Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis LEADERSHIP
Lori Jacob – President/CEO
Lori Jacob began her career with Junior Achievement in 1987. Since then, she has served in many roles, including various positions within the Marketing, Education, Development, and Operation departments. Ms. Jacob currently serves on Junior Achievement USA's Pension Management Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Council, and their Research and Development Alignment Team. Lori was the recipient of Junior Achievement USA's highest honor in July 2015 receiving the Charles R. Hook Award. In 2009, she won Junior Achievement's Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award and was recognized for local JA accomplishments by the House of Representatives in the Congressional Record. Under Jacob's leadership, JASTL reached 166,001 students last year on a $4.2 million budget, making her operation the 4th largest in the Nation (out of 107). Over the years, she formed district operations and expanded JASTL's territory to 49 counties in Missouri, 24 in Illinois, and 5 in Indiana. She led JASTL to become a national three-time winner of JA's most prestigious funding award - MetLife Entrepreneurial Award, which was earned in 2002, 2004, and 2009. JASTL has received JA USA's highest operational award for the past thirteen consecutive years, in recognition of student growth, fiscal stability, and organizational leadership. In 2014, JA received the Excellence in Community Development Award, and JA USA's National Peak Performance Award. Jacob recognizes all of the operational achievements through her team.
Ms. Jacob graduated with highest honors with her Masters in Business Administration from Lindenwood University in 1998. She lives with her husband and two children in Cottleville, Missouri. Lori and her family are active with their church and involved in many sporting activities.
Chad Kauffman – Vice President of Advancement
Chad Kauffman is a native of Little Rock and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has nearly twenty five years of non-profit management experience, working in local, statewide and national positions. Chad has extensive experience working for non-profit organizations focused on bettering the lives of children.
Chad began his career 1992 with the American Heart Association as a Regional Director, working in southeast Arkansas. He served in several roles with AHA including chief market officer in Little Rock and Kansas City and the Sr. Vice President for Youth Markets in Texas. He returned to Little Rock as the Executive Director for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Arkansas Chapter and then a national role as a Field Operations Director for the Southeastern US.
He joined Junior Achievement as their President in Arkansas in 2011. During his seven years at JA, the organization has nearly double its reach, created new public-private partnerships focused on teaching young people about money, work and business ownership, and brought JA to new markets around the state.
Chad and his wife Lana have two daughters. Emma, is a registered nurse and Valerie is attending college in Austin, Texas. When he's not working Chad enjoys reading, live music (or whatever his wife tells him he should enjoy).
Gina Barnes – Vice President of Administration
Gina Barnes started with Junior Achievement as a high school cooperative student in 1986. Since then, she has served in many administrative roles. One of these roles includes Human Resources where she has hired numerous individuals who have advanced within the organization. Gina is currently the Vice President of Administration.
Gina Barnes was a recipient of a National Junior Achievement scholarship, receiving a full-ride to attend the University of Phoenix where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business concentrating in HR Management. She is married and has three children and one grandchild.
Annette McClellan – Vice President of Programs and District Operations
Annette McClellan began her career with JA in 2003 and has served in many roles, including, programs, development, public relations, IT, and office administration. McClellan currently oversees programs and district operations which spans over 49 counties in Missouri, 24 in Illinois, and 5 in Indiana.
McClellan graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.
Sandy LaPasso – CFO
Sandy LaPasso was born and raised in St Louis, and went to Mizzou where she earned her business degree. Following graduation, Sandy moved to Chicago where she lived for 10 years. While in Chicago, she worked at the Chicago Board of Trade, studied accounting at DePaul University, and earned her CPA. Upon her return to St Louis, she worked for a youth sports training facility. LaPasso has been with Junior Achievement since January 2010. She is married and has 3 sons.
Gary Kryvko – Director of IT/Business Processes
After graduating from Lane Technical High School in Chicago, Gary rose through the ranks to become an Assistant Vice President at a community bank in Chicago. Looking for a change, Gary went back to school and received a history degree with a teaching certificate. He joined Junior Achievement in 2007 managing the JA Finance Park program where he worked with students, teachers, and volunteers. He later transitioned to running the JA Bowl-A-Thon. In 2013, Gary was tapped to head-up IT efforts at JA. He lives in St. Charles with his wife. He has two daughters, two sons-in-law, and three granddaughters.
Rawn Ford – Director of Advancement
Rawn Ford's first encounter with Junior Achievement was as a JA Company Program member. He served as JA Company President each of his 3 years and earned a JA Scholarship. Rawn began his career with JA in August of 1991 as a JA Company Program Manager. During his career with JA, he has held the positions of JA Company Program Director and JA Director of Middle School/Job Shadow. He started in fundraising as Development Manager in charge of private foundations while he continued as JA Company Program Director. Rawn became Director of Advancement in 2011 and is responsible for most of the fundraising campaigns, galas, and golf tournaments.
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."