2017 - 2018

Shelby Schagrin, Founder

Amy Inman, President

Miriam Rogers Singer, Secretary

Cathy Carney, Treasurer

Madeline Creehan, Vice Chair, Treasurer

Jane Tracy, Chair, Finance

Christine Schmiz, Chair, Communications/Marketing

Berta James, Chair, Grants

Jo Ann Sanditz, Vice Chair, Grants

Patricia Allen, Chair, Impact

Membership Chairs:

Marianne Baer, Membership Engagement

Pam Lee, Membership Events

Barbara Bindler, Membership Events

Joni Karandjeff, Membership Coordinator

Amy Garrison, Chair, Technology

Jacqueline Byrne, Vice Chair, Technology

Caroli Young, Co-Chair, Education

Lee Anne Quatrano, Co-Chair, Education

Gwendolyn Wesley, Nominating

Terri Beaty, At Large

Christy Beckmann, At Large

Marilyn Modak, At Large

Shirley Richey, At Large

Susan Block, Ex Officio

Kathy Frost, Ex Officio

Felice Joyce, Ex Officio

Shelby Schagrin, Co-Chair, Advisory

Vicki Sheehan, Co-Chair Advisory

Gwendolyn Wesley, Co-Chair Advisory




The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund 
is a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation and a 
member of the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network, 
a growing, nationwide group of almost 50 organizations similar to our 
Fund and with more than 13,000 
members altogether.

2017 - 2018 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. 


Christine Schmiz – Chair, Communications and Marketing

Chris started her own branding consultancy after working for many years as executive creative director for Nestlé Purina’s advertising agency, CheckMark Communications. She is active in various charitable causes and is a founding board member of Strange Cares, which enriches kids’ lives by helping them realize a personal dream.


Berta James - Chair, Grant

Berta James recently retired as a business consultant for Make-A-Wish America assisting Make-A-Wish chapters throughout the U.S. and is now a wish-granting volunteer for Make-A-Wish Missouri. She is also a member of the Women’s Society of Washington University.


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 - Chair, Membership Engagement

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 - Chair, Membership Events

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 - Co-Chair, Membership Events

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 - Chair, Membership Coordinator

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 - 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, Education

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.


Terri Beaty – At Large

Terri Beaty is a vice president-investments for Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. She has been a board member and volunteer for various non-profit organizations. 


Christy Beckmann - At Large

Christy Beckmann is a marketing and public affairs executive with experience in senior positions for corporations and non-profits, including the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Harris House, Monsanto Co., Solutia and Abbot Laboratories. 


Marilyn Modak - At Large

Marilyn Modak is a retired physician assistant, having worked with spine surgeons for 20 years.  She is a member of the Board of Governors of Opportunity International, a nonprofit providing micro finance to empower people around the world.  She has been a past volunteer at MedAssist, a free pharmacy serving the poor and uninsured.


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 – 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.


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.