Steph joined PROMO as the Southwest Field Organizer in 2008 and was the Deputy Director from 2011-2015. In the fall of 2015, Steph accepted the position of Interim Director of PROMO. In February of 2016 Steph accepted the position of Executive Director of PROMO.>Originally from Overland Park, KS, Steph comes from a large, Jewish family who are also active in their communities. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Religious Studies from Missouri State University, where he was active in student organizations and with the administration on campus. Steph now lives in St. Louis with his wife, Amanda. You may contact Steph at Steph@PROMOonline.org.
Katie Stuckenschneider, PROMO’s Communication Director, started at PROMO in 2012 with years of digital media experience. She is a lover and believer of organizing communities through digital media. Katie received an English degree from the University of Missouri in Saint Louis. Katie is an experienced content creator, analytics converter, and pusher of the digital media realm. When not measuring traffic to PROMO’s website, Katie enjoys hiking, biking, reading, and all things app related. You may contact Katie at Katie@PROMOonline.org.
Elizabeth Fuchs, Manager of Public Policy, started in the spring of 2016 with over 15 years of experience working in St. Louis’ LGBTQQIAA community. Born and raised in the beautiful city of St. Louis, Elizabeth obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. While a student, Elizabeth interned with then, SAGE Metro St. Louis now, SAGE of PROMO Fund, and upon graduation began employment at St. Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA). At EFA, Elizabeth worked closely with local organizations and state officials to examine how questions about gender are being asked at the state in relationship to the lack of HIV prevalence data for people who are living with HIV and identify as transgender. Her research is informing best practices for asking a two-part gender question, which she presented at the first Transgender Spectrum Conference in St. Louis and the 27th Annual HIV/AIDS and Social Work conference in New Orleans. Elizabeth’s is a passionate social justice practitioner, and proud to be in this role exploring the intersectionalities in life that effect our community members…all of us. She calls Soulard her home, Kristen Goodman her loving fiancé, and Frida and Saffron her for-legged children. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Alex joined PROMO in March 2016 as Development Manager. She brings eight years of fundraising experience from working on political campaigns and a civil rights non-profit. Alex grew up as a minority in rural Mid-Missouri which influenced her life ambition to promote diversity and equality for all humans. She believes strongly in PROMO’s mission and is thrilled to be living back in St. Louis to help PROMO make a positive difference in Missouri. Alex graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Wisconsin – Madison and received her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Spertus Institute in Chicago. She loves animals and enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling. You can contact Alex at Alex@PROMOonline.org.
Mandi, PROMO’s St. Louis Field Organizer, joined PROMO in March 2017. She has spent the last five years working and volunteering with community nutrition programs throughout the St. Louis area. Mandi earned her BA in Sociology with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL). She is excited to continue PROMO’s rich dialogue with LGBT citizens and allies in St. Louis and throughout the state. In her spare time she can be found at farmers markets, in her kitchen baking, or roaming the streets of South City with her four-legged best friend Ludwig. Her dream celebrity dinner party would include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maya Angelou, and Anderson Cooper. You can email Mandi at Mandi@PROMOonline.org.
Karis, PROMO’s Springfield Organizer, is originally from a small town in Iowa. Karis moved to Springfield in 2010 and now calls Missouri home. Karis graduates from Drury University in May of 2017 with a bachelor’s in sociology focusing in power and poverty. At Drury, Karis led LGBT events, trainings, and worked with administrators to create inclusive campus policies and programming. Karis is thrilled to continue and grow the vital work that PROMO has accomplished in Southwest Missouri. Contact Karis at Karis@PROMOonline.org.
Dan Stewart joined PROMO in April 2017 as Program Coordinator of SAGE of PROMO fund. Through his experience with working in the aging field, researching older adults and advocating on behalf of marginalized communities he brings a unique connection of experiences. Originally from Texas, Dan found his way to St. Louis and has called it home for the past 10 years. Dan received a Bachelor’s in psychology from Saint Louis University (SLU), a Master’s of Science in Gerontology from University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), and is currently working on his Doctorate in Social Work from SLU. His research focuses on health care access among LGBTQ older adults and dementia interventions. He presents nationally on his work. While a Master’s student, Dan interned at SAGE Metro St. Louis (now SAGE of PROMO Fund) working under the direction of Sherrill Wayland where he developed a guide on residents’ rights for transgender older adults seeking long term care placement. He is passionate in educating members of the LGBT community, aging community, and beyond on the importance of supporting, advocating, and educating on behalf of Missouri’s older LGBT adults. He, his wife Hannah, and their pets (Bogey, Honey, and Bowski) happily live in Tower Grove East. You may contact Dan at dan@PROMOonline.org.