Diversity Awareness Partnership

Our Team



Melissa Brickey

Executive Director

mbrickey@dapinclusive.org • 314-257-0798

As Executive Director, Melissa curates DAP’s long-term strategies in conjunction with the organization’s corporate, nonprofit, and community partners. Her leadership facilitates the growth of those relationships as well as the ongoing enhancement of DAP’s programming and educational efforts.

Melissa possesses a wealth of knowledge on institutional advancement from years of working in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on providing access to quality education for historically marginalized children. She is a certified teacher herself and also received her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Fontbonne University.

Most recently, Melissa served as the Vice President of Advancement at Rosati-Kain High School. For three years prior, she was Executive Director of De La Salle, Inc., and before that held other roles at the organization such as Director of Operations for three years and Director of Graduate Support for eight years. During that time she developed a robust alumni support program that spanned from high school to college to career.

Melissa served on the DAP Board before becoming Executive Director and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Paraquad. She is an avid swimmer and celebrates life daily with her husband, David, and their cat, Ellen.

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.

Bridget McDonald

Communications and Outreach Manager

bmcdonald@dapinclusive.org • 314-257-0797

Bridget McDonald is responsible for the organizing, communicating, and recruiting associated with the EXPLORE program. This program fosters interest and opportunity in a wide array of exciting career fields for high school students, with the aim of developing more diverse and equitable workplaces in St. Louis. Bridget received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and later completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to working with DAP, she served as the managing editor of a literary journal and taught writing to both young adults and elementary school students. In her spare time she dances, draws, and tries not to neglect her own writing for too long.

Tina Mahtani

Tina Mahtani

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.

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.