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Meet the 2017 Cohort!

Andy Brown
is a 25 year veteran Jewish summer camping professional. Recently, Andy entered the for-profit secular camping world and opened Camp Manitowa in Rend Lake, Illinois. Andy is married to lifelong St. Louisan Stephanie Zetcher Brown, who is currently a pre-K teacher at Temple Israel. Andy and Stephanie have four children ranging in age from 21 to 16. Andy is passionate about summer camp and Jewish camping and the incredible impact it has on young people.

Anna Altman
has been an innovator in the fitness industry for over 16 years. She has trained, taught, managed, developed trainers, developed and created programs for very large scale fitness businesses predominantly in New York City. She has been featured as an authority on women’s fitness in Livestrong, The Active Times and her workouts for Buzzfeed garnered over a million views worldwide and thousands of Pintrest Pins. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has lived in France, England and several large cities in the U.S.

Carla Feuer
, a marketing and communications professional for more than 25 years, has worked in advertising, public relations, communications and sales at advertising and PR agencies, in-house at commercial and non-profit organizations, and in field sales. Several of her campaigns won nationally recognized industry awards. As a regional sales consultant she received awards for exceeding goals. Additionally, she is a co-author of Talking a Good Game: a Guide to Sports Talk in the U.S. Workplace, a book that was inspired in part by her real-life work experiences. She also is a dedicated community volunteer whose passion to help others is the thread that connects her professional and volunteer efforts.

Nancy Nix-Rice
literally wrote the book on wardrobe development. Her book, LOOKING GOOD … Every Day, has helped thousands of women reinvent their wardrobes and is used to train new image consultants at colleges across the country. Formerly the personal shopper for Lord & Taylor, she now travels the country helping private clients and presenting workshops on color, style and wardrobe development.


Nina Levine
is a passionate friend as well as a passionate young professional born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She has taken her professional career very seriously. Taking care of the customer and making sure they are happy is her number one priority. Nina loves working in the Jewish community and would love to bring her great work ethic to the table and start her own business.


Paul Sorenson
, MSW, is the Director of Strategic Planning at Grace Hill Settlement House, working on community development efforts in North and South St. Louis City. Paul is also a social entrepreneur, founding GoodMap to help nonprofits connect to each other online. Paul is a current FOCUS St. Louis Impact Fellow, focused on racial equity in the region, and was named one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30” in 2014. He is passionate about helping establish sustainable Jewish center in the City with a focus on equity, diversity and cross-community exchange.

Shmuel Freedman
is a young professional who grew up in University City and after going away for college, moved back to St. Louis to work for RubinBrown. He is currently working for Emerson as a financial analyst. Sam is an active board member of the Agudah, Standards & Capacity Building Subcommittee of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and JF&CS. Sam is a graduate of the 2015 class of Millstone Fellows where he learned leadership skills which will allow him to execute this initiative. Sam is active in seeking ways to help with the continuity and unification of the St. Louis Jewish Community. He is excited about creating programs throughout the community that helps spur camaraderie between the young families in St. Louis (the next generation).

Shelley Dean,
mother of four young children, has a mission to bring Joyful Judaism to Jewish people of all ages and at all levels of their Jewish involvement. Shelley discovered Joyful Judaism herself while participating in Livnot U’Lehibanot, a three month Israel program. When her “Pintele Yid” was reignited, there was no stopping her ruach. She brings her gift of ruach to every program she engages in. Shelley knows that it is Joyful Judaism, through music and other means, which will help the Jewish Continuity. As a granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors, her greatest mission is to be part of the building back of the Jewish people.

2015-2016 Ventures

Rozzy Learning Company

Yaira Gordon, co-founder of Rozzy Learning Company, participated in JFACE in 2015/16 and was awarded funding through the Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition.

Rozzy Learning Company is an educational company that designs children’s books and curricula to teach children ages 3-9 about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). To date, they have published one children’s book, Maggie the Magnifying Glass, and created a Jewish curriculum, known as DISC (Discovering Israel through STEAM Careers). DISC teaches about STEAM careers in Israel, in an effort to teach about Israel through a modern lens.

Want to learn more about this venture or be connected with the innovator? Contact Emily Bornstein at