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 R. Williams 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:

When not working for A Red Circle, Erica is on the Board of Directors for Kids Win Missouri and the Community Advisory Board for Refuge and Restoration Nonprofit Organization.

Elizabeth Joseph

Executive Assistant

Elizabeth Joseph joined A Red Circle in June 2021 as an Environmental Studies intern through Washington University in St. Louis. She is majoring in psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience and minoring in writing. She enjoys poetry and old Bollywood.

Bai​ley 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. 

Laura Madden

Strategic Support Specialist

Laura Madden joined A Red Circle in May 2022 after working 30 years in government affairs. Laura is passionate about food and nutrition programs, food safety, community and economic development, water resources, and environment protection. She is committed to working for a revitalized and resilient North County,  

Suzanne Whitman

Grants Development Director

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.

Jessica Johnson

Publicist/Arts Coordinator

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. 

Jesse Strod

Development Associate

Jesse Strod is devoting his year of national service through AmeriCorps VISTA to A Red Circle. A graduate of Washington University in St.  Louis, Jesse is creating internal processes and serves on the core strategy team for the North County Community Nexus. Outside work, he is involved with the St. Louis ultimate frisbee community.

Han Zhao

Data Analyst

Han Zhao has served as a volunteer data analyst since June 2022. He manages the data available to A Red Circle and analyzes the information to reveal areas of significant impact. Han is pursuing his Master of Data Science at Maryville University.

Christopher Willcox

Director of Policy & Advocacy

Chris Willcox joined A Red Circle in July 2021. His previous experience includes securing resources for clients through his work with StL Mutual Aid. He obtained his Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Kayla Vescovo

Community Wellness Coordinator

Kayla is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has a BS in Health Education & Promotion. She is passionate about healthy food access and health education initiatives that promote prevention of disease and injury. She also educates caregivers about car seat installation and safe sleep practices.

Deborah Rice-Carter

Outreach & Programming Associate

Deborah Rice-Carter is a state notary, community activist, and jewelry designer. She is seated on the Ferguson Senior Council, Ferguson Farmers Market Board and The Ferguson Eco Team. Additionally, Deborah has vast experience in the medical field. 

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. 

Cynthia Veal

Education Advocacy Associate

Cynthia Veal is a lifelong educator who retired after 33 years of teaching. Cynthia has a passion for shaping future leaders and impacting every student she comes in contact with. When Cynthia is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, traveling and reading.

Jacquelyn Randle

Program Coordinator for Parent Café

Jacquelyn Randle has 17 years of experience in Early Education, holding a BA in Early Education and MO Directors Certification. She serves on three boards as an advocate providing parent and educator viewpoints on early education. Jacquelyn fights for equitable education opportunities.

Daria Keys

Food & Farm Lead Organizer

Daria Keys has a rich background in research and community development. The skills she learned while working for AmeriCorps have made her an asset to A Red Circle as she continues to make a positive impact on North County. 

Vincent Lang

Food & Farm Manager 

Vincent Lang has 10+ years of experience in skilled building trades, transportation and safety. He caught the farming bug four years ago. As a nature lover, he enjoys hiking and outdoor adventures. He is passionate about serving the community. 

Nicholas Williams

Food & Farm Assistant

Nicholas Williams is a 2020 graduate of McCluer Senior High School. He is an avid gamer and enjoys playing his clarinet.

The Board of Directors

LaKeisha Griffin, MSW

Interest : Healthy Food Access & Racial Equality
Employment: Northside Community Housing Inc.

Roderick Gilliam

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

Dr. Destiny Reddick, Ed.D

Interest: To Serve Where Needed
Employment: Maryville University

Charles Johnson

Interest: Community Development
Employment: AT&T

Jerome Carroll

Interest: Community Building and  Holistic Living 
Veteran’s Administration

Dr. Keisha Windham, D.P.A., M.P.P.A.

Interest: Holistic Living
Employment: Washington University School of Medicine

Ketosha Harris-Anderson

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

Rebecca Halcomb

Interest: Food and Environmental Justice and Literacy
Employment: GKUPR Accounting Firm

Angela Statum

Interest: Holistic Living and Community Development
Employment: Willis Towers Watson

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

Donate to A Red Circle

Help us continue to grow our organization by making a donation.

Make a Donation

Contact Us

We are always interested to hear from you! You may call or email at any time; we will try our best to get back to you as soon as possible!

Address: 6439 Plymouth Ave., Suite #W130, St. Louis, MO  63133
Phone: 314-328-2286
Fax: 314-522-4923

You are also welcome to complete our Contact Form.

Thank you! Your message has been sent.
Unable to send your message. Please fix errors then try again.

Doing The Right Thing, At The Right Time

Join Our Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter  The Quarterly Circle to stay tuned on the community betterment happenings of A Red Circle. Read the latest issue now!

Newsletter Sign-Up

* indicates required