Board of Directors
- Susan Katzman, Chairperson, STL Public Schools – retired
- Suzanne Hough, Vice Chairperson, Carrollton Bank
- Tom Sullivan, Treasurer, Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club
- John Windom, Secretary, STL Public Schools – retired
- Kathy Reeves, Enterprise Holdings
- Felicia Pulliam, St. Louis Renewed LLC
- Tony P. Janssen, US Bancorp
Financial Coaching Staff – Click on each photo for individual bios
Since 2013, Paul Woodruff has served as the Executive Director of Prosperity Connection. He believes that all people are deserving of financial dignity and has dedicated his career to this belief through his work in the financial capability sphere.
Woodruff also manages strategic community initiatives for St. Louis Community Credit Union (SLCCU) as their Vice President of Community Development. In this dual role, Woodruff is charged with overseeing and guiding the direction of numerous community outreach initiatives supported by both organizations, whose cooperative aim is to improve and better the lifestyle of low-income families throughout the St. Louis region.
Woodruff is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships that fund, support, and advance the missions of Prosperity Connection and SLCCU. These duties include managing SLCCU’s community development programs, oversight of financial education programs offered through Prosperity Connection’s Excel Center network, supervising and supporting Prosperity Connection’s small dollar loan store (RedDough Money Center), and maintaining relations with community, business, and government leaders. As an active member of the community, Paul also serves as an advisor and board member for several community and national groups. He was an active member of the Economic Inequity & Opportunity subcommittee of the Ferguson Commission and serves as a Board member for the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.
Woodruff began his career in community development at SLCCU in 2009 as a teller, and has subsequently worked as a financial educator, business development specialist, and community development manager. He received his Master’s degree in Public Administration (with a certificate in Organizational Development) from St. Louis University where his research focused on credit union alternatives to payday loans. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Speech Communication from McKendree University.
Abby Clavin joined Prosperity Connection in 2015 as the Data and Community Resource Specialist. She has been instrumental in transitioning the process by which our financial education coaches collect data and track client metrics via customized implementation of the Salesforce program.
In 2016, Abby took on additional responsibilities and was promoted to Assistant Director of Operations. Abby’s role is to coordinate client data collection, input, and management processes, lead data analysis and reporting functions. She assists the financial coaching team with event and program coordination. Her role in operations is primarily leading strategic planning efforts, as well as cultivating and managing community partnerships.
Abby holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. She is an Alumni Board Member of the Brown School at Washington University.
Torrey Park has more than 15 years’ experience in fund development and specialized marketing for nonprofit organizations. She is responsible for researching and facilitating the cultivation of funding opportunities in support of our programs and services. This includes seeking out and identifying grants, engaging with prospective and existing individual donors, planning and coordination of major organizational events (promotional and fundraising), developing corporate sponsorship partnerships, and outlining and executing a strategic annual fund blueprint with diversified funding streams.
Torrey is also responsible for creating marketing materials (i.e. promotional flyers) and maintaining an online presence through Prosperity Connection’s website, social media, newsletter, and more. She works with the education team to seek out client success stories for the purpose of developing content that helps to demonstrate the impact of Prosperity Connection (and RedDough Money Center) programming.
Torrey is very active in her community. She holds an elected position as a Committeewoman in the 15th Ward of St. Louis City–a volunteer role which includes support for her ward’s political organization, educating voters on candidates and issues, and driving voter registration and participation. She also serves on the board of the Tower Grove South Neighborhood Association.
Torrey is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and received an Advanced Certificate Degree in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis. She is an alumnus of the Coro Women In Leadership Program, Class 64, facilitated by FOCUS St. Louis, and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) St. Louis chapter.
For more information about Prosperity Connection, please email Paul Woodruff, Executive Director.