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Meet the UCM Board President and Staff

Board President: Donna Brooks-Sanders

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Donna Brooks-Sanders is a 50 year member of Southern Mission Missionary Baptist Church in East St. Louis, IL and serves as ministry leader for a clothing closet that has served over five thousand families in need. She has been active in the East St. Louis/ St. Louis community for many years; serving as secretary of the St. Louis Place Community Partners, a board member of the Bayer YMCA in St. Louis; serves on the Heat Up/Cool Down board of directors; and sits on the board of Continuity STL. She is a former President of the League of Women Voters in St. Louis, served as the vice president of the Gateway Classic Board of Directors, served as the secretary of Call For Help, Inc., and is a member of the East St. Louis branch of the NAACP.  As an active member of the East. St. Louis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, she recently served as the chapters Journalist.  She has chaired several signature community events including their Founders Celebration, annual Breakfast with Santa, and Arts and Letters. Brooks-Sanders has been a member of UCM for several years. While her community involvement has crossed many paths, she finds her current self interest in environmental issues and justice reform. She looks forward to her tenure as president of UCM along with supporting and promoting the work of the organization. Vocationally, Brooks-Sanders is the Communications Commissioner for the City of St. Louis, where she has served for 22 years. She is a wife and mother and proud great-aunt to 11 month old twins.

Executive Director Consultant: Rev. Michael L. Atty

Rev. Michael L. Atty

Executive Director

Lead Organizer


Rev. Michael L. Atty came to United Congregations of Metro East in 2018 as community organizer. He brought with him skills learned from his previous works in the community and church. Upon receiving his Master of Devinity in 2016 from Eden Theological Seminary, Rev. Atty pursued to use his ministry vocation to impact his community and surrounding areas. He believes that structures of racism, classism, sexism, and other "isms" that creates marginalized groups is the work of sin. He believes that these structures need to be dismantled and people of faith are particularly placed in the world to effect change on these systems to bring about God's kingdom and Christ's beloved community.

Rev. Michael Atty took position as UCM's Executive Director in 2019 and serves on the ministerial staff at The Antioch Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO.

UCM Staff


Rev. Stefanie Ward

Jalen Robins

Organizational Administrator

Communications & Digital Organizer


Jaylon Cal

Lead Youth & Transformational Justice Community Organizer


Kahn Key

Youth & Transformational Justice Community Organizer


Camille Brown

Youth & Transformational Justice Digital Intern - SIUE


Kentaro Kumanomido

Lead Environmental Justice Community Organizer

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Jalen Williams

Joshua Rhiney

Environmental Justice & Digital Community Organizer

Environmental Justice Community Organizing Fellow


Stephanie Taylor

Lead Transformational Justice, Senior Citizen & Housing Community Organizer

Anthony Newsome

Transformational Justice, Senior Citizen & Housing Community Organizer

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