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

Board of Directors

Kelvin Adams
Superintendent, St. Louis Public School District

Angela Adler
President & CEO, Adler Associates, LLC

Elcio Barcelos
Chief Human Resources Officer at 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

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

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.

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

Steven 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

Julie Russell
Executive Director, Leap Ambassadors Support Team, Morino Ventures

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

Jimmy 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.