David C. Hamilton joined Deaconess Foundation in August of 2016 as an practicum intern focusing on policy advocacy and community capacity building. Mr. Hamilton is in the final year of his candidacy for the joint Juris Doctorate and Masters of Social Work program at Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Hamilton has completed two legal clerkships in the St. Louis community over the course of his graduate studies. The first was spent working with indigent clients involved with the municipal courts of the region at ArchCity Defenders. For the second, Mr. Hamilton assisted the distinguished family law attorneys at Paule, Camazine, and Blumenthal in their practices. He gained more insight into the dynamics of the barriers facing families in the St. Louis community during his social work practicum managing a caseload in the Housing Division at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Concurrently with his position at Deaconess Foundation, Mr. Hamilton is co-facilitating therapy sessions with children and parents as a practicum student at the nonprofit organization Kids in the Middle.

Mr. Hamilton is also active on campus. He has served terms as the President of the Family Law Society and on the Executive Board of the university-wide Graduate and Professional Student Council. Currently, Mr. Hamilton volunteers his time serving on the Washington University Sexual Assault Investigation Board.  Prior to his graduate-level work, Mr. Hamilton studied psychology, political science, and business administration at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While an undergraduate student, he was elected by the student body to a year term as a voting member of the Southern Illinois University System Board of Trustees.



Alexis Tardy joined Deaconess Foundation as a contextual education student from Eden Seminary.  Alexis Tardy was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI before moving to Indianapolis, IN with her family in 2003. She graduated from North Central High School in 2011, and went on to attend Talladega College in Talladega, AL from 2011 – 2013, where she studied History/Pre-Law. In 2014, Alexis transferred to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, IN to study public affairs and legal studies. As a student at IUPUI, Alexis was a Community Service Scholar in the Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program, as well as the Community Service Mentor.

While in Indianapolis, she also interned for Congressman Andre Carson, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and the Marion County Democratic Party. In the summer of 2015, she was invited to help establish the first Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School in Indiana. As a Servant Leader Intern (SLI), she helped with the daily tasks as well as support for the Executive Director. After graduating from IUPUI in May 2016, she moved from Indianapolis, IN to St. Louis, MO to attend Eden Theological Seminary and obtain a Master’s in Divinity.