Many world-class athletes bask in fame and fortune, only to fade into obscurity when the spotlight turns to shadow. Fortunately, for the city of East St. Louis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee was cut from a different cloth. Regarded by many as the greatest female athlete of all-time, this Olympic track and field champion chose a path from worldwide stardom to return home with an even greater purpose.

Through tireless work and a commitment to ensuring every youth is given the opportunity to achieve greatness, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation has grown to become a safe haven and learning-rich environment for area youth. Where the challenges and limitations of one of America’s most notoriously deadly and impoverished cities will never define where a child can go, or who they can become.


Our Mission
To instill youth in the Greater East St. Louis area with the dream, drive, and determination necessary to succeed in academics, athletics & leadership.

Our Vision
To become a nationally-recognized Foundation for empowering youth to win in life.

Championing the Cause

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Founder & Olympian

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, winner of six Olympic Medals, is considered by ESPN to be one of the 50 Great Athletes of All Time, and was voted Female Athlete of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated for Women. She is the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the heptathlon, the first African American woman to win an Olympic Medal in the long jump, and the first woman to score 7,000 points in the heptathlon.

Born and raised in East St. Louis, Jackie is committed to ensuring that all children have access to high quality after-school programs, safe recreational places within their communities, and caring adults to help them achieve their dreams. Jackie is the heart and soul of this organization, and serves as living proof that kids in East St. Louis can dare to dream big and if they have the drive and determination, they can accomplish anything they desire.


Guiding the Dream

Board of Directors

  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee – Chairwoman
    Founder & CEO
    Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation
  • Michelle Sherod – President
    President & CEO
    ALL Solutions, Inc.
  • Barbara Freeland – Vice President
    McCormack Baron Salazar
  • Lorri A. Rippelmeyer, CPA, MSA – Treasurer
    Tax Services Anders
  • Alex Fennoy – Secretary
    Sr. VP, Community Development
    Midwest Bank Centre
  • Mark Mestemacher
    Ceres Consulting, LLC
  • Brian K. Leonard Sr. – Director
    Business & Community Relations
    Ameren U.E.
  • Keith Ward
    Leading Systems Technologies
  • Jeffery L. Reed
    Financial Services Professional
    Executive Financial Group, LLC
  • Jerina D. Phillips
    Associate Attorney
    Lewis Rice LLC
  • James McEvilly
    President & Owner
    East Side River Transportation, Inc.
  • Mark S. Scholl
    J and M Scholl, Inc.
  • Chuck Gulledge, CPA, MBA
    Certified Executive Coach
  • Cameron Lehman
    Anheuser Busch-InBev
    MBA Candidate 2017
    Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Joseph Mark
    Enterprise Bank & Trust
    Commercial Banking and Trust Officer
  • Drexel Stith
    DPS Enterprises, LLC
  • Robert Chambers
    Huntleigh Securities
  • Stephen Barr
    Osborn + Barr Communications
  • Kendall Norris