A Red Circle

Staff

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Meet the faces of A Red Circle!

Staff

Erica R. Williams, MBA – Founder & Executive Director

Erica R Williams holds a BA in Paralegal Studies and an MBA, both from Maryville University. She is working on her PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, with a concentration on policy analysis.

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* is a St. Louis Master Gardener,
* Chairs MOCAN – Missouri Council on Activity and Nutrition and is a member of the Food Systems Work Group for same.
* led a Peer Circle for Executive Directors of Color for Winrock International’s Food Systems Leadership Network,
* sits on the Youth Ed & Development committee of Kids Win Missouri and participates in HomeGrown Stl,  
* is a member of the Nine Network Community Advisory Board; and
* the recipient of several awards from local entities.

When not working for A Red Circle, Erica is on the Board of Directors for Kids Win Missouri and Propel Kitchens, and on the Community Advisory Board for Refuge and Restoration Nonprofit Organization in Ferguson, Missouri.

Suzanne Whitman, BA – Director of Development

Suzanne Whitman started working with A Red Circle in August of 2019 as a volunteer grant writer.  She joined A Red Circle as Development Director in September 2021.  Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Education Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and worked for 13 years at MasterCard International, where she was a technical writer and manager.  Suzanne is fluent in French and Spanish, with facility in Danish and German.  In her free time, she loves to do Buddhist meditation, read, and run.

Christopher Willcox, MSW – Mutual Aid & Policy Associate

Chris Willcox joined A Red Circle in July, 2021.  Prior to that he worked with StL Mutual Aid on securing resources for clients.  He obtained his Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Nicholas Williams – Mutual Aid Assistant

Nicholas Williams is a 2020 graduate of McCluer Senior High School.  He is an avid gamer and enjoys playing his clarinet. 

Elizabeth Joseph – Executive Assistant

Elizabeth Joseph joined A Red Circle in June 2021 as an Environmental Studies intern through Washington University in St. Louis. She is a third-year student majoring in psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience and minoring in writing. She enjoys poetry and old Bollywood.

LaTanya Ivy – Program Coordinator for Healthy Moms and Babies

LaTanya Ivy has been a member of St Mutual Aid since March of 2020. She also is a member of RUNG for Women. She holds professional licenses in CNA and CMT. She is also a recent graduate of the Savvy Coders bootcamp. She joined A Red Circle in September 2021 as the Healthy Mom and Babies coordinator. She is very passionate about helping and caring for people. She is a mother of one very intelligent daughter that keeps her on her toes.

Jacquelyn Randle – Program Coordinator for Virtual Parent Café

Jacquelyn Randle has 17 years of experience in the Early Education field, holding a BA in Early Education and MO Directors Certification. She has been a parent advocate for early education with several advocacy groups in the St. Louis region and currently provide views from both the parent and educator standpoint on 3 different boards in the region and 1 fellowship. Jacquelyn knew from an early age that she wanted to create positive change in the education field and has always fought for quality and equitable education opportunities for students.

Sandra Callier – Education Advocacy Director

Sandra Callier is a three-time published indie-author, speaker, advocate, facilitator, minister, community volunteer and a logophile. Sandra has spent the better part of her life as a public servant, state social worker in the North County Region and educator in Ferguson-Florissant School district for middle and high school students. Her passion in assisting families/children in crisis.

Tamar Brown – Education Advocacy Co-Director

Tamar Brown is Co-Director of Education Advocacy for A Red Circle.  She is an experienced nonprofit practitioner, community leader and organizer. Tamar also runs a consultant business specializing in nonprofit organizing, capacity building and resource management.  In her spare time, she co-owns a youth sports organization with her husband and is a board member for a youth football league.  Most importantly, she is a dedicated Christian wife and mother.

Cynthia Veal – Education Advocacy Associate

Cynthia Veal is a lifelong educator, who recently retired after 33 years  of teaching. Cynthia has a passion for shaping the leaders of the future and impacting the lives of every student she comes in contact with. When Cynthia is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, traveling, and reading.

Jessica Johnson – Arts Coordinator

Jessica D. Johnson is the Arts Coordinator for A Red Circle. She has served in multiple volunteer positions for A Red Circle since its beginning in 2017 and was made Arts Coordinator in 2019. Using her skills and abilities in art, music, and creativity, she directs programs, projects, and events with community engagement at the center. Visit the Arts page to learn more!

Gary Johnson, MA – Good Food Strategist

 

Gary Johnson is the Good Food Strategist for A Red Circle. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Harris-Stowe University and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Southeast Missouri State University. Currently, Gary is a City Councilman for Jennings Ward 3. Formerly, he was an educator for 12 years. Gary cares about healthy food access and equity and intergenerational agricultural practices. 

Daria Keys, AA – Good Food Organizer

Daria’s background is in research and community development. She hopes the skills she learned while working for AmeriCorps will make her an asset to A Red Circle so she can continue to make a positive impact on North County. 

Antajuan Adams, Sr. – Farm Supervisor

Farmer Antajuan Adams Sr. born and raised in North City St. Louis, MO. He loves to spread knowledge and empowerment of farming and raising poultry. He believes that growing or participating in growing your own food is the best way to create positive and sustainable mental/physical health. Antajuan uses his skills to grow food to bring awareness to food insecurity and land justice issues and policies.

Board of Directors

LaKeisha Griffin, MSW

 

Interest: Healthy Food Access & Racial Equality

Employment: Northside Community Housing Inc.

 

Roderick Gilliam

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Interest: Community Outreach

Employment: Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Dr. Destiny Reddick, Ed.D

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Interest: Education Equity

Employment: Normandy Schools Collaborative

Charles Johnson

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Interest: Community Development

Employment: AT&T

Jerome Carroll

 

 

Interest: Community Building and Holistic Living

Employment: Veteran’s Administration

Dr. Keisha Windham, D.P.A., M.P.P.A.

 

Interest: Holistic Living

Employment: Washington University School of Medicine


Advisory Council

Vincent Collins

M. Michelle Wilbret

LaSaundra Hagans

Sarah Willey, MA, CFRE, SMS

Nancy Harcar

Lisa Adams

Erica Davis

Craig Bardo

Kristen Wagner, PhD, MSW

Betsy Sinclair, PhD