Our staff and our Board of Directors power our mission and vision in some pretty amazing ways. Their energy, dedication, and talent allow us to strive for a financially strong St. Louis.

Financial Coaches

Robert Nelson V (he, him)

Lead Financial Coach

Robert Nelson V has been a Financial Education Specialist with Prosperity Connection for 4 years. He has a keen ability to explain complex financial topics, and thrives on bringing this knowledge to communities that lack financial education. Robert is certified as a homeownership counselor through NeighborWorks America, and as a credit specialist through Freddie Mac.

Fun Fact: Robert could (almost certainly) beat you in a bowling match.

Tamika Staten (she, her)

Lead Financial Coach

Tamika Staten is a Financial Education Specialist.  She provides one-on-one financial coaching sessions for customers of Carrollton Bank’s home loan process. Tamika is pursuing her Bachelors in Human Resources Management with a Minor in Non-Profit Administration and Management from Lindenwood University. Tamika has worked in finance for over a decade with emphasis on lending, banking, home ownership, and IRS processes.

 Fun Fact: Traveling is her paradise!

Nikki Whetsell (she, her)

Lead Financial Coach

Nikki is the Financial Education Navigator in partnership with Rung for Women. In this role, she developed and continues to refine and oversee a financial education and coaching program at Rung’s campus, with the goal of helping women build wealth and financial stability. Nikki holds her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Olivet Nazarene University, her Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and she loves using her varied education and work experience to better serve and advocate for women in the St. Louis region!

Fun Fact: Nikki loves to travel and has visited 19 countries, 35 states, and 20 US National Parks.

Leadership

Kathy Siddens (she, her)

Executive Director

Kathy is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organization with the guidance of the Board of Directors and assistance of staff. Additionally, her role focuses heavily upon partner relationship management and fundraising. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Westminster College. She completed a graduate fellowship with the CORO Foundation and holds the Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America. In addition, she is a Focus St. Louis Leadership St. Louis program graduate and currently serves on the board of directors of several St. Louis area nonprofit organizations.

Fun Fact:  Kathy loves football and is a HUGE New Orleans Saints fan!

Thomas O’Farrell (he, him)

Director of Finance

Tom O’Farrell is responsible for financial operations, including accounting, budgeting, treasury, and financial reporting. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, his experience and financial perspective help shape current operating policy as well as the strategic direction of the organization. Tom is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Fun Fact: He is a self-taught drummer!

Camille Branch (she, her)

Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships

In her role, Camille oversees all operational aspects of the organization. She manages existing funding and programmatic partner relationships, contracts, MOUs, data reporting, and compliance. Camille holds her Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from Loyola University New Orleans, her Masters in Social Work from University of Missouri-St. Louis, and has worked within the financial social work umbrella for over a decade. 

Fun Fact: Camille’s motto in life is “I’d rather be hiking.” 

Program Management and Support Staff

Carol Harris (she, her)

Data and Program Support Coordinator

Carol assesses client needs and assists in connecting people with a financial coach or finding a class that meets their financial goals. She also manages class registration, class data, curriculum planning, and supports coaches and directors within the organization. She supports the volunteer program through interviews, orientation, training, and event planning. Carol holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Master of Science in Education from Lindenwood University. She is a former middle school science teacher and education administrator in North St. Louis County school districts. 

Fun Fact: Carol enjoys running, crochet, learning to play the violin, and being an avid birder. 

Sara Middendorf (she, her)

Program Manager for St. Louis Builds Credit

Sara leads planning and implementation of St. Louis Builds Credit by bringing partners together to create shared goals and strategies. She also oversees the implementation of classes, credit fairs, and a public information campaign to promote the importance of building credit. Sara holds her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame, her Masters of Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, and has worked within the social work and community development fields for several years.

Fun Fact: Outside of work, you can either find Sara on a sand or indoor volleyball court or working on cross stitch projects.

Julianna Nikodym (she, her)

Community Outreach and Marketing AmeriCorps VISTA

Julianna began her role as the Community Outreach and Marketing AmeriCorps VISTA in March 2021. She helps grow the marketing and public education campaign for St. Louis Builds Credit, as well as build the capacity of Prosperity Connection. Julianna holds her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a minor in Anthropology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Fun Fact: She is afraid of birds (“they are modern-day dinosaurs!”)

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
  • Felicia Pulliam, Create Community PLC
  • Tony P. Janssen, US Bancorp
  • Tom Boyle, Enterprise Car Sales