Young Professionals Board

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Mission & Purpose

Founded in 2015, the mission of the Ranken Jordan Young Professionals Board is to support patients of the hospital and their families while promoting the “Care Beyond the Bedside” model within the St. Louis young professional community.


Through fundraising efforts, volunteer activities, and peer education, the Young Professionals Board members serve with the same innovation and relationship building skills that helped establish Ranken Jordan in 1941. By joining us, you will foster leadership skills, enhance your professional network and credibility, and build invaluable relationships that could benefit you for a lifetime. Above all, this is an opportunity for you to get involved with a local organization that is making waves and changing lives across the nation.


Members of the Young Professionals Board are expected to:


In addition to participating in various fundraisers and volunteer opportunities hosted by the hospital, the Young Professionals Board puts on its own events.

Some of our current events include:

Some of our past events have been:

Interested in joining?

Complete this form and a member of the Young Professionals Board will follow up.

What Members Are Saying

“I am thankful for the opportunity to support Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital because of the amazing impact they have on families’ lives. They provide resources, support and true kindness when families are in their greatest time of need. My small part hopefully can continue to make a lasting difference in the big picture that Ranken Jordan gives to the community of Saint Louis.” – Bridget Bitza

“Being a part of the YPB has provided me the opportunity to combine my love of volunteering and passion for healthcare. I am so happy to be a part of an organization that allows me to meet other like-minded young professionals and give back to the community. It’s been so much fun to interact with the kids at Ranken and make friends in the process.” – Kara Yeager

“I fell in love with the mission and culture of Ranken Jordan. I wanted to be a part of something much bigger than myself, which is why I joined YPB. I love being able to connect with other young professionals and come together to advocate for the patients and families that Ranken Jordan serves.” – Ally Barone

“My favorite thing to do as a YPB member is volunteer at family fun day and get to know the kids on a more personal level! I love planning fun events to show people what an incredible place Ranken is!” – Katie Prosperi

YPB Current Board

Executive Committee

Executive Committee Chairperson – Megan Ottomeyer
Secretary/Treasurer – Kate Kemper
Membership Committee Chairs – Jack and Katie Prosperi
YPB Events Chair – Allyson Barone
Ranken Jordan Events Chair – Molly Jelacic
Publicity Chair – Kara Yeager


Steve Alcantara
Bridget Bitza
Ida Chen
Thomas Detmer
Meredith Dorr
Hollie Edwards
Coco Farrell
Nicholas Fiquette
Leija Hamidovic
Sam Hunsicker
MacKenzie Hynes
Amy Kief
Madison Klope
Brendan Knobbe
Clare LaBlance
Chris Mabie

Courtney Maloney
Katherine McAtee
Kaitlin McCormick
Regan McCoy
Bill Melvin
Paul Ohlms
Hiral Patel
Paul Redel
Grace Ruddy
Lauren Schmuke
Elisa Swanson
Ben Tiller
Grihith Varaday
Allison Wade
Jacque Whisler
Chris Wittich