she was program manager at Nonprofit Services Center after starting her career as an intern and event coordinator with Cheresseink in 2007.

Rafferty holds a B.S. in Recreation and Tourism management from Arizona State University and is a member and former board member of Meeting Professionals International.

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ALVIN A. REID

City Editor
St. Louis American

314 533-8000

Alvin Reid is city editor of the St. Louis American, the state's largest African-American newspaper. The American has been voted the best African American Newspaper in the nation five of the last 10 years, and won the national competition in June 2005.

Along with his news responsibilities, Reid writes a weekly Major League Baseball - St. Louis Cardinals column, and was honored by the Missouri Press Association as Best Sports Columnist in 2004 and 1999. He is co-author of the book, "Whitey's Boys: A Celebration of the 1982 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals."

Reid is former co-host of the interview/discussion show "In The Loop" that won a regional Emmy Award in October 2002. He is also a frequent guest commentator on KETC-PBS' most-popular local television show, Donnybrook and is a contributor to the show, "Living St. Louis." He has also appeared on ESPN "Outside the Lines" and on "The Tony Kornheiser Show" on ESPN Radio.

Reid began his career at the Danville (Ill.) Commercial News where he planned and wrote a series on Proposition 48 which won several national awards. Reid is a former business editor of the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal, a state editor at the Arkansas (Little Rock) Gazette and served as senior editor of Emerge magazine after three years with USA TODAY Baseball Weekly.

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MICHAEL J. RIGHT

Editor/Dir. Public Affairs
AAA The Midwest Traveler Automobile Club of Missouri

12901 N. Forty Dr. St. Louis, MO 63141
314-523-6981 | 314-523-6982

Michael Right is the vice president of Public Affairs for the AAA-Auto Club of Missouri. He joined the Auto Club in 1966 as a traffic analyst. Prior to joining the Auto Club, he worked as a traffic investigator for the City of St. Louis. A native St. Louisian, Right attended Washington University. He is active in traffic engineering and traffic enforcement organizations throughout Missouri. He is chairman of the Missouri Highway Users Association, a vice president of the Missouri Transportation and Development Council and a member of the Air Quality Advisory Board of East-West Gateway Coordinating Council in St. Louis. He has also served on the board and as president of the Traffic Engineers Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, is a member of the advisory board of the Missouri Driver and Safety Education Association, and a past president of the St. Louis Traffic Law Enforcement Association. He has served on numerous national, state and local task forces on specific transportation, air pollution and energy issues. He has served as a member of the American Automobile Association’s Energy and Environment, Traffic Safety and Highway committees and on the Transportation Research Board’s Truck Access Committee, and was a member of Missouri’s Total Transportation Commission. He currently is a member of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s Research and Development Committee, the Public and Government Relations Committee of the American Automobile Association and a member of Blue Ribbon Panel of Experts formed by the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. In addition to his duties representing AAA-Auto Club of Missouri in public affairs, he is a registered lobbyist and publisher/editor of THE MIDWEST TRAVELER and THE SOUTHERN TRAVELER magazines.

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MARCI ROSENBERG

Video Producer

636-227-9616

Marci Rosenberg, a writer and producer, has been documenting the lives of Holocaust survivors since 1990. With a goal of chronicling every life, she is devoted to preserving these stories for the future generations. Though film director Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, Rosenberg was part of an effort to interview 52,000 survivors. As president, of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, Rosenberg continues to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive by interviewing local survivors. Out of her deep love for children, Rosenberg produced the St. Louis Variety Club Telethon and created a video through the Asthma and Allergy Foundation to raise money for children whose families couldn't afford their medication.

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GLORIA S. ROSS

Principal Okara Communications/ Afterwords

Office/Fax:314-361-8572
Cell:314-550-7879

Okara Communications provides small businesses and nonprofit organizations with the professional expertise needed to produce clear, creative and effective communications. Okara helps organizations move from communications as an afterthought to communications with a purpose. An additional service of Okara Communications is AfterWords, the writing of unique life stories (obituaries) for funeral and memorial services, Web sites and newspapers. AfterWords also creates beautiful program designs.

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JANET SCOTT

Publisher
St. Louis Women On The Move Women's Yellow Pages

6223 Washington St. Louis, MO 63130
314-727-6876

Janet (Jan) Scott has a personal mission to develop opportunities for women. Her variety of professional experience includes the president of Women’s Yellow Pages of Greater St. Louis, publisher of the St. Louis Women On The Move magazine, professor emerita from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She has been involved with numerous professional organizations including Women’s Policy Alliance, Women’s Regional Publications of America (formerly know as National Association of Women’s Yellow Pages), U. City Rotary Club and the American Symphony Orchestra League. Her leadership positions consist of Advisory Board for the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at University Missouri of St. Louis, president of the St. Louis branch of the American Association of University Women, presently President of the state board of AAUW, St. Louis Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women,  Executive Board of Directors for the Musician’s Association of St. Louis AFM Local 2-197. Scott is also a musician whose performance career as a flutist began at age 21 in the St. Louis Symphony. A highlight of her musical career was a solo flute debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. Scott took her passion for music to her full time faculty position at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where she was the first research scholar in the music department, designed the music business curriculum and served on the board of the Southern Illinois Arts Council. She is a founding member of the Flute Society of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization for flutists of all ages. She has a B.A. and M.M. from Washington University.

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BARBARA LANGSAM SHUMAN

Accounting Executive & Media Relations
SAGE Marketing

34 N. Brentwood Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105
425 Strawbridge Drive Chesterfield, MO 63017
B: 314-576-0540 | H: 314-576-4834 | C: 314-660-4755

Barbara Langsam Shuman is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and an executive with SAGE Marketing, a St. Louis-based public relations and media relations company. She is also a co-president and partner of Triumph Documentaries, a not-for-profit documentary production company.

Her professional background includes positions in print journalism, public broadcasting, university relations, advertising and public relations. She has served as associate director of alumni relations at Washington University, as marketing director at KETC-TV, Channel 9, and as associate editor at the St. Louis Jewish Light. Barbara has received "Communicator" awards for her public relations work.

Shuman co-directed, co-produced, conducted interviews and wrote the script for "The Stem Cell Divide," a documentary that explores the embryonic stem cell controversy. She has created, written the libretto and penned the lyrics for "Flora's Fair," an original musical. Vignettes from the musical were staged at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Shuman has written feature articles and Op-Ed pieces and book reviews for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a column for the Ladue News.

As a community volunteer, Shuman has served as board president of the St. Louis Jewish Light, vice president of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis's Women's Division and Young Professionals Division, and as a board member for several organizations including St. Louis Hillel at Washington University, the American Jewish Committee, the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, Solomon Schechter Day School and Congregation Shaare Emeth.

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BILL SMITH

Investigator
Better Business Bureau

211 North Broadway, Suite 2060. St. Louis, MO 63102
314-584-6727 | 314-645-2666 (FAX)
www.bbb.org

Bill Smith, a longtime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, grew up in Central Illinois, graduating from Bradley University. His first newspaper job was at the Peoria Journal Star where he worked for five years before moving to St. Louis and the old St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

After leaving the Globe-Democrat, he moved to the Post where he worked for more than 20 years before taking early retirement.

While at the Post, he wrote for virtually every section of the newspaper, serving stints as a general assignment reporter, feature writer and specialty writer in the area of philanthropy and nonprofit reporting.

After his time at the Post, he took a variety of freelance assignments and worked several months for the online St. Louis Beacon before taking a position as an investigator with the St. Louis Better Business Bureau in November 2008.

He and his wife, Cathy are both avid antiquers and Cardinals baseball fans. They live in University City.

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ELLEN NISENSON SOULE

Public Relations Consultant

Buckingham Dr., #3E, St. Louis, MO 63105
314.749.4993
ellen@ellensoule.com

Ellen Soule handles community outreach involvement with multiple nonprofit organizations. Soule’s resume includes marketing and public relations experience with companies in Los Angeles, Dallas and St. Louis. She has handled media coverage on national and local levels, organized advertising campaigns for radio, television, and print media and coordinated special events featuring national personalities. Soule’s also has experience with fundraising, client relations management and customer service.

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AISHA SULTAN

Columnist/Blogger
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

900 N. Tucker Boulevard Saint Louis, MO 63101
314-340-8000

Aisha Sultan is a columnist and blogger for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She has covered news in St. Louis for a decade and frequently appears as a commentator on television and radio.

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ELISA CROUCH TOMICH

Communication Consultant
Wells Fargo

945 Providence Ave. Webster Groves, Mo. 63119
314-479-4041

Elisa Crouch Tomich recently joined Wells Fargo Advisors as a communication consultant after 13 years as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, where she received numerous writing awards from the Missouri Press Foundation and St. Louis Newspaper Guild. Earlier in her career she was a reporter at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Providence Journal in Rhode Island and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She is a1997 magna cum laude graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds a B.A. in political science and B.S. in journalism.

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VIRGINIA TRENT

Virginia R. Trent Special Events

250 South Brentwood Saint Louis, MO 63105
314-721-4636

Whether it's a major celebration such as Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology's 60th Anniversary celebration, an "April in Paris" dinner which raised more than $100,000 for Rotary's Polio Plus, "A Toast to Joan Dames," which brought in more than $200,000 for St. Patrick's Center, St. Andrew's Resources for Seniors Annual Gala for St. Louis' best and brightest over 70 years of age or an elegant summer society wedding in Ladue, Virginia Trent has "been there and done that." However, one of her most successful events was chairing the 1998 Media Person of the Year Dinner honoring Charles Brennan with 650 guests in attendance and a net profit of $40,000. After a brief hiatus, Virginia is back on the Board of the Press Club, always "at the ready" with her extensive experience in PR and fundraising.

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BARBARA A. WASHINGTON

Public Relations Consultant

In a career spanning 30-plus years at Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club, Barbara A. Washington initiated numerous youth programs and raised more than 60 million dollars to support this worthy cause. As vice president of public relations and special events, Washington served as the official Club spokesperson, directing and managing communications with the Club’s key audiences, including: Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions and community organizations. Under her leadership, a diverse and professionally skilled volunteer force accomplished impressive fundraising, program development and media campaigns. A Certified Special Events Professional, Washington is past president of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Missouri Chapter and a former member of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Community Advisory Board. At the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, Washington served as General Chairperson of the P-Club’s “Media Person of the Year” event and received the prestigious Press Club’s Catfish Award for her valuable contributions as a board member. Her other honors include the BJC Spirit of Women Award, The University of Missouri Hellenic Spirit Athena Award, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Salute to Women in Leadership, the National Bar Association Gertrude Rush Award and she was the first woman to receive the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Award. Currently, Washington is Principal and Founder of Bobcat Event Management & Consulting, LLC. The mission of her company is to deliver quality services that enhance her clients’ public image. Bobcat provides event management, talent representation, public relations coordination and corporate partnership contracting services for corporations, nonprofits and educational institutions on a local, state and national level. She enjoys singing gospel and country music and has recorded three gospel CDs, “Calvary Lord,” “Down By the Riverside” and “Seasons Changing” to establish the Barbara Washington Scholarship Fund.

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GLYNELLE WELLS

Director of Advertising
St. Louis Business Journal

314-324-8039

Glynelle Wells has been the Director of Advertising for the St. Louis Business Journal since 1999, helping to make it the most profitable Business Journal out of 43 markets for the last five years. Previously, she had been the sales manager for Classic 99 KFUO FM, where she quadrupled advertising revenue in nine years, and then spent a year at CBS Radio KMOX 1120 selling advertising for talk/sports programming before going on to the Business Journal. A cum laude B.S. graduate from Lindenwood University, Wells also has served as president of the St. Louis Ad Club, on the board of the downtown YMCA, and on the communications committee of the March of Dimes.

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DICK WEISS

WeissWrite LLC

72 Lake Forest Saint Louis, MO 63117
Phone: 314-645-3399
Fax: 314-645-3377

Dick Weiss is an award-winning writer and editor with more than three decades of experience at American newspapers. While keeping his day job at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Weiss started WeissWrite LLC in 2003 as a writing, editing and coaching service for anyone with a story to tell. WeissWrite recently has been burgeoning with requests for writing workshops, ghostwriting, and editing consultations. In December, 2005, Weiss left the Post-Dispatch to devote all his energies to WeissWrite. As a metro editor and writing coach at the Post-Dispatch, oversaw the development of enterprise stories, with a particular emphasis on narrative writing. He also held training seminars for a newsroom staff of 300 reporters and editors, and coached reporters one-on-one. Several stories Weiss wrote and edited were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes. Weiss is a frequent speaker at the American Press Institute and was site director for the National Writers’ Workshop in St. Louis from 2001-2004. He recently completed a year-long tour as a speaker for the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism where he showed business writers how to weave their facts and figures into compelling tales. More information on WeissWrite can be found at weisswrite.com.

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PATRICIA WENTE

Executive Director
International Photography Hall of Fame

3415 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: 314.479.2698

EXPERIENCE
Patricia A. Wente is the Executive director for the International Photography Hall of Fame. Before that she was Senior Vice President of Development for Group 720 and Creative Producers Group and Cos Portfolio: UPBrand, CPG and Vidzu to cultivate new strategic business. She has more than 30 years of experience in leading and driving both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  As President  & CEO of The Wente Group Inc. she brought strategic engagement efforts to life for client companies.  Known for identifying the need and effectively linking community talent with company needs.  

Prior to the Wente Group, she managed radio stations in small, medium and large markets, and worked at the local, regional and national level.  Wente lead a non-profit organization from a negative budget to a $7 million first-class operation.  She has directed, supervised or directly participated in generating more than $100 million in development revenue for non-profit institutions.  Membership revenue increased 685 percent, corporate
underwriting increased 846 percent to break into the seven figures, and the enrollment of those utilizing the service more than doubled to 196,000. Staffing more than tripled to accommodate the growth of what is now one of the top ten most listened-to public radio news organizations in the country.

Wente was the manager of Station Grant Programs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington D.C. for both public radio and television stations. She managed stations in Wichita, Kansas; Norman, Oklahoma and St. Louis, Missouri.

 At The Wente Group Inc., Wente is a dynamic goal-oriented leader with a demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire senior teams to develop and implement strategy and to achieve maximum results. She employs superlative relationship-building skills to strategize, engage and cultivate the development of a large base of affluent donors within a community. And she maintains cultural and political sensitivity, enabling commitment from diverse population segments.  The Wente Group’s client base includes companies such as Centene Corporation, The Radio Arts Foundation, Maryville University, Saint Louis University, WNYC Public Radio, Craft Alliance, KUVO and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Misouri.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
Wente served on the Board of Directors of National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcast Managers Association, and was also a member of the Public Radio Leadership Forum. She is the past President of Public Radio in Mid America, and represented public radio in the Midwest at the national level on the NPR Board of Directors.  

She is a Board member of the St. Louis Press Club and is currently the Vice President of Membership.  She serves on the YWCA Circle of Women Committee as well as the Face the Nation Committee of the Press Club.  She has served on committees for the 2010-11 Jazz St. Louis Gala, 2010-12 Wellness Community Gala, and 2010-12 Shakespeare Festival Gala. Wente has been a committee member for the St. Louis Forum, United Way of Greater St. Louis and American Cancer Research.

She acted as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Mid-America spokesperson in 2008. She has been involved in the Regional Commerce and Growth Association- St. Louis for over 20 years.

Wente has received two national awards including the Public Broadcast Management Association’s Award of Excellence and Public Radio Regional Organization’s “Potholder” Award.  The St. Louis Business Journal named Wente one of 2007’s “Most Influential” and one of  2004”s Most Influential Business Women.” She received a YWCA Special Leader Award in 2003.

She earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Communication from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

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AJA J. WILLIAMS

Digital Media Producer
Nine Network

1365 Saint Anthony Lane Florissant, MO 63033
618-960-0752

For two years, Aja J. Williams has lead the digital and social media strategy for public media’s American Graduate initiative nationally. As the digital media producer at Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis, she works in community engagement and production department as the lead on social media and creating digital-first content in support of the station’s focus areas and special projects.

Prior to joining Nine Network, she worked for the St. Louis NBC affiliate (KSDK) as a digital producer and helped in the Ferguson coverage, which was picked up nationally by USA Today. She also served as a community editor and writer for Patch.com for almost 3 years in North St. Louis County. She is a 2009 University of Missouri graduate with a B.A. in journalism.



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LEISA ZIGMAN

President
The Genome Partnership

20 S. Sarah, St. Louis, MO 63108

Leisa Zigman is President of the Genome Partnership, organizers of the world's preeminent genome science and technology conferences (AGBT). Prior to becoming President of The Genome Partnership, Zigman served as an award winning anchor and chief investigative reporter for KSDK-TV. Since 1992, she has been honored with dozens awards, including multiple Emmys, The National Gabriel Award, the Quest award and the St. Louis Press Club's 2012 Media Person of the Year award . Her hard hitting investigations received national exposure on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In 2010, Zigman was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. But thanks to a targeted precision therapy she remains in remission. She serves as an ambassador for Pedal the Cause and is passionate about raising money to fund new treatments and cures for all cancers. She also serves as the Patient Advocate for the Siteman Cancer Center's Scientific Investment program.



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