Diversity Awareness Partnership

Our Team



Kenneth Pruitt

Director of Diversity Training

kpruitt@dapinclusive.org • 314-246-3142

As Director of Diversity Training, Kenneth is responsible for the Diversity Awareness Partnership’s training and consultation for a variety of organizations on topics of diversity and inclusion. Additionally, he oversees DAP’s education efforts via its interfaith work, as well as an assortment of panels, forums, and discussions. After receiving his master’s in education from St. John’s University, Kenneth became a classroom teacher for several years before taking this passion into nonprofit settings. Just previous to his work with DAP, he developed a model for contextualizing the group volunteer experience with education and advocacy on issues of poverty, diversity, and religion.

With the exception of a four-year stint in New York City, Kenneth has spent the last 20 years in St. Louis, having grown up in Nashville, Tennessee. He loves asking hard questions about the intersection of social justice and religion, and can frequently be found jogging a few miles on the sidewalks of South City.

Steve Parks

Steve Parks

Director of Programs

sparks@dapinclusive.org • 314-246-3143

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

EXPLORE Coordinator

b.mcdonald@dapinclusive.org • 314-246-7049

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.

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.

Tina Mahtani

Tina Mahtani

Director of Operations

tmahtani@dapinclusive.org • 314-246-3146

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.  She is currently on the race committee with Girls on the Run.

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

Communications and Marketing Manager

maria@dapinclusive.org • 314-246-7049

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke serves Diversity Awareness Partnership as Communications and Marketing Manager. A specialist in nonprofit communications and marketing, she writes and develops high-impact image materials, websites, media kits, social media campaigns, and email marketing initiatives. Maria has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, and is also a freelance writer, blogger, and published author.

Tanner Butler

Graphic Designer

designer@dapinclusive.org • 314-285-4914

Tanner Butler serves as the graphic designer for Diversity Awareness Partnership. He is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in strategic communication and journalism at Maryville University. Tanner also serves as the editor-in-chief of Maryville’s online student publication, Pawprint. In his free time, Tanner likes to hike, play the piano, and write.