2021 Leadership Class Series
“Great leaders don’t set out to be leaders. . .They set out to make a difference.”
To empower women to make an even greater impact in the world, NCJWSTL is offering our 2021 Leadership Class. This 8-session program provides each participant with the opportunity to:
- Develop her personal leadership skills for career and community impact
- Realize her personal potential by identifying skills and priorities
- Better understand NCJW structure, opportunities, and regional impact
- Build lasting connections with a multi-generational network of like-minded women
Following a class Meet & Greet on February 3rd, sessions begin Wednesday evening February 10, and meet bi-weekly thru May 5th from 6:45 - 8:30 PM, culminating with a combined graduation, NCJWSTL section awards, and officer installation on May 27, 2021.
For more information, contact Marci Ranger at (314) 993.5181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Leadership Class
Bonnie is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and received an MBA from the University of Illinois with a concentration in Finance. She spent many years working in the banking industry.
Bonnie has been an active volunteer in the Jewish community holding several positions at Congregation B’nai Amoona including Board of Directors, Investment Committee Member, and served as the chairperson of the Sisterhood Membership, Budget, and Mitzvah Committees. She has also volunteered with Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy and Crown Center.
Bonnie has been a Back to School! Store volunteer and recently joined the NCJWSTL Healing Hearts Bank as a volunteer banker.
Bonnie is an avid runner and tennis player. She loves to travel to enjoy the outdoors. She and her husband Steve have 28-year-old twins Lauren (son-in-law Chad) and Michael (finance Jackie); and daughter Rebecca (22).
Amy received her BS in education from the University of Texas; her MA in education from the University of St. Louis and FACS certification from Fontbonne College. Amy spent 30 years as an educator in the Kirkwood School District before retiring in 2016. During her tenure she was named Teacher of the Year.
Amy has chaired several committees at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), is a former JCC Board Member, current Board member of JCC Associates. She has been an active member of the Jewish Federation through the Women’s Division and Women’s Philanthropy. She has served on committees at Congregation Shaare Emeth including Mitzvah Day Co-Chair and organizing educational actives around aging and Alzheimer’s.
Amy is currently the Co-Chair of NCJWSTL Project Renewal and received the Community Service Award in 2018.
Amy is an avid crafter who loves needlepoint and knitting. She likes to read, travel and play Mahjong. Amy and her husband Steve have two sons: Richie age 30 (wife Jamie) and Tommy (29). They are expecting their first grandchild in March.
Sheri received a BS in Elementary Education /Special Education from the University of Texas, with a series of post-graduate work in education and psychology, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Sheri is an author about to publish her second book, titled “Fly”, which reflects the concept of providing both roots and wings for our children and conveys the delicate balance between holding on and letting go as they set off on their next adventure in life.
Sheri has been an active community volunteer in a broad range of areas. She is currently on the Ladue Board of Education and was a past Board Member of Aish HaTorah. She was the Co-Chair for Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy’s Hanukkah Hugs. She is past president of the Creve Coeur Neighborhood Watch and was a docent at the St. Louis Zoo. She helped bring the Non-Profit Best Buddies, whose mission is to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to Missouri.
Sheri plays tennis, golf, knits, and loves to read and travel. She is married to Barry and they have three children: Evan age 30 (wife Lauren); Corey (27) Marissa (22), and grandson Henry.
Mindy received a BA in Secondary Education with an emphasis in History and English, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Missouri St. Louis. She has been with the Parkway School District for the past 31 years, starting as a high school teacher, then as a Counselor since 2001, and is retiring at the end of this school year.
While at Parkway, Mindy started a food pantry at her school that provided weekly meals for families and also helped families access community resources such as mental health services and utility assistance. Mindy has volunteered for several projects through Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy and is active in the West County Chapter of Mom’s Demand Action. She has recently completed training for Mentors 4 College, an organization that provides free college counseling services to students.
Mindy is an avid reader and loves to travel. She and her husband Bruce enjoy trying new restaurants –Bruce has a hobby of writing reviews on FaceBook. They have two kids: son Kyle (24) and daughter Erin (21).
Hillary received her BA from the University of Texas. She has been a career marketer, specializing in branding and strategy consultation.
As a community volunteer, Hillary served as Co-Chair of the “A World of Difference” Advisory Board and Co-Chair of fundraising initiatives for the Anti-Defamation League. She has served on the Shaare Emeth Justice at the Center committee, Co-chairing the “Every Voice, Every Vote” Advocacy Committee. She is currently active on the Ladue Horton Watkins Parent Association.
Hillary has been an active member of NCJWSTL, serving on the Board and as the VP of Marketing. She has Co-Chaired the Annual Luncheon and participated on several committees including Racial Justice, Nominating, and the Back to School! Store.
Hillary has a passion for the arts and attending theater, music, and dance performances. She also loves to read and travel. She is married to Kevin and they have two sons Jake (16) and Will (13).
Debra received her BA and MBA from Lindenwood University. Throughout her career, she has specialized in communications and training. Debra is currently at Magellan Health supervising a team in Radiology Benefit Management.
Debra is the author of a book titled “Grandma Debbie, The Cradle of Life”, a memoir that chronicles the struggles in her life including the loss of her only son, and how she managed to come out of the darkness as a way to give hope to others facing similar circumstances. You can read about Debra and her book by visiting: www.Grandmadebbie.com
Debra is an active member of the community, having been involved with Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Campus YMCA at Washington University, Metro St. Louis League of Women Voters and the St. Louis Chapter of Drifters, Inc. Debra also conducts workshops on interview skills and resume writing.
She enjoys writing, speaking, dancing, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends. Debra is married to Gelhaar Lee and is grandmother to Gary and great Grandmother to Gary Romeo III.
Gina earned a BS in Marketing from Southwest Missouri State and began a career in sales and marketing working for such notable companies as Xerox, MetPath Labs, Proctor & Gamble, and Glaxco SmithKline. After working with the nonprofit Girls in the Know as a program participant, volunteer, and speaker, Gina became their Executive Director in 2012. Girls in the Know has a mission to inspire and empower preteen girls to make healthy and confident decisions. Under Gina’s leadership, the organization has experienced immense growth in both revenue and the number of girls served.
Gina participates in many volunteer efforts that include the Archdiocese of St. Louis, speaking, and developing parenting workshops.
She enjoys spending time with her kids, nature, reading, and baking. Gina and husband Dave have three children: daughters Lauren (23) and Olivia (21) and son Jake (17).
Heather earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Speech Communications and a dual Master’s Degree in reading and Special Education from Hofstra University. She is currently a Special Ed teacher in the Ferguson Florissant School District.
Heather has been an active volunteer at Congregations Shaare Emeth. She served on the Tzedakah Committee and volunteer coordinator for their Purim Carnival. She planned parent education events at the Shirlee Green preschool and more recently has been involved in their Sweet Celebrations.
Heather has been a volunteer at the NCJW Back to School! Store.
Heather enjoys cooking and traveling to visit out of town family. She and her husband Brian have twin boys Jordan and Max (14).
Dana received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her JD from St. Louis University.
Dana is a licensed attorney and currently serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri and is a founding member of the Planned Parenthood St. Louis Leadership Circle. She is on the Board of ACLU-MO and of Coeur Academy, which is a school that helps students with special needs achieve their goals. She serves on the Advisory Board of Its Starts Today Missouri, a crowd-funded political initiative to support Missouri’s Democratic State legislative nominees and Progress Women, which is a collection of community leaders formed to help empower women for equality, justice, civil rights. Dana is a founding member of Access MO, a Missouri state-wide political action committee that supports candidates who publicly embrace and advocate for reproductive healthcare and freedom. Dana is a graduate of FOCUS Leadership St. Louis and Washington University's Women's Leadership Forum.
Dana was the Co-Chair of the 2020 NCJW Celebrating Women Event, honoring Senator Claire McCaskill, and has been a volunteer at the Back to School Store.
Dana enjoys traveling, baking, hiking, and walking with friends. She and her husband Barry have two sons: Ethan (17) and Levi (15).
Randee received her BA from Indiana University and her JD from the DePaul College of Law. She is a career litigator specializing in insurance defense work.
Randee was active on the Incarnate Word PTO and Board of Education. She volunteered with the Boy Scouts while her three boys were active in the scouts. She has served on several Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy Committees. Through the St. Louis Bar Association, she has been an active volunteer in their Read Across American program, reading to children at schools in St. Louis City. She has also participated in their food drives.
Randee had volunteered at the NCJW Back to School! Store and the Resale Shop.
Randee and her husband Tom enjoy exploring places that are “off the beaten path”. They have three sons: Thomas (24) and twins Matthew and Patrick (24).
Vicki received her BA in Religion from Dartmouth College and her M.A. in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Vicki has held a range of Board and volunteer leadership positions in the community including St. Louis Jewish Light Board and Development Co-Chair; National Women’s Philanthropy Board; Jewish Federation WP Chair and Major Gifts Chair; Treasurer of Access MO; Clayton Wydown Middle School PTO Co-President. She participated in Project Otzma, a yearlong community service fellowship in Israel.
Vicki loves to learn and enjoys reading, politics, and traveling. She and her husband Barry have two kids: daughter Daphne (21) and son Leo (19).
February 3, 2021 - Meet & Greet
Meet your cohort class and get to know NCJWSTL from the inside out!
February 10, 2021 - Dynamics of Leadership
Gain insight into various leadership styles and perspectives. Develop effective decision-making strategies to accomplish goals and explore the strengths and skillsets that define a leader.
February 24, 2021 - Communication for Leaders
Discover effective communication techniques for women in leadership. Learn about the strategies and tools to deliver your organization or company message to your target audience(s).
March 10, 2021 - Maintaining Your Sanity
Learn the de-stressing techniques that will help you re-charge, re-focus, and bring joy into your life during stressful times.
March 24, 2021 - A Taste of Leadership Coaching
Learn the basics of leadership coaching to bring out the best in others. Together we’ll explore how to find coachable moments, identify values that motivate, build confidence, identify options, and deepen commitments.
April 7, 2021 - Navigating Difficult Conversations
Do a deep dive into your personality traits and how to utilize your strengths to navigate difficult conversations with others to achieve positive outcomes.
April 21, 2021 - Community Interactions
Participate in a workshop on trauma-informed interactions creating a better understanding of the impact that trauma may have on our work with constituents of NCJW.
May 5, 2021 - Advocacy
Discover ways you can get involved and advocate for yourself, women, children, and families on a public policy level.
May 27, 2021 - Graduation