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Sep 07

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Hires Three New Staff Members for the Community Economic Development Program

Peter Hoffman, Staff Attorney for the Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has recently hired three new staff members for the Community Economic Development Program.

Peter Hoffman and Melissa Slator will staff the newly formed Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative to assist neighborhood associations and community nonprofits in addressing the problem of vacant and abandoned housing in the City of St. Louis.

Hoffman is staff attorney for the Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School with a J.D. and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Prior to joining Legal Services, he was Director of the “Adopt-a-Neighborhood” Project at Legal Aid of Western Missouri.

Melissa Slator, Paralegal and Community Outreach Specialist for the Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative

Slator is the Paralegal and Community Outreach Specialist for the Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative. She has more than thirty years of experience as a paralegal and was a paralegal with the Volunteer Lawyers Program at Legal Services prior to this role.

Marlene Elliott, Attorney with the Community Economic Development – Microenterprise Program

Marlene Elliott has joined Legal Services as an attorney with the Community Economic Development – Microenterprise Program. Elliott is a 2005 graduate of Drake University School of Law and in this role will be providing legal assistance for nonprofits and low-income entrepreneurs to start and grow their organizations and businesses.

 


 

About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017 nearly 26,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Sep 05

Legal Services’ for the Common Good Awards Celebrate Community Collaboration and Volunteer Dedication

For The Common Good #3

Awardee’s Left to right
Back Row: Alderman Terry Kennedy; Julie Berkowitz; Thomas G. Glick; Dr. Vivian Knipp; Chris Nagus; Alyce Herndon; Sarah Luem
Front Row: Dr. Bruce R. Bacon; Dr. Jaquelyn Fleckenstein; Paul Woodruff; Pamela Johnson; Cole O. Combs; Shannon D. Peters.

For The Common Good #1

St. Louis City Alderman Terry Kennedy, Awardee with Legal Services Executive Director, Dan Glazier

More than two hundred guests joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to honor the dedication and commitment of those who serve low-income families.  The annual For The Common Good Awards Luncheon, held on August 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, recognized thirteen volunteers and community partners for their contributions. 

Awardees included volunteer attorneys Julie Berkowitz (attorney at law), Cole Combs (attorney at law), Thomas G. Glick (attorney at law and former Legal Services Board President), and Shannon Peters (Husch Blackwell LLP) and law firm Capes Sokol. 

For The Common Good #2

Grace Hill Settlement, Left to right
Back row: Cynthia Danley; Randall Wang, Board President; Laura Kozak, Grace Hill Settlement Executive Director; Timitria Murphy Watson, Michael Foley, Crystal Allen Dallas.

Also recognized were the following community partners: Dr. Bruce R. Bacon (St. Louis University School of Medicine) and Dr. Jaquelyn Fleckenstein (Washington University School of Medicine), Alyce Herndon with Grace Hill Women’s Business Center, Pamela Johnson, Alderman Terry Kennedy (18th Ward, St. Louis City), Dr. Vivian Knipp (Affinia Healthcare), Chris Nagus (KMOV) and Prosperity Connection.

Paul Woodruff, Executive Director of Prosperity Connection says “It is incredibly unfortunate that we live in a very financially inequitable society, but getting to work with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and other organizations like it, we get to level the playing field more and more.” 

For The Common Good #4

Hon. John R. Essner presents the John R. Essner Young lawyer of the Year Award to Shannon D. Peters.

Sponsors for this event was provided by: Alaris; Emerson; Missouri Lawyers Weekly; The Simon Law Firm, P.C.; The Stange Law Firm, PC; Thompson Coburn LLP; Affinia Healthcare; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Capes Sokol; Husch Blackwell LLP and St. Louis University School of Medicine.


About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017 nearly 30,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org. 

Sep 04

New Hires at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has recently hired three legal professionals to assist low-income clients in eastern Missouri.

Leslie Calandro has joined as a Paralegal and Office Manager with the Public Benefits Program. Calandro has a background in law and government affairs and previously worked as a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill and an attorney in Washington DC.

Sarah Jappa has joined as Paralegal and Office Manager for the Family Court Program office located in the St. Louis County Court Building. Prior to joining legal services, Jappa was a paralegal intern with the Family Court Program.

Peyton Rosencrants has joined as Paralegal and Office Manager with the Housing Law Program. Rosencrants is a graduate of the University of Missouri and prior to joining Legal Services was an administrative assistant with the Washington University School of Law.


Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017 nearly 26,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org. visit www.lsem.org.

Aug 10

T.J. Hoeferlin, Purk & Associates Director of Assurance, Selected as One of Small Business Monthly’s “2018 Best Bosses”

T.J. Hoeferlin, Director of Assurance for Purk & Associates, P.C.

T.J. Hoeferlin, CPA, Purk & Associates Director of Assurance, was selected as one of Small Business Monthly’s “2018 Best Bosses.”

Hoeferlin joined Purk & Associates in 2016 and is responsible for all assurance related services including audits, reviews, compilations, and agreed upon procedures. He oversees and manages a wide variety of areas ranging from engagement management and client service to research and implementation of new accounting and auditing standards.

In Hoeferlin’s profile published in the August issue of Small Business Monthly, he said, “…I feel my position is one of an advisor to the team and a consultant to our clients. The only way a professional can grow is to give them the tools for success and help them achieve their goals.”

Hoeferlin was voted by the readers of Small Business Monthly as one of the “2018 Top 100 St. Louisans to Know,” and one of the “2017 Top Business Accountants.”

Bill Purk, CPA, Purk & Associates President and Co-Founding Shareholder, said, “T.J. brings an incredible amount of experience, professionalism and maturity to our team. His enthusiasm contagious, and he has a way of bringing out the best work with each team member because they know that their work has purpose and matters.”

Hoeferlin earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Truman State University and received a Master of Business Administration from Washington University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. Hoeferlin is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

To read Hoeferlin’s profile and the profiles of the recipients of the “2018 Best Bosses,” please click here.

Founded in 2009 with headquarters in St. Louis, Purk & Associates, P.C., is a nationally recognized and award winning, independently owned accounting and management advisory firm that delivers a full range of tax, accounting, audit and consulting services. At Purk & Associates, our focus is to help our clients achieve more financial and business success. To learn more, please visit www.purkpc.com.

Jul 17

AMM Communications, LLC, Voted One of the Best 2018 St. Louis Public Relations Firms by Small Business Monthly

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Ann Marie Mayuga is AMM Communications co-founder and principal

AMM Communications LLC, a St. Louis-based strategic communication and marketing communication firm, focused on public relations, business development, internal communications, content marketing, crisis communications, reputation management, talent recruitment, executive communication skills training, and social media consulting, was selected as one of the “Best 2018 Public Relations Firms in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly readers. 

The firm has made the list of Small Business Monthly’s Top Public Relations firms for nine consecutive years from 2010-18.

The list of the top public relations is published in the July 2017 Small Business Monthly. To view the list of the best public relations firms, please click here.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications partner and co-founder. “We want to thank our clients and the readers of Small Business Monthly for selecting us as one of the top public relations firms in St. Louis. To be included with this group of St. Louis firms demonstrates the level of marketing and public relations talent in the St. Louis region.” 

Since its founding in 2008, AMM Communications has served the leading companies in their industry sectors providing them with support ranging from media relations and crisis communications to content marketing, and executive communications skills training, and talent recruitment.  The company, co-founded by Ed and Ann Marie Mayuga, focuses on financial institutions, professional services firms, manufacturing and distribution companies, healthcare, technology start-ups, government entities and not-for-profits throughout the region and nationwide.

Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the St. Louis-based strategic marketing communications, public relations, and talent acquisition firm, provides media relations, business development, crisis communications, content marketing, internal communications, communications skills training, digital marketing, reputation management, social media consulting, and recruitment services for businesses nationwide. The firm is Women Business Enterprise (WBE)-certified by the State of Missouri, St Louis City and St. Louis County; and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)-certified by St. Louis City and St. Louis County. AMM Communications has been voted one of the “Best PR Firms in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly from 2010-2018. “Drive your sales. Communicate better. Hire well.” For more information, please visit, AMM Communications or call 314.485.9499.

Jul 10

Legal Services Honors Thirteen Local Leaders for Their Commitment to the Community at August 23 Awards Luncheon

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri LogoThirteen local volunteers, civic leaders and community organizations will be recognized by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri at the “For The Common Good” award luncheon on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, St. Louis.

This annual awards event recognizes the dedication and commitment of individuals, organizations and community leaders who partner with Legal Services to benefit the region. In 2017, volunteers provided more than 6,400 hours of free legal aid to more than 12,400 low-income clients of Legal Services in 21 counties in eastern Missouri. 

“The very heart of Legal Services’ mission is to partner with the community to improve lives, promote fairness and create opportunity,” said Dan Glazier, Legal Services Executive Director and General Counsel. “This annual event highlights the collaborative work in each of our communities.”

The awards luncheon will begin at 11:30 am. Honorees include:

Thomas G. Glick (Robert Walston Chubb Award for exceptional commitment and contributions to Legal Services). Glick is a private practice attorney in St. Louis. He is immediate Past-President of the Legal Services Board of Directors, serving in this role 2011-18, and has been a board member since 2004.

Dr. Vivian Knipp (Ashley Award for Child Advocacy) Dr. Knipp is a psychological therapist at Affinia Healthcare’s Children’s Development Center. She works closely with Legal Services’ Children’s Legal Alliance, Medical-Legal Program and Education Justice Program to provide medical information and treatment for clients, to help advocate for their special education rights.

Pamela Johnson (Edna M. Taylor Client Service Award). Pamela Johnson is a client member of Legal Services’ Board of Directors since 2016 and an outstanding advocate and spokesperson for legal aid in the community.

Dr. Bruce R. Bacon and Dr. Jaquelyn Fleckenstein (Hon. Richard B. Teitelman Award for Community Service). Dr. Bacon is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Co-Director at the Liver Center of St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Fleckenstein is a Professor of Medicine at Washington University Medical School. They were important medical expert contributors in the recent legal action with Legal Services and the SLU Law Clinic to secure Medicaid coverage for life-saving Hepatitis C medications from the Missouri Department of Social Services.

Alyce Herndon and Grace Hill Women’s Business Center (Melton M. Lewis Equal Justice Award) As Director of the Grace Hill Women’s Business Center, Herndon has been helping women entrepreneurs realize their dreams for almost four years. Herndon and the Women’s Business Center work in partnership with Legal Services’ Community Economic Development Microenterprise Program to provide legal information for new women business owners.

Prosperity Connection (Eddie Mae Binion Community Service Award) Established in 2010 through St. Louis Community Credit union, Prosperity Connection provides financial services, education, and support for low income people with few other available financial resources. Prosperity Connections works with the Consumer Law Program to protect the rights of St. Louisans, empowering families with the tools they need to prosper.

Julie Berkowitz and Cole O. Combs (F. Wm. McCalpin Pro Bono Award)

Berkowitz is a leading elder law attorney in St. Louis. She has been a volunteer lawyer with Legal Services for twenty years and consistently has one of the busiest caseloads in the Volunteer Lawyer Program, assisting clients with guardianships and estate planning. 

Combs is a private attorney in St. Charles County. He has been a Judicare attorney working with the Legal Services’ Hannibal office since 2015, and is the primary provider of legal aid in rural Lincoln, Montgomery and Pike counties.

Capes Sokol (Gerald R. Ortbals Law Practice Award) Capes Sokol has been a key pro bono partner with Legal Services  for many years, currently working with the Community Economic Development Microenterprise Program. The firm staffs a legal clinic at the Grace Hill Women’s Business Center, and also supports Legal Services by providing annual funding, event sponsorship and other key support.

Shannon D. Peters (John R. Essner Young Lawyer Award) Peters is an Associate at Husch Blackwell LLP in St. Louis. He has provided almost 100 hours of pro bono service to Legal Services in the past few years, staffing legal clinics and providing client representation. 

Alderman Terry Kennedy (Rory Ellinger Legislative Award) Alderman Kennedy represents the 18th Ward in St. Louis City. He recently sponsored Board Bill #87, the Lock-Out Ordinance, which was passed as law. The ordinance mandates that landlords obtain court orders for an eviction order against a tenant and criminalizes evictions without a legal order. 

Chris Nagus (Media Award) An investigative reporter with KMOV for ten years, Nagus has become a public advocate for consumer rights. He frequently works with Legal Services’ Consumer Law Program to champion the issues of clients and highlight concerns regarding unfair debt collection, consumer scams and other matters.

 

About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017 nearly 30,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Jul 04

Fyndus Celebrates Second Anniversary

Affan Waheed, Founder and CEO of FYNDUS

Founded in 2016, Fyndus has experienced year-over-year revenue growth with plans to expand into Europe, the Middle East, and Pacific Rim over the next 12 months. Currently, Fyndus is operational in six countries, has close to 300,000 users, and has an active presence in nine countries on four continents.

“What started as an idea to offer the best prices on overstock merchandise with free shipping in developing countries has exponentially grown into an international company where we’ve evolved into an e-commerce platform that helps market local businesses among Fyndus app users with discounts on retail, dining and events, while continuing to expand our e-commerce offerings to provide the best user experience,” said Affan Waheed, Fyndus CEO and founder.

Fyndus will launch its U.S. campaign at the 2018 Fair Saint Louis, America’s Biggest Birthday party, with an interactive booth. The company is offering exclusive discounts to fairgoers at vendors on the fairgrounds, as well as to the surrounding area.

“We are a St. Louis-based company with an international presence. The reason why we’re an exhibitor at Fair Saint Louis is that we want to thank and give back to the St. Louis community for making our region an incredible, entrepreneurial environment,” added Waheed.

 

Contact:

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications

314.485.9499, annmarie@ammcommunications.com

 

About Fyndus

Founded in 2016, Fyndus, LLC, is the global leader that changes the consumer retail shopping experience with brick and mortar, and e-commerce using an app to find the best deals in merchandise, service and local dining. Fyndus is different from other e-commerce platforms because it rewards buying behavior patterns, provides savings to buyers by eliminating the middleman, and offers merchants and service providers the tools to better manage the consumer buying experience. With headquarters based in St. Louis, Missouri and offices located internationally throughout Europe and the Middle East, Fyndus is changing the way people shop globally, save money, and help local businesses thrive. Fyndus…Discover. Shop. Save! To learn more, please visit https://Fyndus.com.

Jul 03

Ohio House Motel Launches New and Improved Website

Affordable Chicago Hotel: 10 Suggestions Why You Need To Appreciate Them

Ohio House Motel recently launched a website to help offer better and more convenient services to their visitors. Through the new website, you are able to now book and reserve rooms no matter where you are in the United States. As a matter of fact, even in case you are from a different country and you wish to visit Chicago, you may always visit their website and book your lodging there. If you will book your lodging online, you are going to get a free breakfast and parking space. If you’d like to consider a Low-cost Downtown Chicago Hotel, you can expect that Ohio House Motel will be your most suitable option.

Ohio House Motel started in 1960 and since then, they have been giving the best lodging for visitors with the best price. It is located at the corner of LaSalle Street and Ohio Street in the center of Downtown Chicago. This is one of the least expensive motels in Chicago right now, but the rooms are actually high class and they’re all very comfortable. This is exactly like staying in a high-class hotel without paying too much. It has experienced multiple refurbishments and restorations to keep with the times and the requirements of guests, but the lodging is still inexpensive so guests around the country are booking here in Ohio House.

The new Ohio House website actually gives a wide range of features that you’ll be able to take advantage of. All the information that you want to understand about the popular motel, the rooms that they give and the amenities that they really have can be seen on their website. The good thing about this is that you can reserve or book a room immediately on their website and you are going to be able to get a free breakfast as well. It means that you’ll be able to access their website anywhere so long as you have a Web connection and reserve your room regardless of where you are. If you would like to give them a call, you are able to find their phone number on the website.

Ohio House Motel also provides some marketing deals every once in awhile, that will make their already inexpensive rates much more inexpensive for the visitors. You are able to also prefer to be a member and you can earn free nights in Ohio House. Ensure that you contact them if you want more info.

They offer free breakfast once you book directly online, free parking and also free WIFI access to make sure that you are going to always be updated with your social media accounts.

If you’d like to be updated on their latest deals and promotions, you can sign up on their website so you are going to be notified for special offers directly on your email.

If you’d like to seek out Chicago Hotel with free parking and a Chicago Hotel with free breakfast, Ohio House is a great choice. You may check out their site to understand more about their services.

Jun 18

AMM Communications Certified as Women Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise by St. Louis International Airport

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Ann Marie Mayuga is AMM Communications co-founder and principal

AMM Communications LLC, the St. Louis-based digital marketing, public relations, and talent acquisition firm, was recently certified by St. Louis International Airport as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).

Founded in 2008 by Ann Marie and Ed Mayuga, AMM Communications, a PR and digital agency, serves clients throughout the St. Louis region, nationwide and internationally. The firm has grown from initially offering public relations, media relations and social media consulting from 10 years ago to evolving into one of the only digital public relations firms in St. Louis using the Paid Earned Social Owned (PESO) model, which was created by Gini Dietrich, PR-thought leader and founder of the influential blog, http://spinsucks.com.

AMM Communications has been certified by the State of Missouri as a Woman-Business Owned Enterprise (WBE) business since 2011.

Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the St. Louis-based PR and digital agency, and talent acquisition firm, provides media relations, digital public relation, business development, crisis communications, content marketing, internal communications, communications skills training, digital marketing, reputation management, social media consulting, and executive search services for businesses nationwide. AMM Communications is a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certified by the State of Missouri, and St. Louis County and St. Louis City, and is certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by St. Louis County and St. Louis City. AMM Communications has been voted one of the “Best PR Firms in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly from 2010-2018. We want to help you … Drive your sales. Communicate better. Hire well. For more information, please visit, http://ammcommunications.com or call 314.485.9499.

Jun 14

The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter Elects 2018 Officers and Board of Directors

Toni Douaihy, 2018 ACC STL President

Toni Douaihy, 2018 ACC STL President

The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, recently elected its new president and certain officers and directors to its board of directors.

The 2018 ACC STL leadership team includes: 

  • President – Toni Douaihy, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Macy’s, Inc.
  • President-Elect – Chrissy Teske, Senior Attorney, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
  • Secretary – John Rebman, Sr. Corporate Counsel, Regulatory Law & Policy, Monsanto Company
  • Treasurer  Brian Parsons, Counsel, Macy’s, Inc.
  • Immediate Past President – Kristol Simms, Ameren Corporation
  • Advocacy Chair – Barbara Barrett, Chief Compliance Officer, Reliant Care Management Company
  • Membership Chair – Nancy McCahan, Managing General Counsel, Sugar Creek Capital
  • Program Chair – Jennifer Herner, Associate General Counsel, World Wide Technology, Inc.
  • Communications Chair – Sven Fickeler, Senior Corporate Counsel, Bunzl Distribution USA, LLC
  • Board Member – Patricia Duft, Vice President, Legal, Covidient
  • Board Member – Paula Finlay, Assistant Vice President – Senior Legal Counsel, Labor and Employment, AT&T Legal Department
  • Board Member – Katherine Krebel, Corporate Counsel, DRS Technologies, Inc.
  • Board Member – Elfin Noce, Senior Manager & Counsel, Charter Communications, Inc.
  • Board Member – Rachel Paul, Senior Counsel, Midwest Employers Casualty Company
  • Board Member – Erika Schenk, General Counsel & Vice President of Compliance, World Wide Technology, Inc.
  • Board Member – Sharhonda Shahid, Intellectual Property Counsel, EMD Millipore Corporation
  • Board Member – Margy Weisman, Assistant General Counsel, ESCO Technologies Inc.
  • Board Member – Denise Whitener, Senior Counsel, Wells Fargo Law Department
  • International Board of DirectorsJan Robey Alonzo, former Senior Vice President & General Counsel, UniGroup, Inc.
  • Past President Committee ChairChristopher Goddard, Washington University, Associate General Counsel
  • Sponsorship Co-ChairRenee Schenk, Assistant General Counsel, Commercial Monsanto
  • Corporate Counsel Institute Committee ChairTyrus Ulmer, The Boeing Company, Chief Counsel
  • Ex-Officio: Barry Klinckhardt, Fabick CAT, General Counsel; Chris Goddard, Jan Alonzo, Tyrus Ulmer, Renee Schenk

Contact:

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications

314.485.9499

annmarie@ammcommunications.com

About the ACC STL:

The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, was founded in 1987. The St. Louis chapter has more than 550 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 30-year-history, the ACC STL has grown to become one of the leading chapters in the country by its national association having been selected as “Chapter of the Year” three times with the most recent award in 2017.  To learn more, please visit, https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.