Meet the Team

Who we are.

Arch Grants staff and volunteer leadership are believers and builders themselves and are relentless in their efforts to champion bold entrepreneurs and build a robust future for the St. Louis region, and for the world.


Executive Director

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jess bellomo

Director of Entrepreneur Recruitment

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Alfred Jackson

Director of Portfolio

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Jamie Kussman

Development Operations Manager

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Sara Mesiano

Portfolio Associate

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Sara Westbrooks

Program Manager

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Board of Directors

Elizabeth Zucker

Managing Partner, Interior Investments

Jerry Schlichter, J.D.

Founding & Managing Partner, Schlichter Bogard & Denton

Matt badler

Principal, Twain Financial Partners

stefanie thelen


jack bader

Chairman, 1904Labs

carl bouckaert

Startup Advisor

Zundra BRyant

Vice President of Human Resources Operations, Centene Corporation

Bob Guller, J.D., MBA

Owner, BEB Management

Jim Eberlin

Founder of Host Analytics, Gainsight, & TopOPPS

sanjay jain


Courtney Leiendecker

Startup Advisor

Sandra Moore

Managing Partner, Advantage Capital

joe schlafly, j.d.

Venture Capital Consultant

richard tao

Richard Tao LLC

Advisory Council

Harry Arader

President, The Centromere Group

Mark Bartig

Vice President US Sales, Binalyze!

Dan Creston

Former Chief Operating Officer, Alpha Packaging

jean fidone-schroer

Director of National Accounts, Focus Distribution

Jim fox

Chief Financial Officer, Colibri Group

Talia Goldfarb

Elise Miller Hoffman

General Partner, Cultivation Capital

Steve Trampe

Principal, Owen Development

Heather Wood

General Partner, Cultivation Capital

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Be a Part of the Movement

We champion extraordinary entrepreneurs to create positive change – for St. Louis and for the world. Join us by applying to our Global Startup Competition, becoming a financial supporter, volunteering your time or amplifying our message.