SOURCE: The Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation

The Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation

February 02, 2016 11:00 ET

St. Louis Community Foundation Hires Two

Cites Enhanced Community Involvement and Growing Donor Interest

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwired - February 02, 2016) - With growing donor interest and a heightened presence in local community initiatives, the St. Louis Community Foundation hired Neosha Franklin as community engagement associate, and Tameka Herrion as scholarships manager, foundation officials announced today.

At the St. Louis Community Foundation, Franklin will assist with the foundation's community engagement activities, e.g., St. Louis Gives Day (scheduled for May 3, 2016), and oversee communications activities. Herrion will manage the Foundation's scholarship opportunities, which impact over 650 students each year, working with donors, students, and the institutions they attend.

Neosha Franklin
No stranger to the world of community foundations, Franklin joins the St. Louis Community Foundation from the Youthbridge Community Foundation where she worked for two years as a marketing service coordinator. In that capacity, she managed the marketing and advertising efforts for Youthbridge, including the foundation's digital strategy and management of its website. Franklin also assisted with client service and grant administration.

Previously, Franklin worked for the Francis Howell School District as a communications technology specialist and volunteered her time and marketing expertise to assist the St. Louis Surge women's basketball team. She also serves on the board of the Community Service Public Relations Council.

Franklin earned her master's degree in communications from Lindenwood University, and her Bachelor of Arts in communications with a minor in English from Truman State University.

Tameka Herrion
Herrion brings to the St. Louis Community Foundation more than 15-years experience in the areas of financial aid counseling, retention of at-risk populations, grant administration, and program management.

Before joining the Community Foundation, Herrion served first as coordinator and then director of TRIO Student Support Services for 10 years at Ranken Technical College. In that role, she managed operations and program compliance for the $1.2 million TRIO grant program in accordance with institutional requirements and federal, state, and local regulations. She also developed and implemented student retention strategies for the program.

Previously, she worked as an admissions counselor for the University of Missouri - St. Louis and Southeast Missouri State University.

Herrion earned both her Master of Arts in higher education administration and bachelor's degree in health management from Southeast Missouri State University.

"We are thrilled to welcome both of these talented professionals to the St. Louis Community Foundation, as we continue to experience a tremendous uptick in donor and community interest," said Amelia Bond, president and CEO of the foundation. "Adding Neosha and Tameka and their many talents will help us meet current needs and broaden our services and impact in the greater St. Louis region."

About the St. Louis Community Foundation
Since its founding in 1915 as one of the nation's first community foundations, the goal of the St. Louis Community Foundation is to increase charitable giving within the St. Louis region and expand the impact charitable dollars have on improving the quality of life in our area and beyond.

The St. Louis Community Foundation is a nonprofit foundation composed of more than 500 charitable funds with total assets of approximately $300 million. Each fund represents a unique charitable-giving partnership between an individual, family, or business and designated nonprofit recipients. In 2015, the Community Foundation, on behalf of its donors, granted more than $54 million to organizations in St. Louis and around the world. Since 1990, more than $300 million in grants have been distributed, with approximately 80% remaining in the St. Louis region. For more information about the St. Louis Community Foundation, please visit stlgives.org.

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Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Margaret Welch
    (314) 703-1215
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