WHO WE ARE


 
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Maranda Richardson, MPPA is CEO and Principal of MWR Coaching and Consulting. Mrs. Richardson earned a Masters of Public Policy with a concentration on Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Missouri St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Planning from Tennessee State University. Mrs. Richardson recently completed an approved International Coaching Federation certification from Coach Diversity in Washington, DC and is now coaching individuals to help unlock, embrace, and elevate their gifts to create their own realities. She brings over a decade of experience working to advance racial equity in the social service, philanthropic, and government field by working with organizations and in communities least served. As CEO and Principal of MWR Coaching and Consulting, Mrs. Richardson focuses on providing effective program design, community engagement, facilitation and trainings, and administration of systems and organizations.

Notable organizations that Mrs. Richardson has worked with over the years include St. Louis Integrated Health Network, Sickle Cell Association, Incarnate Word Foundation, Memphis Music Initiative, Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Missouri Foundation for Health, Washington University, Webster University, Missouri Baptist University, City of St. Louis Department of Health, and the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Mrs. Richardson has provided support to include: project management to a local group of stakeholders working to address barriers to transitional care for individuals living with sickle cell disease, designed and implements a leadership program, Black Leaders Advancing Community Change (BLACC) that provides peer to peer support, professional and leadership development, and support for black led social change to a cohort of black leaders within the local nonprofit sector, designed and facilitated a local listening session to understand barriers women and girls face to achieving economic security, provided training to increase the knowledge of nonprofit leaders in long term sustainability/strategic partnerships, designed a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework for future health related programs, and recommended and managed approximately $4.5 million to support policy related work and projects to improve the health of Missourians at a St. Louis-based health foundation.  She continues to foster and facilitate relationships and conversations with stakeholders and provide technical assistance to help strengthen nonprofits in the region.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Richardson has worked to improve the community she serves. She is a published author, an adjunct professor at Missouri Baptist University, located in St. Louis, Missouri, founder and member of Black Funders of St. Louis, a giving circle that supports the transformation of the black community in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Professionals Learning About Community, Equity and Smart Growth (PLACES) alum.  PLACES is designed as a year-long fellowship program that offers tools, knowledge, and best practices to enhance decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.  Mrs. Richardson’s experience, trainings, and certifications, have afforded her the opportunity to build skills and resources to strengthen and transform communities least served.


Monique Norfolk

Monique A. Norfolk, MPH, brings years of experience working in the social services and public health fields, both nationally and locally. Mrs. Norfolk holds a Master of Public Health from Saint Louis University School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Spanish & Honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana.  In addition to these educational accomplishments, Mrs. Norfolk is a certified grant writer, published author, and national public health professional specializing in the following:

  • Design and implementation of community needs assessments
  • Evaluation planning, development, and management
  • Community engagement
  • Group facilitation 
  • Program development
  • Project management
  • Proposal development
  • Strategic planning

Dr. Melody L. Witherspoon

Melody L. Witherspoon, Ed.D earned both a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration and a Doctorate of Education from Lindenwood University.  She has also earned a Masters of Arts in Media Communications with an emphasis in public relations from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Harris Stowe State University.  

Melody Witherspoon brings a wealth of knowledge and specializes in the following:

  • Group Facilitation
  • Project Management
  • Evaluation
  • Program Design
  • Curriculum Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Youth Focused Program Development

Lillie Jackson

Lillie Jackson, MPH earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fisk University and a Master’s in Public Health from Saint Louis University. Mrs. Jackson has worked in Emergency Preparedness for Saint Louis University and as an Epidemiologist with the City of Saint Louis Department of Health for more than a decade.  Mrs. Jackson has extensive experience analyzing data through the use of nationally recognized software including Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS). 

Mrs. Jackson is a successful public health practitioner specializing in the following:

  • Evaluation
  • Program Design
  • Community Engagement
  • Group Facilitation
  • Program Management
  • Research
  • Data Analysis

Marnée Morgan

Marnée Morgan earned her Masters of Business Management, with a concentration in Leadership and Business Development from National Louis University of Chicago, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fontbonne University.  Ms. Morgan has a certification in Leadership; Organizational Development (MACA) from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Ms. Morgan has 10+ years’ experience youth development programs, health and education for non-profit and for-profit business, with expertise in fostering relationships with communities of color, development of community engagement strategies, and development of community-based partnerships specializing in the following: 

  • Strategic Planning
  • Group Facilitation
  • Trainings: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Professional Development
  • Program development
  • Project management