Alive and Well Ambassadors elect Steering Committees to represent them to guide the work in their communities. 

The Board of Directors guides the organization to be responsive to the priorities identified by the Ambassadors and Steering Committees.

The staff and community consultants implement the work prioritized by the Ambassadors and Steering Committees.

St. Louis Steering Committee

The Alive and Well St. Louis Steering Committee meets monthly from 3:30-5 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the O’Fallon Recreation Center. Meeting dates and locations will be posted on the Alive and Well STL calendar.

Rosetta Keeton
St. Louis Regional Health Commission

David Kessel
Employment Connections

Kaytlin Reedy-Rogier
St. Louis Integrated Health Network

Shapell Rice
Community Member

Poli Rijos
Washington University’s Institute for Public Health

Duana Russell-Thomas
Washington University School of Medicine/Occupational Therapy

Lynne Sanderson
St. Louis County Department of Public Health

Kelly Snider
Children’s Advocacy Services of St. Louis

Tamela Strayhorn
Behavioral Health Network

Terry Weiss
M.D., FACR, retired physician

Elizabeth Wright
BJC Health System/Admin Fellow

Tiffany (TY) Young
Community Member

Dr. Gladys Smith
Washington University School of Medicine/Student wellness

Claudine Allen
Confluence Charter Schools

Rochelle Bates
Confluence Academy

Sheila Bratton
CHADS Coalition for Mental Health

April Cayce
Retired Police Officer

Anthony Davis
Retired Probation and Parole Officer

Nichole Dawsey
National Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Caroline Day
Family Care Health Centers

Faye Paige Edwards
GirlTrek leader

Maggie Farrell
S. M. Wilson & Co.

Shawn Hall
Community Member

Jennifer Howard
Mental Health America

Mickey Hughes
Special School District

Rajeev John

Kansas City Steering Committee

The Alive and Well Kansas City Steering Committee meets monthly from 3-5 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month . Meeting locations vary and will be posted on the Alive and Well KC calendar.

Taylor Dunlap
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Michelle Comtois
First Call

Jacqueline Buycks
Center for Conflict Resolution

Natalina Ehlers
Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Haleigh Harrold
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault

Terry Cunningham
Coordinator of Children’s Enhancement Program, DMH/CommCare.

Gladys White
Community Education Advocate/More2/Concerned Clergy Coalition

Tracie Chauvin
East Antioch Elementary USD512

Denise Lester
Rended Heart

Gina English
Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Sydney Spears
University of Kansas-School of Social Welfare

Carolyn J. Cottrell
Brain-Wiser LLC

Molly Ticknor
Kansas City Public Schools

Michael Brooks
Zion Grove Baptist Church

Henry Hodes
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City

Kerri VanMeveren
Amazing Traditions, LLC

Beth Sarver
Breathing Room KC

Kathleen Harnish-McKune

Victoria Hammond
Linwood YMCA

Marcia Dutcher

The Board of Directors

Alive and Well Communities is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. Meeting bi-monthly, the Board directs the strategic objectives and policy of the organization.

Board Chair

Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW


Patricia Davis, LCSW


Fred Rottnek, MD

At-Large Members

Jermine Alberty, M.Div.

Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, PhD, PHR

Erica Immenschuh, LSCSW

Rikki Menn, MSL

Hakima Payne, MSN

Leslie Porth, PhD, MPH, RN

Ex-Officio Members

Jackie Buycks

Shawn Hall

Henry Hodes

Gladys Smith, PsyD

Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW

Chief Executive Officer of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network, previously served as managing director of the governor-appointed Ferguson Commission, and was the original host of the Alive and Well STL radio show

Patricia Davis, LCSW

Manager of Trauma-Informed Programs at Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City, and served as a past co-chair of Trauma Matters KC

Fred Rottnek, MD

Board certified in Addiction Medicine and Professor and Director of Community Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Rottnek also is chair of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission’s Provider Services Advisory Board

Jermine Alberty, M.Div.

Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., Rev. Alberty is a National Trainer of Mental Health First Aid and is a Mental Health Cultural Competency trainer, as well as the executive director of the faith-based nonprofit, Pathways to Promise

Jacqueline Buycks

Restorative Justice Coordinator and Mediator at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Kansas City, working to create healthier schools and communities, and co-chair of the Alive and Well Kansas City Steering Committee

Shawn Hall

Founder of a non-profit A Better Tomorrow, focusing on community and youth engagement programming. He has significant experience with Mental Health First Aid and is actively engaged in other community building activities, including serving as an elected co-chair of the Alive and Well St. Louis Steering Committee.

Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, PhD, PHR

Superintendent at the School District of University City is leading the way in creating school cultures that recognize humanization as a core pillar of student and staff success

Henry Hodes

The Community & Professional Engagement Liaison at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Henry has more than a decade of experience working with communities to create change and joins the board as co-chair of the Alive and Well KC Steering Committee

Erica Immenschuh, LSCSW

Clinical Director at CommCare in Kansas City and past co-chair of Trauma Matters KC working to promote trauma-informed approaches across the region

Rikki Menn, MSL

Vice President of Strategic Engagement at the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, and first employee of the Alive and Well STL program, setting the foundation for its growth

Hakima Payne, MSN

Executive Director at Uzazi Village, Kansas City, and national leader in addressing the inequities in birth outcomes for African-American women

Leslie Porth, PhD, MPH, RN

Senior Vice President of Strategic Quality Initiatives at the Missouri Hospital Association brings her experience in improving population health outcomes to the board

Gladys Smith, PsyD

Licensed professional counselor and registered yoga teacher, frequently working with community groups, including most recently leading Emotional Emancipation Circles at the YWCA of Metro St. Louis, and serving as an elected co-chair of the Alive and Well St. Louis Steering Committee




Jennifer Brinkmann


(314) 898-4049 ext. 700

(816) 482-3465


Alicia Brown

Program Assistant

(314) 898-4049 ext. 705



Kelsey Burns, LMSW

Coordinator of Training & Technical Assistance

(314) 898-4049 ext. 708



Denise Long

Manager of School Programs

(314) 898-4049 ext. 706



Emily Luft, MSW

Program Director

(314) 898-4049 ext. 701


Sean Marz, MA, LPC

Director of Training & Technical Assistance

(314) 898-4049 ext. 702


Vontriece McDowell, MSW

Director of Community-Based Interventions

(314) 898-4049 ext. 703


Theodore Simpson IV

Manager of Stakeholder Engagement & Activation

(314) 898-4049 ext. 704



Ave Stokes

Director of Kansas City Operations

(816) 482-3465 ext. 707




Community Consultants

Staff is supported by a team of Community Consultants who work collaboratively with neighborhood leaders and community-based organizations to address trauma and begin to heal.