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Membership in the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund is open and inclusive. You do not have to wait for an event to join.
Members pledge $1200 annually.
2019 – 2020 SOS BOARD MEMBERS
Amy Garrison – President
Amy Garrison owns Brand Virtue, LLC, which provides marketing and communications consulting to companies ranging from start-ups to large corporations. She also serves on the Southeast Missouri State University Corporate Advisory Board and supports and volunteers for several nonprofit organizations including Safe Connections, Old Newsboys, The SoulFisher Ministries, the Women’s Society of Washington University, and The Fisher Academy.
Lee Anne Quatrano – Secretary
Lee Anne Quatrano is a retired Learning Disabilities Specialist who worked with dyslexic and ADHD students to achieve academic success and trained teachers and resource specialists. Lee Anne is currently on the board of the Woman’s Club of Washington University, and she is the Co-Director of the Elizabeth Danforth Butterfly Garden on the Washington University campus.
Madaline Creehan – Treasurer
Madaline Creehan is a Wealth Advisor with Buckingham Strategic Wealth helping individuals, families, retirement plans and institutions achieve their vision of success. She supports and volunteers with various other charitable causes such as Voices and Daniel Webster Society Scholarship program.
Kathy Pope – Co-chair, Education
Katherine is a mental health therapist and researcher at Washington University School of Medicine. Previously, before her “ career reboot”, she worked for a couple of decades in banking and real estate finance. She volunteers with other community groups, especially St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Ellen Schapiro – Co-Chair, Education
Ellen Schapiro is retired from working in the Early Childhood field after 25 years as a teacher and then Director of the Ethical Society Nursery School. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Ellen’s organizational experiences include chairing the Program Committee on the Scholarship Foundation Board and chairing the Salon Committee on the Nishmah Board (a program of the St. Louis Jewish Community Center which inspires, engages and supports Jewish women).
Rebecca Fritsch – Chair, Finance
Rebecca has over twenty years’ experience in banking and corporate finance, currently serving as a Commercial Relationship Manager for Fifth Third Bank. Rebecca serves on several professional boards in the area including Ranken Technical College Board of Trustees and Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis Investment Committee. Rebecca also regularly volunteers at Barretts Elementary School and Kirkwood Youth Hockey Association to support her two sons.
JoAnn Sanditz – Chair, Grants
JoAnn Sanditz is retired from the staff of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is a docent at the St. Louis Art Museum and has served on the boards of the Women’s Society of Washington University and Women and the Kemper at the Kemper Art Museum.
Sharon Abel – Vice-Chair, Grants
Sharon operated a video production company for many years and has volunteered with various organizations throughout St. Louis. She is currently an active supporter of EasterSeals Midwest, where she has chaired their organization’s “Milk and Cookies” holiday event for the past eight years. Sharon also serves on the EasterSeals Development Committee and is looking forward to helping expand their holiday program for residential clients.
Teresa Buehler – Chair, Impact
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Teresa Buehler provides training and coaching around leadership, implementation science and workforce development to middle managers in child welfare through her work with the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. She also serves as a hospice and NODA (No One Dies Alone) volunteer for residents of Bethesda Dilworth.
Katy Dowd – Co-chair, Membership
Katy Dowd Mutert is Marketing Director for Cornerstone Advisors, a health IT consulting firm. With a Master of Arts in Health Communication from Tufts University School of Medicine, Katy is dedicated to using her 25 years of healthcare industry experience to deliver the healthcare triple aim… care better than we have ever seen, health better than we have ever known, at a cost we can all afford. Katy is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, is Director of the Holy Redeemer Alumni Association, and was a puppy raiser for Duo, formerly Support Dogs, Inc.
Joni Karandjeff – Co-Chair, Membership
Joni Karandjeff is a community volunteer focusing on children, health, and education. Her interests have included the Women of Achievement, Miriam Foundation, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Women and the Kemper, the Women’s Society of Washington University, Greater St. Louis Book Fair, and the United Way.
Amy Inman – Chair, Nominating
Amy founded and operates Memorybox Films, LLC, a corporate/legal video production company. Previously she worked as a sales executive in the software database industry and in television and radio production. She is a board member and volunteer for various organizations including The Global Learning Exchange Initiative and Great Circle.
Amy Conard – Chair, Technology
Amy Conard is a Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at MasterCard, focusing on analytic solutions, and she advocates for advancing women into technical leadership roles. She volunteers with Boy Scouts of America, a breakfast for the homeless, and various ministries at her church.
Shelby Schagrin – Founder of SOS and Co-Chair Advisory Council
Shelby Schagrin, managing director-investment banking for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., founded SOS and co-chaired it with Susan Block for its first three years. Her goal was to bring together a group of women and pool their collective resources of time, talent and money to improve our community.
Vicki Sheehan – Catalist Liaison and Co-Chair Advisory
Vicki Sheehan, an attorney, is president of Sheehan Investment Services, which owns and manages office properties and a senior living community. A former SOS president, she chairs the national Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network, which includes 37 organizations like SOS.
Beth Ann Riechman – At Large
Jacqueline Byrne – At Large
Jacqueline Byrne is a native of St. Louis and joined City Academy in 2016, planning their special events. Previously, she was the Director of Development for Youth Learning Center and The Biome School. Jacqueline, also, worked for CharacterPlus, running all development activities. Jacqueline is passionate about providing quality education choices for all families, regardless of zip code. During her personal time, Jacqueline spends time with her husband, Tom, and children, TJ, Billy, and Charlotte. She is also a 2016 Leadership St. Louis graduate.
Gwendolyn Wesley – Ex Officio
Gwendolyn has worked in information systems technology, governmental and environmental affairs, curriculum development and training. She has been a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children, a third party reviewer for foster care cases and a facilitator for neighborhood redevelopment the city of St. Louis. She sings with the St. Louis Symphony’s In Unison Chorus and the Legend Singers.
Kathryn Frost – Ex Officio
Kathy Frost is active with Women and the Kemper, the Women’s Society of Washington University and Girls Giving, the youth initiative of SOS.
Felice Joyce – Ex Officio
Felice Joyce practiced corporate, tax and estate planning law for 30 years. She has participated in many professional boards and associations and served on the boards of Congregation Shaare Emeth, the Interfaith Partnership and Faith Beyond Walls.
Susan Block, Initial Co-Chair of SOS; Ex Officio
Susan Block owns The Designing Block, a home décor and designing business. She volunteers with and sits on the boards of various nonprofit organizations. With Shelby Schagrin, she co-chaired the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund for its first three years, 2006-2009.