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Welcome New Board Members!

Alicia Barnes, D.O., MPH, Assistant Professor, St. Louis University School of Medicine; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, Zucker Hillside Hospital; Psychiatry Resident, Cooper University Health Care; Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Master of Public Health, Temple University; active member of the Mound City Medical Association, The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association both regionally and nationally.

Julie Beattie, Community Volunteer, CASA trained advocate; active volunteer in the Kirkwood School District, Ready Readers volunteer reader; M.A. in Urban Affairs; PhD Candidate for Public Policy at t. Louis University; Coro Foundation Leadership Program Graduate.

Craig Biehle, Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, Family Forward; former work with nonprofit agencies including the United Way, Missouri Foundation for Health, and the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund; Master of Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

Gretta Forrester-Gaffney, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Ready Readers; Founder and Principle of GFG Consulting an independent consultant firm focusing on visual storytelling; Co-Founder and Director of Business Development for Hydraulic pictures; graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Creative Writing; active member of the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fun; board member, Urban Harvest STL; Ready Readers volunteer reader

Leah Frankel, MSW, LCSW, CLC. Clinical Social Worker, Lactation Professional and Educator specializing in early childhood in private practice and nonprofit organizations; teacher at Congregation Shaare Emeth and Moving Tradition’s Rosh Hodesh Groups; degrees from Indiana University in Human Development and Psychology, Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and post-master’s certificate from Wash U, among additional trainings specific to clinical interventions in childhood.

Len Jacobs, Community Volunteer; retired ExxonMobil Chemical National Accounts and District Manager; former member Loyola Academy Board; Board Member Mid-American Transplant Foundation; Member Missouri Botanical Gardens Docent Steering Committee; Missouri Botanical Gardens Host; Board Member St. Louis Reconciliation Network; Ready Readers volunteer reader.

Judy Epsten McLaughlin, Community volunteer; fitness instructor TruFusion St. Louis; substitute teacher New City School; Volunteer and Auction committee member, New City School; previous volunteer with College Bound St. Louis; Master of Education, Masters of Science in Marketing; former teacher; and work experience in marketing/public relations.