Executive Assistant & People and Culture Generalist

With unwavering positivity and a quiet determination, Casey Peetz (she/her) harnesses her authentic leadership style to power effective, mission-driven organizations. Equally adept at digging deep into nitty-gritty details and surfacing big-picture ideas, Casey leads human resources, operations, and administrative efforts that support high-impact program outcomes for some of St. Louis’s most vulnerable residents.

In December 2021, Casey joined the Deaconess Foundation as executive assistant to the president and CEO and also supports seamless operations as the grant-making organization’s office manager.

In her prior role as human resources and office manager for the St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN), Casey served as an executive thought partner, trusted advisor to managers, and invaluable resource to all staff. Propelled by the organization’s mission to eliminate healthcare disparities and improve quality, accessibility, and affordability, she established a solid operational and administrative infrastructure as staff grew from eight to 30 and programs from one to six.

Led by a strong belief that wellness and transformation start from within, Casey joined IHN at the perfect time to support the process of healing a fractured organization and reengaging staff. Through careful, collaborative work and a strong emphasis on process improvement, IHN emerged as a finalist in St. Louis Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for two consecutive years. Additionally, Casey implemented richer, expanded benefits for staff; introduced a seamless, consistent employee experience; and created a workplace culture where everyone feels supported and success is celebrated.

Casey is sought after for her ability to analyze and troubleshoot challenges and carve a path forward to a solution. She derived immense satisfaction from developing and replicating rigorous processes to facilitate effective management of initiatives, workgroups, and committees within nonprofits. Her careful planning and ability to generate ideas centered in what staff need most have been instrumental in flawlessly executed, meaningful annual retreats.

Her diplomatic, tactful communication style has been vital in serving as a thought partner to executive leadership and a driving force in board management. Casey’s contributions included taking the lead on revising board bylaws, establishing a board member onboarding and orientation process, and authoring charters that facilitate effective governance.

A lifelong learner, Casey completed a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace through the University of Florida’s Corporate Training division. She served on the young professionals committee for the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) St. Louis Chapter and on the YWCA’s young professionals’ advisory board. She also volunteered with St. Louis’s Anti-Racism Organizing Collective to launch a self-paced virtual curriculum and facilitate a 14-week race-based caucus group.

Casey earned her bachelor’s degree in biological science and classical humanities from the University of Missouri. She is a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).