YNPN Role: President
Job Title & Organization: Special Events Manager at Venture Cafe.
Professional background: Jessica has been planning non-profit special events since 2006, most recently at the Nine Network of Public Media, the local PBS member station. There she created unique environments for live tapings, special receptions, grand openings, community festivals - all to bring public television alive within the community and to engage with the donors who make it possible. Now onboard at Venture Cafe, she is focused on activating the new Cortex Commons, a space dedicated to bringing the innovation community together outside.
What is the background on your cell phone?: Definitely a picture from Disneyworld.
YNPN Role: Vice President
Job Title & Organization: Executive Administrator, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
Professional background: Jess has over five years experience in the non-profit sector and has a Liberal Arts education with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Business Administration from Spring Hill College. In her current position at RAC, she provides executive support to the Executive Director and also serves as liaison to the board of directors and Executive Leadership Team members, coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts, manages both the Summer Internship and Katherine Dunham Internship programs and oversees special projects. In addition to serving YNPN St. Louis, she also serves as a young professional board member for a Safe Connections.
What is the background on your cell phone?: Lemons (I love lemons) and my screensaver is my dog Bailey!
YNPN Role: Treasurer
Job Title & Organization - Certified Public Accountant with Goldman, Kottler, Unell, Pearlstein and Rechtien, LLC (GKUPR)
Professional Background -
I am a Certified Public Accountant at a General Practitioner Firm. I serve as the Audit Manager and wear an additional hat as a Tax Senior during busy season. The firm works with all types of clients and industries, but I have developed expertise and specialization in the Accounting and Tax needs of Not for Profit organizations. I love helping Not for Profits with their financial records so that they can be good stewards of their donations and make the best decisions for their mission.
Cell Phone Background - The world's prettiest baby girl.
YNPN Role: Marketing Chair
Organization and Job Title: Stewardship Officer, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Professional background: Cassidy is a proud graduate of the B.F.A. Acting program at Missouri State University. He currently serves as the Stewardship Officer at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Cassidy is also a professional actor and has worked with regional theaters including but not limited to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Metro Theater Company, Max & Louie Productions, Equally Represented Artists, West End Players Guild, and the Civic Arts Company.
What is the background on your cell phone?: The gardens of Regents Park in London, England.
YNPN Role: Membership Committee, Community Outreach
Job Title & Organization: Volunteer Services Manager at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis
Professional background: My first job in the nonprofit sector was serving in AmeriCorps where I worked in Mayor Francis Slay's office on various initiatives promoting community service and volunteerism throughout the city. I then worked as the Membership Manager for Optimist International fro about 4 years. After finishing my Masters in Public Administration at SLU, I moved to my current position where I oversee all aspects of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis' volunteer program.
What is the background on your cell phone?: The background on my phone is beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia! It's an amazing medieval city on the southern coast of Croatia. I travelled there a few years ago, and it was so beautiful, I can't bring myself to take it off my phone.
YNPN Role: Membership Committee, Mentorship Program Coordinator
Job title & organization: Community Engagement Coordinator, Youth In Need
Professional background: Cody's professional background includes time spent working for the House of Representatives in Illinois immediately after graduating college. After moving to St. Louis in 2015, Cody has spent time working on a fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and serving as the Assistant Manager of a nonprofit resale store. Cody has worked in his current role at Youth In Need for over one year, Cody has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and will graduate in 2017 with a Master of Public Administration degree, both from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Phone background: The current background on my phone is the logo of my favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
YNPN Role: Programming Vice Chair
Job Title & Organization: Marketing Communications Specialist, National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Professional Background: I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Print and Internet Journalism and a minor in Spanish. After graduating, I spent time working for a local event planner here in St. Louis before moving to the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul in June of 2014. I started at SVdP as the Communications Administrative Associate and was recently promoted to Marketing Communications Specialist. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization that works to help those in need. I manage the National Council's social media accounts, produce and publish the Society's weekly e-newsletter, develop promotional items, assist in the production of a television show for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), handle media inquiries and work with the Marketing and Communications Director on a variety of other projects for the Society.
What is the background on your cell phone: My favorite quote, "She believed she could, so she did." Seeing that quote every time I look at my phone reminds me that anything is possible through hard work, determination and perseverance!
YNPN Role: Marketing Vice Chair
Job Title & Organization: Barista, Starbucks
Professional background: I've always been passionate about education and non-profit organizations. I have previously worked as an ESL Teacher and International Admission Counselor. I love working with people and helping them reach their goals.
What is the background on your cell phone?: The St. Louis Arch