The Alignment Council serves as the governing arm of East Side Aligned. It is comprised of leaders from all walks of life committed to advancing the strategies outlined in The Roadmap. Council members are accountable to the community, each other and to the overarching mission, vision, and execution of the work. They are committed to transparent communication, utilizing community input to inform course correction, sharing and advocating for shared systems for measurement and analysis, and investing their time and resources to achieve the community’s shared vision.


Below you can learn more about a few of our leaders as well as view the full roster.



Montez Holton is a sophomore at East St. Louis Senior High School.


Why is it important for young people to be involved?

"Young people are the future. Our perspective needs to inform the strategies aiming to fix the dilemmas we experience."


What is something about the process that you’ve liked?

"I really appreciate being able to facilitate meetings and forums. It has helped me become a stronger leader and speaker.  I feel empowered and glad to know that I have a voice in my community."


KeKeisha Beasley is a parent organizer for COFI (Community Organizing and Family Issues).


Why did you decide to engage in East Side Aligned?

"I decided to get involved with East Side Aligned because I wanted to be a part of a real movement. I wanted my children to be able to say that their mother didn't just sit back and accept the status quo, but she actually did something to change it."


What is something about the process that you’ve liked?

"I like how it has brought so many people together to talk about the important issues and share ideas for change.  It values parents. Parents are the community. If you really want to know what is going on, we can get you the answer."



Edmond Brown is a lifelong resident of East St. Louis and President/CEO of ELB Enterprises, a janitorial services and supplies distributor.


Why is it important for the business community to be involved?

"It is critical for all parties that have some social, educational and economical impact on the community to be involved in coordinating resources and talents to address the systemic problem we are facing in the area. Having a strong economic base is vital for any community to be prosperous. The business community’s perspective can provide important guidance."


Why did you decide to keep your business in East St. Louis?

"It is important that people give back to their community if it is to grow.  It's no different than farming.  You have to plant, water, fertilize and tend to the soil to get a good crop. Well, you have to invest in, build and serve a community properly if it is to prosper. I have a strong interest improving the quality of life for the citizens of East St. Louis."


As of 11-1-2015

*KeKeisha Beasley, Parent Leader, Community Organizing & Family Issues

Hon. Walter Brandon, Judge, St. Clair County Courthouse

*Edmond Brown, President/CEO, ELB Enterprises

*Ed Bryant, President/CEO, St. Louis Minority Business Council

*Alonzo Byrd, AVP of Public Affairs, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Pamela Coaxum, Executive Director, Greater East St. Louis Community Fund

Keith Cook, President, Regions Bank

Dr. Georgia Costello, Present, Southwestern Illinois College

*Arthur Culver, Superintendent, East St. Louis School District 189

*Jesse Dixon, Executive Director, East St. Louis Center, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Theresa Doerr, Region V Administrator, Illinois Department of Human Services

Andrea Durbin, President/CEO, Illinois Collaboration on Youth

Marie Franklin, President, Concerned Citizens of Precinct 12

Phillip Hickman, President, Associated Bank

Derek Hobson, Chief Accountability Officer, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

*Montez Holton, Youth Leader, Village of Alorton

**Hon. Emeka Jackson-Hicks, Mayor, City of East St. Louis

Zalexia Johnson, Youth Leader, City of East St. Louis

Amelia Jumper, Executive Director, Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center

Hon. Brendan Kelly, State’s Attorney, St. Clair County

**Hon. Mark Kern, Chairman, St. Clair County

*Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois

Dr. Edward Lawlor, Dean, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

*Larry McCulley, President/CEO, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation

Mark Mestemacher, Officer, Ceres Barge Line

TySheyanna Montgomery, Youth Leader, Village of Washington Park

*Dr. Debra Moore, Director of Administration, St. Clair County

John Nations, President/CEO, Bi-State Development Agency

Dr. Rod Nunn, President, St. Louis Community College – Forest Park

Elizabeth Patton-Whiteside, Public Health Administrator, East Side Health District

Sheree Petrone, VP of Retail, Dynegy

Menah Pratt-Clarke, Associate Chancellor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Teresa Ramos, Outreach Director, Advance Illinois

Rev. Jerome Rogers, Moderator, New Salem Baptist District Association

Susan Sarfaty, Regional Superintendent, St. Clair County Regional Office of Education

Joan Vitale, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Voices for Illinois Children

Hon. Stephen Wigginton, U.S. Attorney, United States Department of Justice

Rev. Starsky Wilson, President/CEO, Deaconess Foundation

Yolanda Wooten, Parent Leader, Community Organizing & Family Issues


* denotes member of the executive committee

**denotes ex-officio