Leadership Chesterfield 2018
Since 2002, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce has hosted Leadership Chesterfield, an eight-session leadership course that helps business and community leaders understand the issues, challenges and future plans of our city. Participants rotate through a series of daylong visits with leaders in business, government, nonprofit organizations, and education— while building lasting professional and business contacts. Our next Leadership Chesterfield class kicks off in September. Check out our website or contact the Chamber at 636-532-3399 for more information and to apply for a spot!
Meet our 2018 graduating class…
Tracy Alter is a longtime Chesterfield resident and community volunteer who devotes countless hours supporting a number of organizations, including the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce where she has been an active member for five years. Highlights of Tracy’s volunteer service with the Chamber include helping organize the breakfast and registration for our annual Pumpkin Run (which she also participates in), organizing the raffle prizes for our Casino Night, and volunteering at check-in for our fall and spring golf tournaments.
Brittany Brown is assistant director of development at Maryville University. Her areas of focus include the Kids Rock Cancer music therapy outreach program, Maryville’s Women & Leadership program, and corporate and foundation relations. Prior to joining Maryville, Brittany worked in sponsorship positions at the Saint Louis Science Center and Live Nation, where she helped facilitate the changeover from Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Brittany has served as a judge for the Parkway Stark! Incubator Pitch Competition and as a volunteer and young friend for Do the Right Thing St. Louis, The Little Bit Foundation, Kids Rock Cancer, and the Chesterfield Chamber. Brittany earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Saint Louis University. She enjoys being with her family, exploring new restaurants and listening to live music with her husband Ben.
Carlos Carter is assistant vice president and branch manager of First Bank. He has been managing the Chesterfield location since February 2018 and has over 12 years of bank management experience.
Derek Duncan is a senior digital communications specialist at Parkway School District. A 10-year Parkway veteran, his primary responsibilities include social media strategy, video production and communications within the Parkway community. Derek is a member of the Missouri and National School PR Associations. An award-winning videographer whose videos have been seen by millions worldwide, Derik is an NSPRA 35-under-35 recipient, which honors next-generation leaders. He is married, with three children, Adrianna (8), Maia (4) and Lina (1). When he’s not glued to his camera, Derek enjoys exercising, the outdoors and volunteering at Grace Church in Maryland Heights. Derek is #MizzouMade, holding a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Missouri, and a master’s degree in Communications from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Alex Fees is an Emmy Award-winning television correspondent, producer, videographer, and communications specialist who was born and raised in Union, Mo. Since December 2016, Alex has served as communications coordinator at Rockwood School District. In 2015 and 2016, Alex was a reporter and producer at KTVI Fox-2 and KPLR News-11. For 15 years, Alex freelanced as a correspondent and videographer at KSDK Newschannel 5. During that time, Alex also served as a freelance field producer for the news networks, cable networks and entertainment shows.
Brittany Clarke Fennell was named associate athletics director and senior woman administrator for Maryville University’s athletic department in July 2016. Brittany's duties include direct oversight of Maryville's NCAA Division II compliance department and its over 330 student-athletes. She is also responsible for sport-oversight of the department's 20-plus NCAA athletic programs. Her other responsibilities include student-athlete conduct liaison, overseeing of Maryville’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and serving on the university's athletics advisory committee. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan, then earned her master's in Higher Education-Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. She spent four years as the associate director of compliance at the University of Central Florida. She and her husband enjoy traveling, playing golf and volunteering.
Tom Gilliam, Jr. is a retirement income specialist at Carillon Group. His advice has helped countless boomers and retirees build a better, safer and happier retirement. Tom graduated from Saint Louis University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is an active member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and has earned his Certified Financial Planner™ certification. Carillon Group is a Chesterfield-based, family owned firm serving the St. Louis region since 1933. Tom and his wife, Molly, live in Chesterfield and enjoy spending time with their children: Molly, Katie, Cole, Tommy, Quinn and Grace.
Antoine Gray was introduced to the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce by what he calls “the world’s greatest hospital”: St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield. Antoine is an oncology healthcare administration consultant working to improve patient access and family support to cancer care. In addition to being a healthcare superhero, Antoine is one of the rock star volunteers of the Chesterfield Summer Concert series crew. When Antoine is not volunteering, he spends his time with his family at the legendary St. Louis barbecue staple Smoki O’s BBQ & Catering.
Ellen Lampe is the associate editor at Newsmagazine Network, which encompasses West Newsmagazine, distributed to West St. Louis County, and Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, distributed to St. Charles County. In addition to her role as associate editor, Ellen also covers the St. Louis County Council political beat. She joined Newsmagazine Network in September 2017, previously working at television news stations KARK4 and FOX16 in Little Rock, Ark. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Arkansas. Born and raised in St. Louis, Ellen currently resides in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood in South City. Ellen enjoys cooking, being outside, reading, spending time with her family and friends, and coaching lacrosse for Lou Fusz Athletic.
Kelly Laughlin is assistant director of ambulatory services for St. Luke’s Hospital, where she oversees clinical operations for the hospital’s eight urgent care centers, Vascular Access Center, Pediatric Care Center and Workplace Health. Kelly received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri and has 30 years of nursing experience. Her nursing career includes 13 years in critical care, flight nursing, and she was a regional educator and regional clinical director for a national air medical company. Kelly set up a national training center in Denver, CO, for flight nurses and flight paramedics. She has taught with the American Heart Association for 27 years. Kelly says she is honored to have been a part of Leadership Chesterfield and has gained a great appreciation for the Chesterfield community and talents of its leaders.
Andrea Majoros has worked for the City of Chesterfield as the business assistance coordinator for 10 years. Prior to her current position, she worked for the City of Ellisville as an assistant court administrator and before that she was an executive secretary for Anheuser-Busch Companies. Andrea is the mother of “two amazing (grown) kids.” Her daughter was married last year in Dublin, Ireland, and her son recently graduated with a chemical engineering degree from the University of Illinois. The product of a “large and loving family,” Andrea says she is “looking forward to the second half of my life!”
Kris Mehrtens is a registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional with over 20 years of experience at ACI Boland Architects, a full-service architectural firm in Chesterfield. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and mountaineering. Kris is also an adult volunteer with the local Boy Scouts council as a district commissioner along with many other positions.
Dick Mueller is managing partner at FranSelect.com. With more than 30 years’ experience as a franchise owner, a financial partner in a family franchise, and a national franchise developer for Money Mailer, Fantastic Sams and Sport Clips, Dick has worked both with the franchise buyer and seller. At FranSelect, he helps his clients choose their best match in a franchise. He also works with companies that have a business ready to be franchised. An Army veteran, Dick is a volunteer senior mentor with the Veterans Transition Forum, helping veterans choose a franchise that matches their skills, talents, experience and needs. A St. Louis native, Dick believes in the importance of community leadership and has been actively involved and held board leadership positions in organizations including: Leadership St. Louis, RCGA, Step-Up St. Louis, and St. Louis Ambassadors.
Amanda Roessler joined the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce as the member services coordinator in June 2017. She enjoys helping meet the needs of Chamber members and furthering the mission of the Chamber – to connect, learn and grow. Amanda was born and raised in St. Peters, Mo., and currently resides in St. Charles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Truman State University and has a passion for volunteering and service work. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, bartending, and finding any excuse she can to dance.
Johanna Shallenberger joined Sandberg Phoenix in 2018 as an associate in the business practice group. She brings significant experience handling public finance, real estate and construction law matters. Johanna has represented education clients, cities, counties and political subdivisions, as well as private businesses and individuals. Johanna earned her joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Washington University School of Law and the Olin Business School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is licensed to practice in Missouri and before the U.S. District Courts. In her free time, Johanna is involved with the University of Missouri-St. Louis Tritons baseball team, the Priory High School Mother’s Club and the St. Louis Prospects Baseball Club.
*Also graduating were Victor Hill III and Michael Moore.