Meet the Team

At the heart of Concordance is a desire to help our participants move forward. Our team members and board of directors include a wide range of backgrounds and expertise in criminal justice, Fortune 500 leadership, behavioral sciences, and beyond — and we are dedicated to restoring individuals, rebuilding families, transforming communities, and advancing the field of re-entry.

Danny Ludeman, President and CEO of Concordance Academy

Danny Ludeman

President & CEO

Danny Ludeman previously served as CEO of Wells Fargo Advisors, where he increased revenue from $300 million to $10 billion during his tenure. Upon retirement, he followed a spiritual calling to serve others, leading to the founding of Concordance. Danny remains active in industry and civic affairs, serving on several local boards. He also attends Covenant Seminary, where he is pursuing a divinity degree. He is a visionary for the organization, setting long-term goals designed to solve some of society’s largest problems and effectively identifying key leaders to guide the process.

Executive Leadership Team

Carolyn Koenig

Carolyn Koenig

Chief Administrative Officer

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Topal

Sarah Topal

Chief Quality and Research Officer

Kate Kay

Kate Kay

EVP, Head of Community & Life Skills; Acting Head of Behavioral Health & Wellness

Roderick Nunn

Roderick Nunn

EVP, Head of Education & Employment

Tom Grant

Tom Grant

SVP, Senior Director of Concordance Employment Agency

Jill Lewin

Jill Lewin

SVP, Senior Director of Marketing, Communications & Development

Rokas Varanavicius

Rokas Varanavicius

SVP, Senior Director of IT

Carolyn Koenig

Chief Administrative Officer

Carolyn is an accomplished senior business leader known for her ability to transform cultures and organizations.  Most recently as Chief Administrative Officer of SSM Health, Carolyn brought her extensive global and ‘outside of healthcare’ transformation experience to rapidly integrate long-standing acquisitions and practices.  Prior to joining SSM Health, Carolyn served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Laird Technologies, a UK-listed engineering and manufacturing corporation.  Prior to Laird, Carolyn held executive roles with AG Edwards, Wyndham Worldwide and MasterCard International. In each of these organizations, Carolyn was brought into reengineer, upgrade, innovate and professionalize the Human Resource function.

Michelle Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Michelle Smith, MA, MS, has more than a decade of experience working in the federal judicial and criminal justice systems. She was most recently managing partner of a Houston-based architectural firm. In her role at Concordance, she manages finances, legal, and housing services, and supports enrollment and program scheduling.

Sarah Topal

Chief Quality and Research Officer

Sarah brings critical experience providing forensic treatment of mentally ill offenders to Concordance’s comprehensive care team, as well as a strong research background focused on evidence-based re-entry programming for adult offenders. In her role at Concordance, she supports the comprehensive care team by ensuring model fidelity, as well as participating in evaluator selection. Sarah received an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Kate Kay

EVP, Head of Community & Life Skills; Acting Head of Behavioral Health & Wellness

Kate Kay, LCSW and CCDP-D, has worked in the field of mental health since 2010, providing direct clinical care to patients. In her current role at Concordance, Kate manages a team of Community Support Specialists, who assist participants with navigating community-based resources to facilitate successful re-entry into their respective communities.

Roderick Nunn

EVP, Head of Education & Employment

Roderick Nunn, DM, has led workforce development for three governors. Most recently, he served at St. Louis Community College holding executive positions as president of Forest Park campus and vice chancellor of Economic Development and Workforce Solutions. Under Rod’s leadership, the college won several national, state and local awards for excellence and innovation in workforce development. In his role at Concordance, Rod oversees staff that provide education and job readiness programming, as well as helping lead the Concordance Employment Agency.

Tom Grant

SVP, Senior Director of Concordance Employment Agency

Tom Grant brings seven years of staffing experience to the Concordance Employment Agency, along with 20 plus years in the logistics world, and has led teams in both sales and operations. Most recently, Tom was the St. Louis market leader for PeopleReady, a national temporary employment firm specializing in light industrial, construction and hospitality. Tom’s role at Concordance is to fully operationalize the employment agency offering participants gainful employment in the St. Louis region and beyond. The Concordance Employment Agency is part of the Education & Employment component of the Concordance Re-Entry Model.

Jill Lewin

SVP, Senior Director of Marketing, Communications & Development

Jill brings over 15 years of experience in development, public relations, and nonprofit work to Concordance. Prior to Concordance, she worked in development for the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. At Concordance, Jill is responsible for the day-to-day management, oversight, and strategy of all activities connected to fundraising, marketing, and the organization’s brand and messaging.

Rokas Varanavicius

SVP, Senior Director of IT

Board of Directors

Kelvin Adams
Superintendent, St. Louis Public School District

Angela Adler
President & CEO, Adler Associates, LLC

Elcio Barcelos
Chief Human Resources Officer, U.S. Bank

Lynn Britton
President & CEO, Mercy

Jim Bullard
President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Scott Carter
SVP, COO of Distribution Operations & President, Spire Missouri

Ken Cella
Principal, Client Strategies Group, Edward Jones

Tad Edwards
Chairman, President & CEO, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.

Dave Eichhorn
CEO & Head of Investment Strategies, NISA Investment Advisors, LLC

Sal Hernandez
Former Assistant Director, FBI

Rick Holton, Jr.
Managing Partner, Holton Capital Group

Dan Isom
Retired Chief of Police, City of St. Louis

Laurent Javois
Regional Executive Officer, Missouri Department of Mental Health – Division of Behavioral Health

Diane Katzman
President, Diane Katzman Fine Arts

JEREMY Keele
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Catalyst Opportunity Funds

Rusty Keeley
CEO, Keeley Companies

Robert Kirkland
Senior VP and CFO, Stanley Black and Decker

David Kowach
Head of Community Banking, Wells Fargo

Ken Kranzberg
Chairman Emeritus, TricorBraun

Greg Kraus
Managing Director, Resident Director, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Ron Kruszewski
Chairman of the Board & CEO, Stifel

Marc Lazar
Founder, Domaine Wine Storage

Joe Leahy
Chief Creative Officer, HLK

MINGU LEE
Managing Partner, Cleveland Avenue

Danny Ludeman
President & CEO, Concordance

Steve Maritz
Chairman & CEO, Maritz

Rich McClure
Former Co-Chair, The Ferguson Commission; Former President & CEO, Unigroup

Ken McDonald
Senior Director of Business Development, Covenant Theological Seminary

Dick Miles
Retired Chairman & CEO, Valitas Health Services, Inc.

ESSYE MILLER
CEO, Executive Business Management

Michael Moehn
Chairman & President, Ameren Missouri

Michael Neidorff
Chairman, President & CEO, Centene Corporation

Carrie Nelson
CEO & Founder, Atlas Point LLC

Bob Newmark
Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Steve Nystrom
Retired Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank

Kathy Osborn
President & CEO, Regional Business Council

Steve Ponciroli
Associate VP – Partnership Strategy and Growth, North Highland

Eriko Pope
CEO/Founder, Katalyst STL

emily procter
Entrepreneur, Activist, and Actress

Nick Ragone
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Ascension

Benjamin Rassieur III
President, Paulo Products Company

Kitty Ratcliffe
President, Explore St. Louis

Joe Reagan
Founder & CEO, One Stone Development

B.T. Rice
Pastor, New Horizon 7th Day Christian Church

Lamont Robinson
Director, Supplier Diversity at AmerisourceBergen

Michael Scully
Missouri Regional President, PNC Bank

Susan Sherman
Co-Founder, St. Louis Fashion Fund

Craig Silliman
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative, Legal, and Public Policy Officer, Verizon

Joe Sivewright
Chairman, Nestlé Purina PetCare

David Steward
Chairman & Founder, World Wide Technology

Donald Suggs
Publisher & Executive Editor, St. Louis American

Susan Talve
Founding Rabbi, Central Reform Congregation

Mark Thom
Chairman & CEO, MiTek

Greg Trapp
Former Division President & General Manager, Progressive Corporation

Mary Unnerstall
Executive Manager, Office of the Chairman, World Wide Technology

Rob Vitale
President & CEO, Post Holdings

Sara Wade
Former Chief Human Resources Officer & SVP, Express Scripts

Caprina Wakefield
Senior Director, Human Resources, SSM Health – Health Business

Chip Walker
Former Managing Director, Client Experience and Growth, Wells Fargo Advisors

Tim Wentworth
CEO, Evernorth

JAMES E. Williams, Jr.
President & CEO, Estel Foods, Inc.

Craig Workman
President, Workman Communications Group

Mark Wrighton
Professor & Chancellor Emeritus , Washington University

Jackie Yoon
President, YFB Consulting

Our Investors

We couldn’t do the work we do today without those who’ve invested in us since day one. Learn more about our individual and corporate supporters and how you can join the charge.

Our Locations

We are headquartered in St. Louis and preparing to expand nationwide over the next five years.