Aim High Staff

Julie Angelica, Executive Director

Julie came to Aim High in 2009 with 15 years of experience in leading and developing college readiness youth programs. A graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia, Julie served in the Peace Corp, worked with federal programs in Northern New Mexico, provided educational and support services to youth in Chicago’s East Village community, and finally, returned to her hometown of St. Louis where she managed the youth division of programs for a large area multi-services non-profit. Julie believes passionately that all children can achieve great things given the right opportunities and supports.

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Natalie Hartwig, Director of Advancement

A graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia, Natalie has over 10 years of experience in fundraising, business development, marketing and non-profit management. Prior to joining the Aim High team, she worked for the Muscular Dystrophy Association where she ran regional level fundraising campaigns. Natalie brings her passion for building relationships and raising mission awareness to Aim High.

Amy Gascon, Business Account Manager

Amy  is a CPA with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Accounting from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. She has spent over 10 years working with a variety of organizations including both non-profits and Fortune 100 companies. She is passionate about kids and education so she is excited to be on the Aim High team.

Emily Gries, Database and Development Administrator

Emily is a Saint Louis University graduate with a Master’s degree in social work, specializing in nonprofit administration. Her passion is nonprofit development and she has previously done grant writing, marketing, and volunteer coordination for local St. Louis nonprofits.

Program Staff

Jim Jordan, Director of Programs

Jim is an experienced STEM educator and project manager having thirty years of experience in informal science institutions, higher education, and the classroom. Jim has a MS in Science and Environmental Education and 6-12 teacher certification. His extensive role encompasses everything from curriculum, to data and evaluation, to program planning and development.

Beverly LaBriado, Co-Director, Aim High John Burroughs

Beverly has been a science teacher at Aim High since the mid-1990s and is a retired science teacher from St. Louis Public Schools. Beverly holds a Masters in Educational Administration from UMSL.

Kevin McKone, Co-Director, Aim High John Burroughs

Kevin wore many hats over his 15-year history at Aim High before becoming the co-director in 2009. He is a full-time math teacher at John Burroughs where he has also worked in academic support and coaching over his 20 years in service. Kevin holds a Masters in Educational Administration from Saint Louis University.

Gina Watkins, Site Director, Aim High Villa Duchesne

Gina joined Aim High in 2012. During the school year, she serves as the guidance counselor at Crossroads College Preparatory Academy and has also worked in the Riverview Gardens district. Gina holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Lindenwood University.

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Alex Clark, Site Director, Aim High Priory

Alex joined Aim High Priory in 2011 as an 8th grade Social Studies teacher and Physical Fun Coordinator. During the school year, he serves as American History teacher and Chair of the Social Studies Department at Riverview Gardens High School. Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Carrie Lane, Site Administrator, Aim High Priory

Carrie has been part of both the Aim High and Priory families since 2006. At Aim High, she serves as Priory’s Site Administrator, but even more accurately, she is Aim High’s den mother, problem anticipator and issue resolver. During the school year, Carrie serves as the Assistant to the Head of the Junior School