The COCA Associate Board

COCA's Mission - Enriching lives and building community through the arts.

COCA Associate Board - The COCA Associate Board is a group of motivated, philanthropic professionals who have an interest in engaging the St. Louis community in the arts.

Purpose Statement - The purpose of the Associate Board is to increase awareness and understanding of COCA’s mission and build participation and support for its programs and services.

Member Expectations:

  • Pay Membership dues of $500 per year (all COCA Annual Fund donation benefits at the $500 Patron level apply).
  • Attend each one of four quarterly meetings (held at COCA) as well as one annual joint meeting with the COCA Board of Directors.
  • Serve on one of three Sub-Committees: Bylaws Committee, Recruitment Committee, Social Committee.
  • Attend at least two COCA Associate Board-hosted events including internal social events, adult and family cultivation events and fundraisers.
  • Recruit new COCA Associate Board Members, bring new sponsorships or provide in-kind support to COCA (as appropriate). 
  • COCA Associate Board Members and their families are encouraged to further participate in COCA through classes and camps, COCAbiz, COCAcabana, COCA Presents, etc.

Member Benefits:

Experience Board leadership with a nationally renowned arts organization, gain networking experience, work with community leaders, learn about development and fundraising methods and participate in social events. In addition, COCA Associate Board Members receive all COCA Annual Fund donoation benefits at the $500 Patron level, including:

  • Recognition on signage at COCA
  • Four free tickets to COCA’s Family Night Out event
  • Listing in COCA Annual Report
  • Invitation to purchase tickets to COCAcabana
  • Early registration for COCA Summer Arts Camp
  • Two free tickets to a COCA Presents Performance
  • Invitation for you and a guest to attend three complimentary “Taste of COCA” parties throughout the year, including cocktails and exclusive access to a COCA performance, exhibition or artist talk.

2013-2014 Executive Officers:
Mecayla Cobb, President - Cannon Design
Emily Baron Bernstein, President-Elect - McCormack Baron Salazar
Courtney Hemmer, VP of Programs- Image Technologies, Anheuser-Busch
Erica Bouchard, VP of Development - Buckingham Asset Management
Summer Belden, Treasurer - Peabody Energy
Aften Zurliene, Secretary - Arcturis
Erica Glanz, Bylaws Chair - Bunzl USA, Inc.

Rasheen Coleman - City Garden Montessori School
Jessica Davenport - Monsanto
AJ Eads - Elasticity
Jay Eiler - Castle Design
Nicole Gengler - Butler's Pantry
Abby Goldstein - St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
Elizabeth Hazzard - BKD, LLP
Cicely Lubben - Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
Patricia Martin - Edward Jones Investments
Joe McMillen - CBRE
Rob Merlin - The Smart Flyer, Inc.
F. Shabnam Nouraie - Client Services, Inc.
Brittany Packnett - Teach for America
Elizabeth Shaheen - Nestle Purina
Brian Lee Tull - STL Motorcars
Katie Van Allen - Missouri History Museum
Megan Zimmerman - Crown Center for Senior Living

      COCA Staff Contacts:
      Lara Turek, Associate Director of Development - Annual Fund | 314.561.4871
      Daron Hendrix, Development & Special Events Coordinator | 314.561.4897

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