Talkin’ with Ann Davidson of the Launch executive committee posted 08/16/12

Ann Davidson Launch St. LouisHow and why did you get involved with Launch?

I was a part of the original crew who sat on the Young Friends Council of the cancer non-profit Gilda’s Club St. Louis. When the idea came about to form a new organization that would promote young leadership and support cancer, it was an easy choice – I knew I wanted to be a part of this mission and help build it from the ground up. (more…)

An interview with Launch board member Jen Crichton posted 07/13/12

Jen Crichton of Launch St. LouisHow and why did you get involved in Launch?

When my mom was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in June of 2009, I coped the only way I knew how – by keeping busy. I soon became involved with the Gateway Chapter of the Colon Cancer Alliance by forming a team for their annual “Undy 5000” 5k/Fun Walk and, in the meantime, started researching other cancer-related organizations in which I could become involved. When I heard about Launch, I was instantly intrigued by its mission to empower a younger demographic, especially in a town like St. Louis that sometimes gets a bad rap for being too cliqueish. Shortly thereafter, I met with a few of the Launch board members and offered to provide PR support…and the rest is history! (more…)

An interview with Launch board member Matt Haywood posted 06/04/12

Matt Haywood of Launch St. LouisTell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in West St. Louis County. Attended SLUH and went to University of Missouri for college. I met my wife Katie at MU. She is from Kansas City and moved to St. Louis after we graduated. We got married 4 years ago and had a son, Jack, in February of 2011. Katie works in commercial real estate for Jones Lang LaSalle and I am a Financial Advisor for Krilogy Financial. I enjoy golfing, grilling, running, and spending time with Jack and Katie. (more…)

An interview with Launch board member Keith Goltschman posted 05/10/12

Keith Goltschman - board member of Launch St. LouisLaunch board member Keri Kiblinger interviews fellow board member Keith Goltschman, AKA Fred Bird.

What was your favorite cartoon growing up and why?

Donald and Scrooge Duck. Donald pushed the envelope for 90’s cartoons; everyone wore pants at the time, but he refused to conform. His Uncle Scrooge was influential in my childhood development as well. He taught me to distrust the banking system. When the market crashed, I didn’t lose money… well, except for a few of the dollars that ripped during my daily money swim. (more…)

Getting to know Launch St. Louis board member Keri Kiblinger posted 04/12/12

Keri Kiblinger Launch St. LouisWe thought we’d put a face (as well as as a super power and theme song) behind our board members – so here’s round 1. Our own Stephanie Burke interviews board member Keri Kiblinger on her background and how she decided to get involved with Launch. (more…)