Our Staff - STL Youth Jobs
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Our Staff

Our Staff

Hillary Frey 

– Executive Director

Hillary provides overall strategic direction, coordinates community outreach for cohesive system development, and facilitates communication and alignment among partnering organizations in order to further develop and improve employment opportunities for St. Louis youth.

Prior to joining STL Youth Jobs, Hillary served as coordinator for the Policy Forum at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, an initiative responsible for advancing evidence-based public policy through an active program of education, discourse and research. In this position, she was responsible for the development and management of programming and events, building external partnerships, and collaborations and developing strategic engagement opportunities to foster the connection between academia and civic life. Hillary also previously held roles as the Public Policy Director for Parents as Teachers and Director of Communications and Advocacy for the Missouri Charter Public School Association. She began her career as an education and children’s policy advisor for Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.

Hillary received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in business administration from University of Missouri-St. Louis. She resides in St. Louis city with her husband and two sons.

First Job: Lifeguard
Valuable Takeaway: Time management. Learning to prioritize a summer job while balancing other commitments.

Contact her at hillary@stlyouthjobs.org or 314.499.8176.

Jerica Robinson 

– Director of Partnerships & Impact

Jerica is responsible for managing the network of partners implementing the STL Youth Jobs’ service model. She provides oversight and ensures that all partners are held accountable to STL Youth Jobs’ standard of high-quality program implementation.

Prior to this position, Jerica served as Lead Job Coach then as Program Coordinator within MERS Goodwill Industries’ STL Youth Jobs partnership. Jerica is truly excited about this growth opportunity and ability to serve youth in a different but meaningful and expanded capacity.

She is a firm believer that it takes a village to raise our young people. Jerica experienced this first hand while growing up in her local YMCA where she was later employed as the Camp Director. The YMCA is a place where she matured and gained long-lasting relationships that supported her personal and professional growth. The Monsanto Family YMCA will always be her home away from home.

Jerica received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University. She loves her St. Louis community. Her personal mission is to better our community one day at a time.

First Job: Monsanto Family YMCA, Hub Attendant
Valuable Takeaways: Teamwork, communication skills, and flexibility.

Amanda Kissel 

– Partnerships & Impact Manager

Amanda assists the Director of Partnerships & Impact in maintaining relationships with our program providers. Amanda also assists in program development, recruiting youth, and advocating for opportunities available through the STL Youth Jobs network.

Amanda has worked with STL Youth Jobs since 2017 as a practicum student at MERS Goodwill Industries. She loved working with and impacting the lives of young people and returned every summer while in school to continue to serve. After years of clinical social work experience and direct work with clients, she is excited for the opportunity to work in a program administrative role. Amanda’s advice to young people is to take every opportunity that is in front of you because you never know where it will lead you. You never know who you will meet and what you will learn along the way.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Fontbonne University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and has a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University. Shortly after, Amanda got married and welcomed her first baby girl into the world who is the light of her life. She also has a fur baby named Daisy. Outside of her love for serving young people and spending time with her family, Amanda loves to enjoy the outdoors, watch Discovery+, remodel and refurbish used items and furniture, complete house projects, and spend time with friends.

First job: Serendipity Beyond Design
Valuable takeaways: Learning how to save money. I, like most kids, wanted to spend it on clothes or items that everyone had at the time. Working for my own money really helped teach me the responsibility that goes with saving and spending money wisely.

Lindsey Forsythe 

– Director of Employer Relations

Lindsey is responsible for the implementation of STL Youth Jobs’ employer relations model, which includes fostering relationships with current and prospective employers, while also being responsive to regional labor market and educational trends. She ensures youth participants are connected to opportunities that support their success and growth.

Prior to joining STL Youth Jobs, Lindsey worked as a Project Manager for LUME Institute’s Workforce Development Program. In that role, she oversaw all aspects of LUME’s Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program, which placed unemployed and underemployed workers on a career pathway in early childhood education. Lindsey has also worked as an American Graduate Project Manager at the Nine Network of Public Media and on a variety of community and economic development projects as a social work practicum student. She developed a passion for community development while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nkurenkuru, Namibia.

Lindsey received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a master’s degree in social work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in the City of St. Louis with her husband, Scott, and their three sons.

First Job: Long John Silver’s/A&W
Valuable Takeaway: “If there’s time to lean, there’s time to clean!”

Shani Warren 

– Employer Relations Manager

Shani assists the Employer Relations Director in fostering relationships with current and prospective STL Youth Job employer partners. Additionally, Shani assists with recruitment of new employers to create more access to diverse career opportunities for the youth we serve.

In 2019, Shani worked as an STL Youth Jobs Lead Job Coach at MERS Goodwill Industries. She most loved providing one-on-one mentorship through goal setting and weekly check-ins to help each young person realize their worth and full potential. Shani has also worked in advocacy roles for Division of Youth Services and Head Start, serving families with young adults and children. She provided mentorship and connected clients with community agencies and access to local resources.

Shani earned a bachelor’s degree in educational studies from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She lives in North county with her husband and two children. They enjoy spending time together as a family eating at new restaurants, traveling, and watching movies.

Shani truly believes that every young person in St. Louis has the ability to reach their greatest potential and systems of support to help them realize this. STL Youth Jobs is a system doing exactly that, and that is why she is proud to work for this organization.

First Job: South City YMCA. Camp counselor, swim instructor, and lifeguard.
Valuable Takeaway: Time management, people skills, and the importance of precise communication.

Xiá Simmons 

– Development Manager

Xiá works to maintain and cultivate lasting relationships with current and prospective donors to accomplish important mission goals and substantially grow the organization.

Xiá began her nonprofit career as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2013, working through Mission: St Louis as a Program Assistant placed at an organization that served women with mental illness and substance use disorders.

She first worked with STL Youth Jobs as a Job Coach and Lead Job Coach between 2015 – 2018, working one-on-one to support youth in reaching their personal, educational, and career goals. Prior to returning to STL Youth Jobs, Xiá worked as coordinator of Health Information Services and Data Analyst for the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and also an Admissions Advisor for St Louis Community College – Forest Park.

Xiá earned both a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public policy administration from University of Missouri-St. Louis. Through her education and work experience, Xiá believes that youth are our future; therefore, it is important to invest in theirs. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to STL Youth Jobs, a place she considers home.

First Job: Jamestown 14 Cine, Concessions Team Member
Valuable Takeaways: Customer service and time management.

Camille Hogan 

– Marketing Manager

Camille is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of STL Youth Jobs’ communications and marketing activities used to increase awareness and public support. She also oversees media relations and event activities.

Previously, Camille was a business consultant, primarily serving as a grant writer for agriculture clients seeking federal and state funding. She was also in marketing and sales for reusable grocery bags at a California manufacturer. Additionally, Camille was a practicum student at Incarnate Word Foundation and focused on grant programming and community relationship building in St. Louis. Camille developed a passion for human service agencies at a young age and has worked closely with resource centers for unhoused individuals and Boys & Girls Clubs. Camille was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa working on community development through female education support and maternal health.

Camille has a bachelor’s degree in English and nonprofit leadership from Seattle University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. A native to northern California, she has a true appreciation for St. Louis’s charm, architecture, and hospitality.

First Job: Old Navy
Valuable Takeaway: Customer service. Always track down an answer to the customer’s question.