The HOME WORKS! team of professional educators, administrators, and advocates includes:

Kathy Coyle - Data Manager

Senior Finance/Accounting Professional with 18+ years of broad and deep experience in manufacturing and corporate environments; MIS Master’s Degree.

Anna Gardner-Andrews - Program Leader

15 years of experience in education; served as a high school instructor of English, manager of an educational non-profit, creator/director of a writing mentoring program at The University of Missouri-St. Louis, and guest speaker on urban education at Washington University; BA from Oberlin College and MAED from Washington University.

Todd Killgore - Director of Operations

A financial executive with 25+ years in the business/finance industry that has been instrumental in the professional improvement and success of small businesses in and around St Louis; B.S. in Accounting, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Karen Kalish - Founder and CEO

Serial social entrepreneur who has started three nonprofits and one program; former teacher, television reporter and business owner with 25+ years of community service focused on literacy, closing the achievement gap, and ending racial discrimination; M.A. in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr. Sandra Logan - Program Leader

Retired educator after 29 years as a teacher and administrator; M.S. in Educational Administration and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Lizzy Petersen - Grants Manager

Experienced non-profit administrator for five years; M.F.A. in Writing, Purdue University.

Dr. Sonya Porter - Director of Program Operations

Educator with 34 years of administrative and teaching experience in the field of education including human resources, general education, adult education, and special education. Doctorate of Education and Master of Science degrees in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville

Erica Stearns - Program Leader

Erica Stearns has been teaching in St. Louis for the past 10 years and was a 2008 Teach For America corps member in St. Louis.  She has a Masters in Elementary Education from UMSL and a Bachelors of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University. 

Betty Tobler - Program Leader

Teacher, curriculum developer, accreditation compliance specialist, and administrator with 40+ years of classroom and administrative experience.

Sue Zerbe - Program Leader

Educator with 30 years of teaching, administrative, and consulting experience.  M.S. in Educational Administration from University of Missouri St. Louis and Ed.S. in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University.