Leslie Gill, Executive Director
A graduate of Hampton University (B.A. in English) and Saint Louis University (Masters Degree in International Business), joined the College Summit team in September 2013. Leslie has spent the previous five years in executive leadership roles with the Girl Scouts in St. Louis and Atlanta, where her areas of responsibility included advocacy and governmental affairs, strategic planning, program, membership recruitment, and cookie sales. Her background also includes a stint as the Director of Business Development and Client Relations for Swanson Communications in Washington DC, as well as serving as the campaign manager for a mayoral candidate and in several management roles in the Executive Office of Mayor Anthony A. Williams, also in Washington, DC. In addition, Leslie has experience in higher education, having served as Director of Event Services at Saint Louis University.
Erica Tyson, Program Director
A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (B.A., 1996), Erica Tyson brings to College Summit teaching, front-line/ grass roots and research experience. Erica has been an Adjunct Instructor at St. Louis Community College, a counselor and recruiter for Upward Bound and she has done research and outreach around youth violence prevention for the Missouri Department of Social Services. In her professional and volunteer experiences, Erica has surrounded herself with others who are dedicated to supporting our youth. That led to her joining College Summit in May 2005.
Stacy Lewis, School Partnership Manager
Stacy is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She joined College Summit –St. Louis in July of 2007. In her role as a School Partnership Manager she supports educators and students. She is a regional facilitator for educator professional development, where she trains teachers and counselors on successful implementation of College Summit tools. Stacy is a 2010 graduate of CORO-Women in Leadership Class -55 (WIL-55). This is an intense five month experiential leadership training program that focuses on building leadership skills through connecting with women leaders throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. She continues to guide many students on their path to college by connecting them with resources that help them succeed. Stacy has a strong connection with the St. Louis Public Schools and an earnest desire to help students realize their post-secondary goals.
James Schallom, Development Director
A graduate of Saint Louis University (B.A. in Education, 2004) and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (Masters of Public Policy Administration, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 2008). He has spent his entire career working in fundraising and marketing for nonprofit organizations in St. Louis, including the Saint Louis Science Center, Humane Society of Missouri and the Saint Louis Zoo. Jim has served as a Director and Programs Committee Chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and was a Founding Board Member and Vice President of the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Chapter of the UMSL Alumni Association. He currently serves on the Diversity Committee and Board of Directors as Membership Engagement Chair with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and on the Youth Development Allocations Panel for the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
Chair: Kris Lewis, President, Dicentra Client Solutions, LLC
Vice Chair & Program Chair: Viji Samikannu, Senior Manager, Corporate Training, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Development Chair:Pete Werner, Consultant, United Way of Greater St. Louis
Nominating Chair: Linda Wendling, Project Director - Franchise Management, CitiMortgage, Inc.
Patrick Brown, Assistant to the Mayor, Mayor's Office, City of St. Louis
Rhonda Gray, Executive Director, Almost Home, Inc.
Dawn M. Johnson, Esq., Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
Randy Sanderson, President, Perpetua (Consolidated) Inc.
Katherine H. Sundararaman, Ph.D., Director, Market Insights, Edward Jones
Reginald Dickson, Board Emeritus, CEO, Buford, Dickson, Harper and Sparrow
Dr. Otis Jackson, Board Emeritus, Retired Educator, St. Louis Public Schools
University of Missouri - Saint Louis
Don Cheadle College Summit Founding Spokesman
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