Bruce Bailey – Executive Director

Bruce Bailey has a degree in Public Administration from Webster University. He worked in government and social service for over 35 years, 15 of which were agencies serving youth. He began his career as a congressional aid, then as special assistant to Judge Noah Weinstein at the St. Louis County Juvenile Court. Subsequently, Bruce served as the Executive Director of two non-profit agencies developing Outdoor Education and Youth Corps programs. In 1994 Bruce directed a pilot program for the Corporation for National Service followed by serving as the founding Executive Director of AmeriCorps St. Louis. In 2002, Bruce received the Mel Carnahan Service Award for Exemplary Leadership to the Citizens of Missouri. Bruce has served as the Chairperson of Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), and is an advisor to the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) with expertise in volunteer coordination and donations management.

AmeriCorps St Louis Program Director Kathleen BechererM. Kathleen Becherer – Program Director

Kathleen Becherer received both her Bachelor’s degree in Social Service and Individualized Master’s degree in Urban Affairs from Webster University along with post graduate study at the University of Louisville in Crime Prevention. Kathleen is a Graduate of the CORO Foundation’s Women in Leadership, and has been certified as a Community Mediator and Diversity Trainer. She has worked in government and social service programs for over 35 years, nearly all of which focused on at-risk youth. She is a founding Program Director of AmeriCorps St. Louis Education Corps. In 2005, Kathleen received the Women of the Well Achievement Award, and in 2008 the UMSL Regional Institute for Tutorial Education Award, each one for her exemplary life-long commitment to women and children.

Amanda Henderson Family CroppedAmanda Henderson – Director of Operations

Amanda has a degree in General Business Administration and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Policy, from Central Michigan University.  After college, Amanda served on the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team, receiving the organization’s Compass Award for her service.  She then worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Gateway Area Chapter as their Volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator, and then as their Finance & Operations Coordinator.  Amanda received the Chancellor’s Certificate in Volunteer Management from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  While serving with AmeriCorps, Amanda met her future husband, Nick Henderson, who was also a member of the Emergency Response Team. They have one daughter together, Keely.

Program Coordinators


Kenan Ender – Disaster Services Coordinator

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Kenan is in his third year serving with AmeriCorps St. Louis. Kenan has Bachelor’s degrees in Global Studies and Geography from the University of North Carolina. After graduating college, Kenan joined the Emergency Response Team for Year 21 and received the Golden Pulaski Leadership Award for his service. In his current role, Kenan oversees disaster response, special projects and trainings. 




Kelley Hower – Member Services Coordinator

Born and raised near Washington, D.C., Kelley is serving with AmeriCorps St. Louis for her third year. Kelley received a Bachelor’s degree in English/Professional Writing from Virginia Tech. After college, Kelley worked for the National Turkey Federation in D.C. and then spent over a year traveling abroad to Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Europe. She worked for Old Navy and 3A  Sanitary Standards, Inc, in northern Virginia before discovering AmeriCorps and joining the Emergency Response Team for Year 21. 



Carrie Stephen – Stewardship Coordinator

A St. Louis native, Carrie has served with AmeriCorps St. Louis for the past three years. Carrie has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Knox College. After college, Carrie joined the Emergency Response Team for Year 21. In her role as Stewardship Coordinator, Carrie oversees conservation project planning, equipment maintenance and training.