Meet the Team
"The Strength of the Team is each Individual Member. The Strength of Each Member is the Team."
Founding Executive Director
Jessy Johnson brings 25 years of combined experience in the field of Social Work and Customer Service. Her dedication to focusing on the areas of overall health (physical, mental, spiritual) has led Jessy to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, Medical Assistant Diploma, Personal Training Certification, Nutrition Certification, and is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor among multiple other Group Fitness certifications.
While working as a Parent Educator for Parents as Teachers and a Caseworker with Preferred Family Healthcare, Jessy noticed many gaps in the area of resources and access to those resources. This led her to develop a nonprofit geared towards serving the underserved and marginalized communities and helping them access the resources they desperately need. Jessy intends to lead “The Love Mission” as a servant leader, with an unwavering focus to spread love (and resources) to those in need.
Executive Deputy Director
Caitlin has first-hand experience with the negative effects of gaps in resources, stigma, and lack of community education. Her background in the treatment of substance use disorder and lived experience fuels her passion for helping others and makes her an indispensable ally to the people that The Love Mission will serve.
Stephanie Warren is currently a private practice attorney with a diverse background that gives her the skills to help navigate this organization’s mission. Stephanie’s legal experience includes work in the public and private sectors in various areas of law, including land use, property tax, municipal prosecution, estate planning, general litigation and currently, domestic law. During her time at Saint Louis University, School of Law, Stephanie clerked for Judges in the City of St. Louis, worked for the Juvenile Court in the 24th Judicial Circuit and was an intern for the US Attorney’s office. This varied practice has allowed her to understand the important balance between the needs of the individual and society and how by addressing both, everyone succeeds.
Before law school Stephanie earned a Master of Arts in Communication from UM-St. Louis and bachelor’s degree in Photography from Webster University. She has been an adjunct professor at several area community colleges, teaching communication and law classes. Stephanie has a love of learning and teaching, especially, the importance of skilled communication, civil discourse and the art of persuasion. She believes that through learning we can find love. She hopes to not only work to grow and develop the Love Mission through her duties with the board but focus her attention on education initiatives in the community.
At home, Stephanie has her loving husband and favorite intellectual sparing partner, Ben, precious baby son, Finn and cuddly border collie, Chloe. In her free time, she loves to make photographs and tending to a small garden.
Amy Molitor is the Vice President of The Love Mission's board of directors. For over a decade she has worked with families and individuals impacted by substance abuse and mental health difficulties. Amy is a certified drug and alcohol abuse and co-occurring counselor whose passion for helping others makes her an asset to the love mission and its community partners.
Connie is a devoted and loving wife, mother, nana, sister, aunt, and friend. Connie is very active in her church and her community and feels very strongly about the importance of love and inclusion. One of the greatest strengths that she brings to The Love Mission is her passion for advocating for those who are otherwise marginalized or overlooked. Her outstanding planning and organization skills make her a wonderful asset to the growth of The Love Mission and its ability to reach more people.
Alena brings experience and support to the Love Mission as secretary of the board. Alena was born and raised in the St Charles county area. Alena developed a strong sense of devotion to The Love Mission after moving to St Louis county and seeing the lack of educational resources on culture and diversity in the St Charles county area along with learning the Love Missions plans to provide necessities to the people in need. The Love Mission gives her a deep appreciation for improving the quality of life for the people in our community; one program at a time.
Michael brings with him a true passion for the LGBTQ+ and the POC communities. His devotion for helping people who need love, support and comfort to not feel discriminated against is a true asset to our team. As a biracial, gay male engaged to a black male, he knows what it is like to feel judged and discomfort in the community. Michael is committed to changing lives for the better by working with the Love Mission to provide the correct resources and make them easily accessible.
Alicia attended Northwest Missouri State University and received her bachelor of science in psychology in addition to her minor in children and family studies. She is currently employed at Barnes-Jewish Christian as a caseworker in the intensive behavioral health outpatient department. She aims to assist close to 50 clients daily in gaining better independence, connecting and complying with medical professionals, gaining housing, as well as finding additional resources throughout the city. In addition to being a caseworker, she has also worked at an inpatient facility, helping women with their recovery.
When Alicia is not working, she loves reading, researching world news, creating art projects, and skateboarding. She is the mom of two beautiful kitties, who are her life. Alicia was asked to be a part of The Love Mission and she quickly accepted. She enjoys the kind energy and faces she works with and hopes to be the best board member she can be.
Monica is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Saint Louis University. As a clinical student, Monica has many roles throughout the community. She provides psychological support to residents of a transitional housing program in downtown St. Louis, including conducting mental health assessments for the purpose of connecting residents to necessary housing, vocational, medical, and psychological resources. Monica also works at a federally qualified health center assisting patients with medically assisted substance use treatment and providing therapy for comorbid mental health disorders. Additionally, Monica provides therapy at a women’s clinic, supporting them through life’s hardships and assisting them in processing previous traumas. Monica has received extensive training in substance use, women’s health, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other specialties. She is passionate about women’s mental health and providing support to those with substance use disorders.
When Monica is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and her dog, Luna. She loves exploring the world and immersing herself in other cultures. She is excited for her work with the Love Mission and to make a difference in her community, one person at a time.