Chief Executive Officer
Laurie brings compassion and optimism to helping the community find the most powerful and
effective solutions to homelessness. She is tenacious in her approach to process improvement,
program effectiveness and community engagement. Her passion is educating stakeholders and
creating champions for the mission to end homelessness.
Laurie’s approach is serious and driven, focusing on innovation and action determined by best
practices and data. She believes that celebrating both successes and failures allows honesty and change. Laurie’s family connection to homelessness, mental illness and recovery tie her intimately and always to this population and mission.
Laurie has both an MBA and MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, and is also a CPA. After working for 15 years in corporate finance, she decided to move to the non-profit sector.
Laurie has been the CEO at St. Patrick Center since January 2015, and sits on the boards of several community organizations.
Chief Development Officer
Mary Kitley joined St. Patrick Center in April 2015 as Chief Development Officer. In this role, Mary is responsible for fund and volunteer development and sits on the executive leadership team. She provides leadership to a team of eight who manage various revenue streams including grants, corporate giving, special events and individual donors.
Mary’s love of philanthropy started at an early age. Before she could drive she was the top fundraiser for her Catholic school, theater group and local teen center. Mary earned a degree in Public Relations from Southern Illinois University. Her career in non-profit fundraising and management began in 2001 where she has also held positions with a domestic violence shelter and national social-services agency. Prior to joining St. Patrick Center, Mary served as Executive Director at the America Lung Association. She estimates that she has raised over $18 million dollars throughout her career.
Mary sits on Downtown St. Louis, Inc. CID Board and is a member of the FOCUS St. Louis Leadership St. Louis class of 2016-2017. She has volunteered as a “Big Sister” with Big Brothers Big Sisters and served as a Board Member for 3 Little Birds 4 Life. Mary lives with her husband and son in Collinsville, IL and considers herself a St. Louisan.
Chief Program Officer
Nancy Yohe was promoted to Chief Program Officer, a member of the executive team, in 2015, responsible for oversight of all St. Patrick Center programs, data quality, outcome management, partnership and staff development. She began her career at St. Patrick Center in January 2001 as Manager of Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement, and quickly moved into the lead role of Senior Director of Employment and Veterans Services. In this capacity, she lead a team of more than 35 managers, case managers and specialists who provide direct service to individuals seeking help with employment, housing and behavioral health services.
Prior to joining St. Patrick Center, Nancy served as Regional Service Improvement Coordinator for the Texas Department of Human Services for 13 years. She was responsible for quality control and service improvement for 22 offices in the state. Nancy has a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Maryville University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Nancy and her husband have lived in Missouri for 17 years.
Chief Operations Officer
Michelle Hennessy joined St. Patrick Center in July 2018 as Chief Operations Officer. In this role, Michelle sits on the executive leadership team and oversees the agency’s financial and IT operations as well as facilities.
Michelle has a true passion for helping people in need and feels fortunate to join a team of dedicated individuals who share the same values. What she finds most compelling about St. Patrick Center is the agency’s willingness and ability to shift business practices to better assist clients, while still keeping the mission and core values at center focus.
A native St. Louisan, Michelle obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Tulsa and later her Master of Business Administration from Saint Louis University. The Chief Operations Officer role is the perfect fit for Michelle, as it allows her to utilize her accounting and management background while also exercising her philanthropic spirit of helping others. Michelle is a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity, and volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Humane Society of Missouri. She and her husband are licensed foster parents and reside in Affton, Missouri with their three dogs.
Board of Directors
Jim Cunnane, Jr.
Michael Picker, Jr.
James Smylie III
Cori Cunnane Stebelman
Cartan Sumner, Jr.
James Williams, Jr.
Board of Trustees
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Founder & Director Emeritus
Executive Director, 1993-2001
Young Friends Development Board Leadership