Katie Magoon SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Katie Magoon is passionate about relieving the tension and time that companies spend dealing with issues that create stress in the workplace and lower productivity. Having been employed as an HR specialist with large companies such as Progressive Insurance, Commerce Bank, and Winston & Strawn, she knows first-hand the detriment of internal people struggles, leadership and training issues, and turnover.
Katie has over 20 years of in-depth and varied human resources experience. She also has extensive experience with small – mid size companies and non-profit organizations. Katie brings a strong track record of collaborating with clients to develop results-driven strategic solutions, achieving business goals, and ultimately increasing profits.
Katie’s undergraduate degrees in business and psychology, coupled with an MBA from Washington University, allow her to relate human resource strategies to the bottom line.
Kelly Dunkle is a graduate of Lindenwood University with a degree in Human Resource Management and is currently attending Webster University pursuing her Master of Arts in Management and Leadership. She is the Executive Office Manager at Cottleville Fire Protection District focusing on all aspects of HR.
Prior to CFPD, she worked 12 years at large manufacturer spending time in many areas of HR including Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, Training and Leadership Development. In the Leadership Development realm she had the opportunity to collaborate with over 300 leaders focusing on soft skill development and process improvement. She is passionate about people and creating a positive work environment through education and communication.
Tara Gregor is passionate about helping employees live a better life. As a St. Louis native, Tara is committed to work with companies in our area to elevate their employee experience. With over a decade of experience in management, Tara observed what drove employee happiness and profits. As a mother of two young children and a demanding career, Tara also experienced the struggle to sustain resiliency in her own life. Work/life balance was a phrase she heard, but not a concept she was living, not even close. Tara thought that there had to be a better way for employees to live. Thus BreakWell was born.
Companies lose valuable employees due to burnout and stress. By providing accessibility to self-care and supporting personal and professional development, companies have the ability to help their employees be resilient and live a healthier and happier life. BreakWell helps companies thrive by focusing on the individual well-being of employees.
BreakWell develops the people who grow the business.
Emily has almost two decades of experience working in higher education as a health educator, wellness coach, team manager and program developer. She directed programming for the Wellness Center at Rice University in Houston, focusing on the needs of undergraduate and graduate students.
Emily arrived at Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 to be an advocate for employee wellness. She manages the Wellness Connection team and guides the growth of strategic initiatives across every campus.
Emily enjoys dancing, reading, watching movies, eating interesting foods and watching her young son grow. She ran her first 5k at the age of 40 and is learning how to live mindfully.
Thomas is the project coordinator for Community Strong SCC as the liaison for its coalitions and action teams of subject matter experts and professionals. This role places him as an instrumental part in the research/planning, initiation, execution, and monitoring of Community Strong’s developing projects and programs. Thomas prides himself on staunch positivity and his capacity to keep projects on track by formalizing the brain pool of research/concepts towards the implementation of impactful and measurable community health interventions.
Thomas has extensive experience in small business management and has an educational background in psychology with an emphasis on research methods. This combination of skill/enthusiasm for diligent business management and mental health contributed to a scrupulous development of the Community Strong Workplace Wellness Program (CSWW).
Dr. Tiffany E. Slater is the CEO and Sr. Human Resources Consultant for HR TailorMade–a human resources consulting company specializing in helping small businesses and non-profit organizations manage and retain their best talent. The HR TailorMade team is uniquely equipped to serve as the human resource department for small organizations, provide project based support, or engage on an as needed basis for management/leadership coaching.
Tiffany has been an HR professional for over 20 years with experience in performance management, leadership development, recruiting, retention, benefits administration, conflict resolution, employee relations, labor relations, training development, training facilitation, risk management, and policy development and administration. She has experience in a variety of sectors including union and non-union, PK-12 public education, property management, manufacturing, and casino industries. Her most recent role was as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the School District of University City.
Slater obtained a PhD in Organization Development from Benedictine University in IL and a Masters of Human Resources from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She is a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional, and Myers Briggs and True Colors trainer. Along with doing work that she loves, Dr. Slater is currently serving as a member of the St. Louis Small Business Task Force. Dr. Slater has served as a board member for the Missouri Association of School Personnel Administrators, provided free HR advice to business owners (TailorMade Tuesdays) at Grace Hill Women’s Business Center, and facilitated a complimentary leadership development program for seven millennial African American women for one year.
She is a lifelong learner. Besides spending time with family and friends, one of her greatest joys is sharing her experience to inspire others to push towards and reach their highest level of achievement.
Valerie Beason, MA, LPC
Valerie Beason is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri and practices in Lake St. Louis. She earned her BS from Washington University in St. Louis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and her MA in Counseling at Lindenwood University.
Valerie has many years of experience in the corporate world and was employed at BJC Healthcare for over 22 years in physician services and SSM Behavioral Health for 4 years in Business Development. Currently, in addition to her private practice, she also serves as the resident therapist at SSM Executive Health, assessing over 1900 first responders in the metro-St. Louis area for their mental health wellness screenings.
Her style is energetic and positive, and while the bulk of her practice is first responders, she enjoys working with women, men, and couples who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, work stress, past hurts, co-dependency and/or trauma and grief. Valerie meets clients “where they are” in a safe, non-judgmental environment, and feels most everyone can benefit from a mental health check-up at some point in their lives.
Valerie is the Founder and Principal of 3D Living Center, LLC, The Coaching, Consulting and Training Advantage to Get Your Shift Together. She is an Intuitive Feedback and HeartMath® Certified Coach, specializing in Emotional Intelligence, DiSC® and Mindfulness supporting more coherent connections. She believes that honoring clear visibility of our sameness – equal to our differences – helps eliminate the tensions that stand in the way of a truly inclusive society.
Her background includes decades as the Employee Experience and Cultural Advocacy leader for a global financial institution. Her career has focused on employee engagement, inclusion and diversity, education, awareness and relationship-building. Her keen awareness of internal engagement and excavating the unspoken or unnoticed experiences of team members helps open the arena for an inclusive, diverse and highly engaged team.
Tom Duff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) brings 25 years of mental-health expertise to his role as Executive Director of Saint Louis Counseling. As a professional therapist adept in high-stress, crisis situations, he has treated numerous clients with myriad mental-health diagnoses, spanning all ages from kids to seniors.
His strengths-based, solution-focused, relationship-oriented approach to counseling and leadership, along with his solid understanding of running a small business focused on its most important priorities – customers/clients and employees – shape his management philosophy that takes the whole person into account.
Caroline Raposo is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. She is a member of the American Counseling Association of Missouri. Caroline received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University in 2014. Her career includes work as an intake counselor at the St Louis Crisis Nursery working with families in crisis. She moved to Crider Health Center (Now Compass Health) as a prevention specialist speaking in schools, and then gained experience at BJC Behavioral Health as a case manager and therapist working with clients who experienced a variety of mental health concerns.
From 2011-2019, Caroline had been a therapist at a private counseling practice in St Louis, providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy and working to help those experiencing extreme hopelessness, suicidal ideation and self-harm behaviors. Caroline received additional training in Acceptance and Commitment therapy techniques, Mindfulness techniques, and treatment options for symptoms of PTSD and developmental trauma.
Her passion now is helping clients experience freedom from the pain of the past and live a life without symptoms of trauma and anxiety. She wants her clients to develop healthy relationships and increase their self-acceptance. She specializes in a technique call Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR.
Today Caroline owns a successful private practice in Cottleville, MO named Navigation Counseling Services, serving St Charles County residents and beyond.
Drew Weber graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2011. Drew is now a partner at the Hamilton Weber law firm in St. Charles and focuses his practice on corporate, real estate and local government law matters. His clients include local governments, individuals, and business entities of all sizes and in multiple industries. In addition, Drew has presented seminars as a lecturer on various topics of interest for local governments, business associations, and other groups and has been published in various periodicals.
Drew is a member in good standing of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, and the St. Charles County Bar Association. He served as President of the St. Charles County Bar Association in 2019. In addition to his professional experience, you will find Drew actively involved in community and civic organizations.
In 2016, Streetscape Magazine named Drew as one of the Beyond the Best recipients. In recognition of his business acumen and community involvement, the St. Louis Small Business Monthly named him as one of the Top 100 St. Louisans You Should Know (2018) and one of the Top St. Charles County People to Know to Succeed in Business (2018). Finally, in 2020, the Missouri Jaycees recognized Drew as one of its Outstanding Young Missourians.
Lastly, Drew spends as much time as he can with his wife (Lindsay) and their three children (Michael, Jenna, and Joey). Drew is actively involved in his church and can be found cheering on his children at soccer games and dance recitals on the weekends.
Erica Wiley (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works as a Community Strategist and a Counselor at NCADA. In her role with NCADA, Erica helps guide coalitions, including the St. Charles County CRUSH coalition, through the Strategic Prevention Framework, which includes strategic planning, capacity building, and evaluation through data driven outcomes, all to help support substance use prevention in the St. Charles community.
Erica received her Bachelor’s in History and a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Truman State University, and later earned her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Louisville. Erica is a proponent of destigmatizing mental health issues which includes substance use/misuse.