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.
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.
Designer and Industry Relations Advisor
Director of External Affairs
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.
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.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Divisional VP, Retail Development, Michael Kors
Managing Director/Principal, Twain Financial Advisors
Founder & President, Barrett Barrera
Founder & Owner, Cheree Berry Paper
Owner & CEO, The Designing Block
President & Chief Operating Officer, Centene Corporation
VP & Director, US Bank Community Development Corporation
Founder, Lori Coulter Swimwear
Vice Provost, Washington University in St. Louis
Director, Deer Creek Foundation
Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co.
Managing Partner, SixThirty
President & CEO, Downtown STL
Founder, Jacob Laws Design
Founder, Domaine Storage
Principal, Insight Consulting, LLC
Principal, Client Strategies Group, Edward Jones
Co-Founder & Owner, Lusso
President, Aquarius Ltd.
Publisher, St. Louis Business Journal
Board Chair/President. President, Susan Sherman, Inc.
Founder & Owner, Thatcher's Fine Timeless Fabric
CFO, Ohana Foundation
Strategic Creative Consultant
Executive Director, St. Louis Development Corporation