The COCA Associate Board (CAB) is comprised of motivated and passionate philanthropic professionals who advocate for and help increase awareness of COCA’s mission, program participation, support and services to the St. Louis community through the arts. CAB’s purpose includes raising money for the COCA Annual Fund and building a pipeline, by introducing new audiences, families and participants to the organization.

2016–2017 Executive Officers:
AJ Eads, President, AJ Eads Consulting
Katie Van Allen, President-Elect, Missouri History Museum
Sally Hendin, Secretary, Weissman Theatrical Supplies
Rasheen Coleman,Treasurer, Maryville University
Amber Hersh, VP Development, Boeing
Ranie Verby, VP Recruitment, Moneta Group
Jessica Davenport, VP of Programs, Monsanto


David Desai-Ramirez, IFF
Kate Ewing, Mueller Prost CPAs + Business Advisors
Joe Fischer, Greetabl
Jordan Gatewood, Mackey Mitchell Architects
Erica Glanz, Bunzl USA, Inc.
Steph Gold, Author and Life Coach
Abby Goldstein
Maggie Barton, Butler’s Pantry
Kristin Filev, Monsanto


Courtney Hemmer, Wells Fargo Advisors
Cicely Lubben, Tucker Ellis LLP
Shabnam Nouraie, Client Services, Inc.
Jessica Potter, Anheuser Busch
Elise Pursley, Anheuser Busch
Mariah Small, Emerson
Laura Katherine Smith, Buckingham Asset Management
Alex Thornhill, Tadlock|Brueggemann Group

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 donation benefits at the $500 Patron level, including:

  • Recognition on COCA’s website
  • Listing in COCA Annual Report
  • Invitation to the COCAcabana Kick-Off Party and opportunity to purchase tickets to COCAcabana at the Friend’s level (limited)
  • Early registration for COCA Summer Arts Camps
  • Invitations to private events for exclusive access to COCA performances, exhibitions and artists

Member Expectations:

  • Attend each one of four quarterly board meetings (held at COCA), as well as one annual joint meeting with the COCA Board of Directors. Executive Committee members attend four quarterly meetings.
  • Attend at least two COCA Associate Board-hosted events including internal social events, adult and family cultivation events, and fundraisers.
  • Introduce and invite new families and persons to COCA, as appropriate.
  • Recruit new COCA Associate Board Members, bring new sponsorships or provide in-kind support to COCA (as appropriate).
  • Annual giving dues of $500 per year (all COCA Annual Fund donation benefits at the $500 Patron level apply).