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Introducing the 2017-18 Cohort of FOCUS Impact Fellows

Thursday, August 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
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FOCUS St. Louis® is pleased to announce the individuals selected for the 2017-18 cohort of FOCUS Impact Fellows. Launched in 2016 and now entering its second class, the program represents FOCUS’ most advanced offering and gives leaders the opportunity to work together to address a specific issue in the St. Louis region.


With generous support from the Missouri Foundation for Health, this year’s cohort will be focused on the St. Louis region’s healthcare safety net, examined through the lens of racial equity. The FOCUS Impact Fellows will work with the area's top experts and key players, gaining a deeper understanding of how the region’s healthcare safety net is structured, funded, and implemented. They will then be challenged to apply their own leadership competencies and innovative thinking to address systematic needs via a self-designed, impactful, and sustainable project. 

In addition to the knowledge gained, projects developed, and networks built, participants will gain considerable training and experience in change management, problem-solving, systems thinking, group dynamics and project management. 

“This year’s cohort brings together an impressive set of leadership talent, all with a firm conviction that healthcare is a core issue that needs to be addressed to level the playing field for all St. Louisans,” says Dr. Wally Siewert, director of the FOCUS Impact Fellows program. “I very much look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”


The cohort kicks off later this week and will carry out its work over the next 10 months. 


2017-18 FOCUS Impact Fellows


Davis L. Allen


Age at Home Care


Mandy Bowlin, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Manager

Behavioral Health Response


Mary Calzaretta

Corporate Counsel

Esse Health


Alaina Culbertson

Neighborhood Branch Administrator

St. Louis County Library


Christopher B. Dennis

Senior Advisor

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


John J. Glenn, Jr.


SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles and SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - Lake Saint Louis

Jessica K. Levy

Senior Lecturer

Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis


David Lloyd

Director, Primary Care Services

SSM Health, Cardinal Clennon Children’s Hospital


Greg Lukeman

National Development Director

The Oasis Institute


Valerie Nelson

Director of Consumer Experience & Product Operations



Dr. Steven Player

Director, Center for Diversity & Cultural Competence

Barnes Jewish Hospital

Allen Todd

Director of Partnerships & Initiatives

Health Literacy Media


Cora Faith Walker

State Representative, District 74

Missouri House of Representatives


Dara Webb

Sr. Manager Physician Services & Business Development

Missouri Baptist Medical Center


Kathy Wehrfritz

Yoga Teacher (RYT200) & Community Volunteer

Yoga Focused, LLC

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