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Lori Jacob

Lori Jacob CEO/President Leadership


Lori Jacob began her career with Junior Achievement in 1987. Since then, she has served in many roles, including various positions within the Marketing, Education, Development, and Operation departments. Lori was the recipient of Junior Achievement USA's highest honor in July 2015 receiving the Charles R. Hook Award. In 2009, she won Junior Achievement's Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award and was recognized for local JA accomplishments by the House of Representatives in the Congressional Record. Under Jacob's leadership, JA will reach over 170,000 students this school year. JA has built a partnership with the business and education communities, providing JA programs at every level Pre-K through 25-year-old young adults.

Over the years, she formed district operations and expanded JASTL's territory to 96 counties in Missouri, 43 in Illinois, and 5 in Indiana. She led JASTL to become a national three-time winner of JA's most prestigious innovation award - MetLife Entrepreneurial Award, and has earned JA USA's highest operational award for the past 15 consecutive years, in recognition of student outreach, fiscal stability, and organizational leadership. JA received many other awards including the Excellence in Community Development Award and JA USA's National Peak Performance Award. Jacob is proud of JA's positive inclusive culture and recognizes all of the operational achievements through her team.

Lori graduated with highest honors with her MBA from Lindenwood University in 1998. She lives in Cottleville, Missouri, and is active with her family, church and involved in many sporting activities.


Gina Barnes

Gina Barnes Senior Vice President of Administration and Special Events Leadership


Gina Barnes started with Junior Achievement as a high school cooperative student in 1986. Since then, she has served in many administrative roles. One of these roles includes Human Resources where she has hired numerous individuals who have advanced within the organization. Gina also works with JA's special events, and is currently the Vice President of Administration and Special Events.

Barnes was a recipient of a National Junior Achievement scholarship, receiving a full-ride to attend the University of Phoenix where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business concentrating in HR Management. She is married and has three children and one grandchild.


Annette McClellan

Annette McClellan Senior Vice President of Programs and District Operations Leadership


Annette McClellan began her career with JA in 2003 and has served in many roles, including, programs, development, public relations, IT, and office administration. McClellan currently oversees programs and district operations which spans over 49 counties in Missouri, 24 in Illinois, and 5 in Indiana.

McClellan graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.


Rawn Ford

Rawn Ford Director of Development Leadership


Rawn Ford's first encounter with Junior Achievement was as a JA Company Program member. He served as JA Company President each of his 3 years and earned a JA Scholarship. Rawn began his career with JA in August of 1991 as a JA Company Program Manager. During his career with JA, he has held the positions of JA Company Program Director and JA Director of Middle School/Job Shadow. He started in fundraising as Development Manager in charge of private foundations while he continued as JA Company Program Director. Rawn became Director of Advancement in 2011 and is responsible for most of the fundraising campaigns, galas, and golf tournaments.


Gary Kryvko

Gary Kryvko Director of IT/Business Processes Leadership

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After graduating from Lane Technical High School in Chicago, Gary rose through the ranks to become an Assistant Vice President at a community bank in Chicago. Looking for a change, Gary went back to school and received a history degree with a teaching certificate. He joined Junior Achievement in 2007 managing the JA Finance Park program where he worked with students, teachers, and volunteers. He later transitioned to running the JA Bowl-A-Thon. In 2013, Gary was tapped to head-up IT efforts at JA. He lives in St. Charles with his wife. He has two daughters, two sons-in-law, three granddaughters, and a grandson.


Sandy LaPasso

Sandy LaPasso Chief Financial Officer Leadership


Sandy LaPasso was born and raised in St Louis, and went to Mizzou where she earned her business degree. Following graduation, Sandy moved to Chicago where she lived for 10 years. While in Chicago, she worked at the Chicago Board of Trade, studied accounting at DePaul University, and earned her CPA. Upon her return to St Louis, she worked for a youth sports training facility. LaPasso has been with Junior Achievement since January 2010. She is married and has 3 sons.


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