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Program Information

9:30-10 a.m. | Early-bird coffee and shopping

10-11 a.m. | Silent auction shopping

11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Brunch and program

12-12:30 p.m. | Together-We-Can donation drive and prize drawings

2017 Program

Featured Speaker
Cessna Winslow, Ed.D is a former client of Safe Connections and survivor. She will share her story of overcoming abuse and ultimate journey to healing. Cessna is not what you would think of as your “typical” abuse victim, dispelling many myths about how society characterizes abuse and who it happens to. Cessna is a professor at Tarleton State University in Texas, where she resides with her children.


Aisha Sultan is nationally syndicated, award-winning columnist and editor. Regular readers of the Sunday St. Louis Post Dispatch are familiar with Aisha’s family and social change column which she began writing eight years ago after roughly a decade on staff at The Post. Aisha is a friend to Safe Connections, often using her column to speak out about domestic and sexual abuse and the importance of healthy relationships at home and at school.

Together! 2017 Steering Committee


Jill Powell, MD, SLUCare Physicians and Diane Patershuk, Berkshire Hathaway Realty


Valerie Beason, Valerie Beason Counseling Services LLC
Vicki Dolan, Gershman Commercial Real Estate
Katie Flaschar, Husch Blackwell
Deb Flores, UMSL
Karen Francis, AAUW
Dawn Johnson, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale
Amy Garrison, Lucky Door
Jennifer Pridemore, Monsanto
Jean Sokora, Community Volunteer
Nancy Stiles, Feast Magazine


Susan Kidder, Executive Director
Deb Cottin, Director of Development and Marketing
Lauren Sachs, Development and Marketing Coordinator

Table Underwriters

Lauren Berry & Marilyn Berry Mary Boeger
Melinda Brenkendorff Jennifer Brinker
Deb Cottin Deb Flores
Amy Garrison Dawn Johnson
Crystal Kennedy Susan Kidder
Cheryl Kowalczyk Pam Lesser
Casey Limmer Cathy Lux
Jenny Marler  Jennifer McCarthy
Kathy KcKerny Marysa Monterubio
Shanti Parikh Diane Patershuk
Pam Peigh Nancy Petersen
Julie Praiss Jill Powell
Lynn Schenck Theresa Schwartz, MD
Eleatha Surratt, MD  Amber Tobiasz

Table Hosts

Valerie Beason Susan Block
Chanekka Buckingham & Deb Cottin Monica Conners
Kathie Davis & Bonnie Stroup Dannae Delano
Vicki Dolan Katie Flaschar
Karrie Flowers Karen Francis
Val Harris Venus Harry
Sue Lackey Ellen Mannion & Ann Schmelze
Tracy McCreery Kathy McKerny
Ellen Mannion & Ann Schmelzle Marysa Monterubio
Liz Miller & Heather Riske Pam Peigh
Jennifer Pridemore Jean Sokora
Kay Stiles

Contact Deb at 314.646.7500 x101 with any questions.