Young Professionals Board


The Safe Connections Young Professionals Board sets the focus and priorities for the larger membership group, using methods such as organizing and overseeing the initiatives and events of the Safe Connections Young Professionals. On that account, the board meets monthly and board members are to fill two-year terms.

Formed in 2010, the group’s purpose is to engage young professionals in raising awareness and funds in order to reduce the impact and incidence of relationship violence and sexual assault throughout the St. Louis region. Last year they raised more than $45,000 to support the education, intervention and therapy services offered through Safe Connections, as well as spread awareness among hundreds of community members about our mission and services.

In order to view information on becoming a member or serving on the Safe Connections Young Professionals Board, please contact Dani Smith at 314.646.7500 x123.

Additionally, visit the Young Professionals page to learn more about upcoming events and the benefits of membership.

Board Officers

Valerie Gaadt, Chair
Midwest Elevator Company, Inc.

Liz Bender, Vice Chair, Fundraising Committee Chair
Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Julie Turek, Secretary, Membership Engagement Committee Vice Chair
Spectrum Enterprise

Dani Smith – Treasurer + Staff Liaison
Safe Connections

Board Members

Katie Flaschar, Social Marketing Committee Chair
Husch Blackwell

Victoria Foster, Fundraising Committee Vice Chair
Renaissance Financial

Anna Heinze
PGAV Destinations

Caitlin Kerfin-Smith, Social Marketing Committee Vice Chair
Bayer

James Meinert, Membership Engagement Committee Chair
Bee Simple City Farm

Karelia S. Rajagopal
City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office

Tess Yocom
Pan Galactic Digital