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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.
Anne Volland – Co-Chair, Marketing
Anne Volland is Director of Philanthropy at Nurses for Newborns, raising awareness for the organizations in-home nurse visitation program, which serves thousands of babies and families in the greater STL metropolitan area. She is a humanitarian at heart and has a passionate for helping her fellow mankind. In addition to her passions reading and astronomy and history, Anne enjoys spending quality time with her 5 children.
Gretta Forrester-Gaffney – Co-Chair, Marketing
After selling her video production company three years ago Gretta Forrester-Gaffney continues to freelance as a Field Producer, but she has also taken time to engage more fully in being a community volunteer. She hopes to inform how she will reinvent herself for the next chapter, now that all three of her children have launched. Currently she volunteers as a reader for Ready Readers and sits on the board of both Ready Readers and Urban Harvest STL. When not volunteering or working, she spends time on creative endeavors or trains for open water long distance swims.
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
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
Beth Ann Riechman relocated in 2015 to St. Louis after being away for 20 years. Prior to retiring in 2013, she worked as a national sales rep for the greeting card/gift industry. Beth Ann devotes her time to volunteering for Junior League of St. Louis, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Stephens College St. Louis Alumnae Club, Beta Sigma Phi International Philanthropic Sorority. She also volunteers for Crisis Nursery, Affinia Healthcare, Operation Food Search, Gracehill, Foster Care Coalition and Adoption, Girls, Inc., Haven of Grace, Kingdom House, March of Dimes and Dress for Success.
Carroll Rodriguez – At Large
Carroll Rodriguez is retired from the Alzheimer’s Association where she served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy. She currently serves on the board of STL Village, is a commissioner on the St. Louis County Older Adult Commission, and volunteers at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
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 and Co-Chair Advisory
Kathy Frost is active with Women and the Kemper, the Women’s Society of Washington University.
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.