Board of Directors

Kyle Dickerson

President

Kyle holds a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. A skilled musician and organizer, Kyle has extensive professional experience working in churches as a worship leader, band director, pastoral intern, and organizational growth apprentice. He is currently on staff with One Fellowship in Indianapolis and is completing his studies at Reformed Theological Seminary. Kyle joined the Board of Freedom Arts in August 2019 and is looking forward to helping the organization grow to build a movement of people who will love each other and the city they are in.

Venneikia Williams

Vice President

Venneikia holds a bachelors in Sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Seminary whose work exists within the intersections of race, gender, and faith. Following her most recent community organizing and leadership work in St. Louis, she moved to Atlanta to work with Breakaway as the Community Director to provide leadership trainings in social justice. She also serves with Liberating Church as a curriculum designer and School of Love Winston providing outreach consultation. Venneikia’s womanist lens informs the work she does professionally and personally, teaching people and organizations how to be active, informed change makers. After volunteering with Freedom Arts for two years, Venneikia is excited to join the Board of Directors to help the organization expand its funding reach and continue operating at a high level.

Jenny Elliott

Treasurer

Jenny holds an MsC in Development Management and is a UK Chartered Accountant specializing in nonprofit finance and operations. After spending 13 years working in London and the Middle East, she returned home with her family to St. Louis in 2017. She is skilled in operations, finance, and cross-cultural relationships, and is dedicated to use those skills to help nonprofit organizations advance. Jenny joined the Freedom Arts Board in September 2019 and is looking forward to using her skills to help the organization grow financially in order to continue investing in youth and making quality education accessible.

Debora Grandison

Secretary

Debora is a poet, educator, and motivational speaker with 20 years of teaching and public speaking experience in dozens of different settings. She is a devoted volunteer of The American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association and The National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease. She has been an enthusiastic supporter of Freedom Arts since the beginning and officially joined the Board in August 2018. As a 30 year survivor of both heart disease and diabetes, sustained by faith and education, Debora’s focus is the spiritual, physical, and emotional health of every member of the organization and continuing giving exemplary service to the youth and their families throughout the community.

Ruthie Vincill

Board Member

Ruthie graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, nonprofit administration management, and community practice. Throughout her career she has worked with a variety of organizations assisting victims of domestic violence, directing mentoring programs, managing nonprofit retails spaces, and handling finances and grantmaking. Ruthie is a member of Faith For Justice, the St. Louis Mass Choir, and is actively involved in mercy ministries at local churches. She has been on the Board of Freedom Arts since 2016 and is excited to continue shaping and supporting the vision of the organization.

Karen Koenig

Board Member

Karen graduated from Belmont University in 2004 with her Bachelors in Social Work. After years of working in the field in case management and community development, she is currently spending her time raising her three children with her husband and returning to her first love of songwriting. Karen joined the Board of Freedom Arts in August 2019 after years of supporting the organization and is passionate about working with the rest of the Leadership Team to bring equity and opportunity to systemically marginalized families in St. Louis.