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Deputy Director

Serena joined MHB in 2013 as a Senior Project Director responsible for federal grant management. She transitioned into the role of Director of Strategic Initiatives responsible for regional and state-wide initiatives that focus on alleviating the social, educational, and health inequities that keep people and places from reaching their full potential. Her 2020-2021 appointment as the Managing Director of the COVID-19 Regional Response Team, allowed her to lend her expertise in system building to strengthen the crisis response infrastructure in the St. Louis region. Serena staffs the St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission and is active in several criminal justice reform efforts. She also provides oversight to the System of Care St. Louis, a federally funded initiative to improve access to behavioral health services for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families. In 2021 Serena became MHB’s new Deputy Director.
In addition to her collaborative work, Serena serves on the City of St. Louis Board of Health and Hospitals and served as the Founding Board Chair of Build Missouri Health – an affiliated nonprofit of the Missouri Foundation for Health. Serena received her B.A in English from Xavier University in Louisiana and her M.P.P.A. and M.F.A. from University of Missouri – St. Louis.

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