United 4 Children Welcomes Two New Senior Leaders, Moves One to New Role 

 ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI (May 2023) United 4 Children has welcomed two new senior leaders to the team in 2023: Deputy Director Amber Donnelly and Development Director Stephanie Null. Both are serving as part of United 4 Children’s senior leadership team with Donnelly supporting the nonprofit’s program team and Null leading fundraising and stewardship efforts.

“We are thrilled to have Amber join our team, and excited by the deep understanding she has of early childhood educator needs in the region,” Executive Director Deanna Finch said. “Stephanie brings both fundraising know-how and passion to the role. We are excited to see what they both accomplish in the year ahead.” 

Amber has worked to improve systems that impact children and families in the St. Louis Region for more than 25 years. She most recently worked at ARCHS (Area Resources for Community and Human Services) and has experience working at St. Louis Public Schools, Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe University, and Scott Air Force Base Child Development Center.

She is a graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia, Webster University, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Amber holds degrees in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Educational Technology, and Early Childhood Education. Amber resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with her husband John and daughter Amilia. There, she volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois as co-leader of her daughter’s girl scout troop.  

Stephanie Null has more than 15 years of program management and development experience in the nonprofit sector. She has consulted nonprofits in establishing their mission, programs, and funding. Prior to working for United 4 Children, she worked for Rung for Women facilitating new grants, writing proposals, and supporting administration.

She holds a Masters’s in Public Affairs from the University Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Evangel University. She currently serves on Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis’ Board of Directors as the board secretary. As a South City resident, she loves visiting area parks, going to art shows, and exploring local restaurants. 

Strategy and Operations Director Elisa Zieg formerly held the deputy director role and has transitioned to her current role. Elisa has worked at United 4 Children for 7 years in two stints. She has worked in the early childhood education non-profit space for 16 years. In her new role, Elisa will focus on United 4 Children’s community presence, team personal and professional development, relationships with external partners, the well-being of U4C’s team, and more.

“We have a complex and large program team meeting ever-evolving industry needs across the State of Missouri. By teaming up Amber Donnelly, Stephanie Null, and Elisa Zieg to provide more support to our teams and stakeholders, United 4 Children will be a stronger partner and organization,” Finch said. “The senior leadership team will work collaboratively to maximize the support we can provide our childcare partners and their children and families.” 


About United 4 Children: United 4 Children’s vision is to ensure every child has the foundation to thrive. The nonprofit’s team believes that all children deserve a strong foundation to thrive regardless of race, zip code, or ability. The United 4 Children team meets caregivers where they are to assess, train, coach, and support them with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that children feel safe, are nourished, and are nurtured with social-emotional and inclusive services. To learn more, visit united4children.org.

Media Contact: Megan Mansouri | Mansourim@united4children.org | 314-531-1412 ext. 156 


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U4C Strategy and Operations Director Elisa Zieg

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U4C Development Director Stephanie Null

U4C Development Director Stephanie Null

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