OUR TEAM

Leadership Team

Deanna Finch

Deanna Finch

Executive Director

Ext. 147 | finchd@united4children.org 

Deanna Finch is the executive director of United 4 Children, which serves more than 34,000 children, families, and child care providers each year. She leads the nonprofit’s team as they advance their vision to ensure that every child has the foundation to thrive. Before becoming executive director, Deanna worked as the organization’s development officer and event director and previously served on the United 4 Children’s board of directors. Deanna has more than a decade of experience in business development and nonprofit leadership. Deanna is an alumna of FOCUS St. Louis cohorts, Women in Leadership #75 and Leadership St. Louis #48. She is passionate about improving the health and well-being of children and families across Missouri. 

Rhonda Lingard

Rhonda Lingard

Operations and Wellbeing Director

Ext. 119 | lingardr@united4children.org 

Rhonda Lingard has over 25 years of progressive professional experience in corporate, non-profit operations, and higher education. Lingard has dedicated her professional pursuits and life’s journey to engaging with community initiatives in the St. Louis region. Prior to joining United 4 Children, Rhonda provided leadership as the operations manager for CASA of St. Louis. She currently serves as an advisory board committee member for Harris-Stowe State University Anheuser-Busch School of Business, and Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition’s RESPOND Program. Lingard’s engagement with each underscores her passion for education, business excellence, and the well-being of vulnerable individuals within the community.

Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Harris-Stowe State University, a Masters in Adult and Higher Education, and a certification in Student Affairs Administration and Leadership both from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lingard is also a Doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she is on the cusp of earning her doctorate degree in Educational Practice.  

Senior Managers

Amy Dickson

Amy Dickson

Senior Manager of Regional Initiatives

Ext. 186 | dicksona@united4children.org 

Amy is an ardent advocate for the transformative power of early childhood education.  Her vision as an early childhood professional is to lay a strong foundation supporting every child.  She is deeply committed to establishing solid partnerships with coworkers, families and caregivers. Amy has spent her professional career living this vision across many diverse organizations. Her work has encompassed program creation, including historically underrepresented, early intervention, and home visiting programs, curriculum development, as well educational leadership.  A strong believer in reflective supervision, Amy supports fellow educators to excel in their roles.  She fosters a collaborative and growth-oriented atmosphere that encourages continuous improvement and innovation, elevating the quality of early childhood education for all.  Outside of work, Amy enjoys cooking, gardening, and taking advantage of everything that St. Louis has to offer.  

Krysta Grangeno

Krysta Grangeno

Senior Manager of State Initiatives

Ext. 113 | grangenok@united4children.org 

Meet Krysta Grangeno, a trailblazer driven by a passion for authenticity, empowerment, and values. With a Bachelor’s in Social Work in hand, Krysta wasted no time diving into a community organizing internship through the Center for Community Change. Following graduation, she wholeheartedly embraced her role in the local affiliate of the Gamaliel Network, collaborating with church leaders to build bridges with immigrant communities, develop leaders, and influence national-level policies.  Recognizing that long-lasting change requires a profound understanding of organizational systems, Krysta pursued and achieved her Master’s in Nonprofit Management.

In her roles as an Operations Director, Chief of Staff, and now as an Early Care and Education Resource and Referral Senior Manager, Krysta continues to serve both nonprofit and for-profit organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. Her expertise extends to facilitating focus groups and leadership programs, operations, DEI, and program development. Through these endeavors, she tirelessly advocates for systemic change, addressing inequities, and creating opportunities for people to shine.

Coaching Team

Bridgit Gale

Bridgit Gale

Coaching Manager HB

Ext. 131 | Email

Amy Dunnegan

Amy Dunnegan

Coaching Specialist (Lead)

Ext. 185 | Email

 

Brittney Wilson

Brittney Wilson

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 158 | Email

Michelle Herrera

Michelle Herrera

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 182 | Email

 

Dana Luster

Dana Luster

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 148 | Email 

 

Kelly Ford

Kelly Ford

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 157 | Email

 

Jennifer Saitz

Jennifer Saitz

Coaching Manager (IT)

Ext. 181 | Email  

Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill

Coaching Specialist (Lead)

Ext. 124 | Email

Melissa Casteel

Melissa Casteel

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 149 | Email 

Katherine Effinger

Katherine Effinger

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 114 | Email 

 

Ellen Cadwell

Ellen Cadwell

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 187 | Email 

 

Mishana Nicole Arnold

Mishana Nicole Arnold

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 135 | Email

Kim Dunn

Kim Dunn

PAQ Infant-Toddler Coaching Specialist

Ext. 141 | Email  

 

Brittany Mischeaux

Brittany Mischeaux

Coaching Manager (PS-PAQ)

Ext. 137 | Email 

Katelyn Brown

Katelyn Brown

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 120 | Email  

 

Shanika McGee

Shanika McGee

Coaching Specialist (PAQ)

Ext. 183 | Email 

 

Nikia Brown

Nikia Brown

Coaching Manager (PS)

Ext. 138 | Email  

 

Muzhda Siddiqui

Muzhda Siddiqui

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 123 | Email  

Shineka Young

Shineka Young

Coaching Specialist

Ext. 102 | Email  

 

Duran Harris

Duran Harris

PAQ Coordinator

Ext. 118 | Email 

Early Care Resource & Referral

Stacey Sartin

Stacey Sartin

Community Leader Coordinator

Ext. 173 | Email 

Rashaan Bush

Rashaan Bush

Community Engagement & Support Manager

Ext. 130 | Email  

Gabrielle Loftin

Gabrielle Loftin

Community Support Specialist (Lead)

Ext. 132 | Email

 

Darlene Ross

Darlene Ross

Community Support Specialist

Ext. 133 | Email 

 

Ebony Conway

Ebony Conway

Community Support Specialist

Ext. 127 | Email 

 

Asia McKenzie

Asia McKenzie

Community Support Specialist

Ext. 134 | Email 

 

Operations

Kristin Hoffmann

Kristin Hoffmann

Accounting Specialist

Ext. 110 | Email 

Quality Assurance + Data

Kelly Hantak

Kelly Hantak

Research and Data Manager

Ext. 126 | Email  

Evaluation Team

Anita Stover

Anita Stover

Evaluation Manager

Ext. 122 | Email  

Lilian Blanchard

Lilian Blanchard

Evaluation Specialist (Lead)

Ext. 143 | Email  

Holly Shelby

Holly Shelby

Evaluation Specialist

Ext. 164 | Email  

Christine Verduzco

Christine Verduzco

Evaluation Specialist

Ext. 161 | Email  

Mary Bernal

Mary Bernal

Evaluation Specialist

Ext. 165 | Email  

Barry Gale

Barry Gale

Evaluation Specialist

Ext. 166 | Email

Lakeisha Jones

Lakeisha Jones

Evaluation Specialist

Ext. 142 | Email   

Erica Vaughn

Erica Vaughn

Evaluation Specialist

Ext. 136 | Email  

Education Team

Ann Cunningham

Ann Cunningham

Education Manager

Ext. 128 | Email 

Adrienne Humphries

Adrienne Humphries

Education Specialist

Ext. 184 | Email

Ami Clancy

Ami Clancy

Education Specialist

Ext. 107 | Email 

Sarah Grissom

Sarah Grissom

Education Specialist

Ext. 172 | Email 

Angela Clark

Angela Clark

Education Specialist

Ext. 170 | Email 

Kathy Gleich-Krus

Kathy Gleich-Krus

Education Specialist

Ext. 171 | Email

Christina Davis

Christina Davis

Education Specialist

Ext. 108 | Email

Inclusion Team

Becky Strickfaden

Becky Strickfaden

Inclusion Services Manager

Ext. 117 | Email 

Abby Sites

Abby Sites

Inclusion Services Specialist

Ext. 153 | Email  

Christine Pogue

Christine Pogue

Inclusion Services Specialist

Ext. 160 | Email

Meghan Joris

Meghan Joris

Inclusion Services Specialist

Ext. 155 | Email 

Tammy Wilkes

Tammy Wilkes

Inclusion Services Specialist

Ext. 154 | Email  

 

Nutrition Team

Christy Frazier

Christy Frazier

Nutrition Services Manager

Ext. 129 | Email 

Charlotte Barthelemy

Charlotte Barthelemy

Nutrition Services Specialist (Lead)

Ext. 116 | Email

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith

Nutrition Services Specialist

Ext. 144 | Email 

Rhonda Rubinstein

Rhonda Rubinstein

Nutrition Services Specialist

Ext. 111 | Email  

Development & Marketing Team

Gary Lowder

Gary Lowder

Marketing Specialist

Ext. 189 | Email  

 

Christina Cathcart

Christina Cathcart

Development Coordinator

Ext. 167 | Email  

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