Sha'Neco Fennoy, Program Manager
Sha’Neco Fennoy, an epidemiologist, has decades of experience in public health, with a focus on public administration, communications, and community advocacy. Her broad range of experiences include program development, community board advisory roles and cultural competency programs within international and domestic settings. Fennoy participates in various community health initiatives through Washington University, and has also been involved in government sector projects in Kuwait, Iraq and Dubai. Prior to becoming program manager for Raising St. Louis in 2017, she was an assistant director for Youth, Family and Clinical Services for Better Family Life, Incorporated, where she developed public health initiatives and programs for some of the most underserved communities in St. Louis and the Metro East.
A graduate of Grambling State University with a degree in kinesiology, she holds master degrees in public health and public administration from Texas Southern University. Her specific interest is in family and child health inequities and how social support and their networks could be employed to improve these disparities.
Crystal Fowler, Supervisor Data
Crystal Fowler has been a member of the Raising St. Louis team since 2014 and values the opportunity to serve children and families in the St. Louis area. Her past experiences with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Urban Behavioral HealthCare Institute and Voices for Children have been invaluable as she continues to work to do what’s right for children.
Joelle Blakley, Parent Educator Supervisor
Joelle Blakley earned a master’s degree in social work from Washington University, and a bachelor’s in human development and family science from the University of Missouri. Her focus on the well-being of children and their families has also included researching family structures within minority populations. Raising St. Louis programs align with her interests to improve the social, psychological, and biological development of young children. Future goals are to not only write literature about family dynamics, but also develop her own school to increase academic achievements and the social and economic successes of low-income minority families.
LaDora Armstrong, Parent Educator
LaDora Armstrong joined the Raising St. Louis team in November 2016. She brings three years of experience with the Special School District of St. Louis County, and prior to that, two years with the YWCA Head Start program. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in sports management, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human resource management. She looks forward to continuing to partner with parents “to help them reach and break barriers in their child’s development,” she says.
Nickie Chapman, Parent Educator
Nickie Chapman has worked in childcare for 15 years, as a director in a childcare center, a lead teacher and a teacher assistance with the YWCA Head Start program. She has also worked as a lead teacher at Grace Hill Head Start. Working with children is her passion. “Now that I have put so much time in working with children, I thought I would take a step back and give some time to helping parents understand the importance of child development,” she said. She holds a bachelor degree in child development and a Master of Education degree. She began working with Raising St. Louis on November 28, 2016.
Rachel Cramsey, Social Worker
Rachel Cramsey moved to St. Louis from Quincy, Illinois, to attend graduate school and found a new home and a career that sustains her. She earned a Master of Social Work Degree from Saint Louis University in 2011 and a clinical social work license in 2015. From 2012-2015, she was a trauma and transplant social worker at Barnes-Jewish Hospital before taking a job serving families impacted by addiction and incarceration. She was hired as a social worker for Raising St. Louis in September 2019. Cramsey says she enjoys the team and community-based structure of the program which allows for a better opportunity to know and work one-on-one with families. The program’s in-home visits (or another client preferred location) enhances relationship-building, which is a key to success, she says. “With so many demands, I can give the parent a safe space to share their struggles and focus on them for just a bit.” Offering stress management and mental health support is a critical component of the program. When not working, Cramsey enjoys running, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the U.S. women’s national soccer team.
Sarah Huck, Parent Educator
Sarah Huck joined the Raising St. Louis team as a Parent Educator in January 2020. She came to the program with a master’s degree in deaf education from Washington University in 2013, and a bachelor’s in human development and child studies from Stephens College in 2010. After teaching children with disabilities and working with their families, Huck realized the need and importance of providing children and their families with greater resources and skilled support to help them thrive. She received doula, specialized perinatal and newborn training, and additional newborn specialist certifications through Parenting Resources in 2019. Sarah believes all parents and parents-to-be benefit from programs like Raising St. Louis that offer opportunities to be educated, supported and guided as they navigate parenthood.
Richard “Ricky” Hughes, Community Health Worker
Richard “Ricky” Hughes joined the Raising St. Louis team in March 2019. He brings more than five years of experience as a community engagement specialist, teen pregnancy educator, and after-school lead in the Normandy and Saint Louis Public Schools districts. As a St. Louis native, he knows first-hand the economic and social conditions that affect disparities in health care. These realities inspire his mission and drive to serve the community in ways that will improve access to resources and to better health care. He is studying organizational leadership and technology at Saint Louis University. In his spare time, he enjoys creative outlets such as videography, music, and relishes spending time with his wife and three children.
Cameron Johnson, Community Health Worker
Cameron Johnson joined Raising St. Louis as a community health worker in November 2018. He was previously a teacher’s assistant with Great Circle, an agency that provides behavioral health services for children and families. His scope of experiences span from behavior health, to community outreach, health education and disease prevention. A bachelor’s degree in exercise and movement science was earned through Missouri State University; and he anticipates completing a master’s degree in health promotion and wellness management in December 2019. One of his passions is to promote urban gardens for better access to fresh fruits and vegetables within the urban core.
Gena Stringer, Community Health Worker
Gena Stringer was first introduced to the Raising St. Louis program as a client; and thereby, knows first-hand the level of support the program can offer mothers, children and the whole family unit. She now brings that knowledge as a Community Health Worker to help other families. Stringer has an earned educational psychology degree from Lincoln University; she is pursuing a master’s in public administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her work experiences include lead teacher for the YMCA Child Development Center in Jefferson City, Missouri; student support worker for the Pattonville School District’s Early Childhood Program; and most recently, foster care manager for Epworth Children and Family Services. She says she'll use her decade of experiences to help parents connect with the resources that will give their children better opportunities to excel.
Laurie Watson, Parent Educator
Prior to joining the Raising St. Louis team in 2015, Laurie Watson worked eight years for the SIUE Head Start program as a parent educator in East St. Louis, Illinois. She is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in child development.
Maya Wedlow, Community Health Coordinator
Maya Wedlow joined Raising St. Louis in August 2018 as a Community Health Worker and was promoted to Community Health Coordinator in December 2019. Originally, from Villa Ridge, Missouri, she brings to the position an earned bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the program, Wedlow was a therapist for children with autism at Fraser, Minnesota’s nationally recognized provider of autism and early childhood mental health services. At Behavior Solutions, in St. Charles, Mo., she was a registered behavior technician who practiced Applied Behavior Analysis therapies for youth with autism. Wedlow's coordinator role will help ensure the delivery of Raising St. Louis' more holistic approach in helping families reach their goals and bridge health and social disparity gaps.
Steven Williams Jr., Community Health Worker
Steven Williams Jr. is a native St. Louisan who has more than 20 years of experience working with organizations that advance the health, social and economic stability of under-served populations. He has an associate’s degree in early childhood education and joined the Raising St. Louis team in October 2018. He is an accomplished musician and singer who has traveled throughout the country performing in theatrical productions. His greatest accomplishments, he says, are being a husband and father of two beautiful daughters.