Tasha Pettis-Bonds, Executive Director
Tasha Pettis-Bonds is a native of North Saint Louis, Missouri. She is a graduate of Rosati Kain High School and has her B.A. in Political Science from University of Missouri. Tasha built a 20+ year banking career in the Saint Louis and Chicago market in various roles as a Senior Vice President, including retail regional management, business banking, mortgage, and investments. During her 20+ year banking career, Tasha won several awards as a top performer in sales and customer service, as well as being recognized for her work within the community. Tasha has served on over 10 boards during her career. Tasha has been an advocate for change for equity in the workplace as well as small business and communities. Tasha proudly serves as the Executive Director of the Women's Business Center
Alicia Chestnut, Assistant Director
Alicia Chestnut was born and raised in South City, Saint Louis and graduated from Fontbonne University by way of Alabama A&M University. Alicia started her banking career a little bit shy of 17 years ago. Throughout her professional banking career, she was able to gain experience in all areas of the financial industry. From processing corporate home loan to servicing retirement accounts, Alicia found her passion in empowering her community with Financial Education and community development. As the Assistant Director, Alicia is extremely excited about working with the team and clients in providing advice, guidance and solutions for our small business entrepreneurs.
Beverly Ziegler, Program Coordinator
Beverly earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Biology at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. For two years, she worked with Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, serving Loyola High School as a teacher, assistant counselor, and magazine editor. Beverly loves yoga, running, and hiking, is a strong advocate for self-care, and is always on the search for another great vegan restaurant or coffee shop in St. Louis. Originally hailing from a family of small business owners in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Beverly has quickly invested herself in the St. Louis community. She loves managing our social media platforms while also working with our clients to offer a holistic small business support to meet their unique entrepreneurial goals.
Chelsea Thomas, Intake Coordinator/Business Associate
Chelsea, a small business owner herself, is excited to support women in achieving their small business dreams through her creativity, organization, and motivation.