Who We Are

Our Leadership Council

Affected Community Member: 
Valerie Dent, St. Louis Mothers in Charge 
Economic & Workforce Development Sector: 
Erica Henderson, St. Louis Promise Zone 
Sal Martinez, Employment Connection 
Education Sector: 
Dr. Debra Harper-LeBlanc, Forest Park Community College 
Faith Based Sector: 
Reverend Marc Smith, Episcopal Diocese of Missouri 
Pastor Amber Cole, Bread of Life Ministry 
Public Health Sector: 
Paola "Poli" Rijos, Gun Violence Initiative, Institute for Public Health, Washington University

Spring Schmidt, St. Louis County Dept Public Health 
Public Safety Sector: 
Chief John Hayden, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department 
Chief Dennis Jenkerson, St. Louis City Fire Department 
Commissioner Dale Glass, City of St. Louis Division of Corrections 
Sgt. Charlie Rodriguez, St. Louis County Police Department  
Social Service Sector: 
Ed Bryant, United Way of Greater St. Louis 
Anthony Franks, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri
Matt Brummund, Federal Bureau of Investigation


Our Members

From the Member Charter:

​As an active member of the VPC I agree to participate, follow-through, and communicate to achieve our shared violence prevention goals. I will work as an individual and through my organization to advance the VPC’s values of: racial equity, respect, integrity, results driven decision-making, community engagement and inclusion, systems level change, and resource coordination