Meet the team that is helping social workers, police officers, and other public servants connect people in need with the services they need.
Michael Kehoe, PE
Board Chair & Executive Director at Johego
Michael Kehoe is the Board Chair and Executive Director of Johego. In these capacities, he is responsible for implementing strategic objectives developed by the Board of Directors.
While working on a water and sanitation assessment in Sierra Leone, Michael became interested in how to more effectively coordinate the efforts of individuals and organizations working in the public interest. By founding Johego, he hopes to improve social service delivery throughout the United States, using big data and mobile technology to streamline the collection, curation, and delivery of information concerning the availability and quality of public resources.
Michael earned a BS with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS from Stanford University. Prior to working on Johego full-time, he was a senior staff engineer for an environmental consulting firm, where he gained licensure as a professional engineer and worked on iPad applications for field data collection, among other projects.
In his free time, Michael enjoys exploring St. Louis, meeting new people, and reading as much as he can.
Sandra Naeger, MSW
Board Member & Secretary at Johego
Assistant Clinical Professor, Saint Louis University
Sandra Naeger is a Board Member and Secretary for Johego. In these roles she provides strategic planning and is curator of board communications and records.
Sandra serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Saint Louis University directing the undergraduate social work program and teaching social work courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Her practice and research approach includes engaging stakeholders, creating safe spaces for dialogue, and the pursuit of informed solutions to social problems.
Sandra earned a BA from University of Missouri and an MSW from Saint Louis University. She is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience in domestic and sexual violence, international social work, diversity and anti-oppression practice with individuals and communities, sustainable development and environmental social work.
Outside of work, Sandra enjoys exploring and traveling with purpose to discover and cultivate opportunities for and between people and their communities.
Laura Golightly, CPA
Board Member & Treasurer at Johego
Accounting Manager, Burgess Norton Mfg. Co., Inc.
Laura Golightly is a Board Member and Treasurer for Johego. In these roles, she provides strategic objective planning and financial management for the organization.
Laura works as the Accounting Manager for Burgess Norton, an international manufacturer of piston pins and powder metal parts. At Burgess Norton, she provides support in month end closing, financial reporting and financial analysis. Her previous work experience includes financial audits of non-profit organizations similar to Johego.
Laura earned both her Masters in Accountancy and BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Outside of work, Laura enjoys traveling, cooking and trying new workouts with family and friends. She has been an active member of her community since she was young and is excited to support Johego’s efforts to improve social service delivery.
Megan Kinney, JD/MBA
Board Member at Johego
Attorney, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance
Megan Kinney is a Board Member for Johego. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing strategic objectives and maintain good corporate governance for Johego.
Megan Kinney has been an active member in her community since moving to St. Louis in 2000. As an undergraduate, she served on the executive board of Alpha Phi Omega service organization. Much like Saint Louis University’s mission, Alpha Phi Omega is deeply rooted in serving others. Megan sees community service as a vocation, and Johego as avenue to get others engaged.
Megan earned her BSBA, MBA, and JD all from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. While pursuing her MBA and JD, Megan worked full-time at SLU managing a 900-person residence hall. She went on to serve as an event specialist at SLU, assisting in planning and organizing small and large-scale functions.
After earning her JD, Megan became a licensed attorney in Missouri and Illinois. She now practices elder law at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, a non-profit, legal aid law firm in Illinois. Megan represents and advocates for senior citizens in various legal matters, and ensures their rights are protected.
Megan has come to really love St. Louis, despite being a life-long Chicago Cubs fan. She enjoys the perks of living in a big city with a small town feel which includes new restaurants, good entertainment and music, and new local businesses abound.
Board Member at Johego
Director of IT Consulting, Protiviti
Keith Fisher is a Board Member for Johego. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing strategic objectives, particularly in the context of IT infrastructure.
Keith is the Director of IT Consulting at the managment consulting firm Protiviti. Keith has over 18 years of business and technology experience in managing the evaluation, implementation, and support of application and technical infrastructure solutions. The two key areas of specialty are data strategy and helping companies align their technical roadmap with strategic business objectives. Keith has served a variety of clients in the health care, technology, professional services and financial services industries.
Prior to joining Protiviti, Keith was the Director of Application Development for the public manufacturing and retail company Brown Shoe. His primary focus was overseeing the eCommerce division growing revenues from million to 5 million, specifically focusing on enterprise architecture and integrating eCommerce and mobile capabilities.
Keith has Bachelor of Science degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics from Missouri State University and has taken some post-graduate work at Washington University focused on Artificial Intelligence.
Keith can be seen coaching his local public school chess team and looks forward to making the world a better place through technology and Johego.
Board Member at Johego
Vice President, Rodgers Townsend/DDB
Crystal Merritt is a Board Member for Johego. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing Johego’s strategic objectives, especially as related to branding and market research.
Crystal is a Vice President and the Director of Account Planning at Rodgers Townsend/DDB, a nationally acclaimed, full-service marketing communications agency. Her 20+ year career in advertising covers a range of disciplines: general market advertising, B2B advertising, urban advertising, direct marketing, digital, and social. She has helped telecom/tech, insurance, travel, retail, medical, and nonprofit organizations build their brands, based on qualitative and quantitative research.
Crystal has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard University and is a lifelong explorer of new methods, tools and techniques related to branding and market research.
In her free time, Crystal enjoys spending time with her dog, playing on RT Chickens softball team, and volunteering in her community. She is exited to leverage her insights and experiences to help Johego grow.
Joe Steensma, PhD
Board Member at Johego
Professor, Washington University in Saint Louis
Dr. Joe Steensma is a Board Member for Johego. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and advancing Johego’s strategic objectives.
Ever diverse and interdisciplinary, Dr. Steensma serves as a Professor of Practice in Environmental Health and Social Entrepreneurship at the George W. Brown School as well as a Scholar at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is also a Sr. Scholar at the Global Good Fund in Washington, DC. Prior to his appointment at the Brown School Dr. Steensma was a professor within the Busse School of Business at the University of Saint Francis as well as a professor in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Francis.
Prior to joining the academy in a full time capacity, Dr. Steensma was active in business and public affairs. Dr. Steensma founded Industrial Solutions Group (ISG), which grew to become one of the premier occupational and environmental health companies in the United States. ISG was sold to Concentra (Humana) in 2007. He has launched several successful ventures related to public health and continues his entrepreneurial efforts to this day.
Dr. Steensma specializes in social entrepreneurism, environmental/occupational health, and biostatistics. He is passionate about sustainability and the role enterprise plays in advancing societies. He is excited to apply his passion and experience to help Johego flourish.
He also loves the outdoors and writes often about birds. His latest book is A Guide to the Birds of North Andros Island.
Mary Cameron, PhD
Data Science Fellow at Johego
PhD Researcher, Stanford University
Mary Cameron is Johego’s first-ever Data Science Fellow. As an avid puzzle fan and math nerd, Mary learned early on that she could help make the world a better place by using math and computers to help chip away at big problems in our community. She is delighted to be putting those skills to use as a member of the Johego team, where she collects, analyzes, and validates the information that goes into the Johego social services directory.
Mary has a B.S. in Mathematics from Arizona State University and an M.S. in Computational and Mathematical Engineering from Stanford University. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, where she is using mathematical models to quantify the effects of air pollution on climate and health, and developing solutions to help society transition to 100% renewable energy.
When she’s not on her computer, Mary enjoys firing up an audiobook and going for a long trail run in the beautiful California mountains.
Ryan Moniz, PhD
Volunteer Data Scientist at Johego
Data Scientist, Facebook
Ryan Moniz is a Volunteer Data Scientist for Johego. In that capacity, he is developing and implementing strategies to achieve a variety of organizational objectives through social media.
Ryan works as a data scientist at Facebook, where he leverages his analytical and project management skills to improve advertising outcomes on the world’s largest social network.
Ryan earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis and an MS/PhD in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology from Stanford Engineering, where his research was focused on scale-dependent dispersion within the stratified interior on the shelf of northern Monterey Bay.
Outside of work, Ryan enjoys water sports, board games, snowboarding, and romping with his French bulldog Bowser.
Executive Advisor at Johego
Chief Innovation Officer, The Future Project
Zac is serving as an Executive Advisor to Johego’s CEO, Michael Kehoe. In this capacity he is helping to shape Johego’s strategic and tactical development, as well as secure partnerships that will support Johego’s business and technical evolution.
Zac is also the Chief Innovation Officer at The Future Project, a nationally-recognized education initiative, and advises a number of organizations in the social justice and social innovation space. A 2008-2009 Henry Luce Scholar, Zac has taught at MIT, the University of Washington, and Richard Hugo House, and has held policy positions with the Mayor of Memphis and the Selangor State Assembly. He was also a lead game designer for the card game Magic: The Gathering and a designer for Duels of the Planeswalkers, which was named one of the top 100 games of all time by PCGamer Magazine. He lives in Manhattan.
Zac’s mission is to make it possible for everyone to discover who they are, what matters to them, and how to become the best imaginable version of themselves.
Quentin Ortega, MBA
IT Advisor at Johego
Business Development Manager, Multiply LLC
Quentin is an IT Advisor to Johego’s Executive Director, Michael Kehoe. In this capacity, Quentin supports Johego’s strategic planning, product development, and customer acquisition, among other initiatives.
Over the years, Quentin has been involved with numerous entrepreneurial ventures and organizations. Currently serving as the Square One IT Track Leader, Vice President of Lumate Inc., and Business Development Manager at Multiply LLC, Quentin is passionate about improving processes, growing companies, negotiating fair business deals, and seeing new thought leadership applied to organizations of all sizes. These passions have lead Quentin to his current roles which allow him to have the most positive impact possible on multiple organizations.
Quentin has his MBA, a degree in Management and Information Systems, and a certification for Sustainable Business from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
In his free time, Quentin enjoys watching movies, attending concerts, and learning new things.
Branding Advisor at Johego
Co-Founder, Rodgers Townsend
Tom Townsend co-founded Rodgers Townsend in 1996 with Tim Rodgers, when they left D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (“DMB&B”), the St. Louis office of one of the largest firms in the world at the time. In 2006, Rodgers Townsend was acquired by DDB/Omnicom.
Prior to Rodgers Townsend, Tom spent ten years at DMB&B/St. Louis, most recently as Senior Vice President/Group Creative Director, where he worked on M&M/Mars – Milky Way, Twix, Skittles, and Combos snacks, Anhueser-Busch beers, Blockbuster, Southwestern Bell, and other major brands.
Tom has received industry honors through awards from the National Addy Awards, The One Show, Communication Arts, the Daytime Emmy Awards (shared with Ben Bohling and Nathaniel Bull), Archive, Print, Graphis, and Cannes.
Prior to DMB&B, Tom was a Creative Director of Gardner Advertising owned by Wells, Rich and Greene. There his accounts included Ralston Purina and Southwestern Bell. Prior to Gardner, Tom was at Stolz Advertising in St. Louis, where he worked on McDonald’s and other regional accounts.
With Tim Rodgers, Tom shared the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award; he is a 2014 inductee into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame; and he has received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Savannah College of Art and Design. Early in his career, Tom was honored as one of “40 Under 40” people to watch in St. Louis. Tom studied jazz piano with Mary Lou Williams, he has played piano with Chuck Berry, and BB King once loaned Tom 100 dollars, which was paid back in Japanese yen.
Upon the loss of his oldest son in 2010, Tom started the Alex Townsend Memorial Foundation to support music and art initiatives. The two major projects of the Foundation are the A-Town Get Down Music and Art Festival in Savannah, GA, and Pianos for People, which gives acoustic pianos to underprivileged families.
Peer Advisor at Johego
Co-Founder & ED, Create a LOOP
Darren is serving as a Peer Advisor to Johego’s Executive Director, Michael Kehoe. In this role, Darren helps Michael identify and prioritize actions to achieve Johego’s strategic objectives.
Darren has spent over a decade working to empower children to reach their highest potential. He’s helped to develop multiple clubs, camps, and programs across the country that have equipped children and young adults become leaders in their communities. He and his wife, Danielle Jackson, launched the first LOOP club in 2016 serving 30 clubbers across St. Louis.
Peer Advisor at Johego
Dan serves as a Peer Advisor to Johego’s Founder, Michael Kehoe. In this capacity, Dan helps Michael develop, test, and refine tactics and strategies to advance Johego’s objectives.
Dan is the cofounder of Mavuno, a nonprofit organization that empowers local leaders in eastern Congo to end extreme poverty in their own communities. At Mavuno, Dan helps organize communities and build businesses at the grassroots level. Mavuno’s five-step process is designed to place local interests and ingenuity at the center of a community’s development.
Dan served on active duty for seven years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer in the U.S. military. He holds worldwide operational experience, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Afghanistan. Most recently, he served a 2-year tour in South Korea before transitioning to Mavuno full-time. Dan is a passionate leader who believes the Congolese already have the right people, the right talent, and the right ideas – his goal is to simply unlock the doors of opportunity. He currently resides in South Bend, IN with his wife and two sons.
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Disclaimer: In their capacities as Johego board members and staff, the above personnel affirm that they are not acting as agents of any external organizations.