Diversity Awareness Partnership

Our Team



Tina Mahtani

Tina Mahtani

Interim Executive Director / Director of Operations

tmahtani@dapinclusive.org • 314-257-0800

Tina serves as the Director of Operations for Diversity Awareness Partnership. In her role, Tina manages day-to-day organizational operations including financial accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, database management, human resource functions, and special fundraising initiatives and annual events.  Tina also oversees the DAP Connect Program.

Prior to working at DAP, Tina worked as a business entrepreneur in the hospitality industry for over fifteen years.

Steve Parks

Steve Parks

Director of Programs

sparks@dapinclusive.org • 314-257-0799

Steve is responsible for leading DAP’s youth engagement programs such as the Diverse-City Art Competition, EXPLORE Career Immersion Program, and the Give Respect, Get Respect Program. He is also responsible for facilitating and leading diversity and inclusion discussions with youth and adults. Prior to joining DAP in this positon, Steve was the Director of Diversity for Ameren Corporation. He has served on and chaired the board of DAP and currently chairs the board of Cultural Leadership.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from Missouri S&T, and his MBA from Fontbonne University. Steve is a Senior Professional in Human Resources and is a graduate of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative and the Consortium for Leadership Development programs.

Sarah Masoud

Director of Education and Training

smasoud@dapinclusive.org • 314-381-5065

Sarah Masoud is the Director of Education and Training at DAP. She started her career working in the refugee and immigration field and received her Masters in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. Through her experience in working with immigrants and refugees, she has been surrounded by a multitude of different cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds which led her to delve into the field of diversity and inclusion. Additionally, her identity as an Arab-American woman with a rich and diverse family history has shaped the way she is able to facilitate difficult conversations about social issues such as race and gender identity.

Sarah has 10 years of experience conducting skill-building cultural competency trainings as well as diversity and inclusion trainings. She focuses on helping a variety of institutions create more inclusivity within their respective environments and making space for more diversity. She has experience leading trainings and facilitating workshops for both youth and adults. She also has many years of experience creating content for trainings and tailoring them to fit the needs of the participants. She sees the field of diversity and inclusion as consistently growing and changing and she will forever be a student learning through scholarship and activist work.

Smiling photo of Chris Ajao, the Youth Programs Manager at Diversity Awareness Partnership

Chris Ajao

Youth Programs Manager

cajao@dapinclusive.org • 314-257-0797

Chris works with the Director of Programs to support DAP’s youth engagement programs such as the EXPLORE programs, Give Respect Get Respect, and the Diversity City Art Competition. His daily roles involve recruiting students for these programs and communicating with the schools and program partners. Chris has several years of experience in mentorship roles for student programs at university, focused on diversity and inclusion.

Tanner Butler

Graphic Designer


Tanner Butler serves as the graphic designer for Diversity Awareness Partnership. He holds a degree in strategic communication and journalism from Maryville University in St. Louis. In addition to his position at DAP, Tanner works as a digital marketing specialist. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing the piano, and writing.

Alix Johnson

Alix Johnson

DAP’s staff mourns the loss of our friend and team member, Alix. Their commitment to inclusion and spirit of welcome continue, and we remember Alix every day. To read more, click here.