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Meet the YPD Leadership Team!

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Lauren Kraus

Lauren is a full-time nanny for a family in U City. She lives in the Central West End. In Lauren’s free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, going to movies and concerts and reading for her book club. Lauren is super excited to help the whole Jewish community of St. Louis, both young and old, come together!

Justin Krachmalnick

Justin Krachmalnick joined the YPD Leadership Team in 2014. His past YPD roles included co-chair of ROOTS, co-chair of LollapaJEWza and Board Chair of Finance & Evaluation. Outside of YPD, Justin is a CPA at Massie, Fudemberg, Goldberg LLC (MFG). Justin enjoys cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Indiana University Hoosiers, playing tennis and spending time with friends and family. He looks forward to giving back to YPD and continue building a strong St. Louis Jewish community. Through his role on the board, Justin hopes to continue motivating others to get involved and to influence new programming.

Joanna Alper

Joanna Alper joined the YPD Leadership Team in 2017 as Vice President of YPD Underground, an annual signature event focused on community and philanthropy. She is excited to expand the event’s scope and broaden the reach to more young adults throughout St. Louis. Please contact her via email if you’d like to join the planning committee for next year’s event. She looks forward to an exciting and successful year with YPD!

Emma Lapp

Emma is a St. Louis native working at a college access organization for under-resourced high school students. Emma’s top three favorite foods (in no particular order) are mac and cheese, guacamole, and bagels and lox. Her first YPD event was a happy hour on the roof of the Moonrise Hotel in the Loop. Emma is excited to become more involved in the St. Louis Jewish community and help keep the YPD Leadership Team connected!



Becca Near, Coordinator, Young Adult Engagement

Becca welcomed her first child in January and while she is on maternity leave, Stacy Wagerman will oversee YPD. Mazel tov to Becca and her family!

Becca is the staff member for YPD, where she oversees the YPD Board, YPD programming and NextGen engagement. Becca is embarking on her second year with the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and loves the passion and dedication that surrounds her work. You can find Becca doing various things like hiking, traveling, hanging out with friends, watching Game of Thrones with her husband or enjoying time with her family.