We are driven by the real and incredible opportunity to have a hand in reshaping the future. We put our aspirations of equity into action by advocating for opportunity—by helping children who have been disadvantaged by society or circumstance unleash their potential.
Katie Rahn is SouthSide’s Executive Director. 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. She is 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.
In her free time, Katie loves spending time with her family and friends, including her husband and their two boys.
Jackie Weaver is the Program Director at SouthSide. Jackie holds a Bachelor's in Psychology from Saint Louis University, a Master's in Educational Psychology and a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.
As SouthSide’s Program Director, Jackie oversees, collaborates with and provides feedback to all teachers and Program Leadership staff. She also oversees all compliance in relation to licensing, Head Start and Accreditation as well as implements outcomes tracking and analysis for the program. Jackie has almost 15 years’ experience working with at-risk children in the city of St. Louis, in a variety of settings, 8 of those years working in Head Start/Early Head Start. Prior to coming to SouthSide, Jackie spent time working in after-school programs in North St. Louis with elementary and high school students. At SouthSide, Jackie found her love for working in early childhood. Jackie was a classroom teacher for 5 years before taking on the role of Program Director. When not at SouthSide, she spends time with her family and loves being outside with her 2 boys.
Family Partnership Director
Krysta Grangeno is the Family Partnership Director at SouthSide Early Childhood Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Krysta holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from St. Louis University and a Master's in Non-Profit Management from Fontbonne University.
Krysta has over 10 years of experience working with diverse populations in the St. Louis region, with over seven of those working in Head Start/Early Head Start. After graduating from St. Louis University, Krysta worked as a community organizer and organized local congregations to participate in actions around the issues of immigration reform and transportation. She not only traveled to Washington DC and Jefferson City to meet with elected officials about these topics, she also worked with local constituents and immigrant youth to develop their leadership capabilities. After 2 years of working as a community organizer, Krysta began working in Head Start/Early Head Start where she found her passion. She is passionate about working with parents to expand their knowledge, skill sets and advocacy capabilities in order to positively engage in their child’s education. This includes providing support, education and resources to reduce parental stressors that interfere with creating a positive relationship with their children, which is crucial in building the brain connections needed to succeed. When Krysta is not at work implementing new programs for parents, providing case management support, or analyzing outcomes, she loves to spend time with her two young daughters and husband exploring the city and attending festivals and events.
Cleo Fisher Zundel
Cleo Zundel is SouthSide’s Development Director. Cleo is a native St. Louisan, who attended Loyola University New Orleans and graduated 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.
In her free time, Cleo loves spending time with her family and her 2 rescue dogs.
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.
Monica Jestes is the Office Manager. Monica has an Associate Degree from Florissant Valley Community College in General Studies, with a focus in Early Childhood Education. Monica has been employed at SouthSide Early Childhood Center for 32 years. She was a teacher at SouthSide for 11 years, working in classrooms with children ages 2 through 5. Monica collaborated with the St. Louis Public Schools to run the Parents As Teachers program at SouthSide for several years. Prior to joining SouthSide, Monica worked for 6 years at the St. Louis Special School District. When not at SouthSide, Monica spends time with her family enjoying the outdoors.
Tosha Anderson is a non-profit enthusiast who has committed her career to working with hundreds of non-profit organizations. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's in Accounting and a Master's in Business Administration; she is also a Certified Public Accountant. Tosha has spent over 15 years working with and for non-profits in many ways, including an auditor, a CFO, a board member, and a volunteer before starting her own accounting firm specific to non-profits, The Charity CFO, LLC.
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