The People Behind MLL
As the saying goes, “it takes a village”. Let us introduce you to the women of MLL.
Board of Directors
Beth has been a small business owner for 20 years and a serial non-profit aficionado. A native of St. Louis and Mizzou grad, she held national and local leadership positions with National Charity League and Neurofibromatosis Foundation, all while raising her three service-oriented adult daughters. After tutoring at Lift for Life Academy for 3 years, Metro Leadership League grew out of Beth’s desire to do more there. Leading and serving define her.
A small business operator, Sharon and Beth Roberts have professionally partnered for 20 years. A William Jewell College business grad, Sharon balances her professional work with a lifetime of volunteer activities. She has two adult children and enjoys what she hopes is life changing work of MLL.
Lauren is one of the Board’s millennial members. She has a degree in special and elementary education and works as an Independent Living Specialist, helping individuals who have disabilities live as independently as possible. Lauren enjoys helping people to improve their lives and realize their full potential. She enjoys making a difference with MLL.
Liz brings degrees in human services and social work to the MLL Board. She has worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Head Start. Her volunteer credentials include Young Professionals of Safe Connections (domestic abuse survivor support), Stewards of Children (child sexual abuse prevention) and National Charity League. Her operating motto is “believing in the power of potential”.
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.”
Brenda is a wife, mother and consummate business professional, with computer industry experience in global and federal sales, data networking hardware, network integration and systems engineering. Pinterest, crafting, floral arranging and photography are the yin to her business yang.
Linda embodies a wide range of roles, skills and goals, from her early career in computer sales, to her current focus on family and learning about the elder care market. She loves working with young people and sees herself as a caretaker of those in need.
Beth helps organizations achieve their reputational goals. Her background in strategic planning, public affairs, issues and crisis management, and corporate social responsibility is instrumental to providing effective messaging, stakeholder relations, thought leadership, coalition building, change communications and crisis planning.
Susan is an experienced elementary educator and curriculum designer focussing on Language Arts and Character Ed. based lessons, specializing in a learning disability environment. She is passionate about kids and has a self-professed addiction for creating engaging, interest-based lessons, multisensory activities, and craftivities that encourage an environment of student participation and self-discovery.
Lynn is an educational powerhouse with a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. She has done it all, from teaching middle school and developing “Academic Advantage” (study, life & education skills curriculum), to college professorship, teaching among other topics, adolescent psychology and inclusion methods. In her spare time, she tutors and teaches English as a Second Language to families.
Amanda graduated from Saint Louis University in 2015 with a BA in Communication. She is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Amanda currently attends Webster University working toward her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership. She has worked with several different non-profits in various roles, working with students of all ages.