Katie Rahn: Executive Director
Katie Rahn is SouthSide’s Executive Director. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy.
Rahn has worked in the field of early childhood as a classroom teacher, center administrator, consultant and a college instructor. She is a member of the Governing Committee for the Regional Early Childhood Council (RECC) and chairs the RECC’s Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee. Rahn also represents both SouthSide and RECC on the Missouri Children’s Leadership Council. Finally, she is a member of IFF’s Regional Community Advisory Council.
Jackie Weaver: Program Director
Jackie has been at SouthSide since October of 2009. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, her Bachelor’s from St. Louis University in Psychology and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Jackie chose to teach at SouthSide because she wanted to be a part of a team that is passionate about providing high quality early childhood education to all children. Fun Fact: Jackie grew up on a pig farm in Southern Illinois!
Al Meyers: Controller
Al became SouthSide’s Controller in 2012. Prior to joining SouthSide Al enjoyed a career spanning more than thirty years at Anheuser-Busch in various financial accounting roles. Al has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University and earned his MBA at Xavier. Al’s family includes wife Nancy and three sons; they have lived in St Louis since 1988. Fun Fact: Al grew up as an “army brat” and got to live in several states and in Germany for five years.
Krysta Grangeno: Family Services Manager
Krysta has served as SouthSide’s Family Services Manager since 2012. Prior to coming to SouthSide, she has worked as a community organizer, working with local congregations, state representatives, and federal congressmen to affect change in laws. She also spent two years working in a Head Start program, aiding families and children. Krysta has a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Fontbonne University. Fun Fact: Krysta is one of 24 cousins ranging in ages from 29 years old to 1 years old….she is the 3rd oldest.
Cleo Fisher: Development Coordinator
Cleo has been with SouthSide since September 2015. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and French. Cleo chose to work at SouthSide because of her passion for working with children and providing high quality education to all children. Cleo’s favorite moments at SouthSide are when she gets spontaneous hugs from the kids! Fun Fact: Cleo has been a vegetarian for 10 years and rescued two dogs- who are like her children!