Our Team

College Bound’s success is the outcome of a true team effort.

Every member of our team takes responsibility for our students’ success and is committed to the core values that galvanize us toward our North Star Goals.

Leadership Team

Our leadership team, also known as the CB Cabinet, believes that their job is to facilitate the work for all of College Bound’s staff. They strive daily to make sure the staff has what they need, in order for students to have they need. They believe being both staff and student centered is fundamental to the organization’s success.

Meet our Leadership Team

WyKeshia Atkins

Director of Strategic Partnerships
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Wil Hayes

VP & Chief Program Officer

Kaleigh Lawrence

Director of Development

Milton Mitchell

Executive Director

Laisha Rowell Tyson

Director of People and Culture


Our staff is committed to our students. They’re fun, dedicated, and help our students every step of the way. No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship. They are signed on for the long haul – they will check in, nag if needed and believe in our students fiercely, imperfections and all.

Meet Our Staff

Christiney Bell

Stabilization Specialist - STLCC

Russell Brannen

12th Grade Cohort Manager

Jennifer Burris

10th Grade Cohort Manager

Angela Chanitz

Completion Manager

LaVonne Clay

Recruitment Assistant

Jennell Encizo

Mental Health Services Intern

Catherine Gottwalt

On Campus Interventionist - STLCC

Shannon Griffin

11th Grade Cohort Manager

Abbey Jarvis

11th Grade Academic Manager

Abigail Knepper

Stabilization Specialist - 11th Grade
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Andria Mantle

Development Event & Operations Manager

Kynidi Miller

Recruitment Coordinator

Kennedy Netters

Development Coordinator
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Mariah Opager

Director of Program Achievement

Grenisha Parker

Stabilization Specialist - 12th Grade

Taylor Pierce

10th Grade Cohort Manager

Claire Rone

CB@STLCC Manager

Gianna Shockley

Mental Health Services Intern

Kelly Small

Ranken Program Manager

Danielle Stange

Mental Health Services Manager

Allison Wood

Therapeutic Case Manager

AmeriCorps Members

Our AmeriCorps Members and our partnership with AmeriCorps is a crucial component to our students’ success! The service they provide is a core function of our academic success plans and supports our students receive. They play a pivotal role in the foundation of what we do.

Meet AmeriCorps Members

Brayneisha Edwards

Kaneshia Johnson

Dharma Merkle

College Prep Coach

Lucas Seibold

Lucy Teubner

Mahogany Wilson

Board of Directors

Our Board is highly engaged and supportive. Their governance and support of our strategic plan, mission and vision enables our focus to remain on our students’ advancement towards college entrance and completion. We thank them for their time, talent and treasure!

Meet Our Board

Jill Anderson

Board Member Principal - Software Infrastructure, Edward Jones

Susan Buse

Board Member Attorney

Doreen Carmichael

Secretary Community Volunteer
Tim Farquhar

Tim Farquhar

Treasurer Partner, Business Advisory Services. Rubin Brown

Jerry Fox

Board Member SVP & Chief Information Officer, BJC Healthcare

Travis Freeman

Board Member Partner, Moneta Group
Randy Grady

Randy Grady

Board Chair Attorney, Riezman Berger

Ron Henley

Board Member Community Volunteer

Dan Mandoli

Board Member EVP, UpHealth, Inc.
John Murphy

John Murphy

Vice Chair Vice President of Airports, Enterprise

Gretchen Sander

Board Member Retired Pediatrician

Brian Seiz

Board Member Community Volunteer

Patrick Smith

Board Member Vice President of Division Operations, Ameren
Julie Stern

Julie Stern

Board Member JBS Pilates
Kristin Thompson Poelker

Kristin Thompson Poelker

Board Member Financial Advisor, Renaissance Financial

Stefani Wittenauer

Board Member Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Pete Zeiser

Board Member President, Midwest BankCentre