A Message from our Executive Director and DAP Family

Jun 11, 2018

Dear DAP Supporters and Friends,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write to you in memory and honor of a great team member, diversity advocate, and friend, Alix Johnson, who passed away on June 9, 2018. Alix was the Youth Program Manager for our organization, but provided so much more than the title suggests. Both professionally and personally, Alix was one the greatest assets of our team who made everything they touched more efficient, easier, better.

As Youth Programs Manager, Alix used their passion for program facilitation and youth engagement to oversee DAP’s Give Respect, Get Respect Program and the Diverse-City Art Competition. Alix brought a wide range of experiences and perspectives to DAP from their previous roles as Sr. Project Coordinator on the Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Giving team at Express Scripts; a Corrections Officer for St. Louis County; a facilitator of high and low ropes courses and team building programs during a year of AmeriCorps with Outward Bound Atlanta; and an experiential education programs facilitator for Wyman Center and the Girl Scouts.

Words can’t express the sadness that we feel as Alix’s dedication, friendship and smile will be missed, but not forgotten. Alix was quick to go out of their way to make sure everyone was included. I encourage you to honor their legacy and continue to uphold the ideals that Alix represented — wanting everyone to live life in truth and peace.

We ask your thoughts, prayers, and support for our team, but more importantly Alix’s family. As an organization, we will take this week to process our loss. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.


Melanie Powell-Robinson & the DAP Family

Alix will be remembered by family and friends on June 13, 2018 at BOPP Chapel in Kirkwood, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.