Danforth Center Scientist Appointed to the Board of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Executive Director of Education to bring her expertise in workforce development to the board

ST. LOUIS, MO, September 13, 2023St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has appointed Kris Callis-Duehl, PhD, The Sally and Derick Driemeyer Executive Director of Education at the Danforth Plant Science Center, to serve on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (SLEDP). The SLEDP serves as the umbrella organization for all economic development activity in St. Louis City and County. Members are appointed by the County Executive and Mayor Tishaura Jones.

"I'm honored to be appointed to the SLEDP board as an opportunity to support their great work in helping the St. Louis region thrive and grow," said Callis-Duehl.

The Education Research & Outreach team at the Danforth Center team studies how to effectively engage students in authentic STEM research at all grade levels, K-16, in formal, informal and virtual learning environments in an effort to recruit the next generation of diverse STEM and AgTech scientists and leaders in St. Louis and around the world.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kristine Callis-Duehl to the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership’s Board of Directors,” said  Rodney Crim, CEO & President, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Dr. Callis-Duehl’s work as the executive director of education at the Danforth Center is a wonderful addition to our board and we are excited about the talent and expertise she brings with her.” Rodney Crim, CEO & President, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

About the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research, education, and outreach aim to have impact at the nexus of food security and the environment and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and through the generosity of individual, corporate and foundation donors. Follow us on Twitter at @DanforthCenter.

Contact: Karla Roeber, Vice President Public and Government Affairs, kroeber@danforthcenter.org