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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.
2018 – 2019 SOS BOARD MEMBERS
Amy Inman – President
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.
Miriam Rogers Singer – Secretary
Miriam Singer is retired after 30 years of practicing law, most recently as Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Miriam volunteers at the International Institute of St. Louis as a tutor in the agency’s citizenship literacy classes.
Cathy Carney – Treasurer
Formerly an investment banker with A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. and president of Brunson Construction Corp., Cathy is now a part-time financial consultant, community volunteer and fused glass artist. She has served as a board member and volunteer for various St. Louis nonprofits, especially those addressing the needs of children, immigrants and refugees.
Madaline Creehan – Vice-Chair, 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.
Jane Tracy– Chair, Finance
Jane’s early love of learning led to a career helping others as a pharmacist. At the start, she was building relationships with physicians, medical health plans, and with patients to understand medications and their benefits. After a wonderful career, Jane continues to focus on improving the lives of children and families through her charitable work with Light a Single Candle, a private foundation dedicated to poverty relief. She serves on numerous committees around the Greater St Louis and Mt Sterling, IL areas.
Berta James – Chair, Grant
Berta James retired from Make-A-Wish America where she served as a business consultant for chapters throughout the U.S. She now volunteers her time with the Ronald McDonald House, Voices for Children (CASA) and Home Sweet Home.
JoAnn Sanditz – Vice-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.
Patricia Allen – Chair, Impact
Patricia Allen retired from AT&T after many years in middle management. Most recently she has served on the board of a non-profit organization that seeks to end incarceration in families, with a focus on maintaining relationships between mothers and their children.
Marianne Baer – Co-Chair, Membership
An artist, Marianne has been active in the St. Louis art scene since the 1980s. She has been president of a nonprofit that helps integrate summer camps and has chaired many fundraisers for Sherwood Forest Camp. She is also a volunteer with various other organizations.
Pamela Lee – At Large
Pamela Lee has owned and operated a women’s hair replacement business for 40 years. She volunteers as a coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training and trains people for adventure hikes in U.S. national parks.
Barb Bindler – At Large
Barb Bindler is a retired high school teacher who was born and raised in University City, MO and graduate of Washington University. She has enjoyed a lifetime of volunteer service and continues to touch many in the St. Louis environment, from the Jewish Federation, JCCA, The Miriam School, and Washington University. She and her husband, Dan, enjoy spending time with their two daughters and their four grandchildren who live in St. Louis and Las Vegas.
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 Garrison – President-Elect and Chair, Technology
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.
Jacqueline Byrne – Vice-Chair, Technology
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.
Lee Anne Quatrano – Co-Chair, Education
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.
Caroli Young – Co-Chair, Communications/Marketing
Caroli Young owns N2it Marketing Solutions, a full-service digital agency. As a board member for an international nonprofit, she has traveled to Ethiopia to help establish orphanages, feeding programs for the malnourished and safe homes for girls rescued from human trafficking.
Gwendolyn Wesley – Chair, Nominating and Co-Chair Advisory
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.
Shirley Richey – At Large
Shirley Richey retired as a Senior Contracting and Acquisition Manager from National GeoSpatial-Intelligence Agency. She has served as a Board member and volunteer in various capacities for various St. Louis nonprofit organizations including A.S.K. Ministries, Almost Home, CASA, Friends to Mom, Help One Student to Succeed (HOSTS), and tutor for St. Louis Public Schools.
Kathryn Frost – Co-Chair, Communications/Marketing
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.
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.
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.
Vicki Sheehan – WCGN 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.
Amy Conard – At Large
Amy Conard is a 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.
Ellen Schapiro – Vice-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).
Teresa Buehler – Vice-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.