Leadership

Katie Rahn

Katie Rahn: Executive Director

Katie Rahn is the Executive Director of SouthSide Early Childhood Center in St. Louis, Missouri. SouthSide is the oldest early childhood program in the state and is widely recognized as a model for high quality and innovative programming. SouthSide is especially known for providing comprehensive early childhood education, intervention, health and family support for at-risk children. Rahn 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 especially passionate about creating systems-level change that will ensure children from disadvantaged backgrounds have access to quality early childhood services. As such, Rahn is leading the Early Childhood Action Fund, an initiative focused on increasing access to quality programming for St. Louis City’s highest need children and families. She is also a member of the statewide child well-being coalition, Kids Win Missouri, where she co-chairs the Early Childhood Priorities work group. Finally, Rahn is also a member of IFF’s Regional Community Advisory Committee.

Jackie Weaver

Jackie Weaver: Program Director

Jackie holds an associate’s in Early Childhood Education, a bachelor’s in Psychology and a master’s in Educational Psychology with a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership.

Tosha Anderson

Tosha Anderson: Controller (Contractor)

Tosha has over 11 years of experience working with non-profits as an auditor, consultant, CFO, Board Member, a fiscal chair on a United Way panel, chair of a Finance Committee, community volunteer, and donor. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she has a BSBA in Accounting from St. Louis University and an MBA from Webster University.


Krysta Grangeno

Krysta Grangeno: Family Partnership Manager

Krysta holds a bachelor’s in social work and a master’s in Nonprofit Management.

Cleo Fisher

Cleo Fisher: Development Coordinator

Cleo Fisher is a native St. Louisan, who attended Loyola University New Orleans and graduated cum laude in 2013 with a degree in Sociology. After returning to St. Louis, she began her nonprofit career as an events intern at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. In 2014, Cleo was hired for the AmeriCorps Development VISTA position at The Little Bit Foundation, a nonprofit that provides basic goods and services to St. Louis children in need. After completing her one year AmeriCorps service, Cleo joined SouthSide Early Childhood Center’s Development team. At SouthSide, her responsibilities include leading efforts in fundraising and donor cultivation, managing SouthSide’s constituent database of 9,000+ records, coordinating the extensive volunteer program, leading SouthSide’s Young Friends Organization and providing support in all areas of marketing, events management and communications.

Lindsey Noblot

Lindsey Noblot: Project Manager

Lindsey Noblot is a dynamic professional specializing in early childhood education in the St. Louis region. She believes that all children deserve equal opportunities to grow and learn in environments that foster a healthy development.  She has worked in a variety of roles advocating for children’s rights both internationally and domestically. Recently, Lindsey had the opportunity to work on the early childhood initiative, 5byAge5, set in the Normandy Schools Collaborative as well as the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council.

Lindsey holds a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Kansas in Applied Behavioral Science, concentrating on early intervention with children with autism. Following undergrad, she spent close to 3 years teaching English in China and Taiwan. Upon returning to the U.S. Lindsey entered the Peace Corps Masters International Program at Oklahoma State University and obtained a Master’s of Science in International Studies. Lindsey’s two-year Peace Corps service was spent in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco, where she taught at a local preschool and expanded her knowledge of early childhood education, community organizing, and international development.

Lindsey and her husband Drew are proud St. Louis City residents. They own and operate a small business in the historic neighborhood of Fox Park, named Flowstate.