8th Grade Coaches & Aides
Each week of the school year these talented and passionate women mentor, teach and guide 8th grade young women.
Professionally, Lori is a business development group leader at a local community-focused engineering firm. Outside of work, she serves on an education board, as a mentor for the Give 30 program and as a fire auxiliary chaplain. While she excels professionally, service is the overarching theme of her life.
Heidi is an award-winning reporter for KSDK and ksdk.com, who enjoys focusing on positive St. Louis news. She hosts the 10 a.m. Show Me St. Louis show and does a weekly “Hey Heidi” segment to answer viewers’ questions. In and outside the TV station, Heidi enjoys St. Louis and wants to make it a better place to live.
Paula combines 30 years in the engineering industry with the soft side of raising daughters. It was in the “raising” that she saw how her girls gained comfort, courage and praise from the outside validation of others. She wants to be that validation for other girls.
Laura’s professional experience focuses on special events, communications and donor relations with American Red Cross, St. Louis Zoo and Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation. Her volunteer focus has been in religious education. She enjoys travel, creative writing and good coffee. Her motto is “what better time than now.”
From her career as a certified retirement planning consultant, to spiritual retreat planning and book clubs, the thread of Anne’s life is one of interpersonal associations and helping others achieve their goals. Her work with Metro Leadership League is a natural outgrowth of her parish volunteer responsibilities.
Katrina brings deep education in learning differences and education theory to her position as an 8th grade coach. Professionally she coordinates therapy for young ones with Missouri First Steps. Young people are her passion; she is especially fond of her seven godchildren.
Marcia brings a lifetime of professional and technology experience to her role as a coach. From small teams to those in the thousands, she provides leadership by creating an environment for employees to excel in their careers. She balances work with yard tinkering, bird watching, bike rides and golf.
Chris started her adult life in engineering and business school, quickly pivoting to caretaker and volunteering. She combines a multitude of long-term volunteering and tutoring gigs with a passion for animals. She comes from a family of teachers. “You have to believe in yourself” is her guiding principle.
Kara’s youth helps her build mentor relationships with 9th grade young women. With her degree in psychology/sociology and professional work at Missouri’s First Step program, she combines a caring heart with academic understanding of human development.
Active and involved are two words describing Brandie. Chef/owner of Nosh, she serves up lunch-specific catering and is culinary instructor for Dierbergs School of Cooking. When not in a kitchen, she gardens, plays tennis and travels. The lack of adult mentors during her growing up, compels her involvement with MLL’s young women.
As principal and owner of her Hart Engineering, Paula’s experience spans transportation engineering, site development, utility design and asset management. She is involved with the Engineer’s Club of St. Louis and the American Public Works Association. Education is another focus of Paula’s volunteer time: at her children’s school and at Metro Leadership League.
Mary Anne raised four amazing children while working for 22 years at Spectrum Healthcare Resources. Now that she has retired, as a Senior Vice President of Operations, she fills her heart and her time with her 3 grandchildren….and with the amazing young women in Metro Leadership League. Mary Ann is combining her talent and professionalism with her passion for supporting young ladies by leading and coaching in the new 8th grade class for the 2017-18 school year. She and her husband of 36 years are great supporters of their community!
“I learned from my coach that if I work hard on my goals, I can accomplish them. And I will.”
– 8th Grade MLL Member
“Working with amazing young women to help them realize their potential as leaders in their families, their schools, and their communities. Helping them identify and capitalize on opportunities that come their way. Hopefully, inspiring them to do their best and live their lives to the fullest.”
– Paula Grahlherr, Coach
“MLL means that all young women are 3 things: Loved, Valued and Important.”
– Anne Quade, Coach