Why It Was Important For Me To Get Involved With the APA posted 11/07/16


Animal welfare has always been a cause close to my heart. When I was 8 years old my family moved to a small town in rural Missouri. We lived on a secluded gravel road, which was a popular spot for people to drop off their unwanted dogs. As a child, this was a new concept to me. It had never occurred to me that anyone would want to throw away or harm animals. (more…)

Jon Franko Joins Gateway to the Future posted 10/20/16

Jon is a founding partner of Gorilla 76. Jon was named to the 2010 St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30” class and was named as one of St. Louis’ “Top Young Entrepreneurs” by the Small Business Monthly. He’s a passionate Missouri Tiger and loves to spend his spare time hunting ducks and fishing for fish. Jon is a founding board member of Launch St. Louis, Friends of Clifton Park and is a former board member for Brightside St. Louis. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. (more…)

Welcome Beth Casagrand to Gateway to the Future posted 10/20/16

Beth Casagrand is the director for Youth Leadership St. Louis and Emerging Leaders at FOCUS St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that develops leadership in St. Louis. The YLSL program is an experiential leadership program for high school juniors and Emerging Leaders is aimed at young professionals. Outside of work, Beth serves on the board for Launch St. Louis, a collaboration of St. Louis’ young professionals working to fuel a stronger St. Louis charitable community by helping nonprofits build young friends groups. She also sits on the committee for the Parkway School District Governmental Affairs and is a Mosaic Ambassador. (more…)

Keisha Mabry Joins Gateway to the Future posted 10/19/16

Keisha Mabry is an author, connector, entrepreneur, humanitarian and speaker. She spends her days helping students successfully matriculate to college via text, and her nights traveling the world teaching people how to connect. Those that know her well sum her up in seven words: Olivia Pope, Dora the Explorer and Curious George. Why? Because she likes to solve problems, ask why and dress fly. (more…)

Ryan McClure Joins Gateway to the Future posted 10/18/16

Ryan McClure is the Director of Communications for CityArchRiver Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure that the Gateway Arch, its grounds, and neighboring public space and attractions will be a vital, welcoming, well-supported resource for decades to come. McClure serves as the main spokesperson for the ongoing renovation of the Arch grounds and surrounding areas. He oversees all public information about the Foundation and CityArchRiver project including messaging, media relations, social media and web development. (more…)

Leadership in Nonprofits With Adam Kruger posted 10/17/16

Please join us in welcoming Adam Kruger to Gateway to the Future. Adam is a St. Louis native and Parkway West graduate who attended the University of Illinois, where he was an active in the Cycling team, Illini Pride, and the Finance Club. In 2009 he graduated with a degree in Finance and is now the Director of Compliance for MBM Wealth Consultants. (more…)

Welcome Rashida Dinehart to Gateway to the Future posted 10/13/16

Rashida Dinehart is proud to call herself a born and raised St. Louisan. She attended the University of Missouri where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Strategic Communications from the School of Journalism. By day she’s a Marketing Planner at Caleres, but by night she’s one part St. Louis blogger at, and one part non-profit connoisseur. (more…)

Dave Finklang Joins Gateway to the Future posted 10/12/16

Airline pilot turned CPA. In the professional World, Dave is out to help businesses and their owners focus on their lives… not their taxes and accounting. In the community, Dave is out to improve the lives and well-being of the individuals associated with the organizations he is involved with. (more…)

Meet Jonathan Goldford posted 10/10/16

Jonathan is a partner at Wired Impact, an online marketing company that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations. He also serves as the chair of the Launch St. Louis Board of Directors, striving to connect as many young professionals to the nonprofit community as possible. Jonathan is dedicated to serving nonprofits, previously volunteering on the Operation Food Search young friends board and completing a fellowship with an NGO in India. He loves anything made with chocolate or honey, the movie Shawshank Redemption and all things related to sea life. We sat down with Jonathan to ask him a few questions before Gateway to the Future, and here is what he had to say.  (more…)

Please Welcome Javania Webb to Gateway to the Future posted 10/06/16

Launch St. Louis is excited to welcome Javania Webb to Gateway to the Future. Javania believes that it is imperative that women are able to sustain life on their terms in order to provide examples for their children who are the future of America. (more…)