Young Professionals Board In-Action
The UCP Heartland Young Professionals Board charter is to increase awareness of our mission within the St. Louis community, build & strengthen leadership skills, volunteer & be of service to others, and devote philanthropic time and effort to support our important work. A YPB member is an ambassador of UCP Heartland, an advocate for the clients we are entrusted to serve and a friend to the community.
Philanthropy & Fundraising
Since 2018, the board has hosted multiple fundraising events and organized crowdfunding initiatives to raise funds to support the mission of UCP Heartland.
Inspiring others: Young professionals under the age of 40 in the St. Louis metro area came together make an impact – improving the health and welfare of children and adults living with disabilities.
Committed to serving others & making St. Louis a better place, YPB volunteered their time/talents to improve the care, welfare, safety, security, & dignity of others in need.
Community & Advocacy
Impact: Together we can be a stronger voice in representing the needs & rights of people living with intellectual & developmental disabilities. YPB spreads awareness of social issues such as diversity, equity & inclusion for all abilities.
Meet our YPB Leadership Team
Caroline Gibbs is the Marketing and Event Coordinator for GFI Digital. After graduating from the University of Missouri with her Hospitality Management and Marketing degree, Caroline moved back to St. Louis to work for the family business. Caroline found her love for UCP through her grandparents Hallie and Karen Gibbs, who had been involved in UCP for years, starting the Gibbs Center for Independence in Jefferson City, Missouri. Caroline is excited to help grow the YPB board and raise awareness of UCP Heartland.
Lexie Rogers is a Membership Services Executive for St. Louis CITY SC. Lexie graduated from Mizzou in 2020 where she received her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. Lexie was introduced to UCP Heartland through her friend Caroline Gibbs, as Caroline is a YPB officer. She is excited to serve alongside Caroline as they lead a new group of young professionals to help serve the UCP Heartland community.
Cassie Sumpter moved from Reno, Nevada to work for UCP Heartland’s Employment team. Being the Manager of Employment Services has allowed Cassie to partner with companies all throughout the St. Louis area to further promote and advocate for individuals with differing abilities in the workforce. Cassie graduated from BYU-Idaho in 2013 and in 2019 she received her MA in Psychology from Touro University. Cassie sees the Young Professionals Board as a great way for people to come together to learn and support adults with differing abilities.
Join Us! If you are interested in learning more about UCP Heartland Young Professionals Board, please contact YPB staff advisor, Kevin Amstutz, at [email protected].