ALEX J. STALLINGS, DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Alex J. Stallings joined Deaconess Foundation as a Director of Advocacy and Communications in January 2015. Alex spent the last eight years engaged in community education at the Missouri History Museum where she cultivated underrepresented audiences, collaborating with individuals and organizations to provide relevant programming around critical issues. Partners ranged from community stakeholders to corporate sponsors, such as Wells Fargo. Key collaborations extended to universities, including Washington University and UM-St. Louis, along with diversity organizations, such as the NCCJ-STL and the Anti-Defamation League. The foundation of her work is the belief that intentional invitations to the planning table matter to outcomes. Successful community engagement resulted from the efforts as demonstrated through strong attendance and meaningful dialogues on challenging topics.
Prior to providing community education, she taught various English courses at the secondary level. Mrs. Stallings retains a passion for the education of young people and continues to teach Communication courses as an adjunct faculty member at the St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley. Her personal interests revolve around the arts, particularly writing and films. Although she has a large and loving family today, Alex spent time as a young child in foster care. This life experience along with others informs her support of youth development programs today along with board service, such as her support of the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition.
Alex is a lifelong learner and proud graduate of St. Louis Public Schools. Upon graduation, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science in Education through the UM-St. Louis Pierre Laclede Honors College. Later, she studied media literacy, ultimately writing a thesis on utilizing documentaries as teaching tools in community education. She earned a Master of Arts in Communications from Webster University. She resides with her husband named MK and two young sons along with their cat named T’Challa in St. Louis City.