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

Ben Feimer (he, him)

Lead Financial Coach

As a Lead Financial Coach, Ben works one-on-one with Prosperity Connection’s clients to achieve their financial goals. Ben got his start in finance as a stockbroker and has been working in personal finance for over 10 years. As a HUD certified Housing Counselor and a CBA certified Master Trainer, Ben has the knowledge and skills to make your financial dreams a reality.

Fun Fact: Ben was in the Peace Corps and taught English in western Mongolia!

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

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.” She also used to show llamas at the state fair, and won!

Sara Middendorf (she, her)

Director of 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.

Robert Nelson V (he, him)

Director of Coaching

After being a Lead Financial Coach for several years, Robert Nelson V has recently been promoted to Director of Coaching. In his new role, Robert ensures the success of Lead Coaches from onboarding to fostering a collaborative and growth environment. Using his past experience and knowledge, he mentors, motivates, trains, engages, and grows the coaching staff, creating a Best in Class coaching environment and team. 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.

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!

Program Management and Support Staff

Carol Harris (she, her)

Executive Project Manager

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. 

Julianna Nikodym (she, her)

Marketing Associate

Julianna began her one-year role as the Community Outreach and Marketing AmeriCorps VISTA in March 2021. Since completing her AmeriCorps VISTA term, she has continued to provide marketing assistance. 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!”)

Heather Schindewolf (she, her)

St. Louis Builds Credit Coordinator

Heather is our St. Louis Builds Credit Coordinator and is responsible for planning and executing credit fairs. She also oversees the volunteer program which includes assessment, recruiting, and training for STLBC events and programming. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Missouri Baptist University with a focus on Social Work and Counseling. She is also a graduate of Rung for Women’s first cohort where she was introduced to Prosperity Connection. After completing Prosperity Connection’s one-on-one coaching and attending their financial education classes, Heather received the tools, skills, and confidence she needed to achieve her financial aspirations. She wants to use utilize what she learned by bringing her experiences and skills to Prosperity Connection’s team to help others achieve their financial goals.

Fun Fact: Heather loves being outdoors and recently graduated from the University of Illinois Master Naturalist training program.

Board of Directors

  • Tom Sullivan, Treasurer, Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club
  • Tony P. Janssen, US Bancorp
  • Susan Katzman, Chairperson, STL Public Schools – retired
  • Felicia Pulliam, Create Community LLC
  • Suzanne Hough, Vice-Chairperson, Carrollton Bank
  • John Windom, Secretary, STL Public Schools – retired
  • Tom Boyle, Enterprise Car Sales