Who We Are

Staff

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

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Kathryn Brayton
Marketing & Operations Manager

10+ years of experience in the legal and nonprofit sector. BA, University of Illinois-Chicago.

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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.

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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 University of Missouri–St. Louis, and guest speaker on urban education at Washington University; BA from Oberlin College and MAED from Washington University.

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Karen Kalish
Founder & CEO

Serial social entrepreneur who has started three nonprofits and one program; former teacher, TV reporter, business owner, and nonprofit leadership with 35+ years of community service focused on literacy, closing the achievement gap, and ending racial discrimination; BA, St. Louis University, MA Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

 


 
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Ehi Oribhabor
Executive Assistant

Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration, Marketing Concentration from Truman State University. After school volunteer tutor at Firm Foundation Tutoring.

 

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Colleen Polak
Director of Program Operations

Child Advocate with over 10 years' professional experience, including nonprofit leadership, program management, evaluation, and facilitation. B.A. from Saint Louis University and J.D. from California Western School of Law. 

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Betty Tobler
Program Leader

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


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Sue Zerbe
Program Leader

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



 



Board of Directors

The HOME WORKS! Board of Directors provides guidance and oversight for the leadership team. Among our 19 members, the Board holds a wealth of knowledge and experience that they bring to the organization. They meet an average of six times a year.


Dr. Kelvin Adams
Program Committee

Superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools


Jeff Bates
Finance Committee

Kings Point Capital Management


Harriet Blickenstaff
Co-chair, Fundraising Committee

Retired PR Professional


Latashuia Browning

Director, Program Management & Commercial Operations, Millipore Sigma


Karen F. Evans
Program Committee

Former AT&T Executive, Reading Interventionist at Patrick Henry Elementary School, SLPS


Wade Rakes
Finance Committee 

Regional VP and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Centene Corporation


Lisa Huck
Fundraising Committee

Director of Business Development, Dot Foods


Amy Murphy
Board Chair Emeritus
Program Committee

Director of Scholarships and Donor Services, St. Louis Community Foundation


Susan Stith

Vice President, Corporate Giving Programs, Cigna


Dr. Chris Nicastro
Program Committee

Retired Superintendent and Missouri DESE Commissioner


Earl Shreckengast
Co-chair, Fundraising Committee, Governance Committee

Retired Non-Profit Executive

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Constance "Connie" Taylor

Manager, Customer Advocacy and Energy Assistance, Ameren Missouri

 

 

 
 
 

Community Advisory Board

Schools

La Salle Middle

LaShanda Boone
Head of School

Azalia Carter
Dean of Instruction

Hazelwood School District

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart
Superintendent

Tonya Malone
Library Media Specialist –
Hazelwood Southeast Middle

Anna Nungesser
Building Instructional Coach –
Hazelwood Southeast Middle

Marshall Public Schools

Carol Maher
Superintendent

Jonathan Festus White
Counselor – Spainhower

Mehlville School District

Jeff Bresler
Assistant Superintendent

Andrea Deane
Principal – Beasely Elementary


Normandy Schools Collaborative

Dr. Charles Pearson
Superintendent

Vickie Fontaine
Teacher – Lucas Crossing Elementary

Tiffany McConnell
Principal – Lucas Crossing Elementary

Parkway School District

Dr. Keith Marty
Superintendent

Michael Maclin
Principal – Fern Ridge High

St. Louis Public Schools

Dr. Kelvin Adams
Superintendent

Michael Brown
Assistant Superintendent

Diane Dymond
Principal – Stix Early Childhood Center

Colby Heckendorn
Principal – Patrick Henry Elementary

Peggy Meyer
Principal – Woerner Elementary


School District
of University City

Dr. Sharonica Hardin
Superintendent

Michael Peoples
Principal – University City High

Elliott Shostak
Principal – Brittany Woods Middle

Wentzville School District

Dr. Curtis Cain
Superintendent

David Bates
Principal – Prairie View Elementary

Melvin Bishop
Principal – Stone Creek Elementary

Colin Hanna
Principal – Heritage Primary Elementary

Jeri LaBrot
Principal – Frontier Middle

HOME WORKS!

Karen S. Kalish
Founder & CEO

Amy B. Murphy
Board Chair


Donors

Heidi Currier
Donor

Gretta Forrester
Trustee – The DeWitt and Caroline Van Evera Foundation

Suzanne Hough
Donor

Berta James
Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (SOS)

Cimmy Medart
Trustee – Bland Family Foundation

Jane Tracy
Donor


Community

Dr. Maureen Clancy-May
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Carrie Dietz
Youth Services Advocate – St. Louis Public Library

Michael Jones
Missouri School Board

Craig Larsen
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Vic Lenz
Vice President – Missouri School Board

Joe Miller
Senior Vice President, Partnerships – WYMAN Center

Paula Pettibone
Senior Director – WYMAN Center

Tim Ricker
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Ann Young
Parents as Teachers