Board of Directors
Aliah Baker Holman
Aliah was born and raised in the St. Louis region. Her experiences attending a St. Louis County public elementary school, a St. Louis City public magnet middle school and a St. Louis County private high school gave her a unique perspective on the ways that social, economic and cultural divisions impact even our youngest citizens. She attended New York University and began her career in Advertising and Communications in New York City before returning to St. Louis in 2006. Upon her return to St. Louis she endeavored to provide a new option for St. Louis youth as a founding board member of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, a public charter school in the city of St. Louis that teaches children to have broad world views through French, Spanish or Mandarin language learning and the International Baccalaureate curricular framework. She also serves as a St. Louis City Commissioner for the BiState Development Agency, which runs public transit and economic development initiatives for the region. Her 7-year-old son, Eddie D. Holman, V. (Quinn) enjoys reading aloud from books in his extensive personal library, including Turning Pages by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Archna is a board certified general pediatrician at Children’s Clinic and Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. She was raised in Ohio and attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for her undergraduate studies. She completed her medical degree at Washington University and pediatrics residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to returning to St. Louis with her family in 2008, she practiced general pediatrics in Massachusetts and Ohio. Archna and her husband Ryan have 2 children. She is an active participant in the Ladue Education Foundation, serving on their Allocations Committee since 2016. In the past, she has served as treasurer of her children’s elementary school PTO board. She has also a served as a member of the Executive Council of Washington University Medical Center’s Alumni Association, and also served on Case Western Reserve’s Visiting Scholarship Committee.
At her core, Maggie is an educator. She holds a master’s degree in education and taught middle school for several years. Currently, she is very involved in the Lindbergh School District (where her children attend school) on both the Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Committee and with Lindbergh Equity and Diversity (LEAD). In addition to her commitment to formal education, she runs her own business teaching cooking classes to children and adults because she passionate about enabling people, young and old, to cook and enjoy delicious food with their families. In an increasingly busy world, Maggie helps them nourish their bodies while saving time and money. She was drawn to We Stories because she felt strongly that families in the St. Louis area need resources to help foster meaningful discussions about race and racism. However, with the support of the We Stories community, she quickly became further involved in community activism around equity issues. Currently, her favorite book to share with her almost 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter is Enough! 20 Protestors Who Changed America.
Dave Leipholtz brings a true passion for education to his position as the Director of Community-based Studies at Better Together. He brings nearly a decade of experience in both the private and public sectors. As a lifelong resident of St. Louis, Dave Leipholtz is committed to improving the future of the region. Dave’s strong understanding of community outreach stems not only from working on such high-level campaigns as Tommy Sowers’ 2010 bid for Congress, but also from running for state legislative office himself. Dave is active in the St. Louis community; he is a current member of Leadership St. Louis’s 2015-2016 class and a member of the Missouri Bar.
Kristin Moomey, AIA
Kristin set down permanent roots in St. Louis City after receiving her Masters in Architecture from Washington University in 1999. Together with her husband, Marcus (also an architect!), they've spent the past 17 years restoring their 1885 home in the historic neighborhood of Benton Park. Drawn to the juxtaposition of historical and modern design, Kristin views the renovation process as a model for how we can approach challenges in all aspects of our lives, particularly at a community level. With daughters Ella (15) and Frances (9), Kristin immerses herself in her second passion: children's literature, and she argues the best designed spaces are the ones teeming with good books. Kristin joins the We Stories team because she sees it as an actionable extension of her family's mission to live within, and learn from, diverse communities. The Moomeys' current obsession is the musical Hamilton, but Kristin's heart belongs to any work by Ezra Jack Keats or Oliver Jeffers.
Ellie Myers, MSW, MPH
Ellie is an IT Business Development Writer for Centene Corporation. She is a lifelong Saint Louis resident, born and raised in Webster Groves. Her background in health disparities combined with her love for children drew her to We Stories' mission of creating a more equitable Saint Louis by fostering conversations about race with our region's youngest members. She resides in Dogtown with her partner (Shaun) and their dog (Bodhi). Her We Stories favorites include "More More More," Said the Baby, Juna's Jar, and Grace for President.
Jenna Voss, Ph.D., LSLS Cert AVEd
Jenna is an Assistant Professor and Director of Deaf Education at Fontbonne University. Her career as a teacher and early interventionist, serving children with hearing loss and their caregivers, has evolved into preparing the next generation of professionals to do the same. Voss, having been born and raised in the greater St. Louis community, loves the region and has high hopes for its future, knowing that by supporting the youngest citizens we can do better. She resides in Glendale with her husband (Ben) and three young children (Michael, 8; Francis and Ramona, 4). Her family’s favorite We Stories reads include Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match, Last Stop on Market Street, Islandborn, and Of Thee I Sing.
Pamela Washington, Ph.D.
Pam is a Gifted Specialist in the Webster Groves School District. She studies identifying underrepresented populations of students that are gifted. Pam is an advocate for equity in education and social justice issues and believes We Stories is a solution to bringing literacy and diversity into the lives of young children in a positive and natural way that will shape their lens of the world. She was appointed by the State of Missouri to serve on the University of Missouri Commission examining the Diversity and Title IX programs for the university system. Pam has also been an adjunct professor at Maryville University. She lives in St. Louis with her husband, David Littleton, and two daughters. The Brave Rave series, Marley Dias Gets It Done, and Black Girls Rock are titles they enjoy reading.
Justin Woodard currently serves as the President and CEO at Woodard Cleaning & Restoration, a local, family-owned company started by his grandparents in 1946. Woodard provides clean up services after fire and water damage along with carpet and furniture cleaning. Justin and the team at Woodard have a long- term goal of helping one million people get back to their lives while creating a work environment that encourages the growth and cultivation of the next generation of leaders inside and outside of the organization. Justin enjoys bike rides with his 6-year-old daughter, Audrey, Pokémon hunting with his 9-year-old son, Dean and exploring new places and restaurants with Julia, his wife. In addition to serving as We Stories’ board treasurer, Justin serves on the board at Midtown Community Services in the Grove and the finance committee at St. Patrick’s Center.