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.
Talore Gray, Community Health Coordinator
Talore Gray joined Raising St. Louis as the Community Health Coordinator in February 2018, shortly after completing the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s internship program hosted at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She hold a master’s degree in public health, with a health policy and management concentration; and a bachelor’s in exercise science. Prior to joining the program, she worked for a health care system in Massachusetts while completing an evaluation of a program for minority male youths within a school setting. Her thesis focused on access to health care for vulnerable populations. Gray says her primary goals are to help close the racial health disparity gap in the St. Louis region and to increase access to resources that could help enable families to achieve their personal goals.
Crystal Fowler, Supervisor
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.
Mavis Aboagye, Parent Educator
Mavis Aboagye comes to the Raising St. Louis program with a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in public health. She recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with Raising St. Louis and previously worked for Safety Street, another program under St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Child Health Advocacy and Outreach umbrella.
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.
Roniesha Black, Parent Educator
Parent Educator Roniesha Black earned a bachelor’s degree in human environmental studies with an emphasis in child development and a minor in family studies from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010. In 2016, she joined the Raising St. Louis team. Prior to that, her five-year tenure with the YWCA Head Start program included roles of a teacher and prenatal service worker.
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.>
Roy Harris, Parent Educator
Roy Harris is a St Louis native and a 2003 Normandy High School graduate. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend Arkansas State University where he received a degree in health promotion. Through Webster University, he earned a master’s degree in both health administration and nonprofit leadership. Prior to joining Raising St. Louis in 2016, he worked as a teen pregnancy prevention specialist, a community engagement specialist and an after-school program site coordinator. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and step-daughter, taking trips shopping and trying new restaurants.
Brooke Nicks, Parent Educator
Brooke Nicks earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in gerontology from Lindenwood University. She started with the Raising St. Louis team in February 2017. Prior to joining Raising St. Louis, she was employed for six years with the Department of Social Services for the state of Missouri.
Shameka Shelby, Parent Educator
Shameka Shelby understands the Raising St. Louis program in a very personal way. She was a program participant prior to joining the team in September 2016. She previously worked as a teacher at Agape Child Development Center and as a permanent substitute teacher for Saint Louis Public Schools. Shelby graduated with honors from Harris-Stowe State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She says: “I can say a lot about the program, but most importantly, I can say it changed my life!”
Katie Sorbel, Parent Educator
Katie Sorbel earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and a certification in trauma studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2011. She has many years of experience working in the fields of mental health, foster care case management, child education, and with homeless populations. She started working with the Raising St. Louis program in May 2016. She especially enjoys being a part of a family’s journey with their child and partnering with them to be their child’s most influential teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys fostering animals through a local shelter and volunteering at adoption events on Saturdays.
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.
Tanya D. Perry, Social Worker
Tanya Perry, a clinical social worker, has a passion for the health, growth, and development of children, mothers and their families. Prior to joining the team in 2015, Perry was a therapist with Lutheran Family and Children’s Services and specialized in mental disorders, interrelation issues and trauma. Perry earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Additionally, she holds minor psychology and sociology degrees, and certificates in women’s and trauma studies. She is currently pursuing an MBA from Webster University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new places, domestically and internationally. And as a single mother, she is experiencing the delight of two college-aged daughters.