Meet the 2017 GenNext Steering Committee:
Chris, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from the University of Kentucky in May of 2016. After graduation, Chris was looking for an opportunity to explore a new city, and decided upon St. Louis as the place to begin his professional career. Chris currently works at Plancorp, a local wealth management firm, as a Financial Planning Associate. Throughout his undergraduate career, Chris was an active member of his community, and wanted to continue giving back to others upon relocating to St. Louis. His exposure to the GenNext Steering Committee originated through a service project volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, followed by the GenNext annual picnic. Chris was attracted to United Way due to the variety of organizations they support within the community and the welcoming nature of the GenNext committee members. He is looking forward to this experience and to continue developing relationships in his new home with other civic-minded individuals.
Qing is a Senior Associate Scientist at Pfizer. Qing wanted an opportunity to serve in the community and discovered GenNext through the United Way Campaign event at his work. After actively volunteering at GenNext since 2011, he’s excited to serve on the Steering Committee and become an ambassador for the organization within the community.
Katelyn moved to St. Louis to go to school at Washington University Brown School of Social Work in 2013 and graduated with a Master’s in Social Work. Katelyn has been working for VOYCE St. Louis, a United Way funded agency, for the past 3 years. She serves as the VOYCEconnect and Community Engagement Coordinator, helping individuals and families find long-term care options and conducting presentations and workshops for community members, long-term care residents, and professionals. Katelyn is passionate about the aging population and getting more individuals interested in this field. She joined GenNext after seeing first-hand the difference United Way can make on an organization by providing support through funding, training, evaluation, and more. She is excited to have the opportunity to be a part of United Way as a member of the GenNext steering committee.
Dan, originally from Springfield, Illinois, received his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University. After starting at Edward Jones in 2013, Dan learned about GenNext through Danielle Trout, another Steering Committee Member. Dan is excited to be part of such an organized and motivated group of young professionals who are passionate about serving the St. Louis community.
Adam is Associate Legal Counsel at Magellan Health in Maryland Heights, advising on transactional and healthcare legal matters. Hailing from a grain farm in Morganfield, Kentucky, he went to undergrad and got his MBA from the University of Kentucky and graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 2014 and is now a member of the Missouri and American Bar Associations. Prior to Magellan he worked in various capacities for Express Scripts, the Kentucky State Senate, and the United States House of Representatives. He got involved in GenNext to meet like-minded young professionals and find a meaningful way to give back to his adopted community and recently joined the Steering Committee to become more involved in doing so. He is an avid St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, Kentucky Wildcats, college football, and horse racing fan and loves to travel, read, go to the movies, and make new friends.
Alessandra, originally from Belleville, Illinois, graduated from Westminster College with a degree in International Business and Business Administration. Alessandra began working with Edward Jones in 2011 and currently trains new Financial Advisors. She began her involvement with GenNext through the Edward Jones corporate chapter. She is excited to work with the St. Louis GenNext Steering Committee. She enjoys GenNext because it is a great way to meet other young professionals in the community who share the same passion to give back to the community.
Daniel Hawthorne, originally from Austin, Texas, has called St. Louis home for the past two years. After receiving his M.B.A. from Saint Edward’s University in Austin, he has spent the past 5 years as a software consultant for both Dell and Dynatrace. He is a sports enthusiast and loves to travel across the globe. However, his 7-year old pitbull terrier (Rocco) isn’t a fan of his dad going to these cool destinations without him. Having been a beneficiary of community programs as an adolescent and seen the impact first-hand, his ultimate passion is to form his own social philanthropic organization within the next 5-10 years. GenNext will provide him with the foundation to be successful in this endeavor, while enabling him to make an immediate impact in the lives of St. Louisans.
Shannon McCarkel was born and raised in Belleville, Illinois and is currently a Branch Office Administrator at Edward Jones in St. Louis. In 2011, she graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Theater and Dance. Shannon has always been involved in the arts and works as a choreographer and illustrator in her spare time. She began volunteering with Gen Next in the fall of 2015 and is very excited to be a member of the Steering Committee! When Shannon is not working or volunteering, she is cheering on the Blues, Cardinals and Notre Dame with her fiancé Steve.
Hailing from Davenport, Iowa, Scott has found a home in St. Louis with the group of GenNext young professionals. The committee members have always been so welcoming to him and he hopes to be that welcoming facing for volunteers this year! Scott is apart of the Rotational Development Program at Edward Jones, helping advisors help clients achieve their financial goals. When he’s not working or volunteering, Scott can be found at the Scottrade Center watching the Blues, out at Castlewood hiking, or planning his next backpacking adventure. He is looking forward to having fun and helping other young people find a home in St. Louis by serving their community!
Lauren grew up in Waterloo, Illinois and is an Epic Certified Trainer for Mercy in St. Louis. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in Business and Communications. Lauren began her involvement with the United Way through Mercy, but she learned about GenNext through Noelle Reinhold, another Steering Committee Member. Lauren is thrilled to be part of such a great group, and she is looking forward to building friendships with others while serving the St. Louis community.
Haley was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her undergrad at the University of Missouri- Columbia (Mizzou) and now works as a Service Analyst at Edward Jones. Haley began her involvement with GenNext through the Edward Jones corporate chapter and has been actively participating in various volunteer events ever since. When Haley is not working or volunteering with GenNext she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, watching movies, and taking classes towards her pursuit to completing her MBA. She is very excited to begin her involvement in 2016 as a member of the GenNext steering committee.
Noelle grew up near the St. Louis area, and she is a marketing and communications specialist for Delta Dental of Missouri. She attended Missouri State University in Springfield, where she received her degree in marketing. After being involved in community work in college, Noelle wanted to find opportunities in the St. Louis area for volunteering and networking with other young professionals – which is why she joined GenNext. She is excited to serve on the Steering Committee and help bring others together who share a passion for giving back. Outside of work and volunteering, Noelle enjoys being active and cheering on her favorite St. Louis sports team, the Blues.
Josh has been actively involved in the St Louis Financial Services Industry since graduating from the University of Missouri in 2004. His career began with Carrolton Bank where he was a financial analyst working with commercial clients. After earning a promotion to Assistant Vice-President, Josh earned his MBA from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St Louis. While at Olin, Josh served on the MBA Advisory Board as well as the ARCH Program-dedicated to recruiting highly qualified students from the St Louis area. Josh joined US Bank as a Portfolio Manager where he works with client managers in evaluating complex borrowing relationships. He is a very active person and loves being outdoors. On any given weekend you will find him at a GenNext Service Project or enjoying one of St. Louis’ many attractions. Josh has been a highly active volunteer over the past few years and now proudly serves as a Steering Committee Member.
Julianne earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Cedar Crest College in her home state of Pennsylvania. She relocated to attend Saint Louis University for her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Behavioral Science/Health Education. Julianne is a Clinical Research Coordinator at Washington University School of Medicine where she has managed research studies on cancer, diabetes, and smoking cessation. After volunteering throughout her education, she missed giving back to her community and began volunteering with GenNext. Julianne has enjoyed the sense of community among volunteers. She looks forward to participating in additional events and meeting more young professionals during her tenure on the GenNext Steering Committee. In her spare time, she loves to visit new locales and practice Ashtanga yoga.
Danielle was born and raised in St. Louis. She went to Saint Louis University and, when she is not found volunteering at a GenNext event, spends her time cheering on the Billikens and the Blues. Danielle works at Edward Jones supporting Financial Advisors in their quest to fulfill clients’ investment needs. She began her involvement with GenNext through the Edward Jones corporate chapter and is thrilled to serve on the St. Louis GenNext steering committee this year. She is excited to help facilitate projects that help the St. Louis community and bring young professionals together.