Because all blood is red...

The Significance of Our Name

A               defines the singular geographical focus of our mission.

Red       represents the blood that flows through all of us. 

Circle  illustrates that we are all connected by humanity, in motion,                               transforming and evolving as individuals and as part of a greater community

Planting the Seeds 

for a Stronger  Community 

Leading and prom​oting substantial investment into 
North St. Louis County  

The idea for A Red Circle took root as founder Erica Williams researched St. Louis’ real estate history and discovered the tie between racial tensions and the past racist laws and public policies. She decided that a substantial investment into North St. Louis County was necessary to provide equitable relief to the region.

Since its genesis as a nonprofit in 2017, A Red Circle has directly impacted thousands of lives. The team, now 20 employees strong, develops and executes life-enriching programming in employment, education, holistic living, policy and arts. 

Our Team

Erica R. Williams

Erica Williams is the Founder and Executive Director of A Red Circle, a nonprofit
that works for community betterment in North County through a racial equity lens. A
Red Circle operates programing in education, community wellness, and the arts. Erica
is a native of north St. Louis County. She grew up in the Normandy and Ferguson-
Florissant School Districts and later went on to attend St. Louis Community College
Florissant Valley as an adult learner. Erica holds a BA in Paralegal Studies and an
MBA, both from Maryville University. She is working on her PhD in Public Policy and
Administration from Walden University, with a concentration on policy analysis. Erica is
a wife and mother of five thriving adult children, two grandchildren, and a dog named
Trixie. Erica hails from an amazing line of educators, faith leaders, and community
activists, including Damu Smith, who spent the majority of his life protesting against
environmental injustice in Washington D.C.

Jessica Johnson
Director of Community Arts

Jessica D. Johnson was one of A Red Circle's first volunteers and was named Arts Coordinator in 2019. Using her skills and abilities in art, music and creativity, she directs programs, projects and events for the communities served by A Red Circle. 

Tamar Brown
Education Advocacy Director

Tamar Brown is an experienced nonprofit practitioner, community leader and organizer. Tamar runs a consultant business specializing in nonprofit organizing, capacity building and resource management. In her spare time, she and her husband own a youth sports organization. 

Ashlee Peck
Director of Operations

Ashlee Peck has a background in special education and has served as a teacher as well as a Parent Educator for a local school district. She has also spent some time in the corporate world as a Customer Success Manager. Her B.S. is in Special Education and also has 15 graduate credit hours in School Counseling and is currently completing a M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Investing in people is Ashlee's passion.
Ashlee has three kids (Nora-11, Navy-8, and Henry-5) and her bernedoodle puppy, Pearl. She loves to snuggle with her babies, hike, read fiction, and is learning to throw pottery on a wheel. 

Jessica Carter
Site Director of North County Community Nexus

Jessica Carter is a Researcher, Entrepreneur and Farmer from Saint Louis, Missouri. Currently completing her PhD in general psychology and studies ethnic-racial identity among African American women college students. She is also a self-published children’s book author. Driven by passion and a deep-rooted love for her community, Jessica strives to help educate others about the benefits of self-sustainability and living life unapologetically. She is also a mentor for local Saint Louis County students and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She loves exploring the world with her amazing daughter, running, traveling, astrology, and religious studies.  

Trina Ragain
Director of Development & Strategy

Passionate public health professional with a demonstrated history of working in the academic and non-profit sectors. Skilled in program and system design and innovation, strategic planning, social policy and advocacy.

Bailey Williams IV
IT/Accounting/Facilities Director

Bailey Williams, a full-time volunteer, holds a Bachelor of Technology degree and has worked in the financial sector for 18 years. His guiding principles, which he calls his Circle of Themes, reflect his approach to his work at A Red Circle: connectedness, analytical thinking, inclusion and futuristic vision. 

Suzanne Whitman
Grants Development Manager

Suzanne Whitman started working with A Red Circle in August 2019 as a volunteer grant writer and assumed her current role in September 2021. Suzanne worked for 13 years at MasterCard as a technical writer and manager. In her free time, she does Buddhist meditation, reads and runs.

Erin Tyus
Director of Community Wellness

Erin Tyus, a St. Louis native, serves as the Food and Farm Project Coordinator. Passionate about health and community service from a young age, she witnessed the detrimental impact of limited access to fresh, healthy food firsthand. She is excited to join an organization dedicated to eliminating food deserts. She aims to provide deserving communities with better access to nutritious food. 

The Board of Directors

Roderick Gilliam

Role: President
Interest: Community Outreach
Employment: Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Dr. Keisha Windham, D.P.A., M.P.P.A. 

Role: Vice President
Interest: Community Wellness
Employment: Washington University School of Medicine

Jerome Carroll

Role: Treasurer
Interest: Community Building and Community Wellness 
Employment: Veteran’s Administration

Charles Johnson

Role: Secretary
Community Development
Employment: AT&T

 ​Dr. Destiny Reddick, Ed.D

Role: Member
Interest: To Serve Where Needed
Employment: Redefine the Pipeline

Dale Eldridge

Role: Member
Interest: Fundraising & Racial Equity
Employment: Insperity

Ketosha Harris-Anderson

Role: Member
Interest: Social, economic, and educational equity
Employment: St. Louis City Government

Christina Evans

Role: Member
Interest: Community Wellness
Employment: Washington University

Angela Statum

Role: Member
Community Wellness and Community Development
Employment: Willis Towers Watson

Joseph Mintzer

Role: Member
Fundraising and Community Development
Employment: Insperity

Dr. Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris

Role: Member
Interest: Arts and Education
Employment: UMSL (Retired)

Ariana Fulton

Role: Member
Interest: Community Development
Employment: Cushman Wakefield

Marilyn Aleem

Role: Member
 Community Development and Racial Equity
Employment: State of Missouri

Tori Sombright

Role: Member
Interest: Education and Community Wellness
Employment: Opportunity Trust

Angela Ellerson

Role: Member
 Community Wellness
Employment: Archwell Health

Leah Clyburn

Role: Member
Interest: Community Wellness and Community Development
Employment: The Sierra Club

Advisory Council

Vincent Collins, M. Michelle Wilbret, LaSaundra Hagans, Jessica Moore, Sarah Willey, MA, CFRE, SMS, Nancy Harcar, Lisa Adams, Erica Davis, Craig Bardo, Kristen Wagner, PhD, MSW, Betsy Sinclair, PhD

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