The team at Launch St. Louis

Originally serving as the Young Friends of Gilda for Gilda’s Club St. Louis, we created Launch St. Louis to address a need we found prevalent in the St. Louis market – a source for the knowledge, resources and energy needed to create “young friends” groups. Our team was assembled to be extremely diverse – making us a well-rounded advisor. Take a moment to meet Launch St. Louis.

Launch St. Louis Executive Committee

 Katie Mauschbaugh, Chairperson

Katie Mauschbaugh is proud to call herself a native St. Louisan. Her work in Community Relations at Enterprise Holdings has fueled her passion for St. Louis and the incredible network of nonprofits that call it home. Katie joined Launch as a committee member in the Fall of 2017 to help other young professionals find the causes important to them. Forever on a quest to find the best toasted ravioli in St. Louis, Katie can often be found trying new restaurants throughout the area. She also enjoys Cardinals games, cooking, and evenings on her patio with her husband Matt and dog Huckleberry.


 Katie Holtgrave, Treasurer

Katie grew up in a small town on the Illinois side but now resides in downtown St. Louis. She works as a forensic accountant at Anders CPAs + Advisors and volunteers her time on a few Young Friends boards including Epworth’s YF board and the Young Friends of Downtown STL, Inc. Katie loves staying connected in the community and likes to check out local restaurants, local music scenes, and everything St. Louis sports. She enjoys being active by playing in soccer and sand volleyball leagues and by exploring new countries, cities, and cultures – making a point to take multiple trips a year.


Launch St. Louis Board

Paul VandenElzen

Paul VandenElzen, Community Programs

Paul is a Lead Research Analyst and Project Manager at Avant Marketing Group. In addition to his work with Launch St. Louis, Paul is an avid volunteer and Board member with the Young Friends of the APA. When he is not conducting market research he can be found backpacking, kayaking and camping through-out the Midwest.


 Derek May, External Relations

Derek grew up outside a small town in southern Illinois and has been proud to call himself a St. Louis resident since 2013. Derek currently serves as the Director of Philanthropy for the St. Louis Area Foodbank, bringing with him a passion for food access and nutrition.  Derek joined Launch as an education committee member in 2017 to inspire and connect younger generations to causes they have a passion for.  Outside of work, Derek enjoys volunteering with other community organizations, playing volleyball, and hiking local trails.


 Liz Rolf

Liz Rolf is a Public Health Research Coordinator in the James Lab at Washington University School of Medicine, where she analyzes data, builds community networks, and helps design and execute public health interventions. A St. Louis native, Liz joined the 18 Month Partnership Committee in Fall 2016 to help local nonprofits grow and retain their talent pool. In addition to sitting on Launch’s Board, Liz also chairs the Sponsorship Committee of the Humane Society of Missouri’s Young Friends Board and serves on both the YWCA’s Walk-A-Mile Committee and the YWCA Young Ambassadors Recruitment Committee. In her (rare) free time, Liz can usually be found taking a class of some kind, at a local music or art show, or playing with her rescue dogs, Suko and Winston.


 Chelsea Hawk, MBA

Chelsea Hawk, MBA is the administrative assistant to the Chief Medical Officer at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. She is also the program coordinator for their yearly USDA sponsored summer lunch program “Lunch to Grow” and most recently helped stand up their outpatient Telehealth program amid the COVID 19 outbreak. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and volunteering at The Combat Air Museum, helping restore vintage aircraft. She has been a part of LaunchSTL since January 2020.

Launch St. Louis Alumni

Jeanne Kaufmann

Stinson LLP

Zarrin Lilani


Duncan McFarlane

Professional Fundraiser

Emily Gavilsky

Emily Anna Events

Steve Bauer


Ariel Zhang

North Highland Worldwide

Alex Roberts


Jonathan Goldford

Wired Impact

Beth Casagrand

Global Hack

Julie Mann

Operation Food Search

Jill Lewin

Washington University

Michelle Kilper

Mid America CropLife Association

Erin Willmann

Digital Marketing Specialist for Entertainment Cruise Productions

Jon Franko, Founding Board Member

Gorilla 76

Jill Mantey

Communications Consultant

Ashley Turigliatto

Director of Development at Pujols Family Foundation

Joe Sullivan, Founding Board Member

Gorilla 76

Tim McFarlin

Fellow, Legal Method & Communication Program at Elon University School of Law

Kevin Haar, Founding Board Member

Super Bright LEDs

Michelle Sinclair


Keith Goltschman

Enterprise Bank & Trust

Whitney Vredenburgh

Valent Corporation

Yvette LeGear Hartsfield, Founding Board Member

St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation

Michael Hart, Founding Board Member

Isle of Capri Casinos

Jen Crichton, Founding Board Member

Weber Shandwick

Joy Hennessy, Founding Board Member

Thompson Coburn, LLP

Keri Kiblinger

5 Horizons Group

Stephanie Burke

Brown Shoe

Devon Cramer

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Matthew Haywood

Krilogy Financial

Ann Davidson, Founding Board Member

Northwestern University School of Law, Office of Alumni Relations and Development

Michael Lane, Founding Board Member


Kathleen Molamphy, Founding Board Member

Bunge North America, Inc.