NCI Awards Community Leaders for Making a Difference in North County

NCI Awards Community Leaders for Making a Difference in North County

St. Louis, MO – North County Incorporated (NCI) recognized local leaders for their contributions to the North County region at its 44th Annual Leadership Breakfast on Sept. 17, 2021 7:30am-9:30am at the Marriott St. Louis Airport. More than 550 business, civic, and community leaders attend this celebration annually.

“It is a privilege to be able to honor the many dedicated people, businesses and organizations in North County working to improve our community, better the lives of others, and advance the local economy,” said NCI President and CEO, Rebecca Zoll.

2021 NCI Leadership Award Honorees

Business Development Leadership Award

  • Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, under leadership of Venus Martz, President
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 Training Center
  • SSM Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

Community Development Leadership Award

  • Frank Bell, Executive Director, Elevate St. Louis
  • Dr. Deborah Kerber, Owner, Resler-Kerber Optometry, Inc.
  • Help Hazelwood Get Healthy Committee, Hazelwood School District

Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award

  • Ritenour High School Game Changers, Ritenour School District
  • Dr. Patricia Parker, Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Geoffrey Soyiantet, Founder & President, Vitendo 4 Africa
  • St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley

Elmer Belsha Leadership Award

  • Fletcher Wells II, Vice President & Director, St. John’s Bank & Trust

Public Service Leadership Award

  • Dr. Jeffrey Bonner, President & CEO, Saint Louis Zoo
  • Brian Scott Ebert, retired Board Member, Ferguson-Florissant School District
  • Patty Gould, Director of School-Business Partnerships & Community Education, Pattonville School District
  • Debbie Kricensky, Neighborhood Service Resource Coordinator, St. Louis County
  • Councilman Keith Schildroth, Ward 5, City of Florissant
  • Chief Eddie Simmons, Jr., City of Pagedale Police Department

Special Recognition Leadership Award

  • Gina Siebe, Ed.D., President, Historic Florissant, Inc.

Excellence in Partnership Award

  • U.S. Bank Foundation
  • North County Small Business Accelerator:
    • Lynette Sledge Watson, Small Business Development Center
    • Karl Gunther, University of Missouri-St. Louis  


Bi-State Development

Greater North County Chamber

Hazelwood School District

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley



North County Incorporated

8225 Florissant Rd., Suite 11
St. Louis, MO 63121
phone: (314) 895-6241


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