Board of Directors


Ms. Demetris L. Butler, President

Demetris Butler is a seasoned teacher in the Special School District of St. Louis County. In her 14 years working in education, she has supported her students beyond the classroom through many community service projects. She said her current position has afforded her the opportunity to build positive relationships that provide the necessary support and resources to assist students and their families in overcoming adversity and daily challenges.

Demetris said she enjoys collaborating with a diverse group of professionals, and bringing innovative concepts to increase success and positive community engagement. A Fontbonne University graduate, she holds a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Special Education.

Ms. Kellyn Holliday, Vice President

Kellyn Holliday is a social worker, applied researcher, and program evaluator who is passionate about issues that impact low-income communities. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2014. She was awarded Outstanding Practicum Student for her research regarding mental health clients and group activity participation. In 2015, Kellyn graduated from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis with a Masters of Social Work in Community Development and a Specialization in Research. Her master thesis focused on the socio-demographic changes in Ferguson over the past 30 years. She currently works at the Housing Authority of St. Louis County (HASLC) where she conducts evaluations and best practices for the Public Housing Program.

Kellyn is also the owner of Holliday Evaluation & Consulting, LLC (HEC) which aims to help organizations maximize their service to clients. In her spare time, Kellyn enjoys reading and collecting houseplants. She is a member of the Women’s Mission Ministry at the Olivet Missionary Baptist Church. Kellyn is also a member of the Social Services Ministry of the Berean District Association.

Ms. Monnette Blue

headshotMonnette is a driven Legal Professional with 15 plus years of experience in Criminal law with a heavy concentration on death penalty cases. She is adept at multitasking and prioritizing tasks to complete projects on time and determine appropriate courses of action. Monnette is also committed to streamline processes and stays committed to growth in Criminal law.

Ms. Blue provides clear and concise information based on creative and complex research findings. She is a Mitigation Specialist accomplished in assisting high profile attorneys on more than 15 plus years successful cases. She is dedicated to maintaining professional standards and ethical work habits to produce the highest quality case content.  She creates client life story’s and assist families in locating local resources in their communities. Monnette holds a Bachelor of Science from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science from Webster University.

Ms. Monica Gamblin 


Monica Gamblin is a leading financial professional specializing in helping her clients achieve financial security and independence. She began her career in the financial services industry in 2005 with a regional brokerage firm. The Gamblin Group, LLC was formed in 2011 and she continues to serve hundreds of families in both the Dallas, Texas and Saint Louis, Missouri regions. In addition to operating an independent financial services practice, her professional experience includes working in Finance and Accounting for the Department of Defense, in the Procurement Division of SBC Communications, now AT&T, and was owner/operator of a retail cosmetics franchise.

Monica graduated from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and she has completed her graduate work at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri with a Master of Business Administration. She is currently serving as a Board Member for some notable non-profit organizations in addition to other volunteer and community service initiatives. Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, Monica currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Karla Holland


Karla Holland is an elementary school social worker in the Hazelwood School District. She has expertise in crisis intervention strategies, case management, community engagement, connecting families to resources and assisting them through the process, consultative services to students and families, and student and family advocacy. Dr. Holland is also an Educational Consultant with SmartParentsDoThis, LLC.

Karla holds a Doctorate in Education-Instructional Leadership with the emphasis in higher education and Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University.  She also holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Central Missouri State University.

Mrs. Sharnez Williams

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Sharnez Williams is an accomplished educator, teaching English Language Arts at Ritenour High School. She is also an adjunct professor at Harris Stowe State University providing instruction in English composition and literature courses. Mrs. Williams has experience with implementing core curriculum, lesson planning, and broad research-based instructional practices. She has the immense ability to assist teachers with instructional design and classroom management. She has the strong ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with students, teachers, parents and community.

Sharnez holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Arts in Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language, and was a fellow with Harvard Univserity in the areas of race, equity, and leadership in schools.

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