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 5-year-old son, Eddie D. Holman, V. (Quinn) enjoys reading aloud from books in his extensive personal library, including "Thunderboy Jr." by Sherman Alexie.
Maggie has a background in middle school education and has lived in St. Louis suburbs most of her life. She was drawn to We Stories, because she feels strongly that families in the St. Louis area need resources to help foster meaningful discussions about race and racism. Currently, her favorite book to share with her almost three-year-old son and infant daughter is Little Humans.
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 (13) and Frances (7), 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 Hamilton, but Kristin's heart belongs to any work by Ezra Jack Keats or Oliver Jeffers.
Ellie Myers, MSW, MPH
Ellie is a long-time nanny and was 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. Her We Stories favorites include "More More More," Said the Baby, Juna's Jar, and Grace for President.
Rebecca Rubin-Schlansky, M.A.
Rebecca is a History and Women’s Studies teacher at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. Rebecca was born and raised in St. Louis, but it was not until her undergraduate years in New York that she recognized how dramatic the racial segregation was in her hometown. Upon moving back home to teach, she became committed to fostering a classroom environment that opened students’ eyes to the larger St. Louis community. Throughout her decade of teaching experience, she has witnessed a dramatic shift in her students’ eagerness to be introspective and work for justice. She knows that We Stories will ensure that these qualities become a part of all children’s empathetic views of the world. She lives in Olivette with her husband and daughter, age 2, whose favorite We Stories books are Please Baby, Please and especially We're Different, We’re the Same.
Jenna Voss, Ph.D., LSLS Cert AVEd
Jenna is an Assistant Professor in Communication Disorders and 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 this city 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, 6; Francis and Ramona, 2). Her family’s favorite We Stories reads include "More More More," Said the Baby, Please, Baby, Please, Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match, 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 passionate about 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 lives in St. Louis with her husband and two daughters. Uptown, a story about Harlem, Unstoppable Octobia May and Snowy Day are titles they enjoy reading over and over.