2018 Young Leaders

This year’s class of Young Leaders includes a supervisor of more than 50 registered nurses, a contract negotiator for one of the world’s largest financial institutions, and a chemical engineer for a major pharmaceutical company.

The class also includes an international support systems project manager for Boeing’s MQ-25 Stingray Program, and even a manager of local history initiatives for the Missouri Historical Society.

What do they all have in common? They are high-performing, young African-American professionals who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are also giving back to the community.

This diverse group of 20 outstanding African-American professionals, age 40 and under, has been selected as the 2019 class of Young Leader award recipients. The awardees will be honored at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 9th annual Salute to Young Leaders Networking Awards Reception, Thursday, February 21 at the Four Seasons St. Louis Hotel.

Here’s a listing of this year’s Young Leaders:

Chiquita ‘Coach Chi’ Anderson


Prize & Shine Life Coaching/Mentoring, LLC

Crystal M. Carter

Officer, Assistant Relationship Manager Associate

U.S. Bank

Cynthia Chapple

Research and Development Chemist


April T. Cole

Director, Learning and Development


Jami Ballentine Dolby

Director of Development

Maryville University

Evan W. Fowler

Senior Program Manager

Ameren Corporation

Jeremiah Giles

MQ-25 Support Systems Project Manager

The Boeing Company

Shakia Gullette

Manager of Local History Initiatives

Missouri Historical Society

Jennifer A. Haynes

Vice President, Legal Department

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Andrew Hubbard

Product Manager

Wells Fargo Advisors

Darryl T. Jones, II

Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Dan Lester Sr.

Director of Field Diversity, Inclusion and Culture


Diana Hill Mitchell

Associate Dean for Policy & Program Analysis

The Graduate School

Washington University in St. Louis

Cletra Peters, Ed.D

Director of Internal Operations, Liaison to the Board of Regents

Office of the President

Harris-Stowe State University

Ash Rohra Jr. DDS, MSD

Orthodontist and Practice Owner

Olive Orthodontics - Your Smile Specialist

Dominique Scott

Principal Operations Quality Engineer

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Shar Smith

Buyer/Contract Negotiator

Edward Jones

Ana Stringfellow

Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

Felicia R. Williams


Thompson Coburn LLP

Nytilia Young MHA, BSN, RN

Team Leader 2 North Telemetry/Oncology

DePaul Hospital SSM

Tickets for the 9th Annual Salute to Young Leaders Networking Awards Reception, 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, February 21st at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, visit stlamerican.com, or contact Kate Daniel at 314-289-5413, kdaniel@stlamerican.com. Tickets are $25 each.

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