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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

Assistant Executive 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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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’ Arms? Email Maria, she can help you!

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Cat Church

Cat joined Angels Arms’ in February 2019. In December 2017, Cat completed her Masters of Social Work at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and gained her license through the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers. Cat has experience working with youth and families at Youth in Need, BJC Behavioral Health, Safe Connections, and Epworth, as well as through an internship with Angels’ Arms in 2016. Cat works with youth (ages 13-21+) in our homes, both independently and collaboratively, to help them prepare for their futures, including continued school success, post-secondary school planning, career exploration, life skill building, and mentorship through our Mentor Program.

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