Meet Our Team

 

Executive Director – Bruce Sowatsky 

Photo credit: Dawn Blackburn, Fat Dog Creative

Bruce was named Executive Director in 1999, and under his leadership the CCRB has grown to serve approximately 70,000 to 80,000 children and youth annually, and over $84 million has been invested in services for children in St. Charles.  Sowatsky was recently recognized as a 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.  He has assisted nine Missouri counties in passing similar localized taxes for children’s mental health services,  serves on the Ready By 21 task force and the Regional Data Alliance, and is active in regional efforts to raise awareness about the impact of trauma and mental health conditions on children.  In 2007, Sowatsky brought together community members to create the Shower of Love, a baby care collection drive, which has raised $1,000,000 for babies and teen parents in St. Charles County.  His dedication, insight, and immense heart for children are visible in everything he does.

Grants Administrator – Michelle McElfresh

Michelle began her career with the CCRB in 2007 as Administrative Assistant, and was promoted to Grants Administrator in 2017.  Michelle has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is a 2019 graduate of Vision St. Charles Leadership.  Michelle manages agency compliance in contracts, clinical outcomes agreements, and site audits.  In addition, she prepares reports about the impact services have made for children and their families in St. Charles County.  Michelle serves on the St. Charles County System of Care leadership team and the Community Services Summit and is excited to partner with other agencies to provide strong programs and community impact in St. Charles County.

Administrative & Grants Assistant – Jeanne Spencer

Jeanne joined the CCRB in 2017 and also serves as the Coordinator for the Shower of Love Baby Care Drive.  Jeanne manages the office, community outreach, marketing, social media, and assists with partner agency audits.  She earned a Masters of Education from Lindenwood University.  Jeanne has personal experience in parenting a child with a disability and mental health conditions, increasing her empathy for parents and professionals who support  our youth with mental health conditions.

 

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