Susan Sherman
Board Chair




Sherman has been at the center of the St. Louis arts and philanthropic scene for years helping strengthen institutions like Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Opera Theatre St. Louis, and Dance St. Louis, among others, and has now channeled her considerable talents into leading the charge at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund.

Sherman has spent over 35 years working in public relations, marketing, and special events with a broad list of local and national clients, and has garnered awards including a 2005 Visionary Award presented by Grand Center and a 2006 Woman of Achievement Award for her contributions to the arts in St. Louis. 

Her vision and energy are palpable and have propelled the SLFF into the St. Louis spotlight in a few very short years. 


Kathleen Rogers
Interim Executive Director




Rogers has been on the SLFF team for several years, serving first as a Board Member, then as CFO, and an advisor overseeing finance, operations, and strategy. Currently, she is serving as our Interim Executive Director. As a graduate of Harvard Business School and a former Bain Consultant, Rogers has experience in a wide variety of businesses, and has also been an active volunteer on several St. Louis not-for-profit boards including the St. Louis Art Museum, John Burroughs School, and City Academy.


Tania Beasley-Jolly
Designer and Industry Relations Advisor




Sara Hignite
Program Manager





Beasley-Jolly, one of the co-founders of the Fashion Fund, is a strategic consultant specializing in fashion and luxury retail with a passion for identifying and nurturing emerging design talent. An early trend spotter with a keen sensibility for what is new and next, she is a trusted source for emerging brands and has an extensive network of fashion industry contacts both locally and nationally. She led the charge in recruiting and selecting our very talented inaugural class of designers and was involved in designing our fashion and mentoring program. Prior to SLFF, Beasley-Jolly was a Marketing Director for Saks Fifth Avenue and has lived and worked in Antwerp, Belgium and Singapore.  


Hignite joined us from the Dallas Museum of Art in early April, 2017. She has extensive experience in managing arts programs and donors, and runs the programming at the Incubator including the business and fashion curriculum for our six Inaugural Designers. Additionally, Hignite runs the robust outreach and education efforts extends beyond the four walls of the Incubator to reach students, local fashion designers, artists, and the general public.


Kate Loar
Development Officer




Overseeing SLFF’s Development efforts, Kate Loar is delighted to return to Saint Louis’ creative community. Most recently based in New York City, Loar served as Manager of Individual Giving at Safe Horizon -- the nation’s largest victim services nonprofit. She was formerly a member of the Development staff of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and holds Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Cincinnati.


Sarah Hadassah Negrón
Development and Accounting Manager



Managing our growing development and finance functions, Negrón is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and brings arts administration experience from both the Regional Arts Commission and COCA. She has also performed as a dancer, actor, and improvisational movement artist throughout the St. Louis area.


DeAnna Michele Anderson
Executive Assistant and Operations Manager




Anderson joined the SLFF team in December of 2016 and is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the Incubator.  Anderson has a strong background in the arts as both a visual artist and a graduate of the Katherine Dunham Fellowship for Arts Administration at the Regional Arts Commission.





Katie Ackerman
Executive Assistant, Hill Investment Corp. 

Susan Barrett
Founder & President, Barrett Barrera 

Faith Berger
Faith Berger Art Consultants 

Cheree Berry
Founder & Owner, Cheree Berry Paper 

Susan Block
Founder & CEO, The Designing Block 

Cindy Brinkley
EVP of International Operations & Business Integration, Centene Corporation 

Lori Coulter
Founder, Lori Coulter Swimwear 

Erika Farris
Director, Corporate Accounting & Reporting, Caleres 

Michael Fischer
Program Officer, Deer Creek Foundation 

Diana Ford
Co-Owner of The Vault & Women’s Closet Exchange 

Cheri Fromm
Community Volunteer 

Jan Goldstein
Community Volunteer 

Tim Hosler
COO, Stern Brothers & Co. 

Anjali Kamra
Founder and Designer, Rungolee

Atul Kamra
Managing Partner, SixThirty

Missy Kelley
President & CEO, Downtown STL 

Phyllis Langsdorf
Community Volunteer 

Jacob Laws
Founder, Jacob Laws Design 

Marc Lazar
Founder & President, Domaine Wine Storage 

Shannon Lichti
Founder & President, Limitless Travel 

Margery Marshall
Principal, Insight Consulting, LLC 

Laura Maurice
Co-Owner of The Vault & Women’s Closet Exchange 

Kelly Peck
Vice President, Barrett Barrera 

Penny Pennington
Principal, Client Strategies Group, Edward Jones 

Dorte Probstein
Director, Projects + Gallery 

Teri Rafferty
Public Relations Manager, Neiman Marcus 

Drea Ranek
Co-Founder & Owner, Lusso

Linda Renner
Attorney in Law Offices of Thomas Green, Director of Royal Banks of Missouri

Helene Sayad
Style Editor, St. Louis Magazine

Susan Sherman
Board Chair/President
President, Susan Sherman, Inc. 

Pam Schlichter
Public Relations Consultant 

Sandy Schonwald
President, Aquarius Ltd. 

Becky Smith
Founder & Owner, Thatcher’s Fine Timeless Fabric 

Amy Soper
Community Volunteer & Women’s Rights Advocate 

Mary Ann Srenco
Community Volunteer & Arts Advocate 

Sarah Stallmann
Copywriter, Almanac
Freelance Stylist & Fashion Expert 

Mary Strauss
Co-Owner of the Fox Theatre & Fox Theatricals 

Ken Stuckenschneider
Founder, Stuckenschneider Decoration & Design 

Richard Tao
Menswear Designer 

Sharon Tucci
President, Talent Plus 

Pat Whitaker
Chair, Arcturis