Staff Leadership

Miranda Walker Jones
Little Bit Foundation's leadership Tom Tangaro
Tom Tangaro
Michelle Abel
Don Quitter
Little Bit Foundation's leadership John Pimmel
John Pimmel
Maura Hampton
Merritt McCarthy

Board of Directors


Kelly Weis, Armanino

Vice Chair

Sarah Bowman, PNC


Andrew Waltke, Edward Jones

Chair Emeritus

Suzie Andrews, Sandler Training, Stark and Associates


Marty Akins, Retired – Express Scripts

Alicia Armstrong, Nestle Purina

Nick Bahn, Bahn Realty

Keith Brooks, Big League Impact

Noelle Collins, United States District Court for Eastern MO

Chris Emert, CJE Tech Partners

Michael England, St. Mary’s High School

Richard E. Fister, Jr., UBS Financial Services

Susan Gausnell, Volunteer Liaison

Laura Hettiger, KMOV-TV

Jim Kelley, Wells Fargo

Paul Klug, Polsinelli

Aly Kowal, TierPoint

Larry Lee, Andy’s Seasoning

Gary Mindel, Retired, Color Art

Brian Russell, Cortex Innovation Community

Matt Snyder, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Michael Sorth, Hilltop Securities

Young Professionals Board


Ashley Ulrich


Callie Andrews

J.B. Andrews

Ryan Baker

Jack Benage

Hayley Bohnert

Alexis Burke

Elliot Glik

Ben Hillman, Board of Directors YPB Liaison

Katherine Hollensteiner

Matt Luther

Lakricia Cox

LaKricia Cox, Director of Programs

LaKricia is dedicated to serving underserved communities and advocates for long-term solutions that help communities thrive and grow.  She has over a decade of experience with non-profit organizations with specialized expertise in program development, outreach and mission awareness. LaKricia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Webster University.
Little Bit Foundation's leadership John Pimmel

John Pimmel, Director of Partnerships and Strategic Planning

John has over a decade of experience creating, implementing and refining school-based programming. Prior to Little Bit, he was a director at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver. John holds a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and Teaching.

Little Bit Foundation's leadership Tom Tangaro

Tom Tangaro, Chief Operating Officer

Tom has over 35 years experience developing and implementing strategies to provide company-wide best practices and innovative processes. He spent 30 years at Anheuser-Busch in senior management roles overseeing procurement, planning, finance and administration. Tom holds a Bachelor’s in Finance and an MBA from Saint Louis University.


Miranda Walker Jones, Chief Executive Officer

Miranda has 16+ years of experience in the nonprofit space, previously serving as COO and Vice President of Youth, Family and Clinical Services for Better Family Life, where she developed and led programs that impact approx. 8,000 students each year. She also has served on the Board of Education for the Jennings School District since 2004, currently as President, and is a former councilwoman for the city of Jennings. Miranda is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Brown School’s Inside the CEO leadership program.


Erica Driver, Vice President, Compliance and Programs

Erica has 20+ years of experience dedicated to engaging, empowering, and educating youth and families. She spent over 17 years with Better Family Life, most recently as Vice President of Youth, Family and Clinical Services. Erica holds an MBA from Fontbonne University and a Certificate in Process Operations and Project Management from Maryville University.


Don Quitter, Director of Distribution

Don has nearly 20 years of experience in operations management and process improvement for various industries. Prior to Little Bit, he served as Director of Operations for Hungry Planet. Don holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in International Marketing.


Michelle Abel, Chief Development Officer

Michelle has spent the majority of her career in marketing and communications, building Fortune 500 brand stories and connections with consumers. In the past decade, she’s shifted her consumer brands work to nonprofit organizations and schools, emphasizing fundraising and relationship development. Michelle has a Bachelor’s of Journalism degree from University of Missouri-Columbia.


Marcus Wilson, Senior Director, Donor and Community Relations

Prior to Little Bit, Marcus has held leadership roles as Executive Director of Bayer YMCA and VP of Career Services at Rung For Women. He also was on the coaching staff of the Saint Louis University’s Men’s Basketball team. Marcus also works with the ESPN network as a men’s basketball color commentator for the Missouri Valley Conference and University of Evansville. He is a graduate of the University of Evansville.


Maura Hampton, Director of Programs

Maura has 10+ years of experience working with youth and educational programming. Prior to Little Bit, she worked with organizations such as Lifewise STL and City Academy and was an AmeriCorps NCCC. Maura holds a Bachelor’s in Educational Studies and Human Services from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


Merritt McCarthy, Director of Donor Relations

Merritt has a 30-year background in community outreach, development, marketing and public relations. She says a desire to engage members of diverse backgrounds and make a meaningful impact in the community drew her to Little Bit. A graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Merritt held positions in marketing, professional football and the arts before joining the Little Bit team.

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