Join the Leadership Circle

The Richard Baron Leadership Circle (RBLC) is a remarkable group of COCA’s most generous supporters. Named for COCA’s founder Richard Baron, whose foresight and perseverance created a unique cultural resource in St. Louis, the RBLC helps COCA accomplish its most ambitious goals and ensures that COCA stands as a house of the people where everyone can participate.

Membership in the RBLC starts at $1,500 per year and helps to provide nearly $450,000 in individual scholarships and arts education programs. Throughout the year, RBLC members receive invitations to engage in COCA programs and connect with COCA artists and leadership. RLBC Members gather every year to celebrate at FLAME°, COCA’s annual RBLC appreciation event.

Join or Renew Richard Baron Leadership Circle Membership

Current Richard Baron Leadership Circle Members

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Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) Tax Credits Help Support COCA Programs

Increase your RBLC gift today and receive Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) tax credits! Contributions of $5,000 or more to support COCA’s programs (pledges made by Friday, August 30, 2024) are eligible for YOP tax credits, allowing a donor to significantly reduce the after-tax cost of their contribution. The program, administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, offers tax credits in exchange for donations to approved programs. The tax credits, equal to 50% of the value of the contribution, are used to offset the contributor’s income tax liability. Eligible contributors include: Individuals, Corporations, S-Corps, Partnerships, and Sole Proprietorships.

For more information, contact Virginia Howell, Director of Individual & Corporate Engagement, at or 314.561.4870, or Daron Hendrix, Senior Director of Development, at or 314.561.4861.

Levels of Support

$1,500 Annually

  • Two complimentary tickets to FLAME°, COCA’s annual appreciation event for the Richard Baron Leadership Circle 
  • Recognition on signage and in COCA playbills and the annual Impact Report  
  • Invitations to special member events, including gallery openings and behind-the-scenes tours  
  • Early access to registration for COCA classes and Summer Arts Camps 
  • Early access to purchase COCApresents performance tickets 
  • Opportunities to take special behind-the-scenes tours 

Provides scholarship support for three children to experience two weeks of COCA Summer Arts Camp

$2,500 Annually – Visionary Partner

  • All benefits listed above
  • Opportunity to rent COCA spaces at 10% discount, based on availability

Provides a year-long scholarship and support services for an elementary age student in COCA’s Pre-Professional Division

$5,000 Annually – Sponsor a Student Partner

  • All benefits listed above
  • An invitation to an exclusive champagne preview of the COCApresents season 
  • The opportunity to sponsor a student and shadow their development at COCA
  • The opportunity to attend a private dance class led by a COCA teaching artist with your friends—and complete with cocktails 

Provides ACT tutoring for students in COCA’s Pre-Professional Division

$10,000 Annually

  • All benefits listed above
  • The opportunity to rent COCA spaces at 25% discount, based on availability

Provides a semester-long COCA arts residency in two elementary school classrooms

$25,000 Annually

  • All benefits listed above
  • Complimentary use of the Millstone Gallery or Dierbergs Kitchen at COCA for a private event

Provides a year of van transportation for students who otherwise couldn’t participate in classes at COCA

Engage at COCA

Contact Virginia Howell, Director of Individual & Corporate Engagement, with any questions about joining the Richard Baron Leadership Circle.

Join or Renew Richard Baron Leadership Circle Membership

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Richard Baron Leadership Circle Members

COCA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following Richard Baron Leadership Circle members.

List as of 5/30/2023

Hope & Kirill Abramov

Rhonda Carter Adams & Carlton Adams

Keith Alper

Tina Anderson

Barbara & Steve Archer

Carolyn & Greg Auffenberg

Nancy Barnes-Ault & Ken Ault

Mary Ann Beatty

Margaret Beckerle

Christy Beckmann

Renee & Andrew Bell

Christina & Vince Bennett

Elizabeth Mannen Berges & James Berges

Marion Black

Ramsey & Mark Botterman

Joanne & Scot Boulton

Lisa & Greg Boyce

Tiffany & Bill Bradley

Claudia Brodie & Kevin Twellman

Chrissy & Lee Broughton

Betsey & Hunter Brown

Barbara Bryant

Christy Buchanan

Sheila Burkett

Barb & Steve Burrows

David Butler & Lance Licht

Jennifer & Jonathan Campbell

Lisa & Tom Carnahan

Amy Drummond & Bill Carson

Christy & Gian Cavallini

Juliet Chayat & Peter Czajkowski

Molly & Chris Danforth

John Davis

Pamela Dern

Charles & Martinna Dill

Hazel & Arnold Donald

Kay Drey

Kim & Tim Eberlein

Hillary Elfenbein

David C. Farrell

Alison & John Ferring

Linda & Steve Finerty

Beth Fisher & Amit Shah

Debbie & Art Fitzgerald

Lotta & Jeff Fox

Merle Fox

Nancy & Steven Fox

Jessica & Jordan Gatewood

Wendy & Mark Gellman

Nancy & Michael Georgen

Sue & Norm Gilbert

Erica & Edward Glanz

Gregory Glore

Carolyn Gold

Abby & Michael Goldstein

Susan & Robert Goldstein

Barbara B. Goodman

Diedre & Michael Gray

Nancy & Randy Green

Jen & Cap Grossman

Sharon & Marc Gunter, MD

David Hasebrock

Patricia & Kit Heffern

Signa & Bob Hermann, Jr.

Lauren Herring & Ted Disabato

Jennifer & Tom Hillman

Cheri Hoffman

Pam & Ben Holman

Cheryl Holman

Suzanne & Thomas Hough

Linda & Jesse Hunter

Suzanne & Jim Johnson

Kristin & P.K. Johnson

Sally Johnston

Karen & Raymond Kalinowski

Karen Kalish

Lauren Weissman Kerner & Kyler Kerner

Pauline Kim & Philip Lee

Janet Knight

Beverly & Steve N. Knight

Ann Lee Konneker

Beth Kovaly Willis

Sarah Kramer

Nancy & Ken Kranzberg

Kim Kuehner

Kate & Mike Kupstas

Noreen & Tom Laffey

Gail & Carl Lang

Amy Lefton

Sally Lemkemeier

Karen & Mont Levy

Sheila Little-Forrest & Jeff Forrest

Laurie & Sean Lock

Kathy Manganaro

Sharon Buchana-McClure & Richard McClure

Anne & Kevin McCormack

Melissa & Rob Merlin

Terese Messman

Tyler Meyr

Becky & Tom Minogue

Rick Moeckel

Daffney Moore

Sandra & Eric Moore

Anne & David Morgan

Laura & Cameron Murray

Noémi Neidorff

Elizabeth & Richard Nix, Jr.

Heidi & Kenneth Olliff

Lynne & Brooks Parriott

Jane & Dave Peacock

Penny Pennington & Mike Fidler

Kanika Pandey & Shrikant Ramachandran

Kelly & Mitch Pollock

Stephanie & Anthony Randall

Sue & Joe Rechter

Jeana & Buddy Reisinger

Lisa & Andy Remack

Stephanie Riven & Roger Goldman

Jamie & Jeff Ryan

Susie & Jonathan Sachs

Indigo K. Sams

Dana & Barry Sandweiss

Mary Schoolman

Susan & Michael Scully

Glenda & Jim Seldin

Rachel & Jermal Seward

Terry Moore Shepley

Jane & Edward Simmons III

Wendi & Shannon Sock

Carol Staenberg

Marilyn Steinback

Jarona & Bill Stevens

Mary & Thomas Stillman

Donald M. Suggs

Susan & Greg Sullivan

Caryl Sunshine

Eliot & Richard Tao

Jaime & Brian Thomas

Sherri & James Tichenor

Sarah H. Trulaske

Steve Tschudy

Kent Turner

Lisa & Andrew Tuteur

Susan & Peter Tuteur

Ellen & John Wallace

Stacey Wehe & Paul Jorjorian

Josephine & Richard Weil

Laurie Garland & Michael Weisman

Linda & Peter Werner

Susan & Joe Werner II

W. Grant Williams III

Susie & Stuart Zimmerman

Risa Zwerling & Mark Wrighton


COCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to COCA are eligible for tax deduction to the limit allowable by law.