Meet the PROMO Staff

Steph Perkins

Steph serves as the Executive Director of PROMO and is based in PROMO’s St. Louis office. Steph first joined PROMO in 2008 and has served in many roles with the organization, including Southwest Field Organizer and Deputy Director based in Springfield, MO, where he graduated with his Bachelor’s in Sociology and Religious Studies. Originally from Kansas, Steph comes from a large family of Jewish activists and advocates and has been passionately engaged in the fight for LGBTQ equality at the local, state, and national level for more than a decade. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Freedom For All Americans, a bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Steph lives in St. Louis with his wife, Amanda. You may contact Steph at
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Alex Clardy

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 the 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
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Shira Berkowitz

Shira Berkowitz joined the PROMO team in October 2018 as the Communications Manager. Shira brings a unique collection of experience working in digital communication, arts marketing, political advocacy, and human-centered design to the position. They hold a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University of St. Louis, and is an actively exhibiting artist. As both an artist and entrepreneur, Shira is passionate about building spaces for people to gather and grow as community. They are a founding board member of MaTovu, a Jewish neighborhood center in St. Louis City; Q Jews, a social and educational organization; and Citizen Artist STL, an artist’s advocacy collective. Shira can be reached at
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Karis Agnew

Karis, PROMO’s Field Organizer based in Springfield, is originally from a small town in Iowa. Karis moved to Springfield in 2010 and proudly called Missouri home before joining the PROMO team in 2017. Karis graduated from Drury University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology focusing on power and poverty. They are thrilled to continue and grow the vital work that PROMO has accomplished in Southwest Missouri. Contact Karis at
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Tori Jameson

Tori Jameson joined PROMO in November of 2018 as the Field Organizer based out of St. Louis. Tori has lived all over the country both growing up and as an adult and has called St Louis home since early 2017. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in technology education, finishing out her degree by student teaching woodshop in a middle school. Tori holds a Master of Divinity (Mdiv 2015) degree from Andover Newton Theological School where her focus was on service in marginalized communities. Tori also serves as pastor of Lot’s Wife, a small LGBTQ Christian ministry . She lives in Tower Grove and is active in two LGBTQ  choirs – Charis and Black Tulip Chorale. Tori is proud to work to support and advocate for the rights of all LGBTQ Missourians here at PROMO. You can contact Tori at
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Dan Stewart

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, the 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
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