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Bess Wilfong

Founder & Executive Director

After serving as a foster parent herself for several years, frequently receiving calls to care for sibling groups, Bess learned that fostering is an extremely difficult calling. It became apparent to Bess that there needed to be a place in St. Louis that would keep sibling groups together in a loving home environment. Bess realized through fostering that the community is not given the chance to be involved in foster children’s lives and therefore decided to start a program that the community supports on many levels. In 2000, her dream became a reality with the founding of Angels’ Arms. Bess’s vision is to provide homes throughout the St. Louis area so that sibling groups can remain together in a nurturing family setting.

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Jasmina Schue

Development Director

Jasmina joined the Angels’ Arms staff in the Summer of 2008 after earning her BA in Marketing from Lindenwood University. She provides leadership and coordination of all our fundraising and marketing efforts for the organization. Jasmina would love to meet with anyone interested in helping us further our mission.

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Elaine Powers

Director of Operations

Having worked in the non-profit sector in St. Louis for more than 25 years, Elaine Powers joined Angels’ Arms as Director of Operations in January 2015. Elaine’s duties at Angels’ Arms include oversight of maintenance at all homes, coordination of tax credits, financial oversight, office operations and quality improvement. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration. Her prior work has focused on children and youth, and she has experience in fund development, administration, grant writing, strategic planning, outcomes evaluation and business planning. She and her husband Ed are the parents of three busy children and they are active members of their church.

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Amber Odom

Administrative Assistant

Amber joined the Angels’ Arms staff in April 2014. Amber works closely with our families, finding out their needs and how we can better assist them. She is the go-to for all inquiries regarding our foster families. Amber and her husband Jared have two beautiful children. She is involved with the children’s ministry at her church.

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Maria Chandler

Volunteer/Event Coordinator

Maria joined the Angels’ Arms staff in June 2014. After graduating from Mizzou with a BHS in Health Sciences and working in Columbia as the Assistant Events Coordinator for the Mizzou Recreational Complex, she moved back to St. Louis to work in the non-profit sector. She serves as the go-to for anyone interested in volunteering with the organization and she also spearheads the planning process for all Angels’ Arms fundraising events. Do you have a fundraising idea or want to get involved with Angels’ Arm? Email Maria, she can help you!

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Xia Simmons

Life Launch Program Coordinator

Xiá earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Missouri- St. Louis in 2015. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years at Shalom House, where she worked as a Program Assistant.  She also worked for MERS Goodwill from June 2015 through September 2016 as a Job Coach, working with youth to help them identify and achieve personal, educational, and professional goals.  As the Life Launch Program Coordinator, she will provide support to youth in foster care as they transition into adulthood. 

Xiá loves to travel and experience new adventures.  She has visited over 15 states.  She has a daughter, SeNya (10).  They enjoy spending time together riding bikes, watching movies, and eating ice cream. 

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