Shannon Duffy has split his life in the labor and social justice movement. He is from North County and is married, with five children and eight grandchildren. For the past twelve years he has served as the Business Representative for the United Media Guild, a CWA affiliate. He is the current Bread & Roses Board Chair. His acting career was launched when he was cast as the despicable character Vance Muse in the Workers’ Theater sketch “R-T-W Exposed.”
Mary Barber, a SLU graduate, has focused her volunteer efforts toward voter registration and turnout. Other focuses include arts organizations that educate, advocate and activate communities to support rights and dignity of working families, immigrants, and incarcerated individuals. Presently she is Principal of The Reputation Experts, LLC and has expertise in the development of strategic message platforms and deployment of engaging content across the spectrum of print, digital and social media.
Ann Haubrich is an adjunct faculty at Webster University’s Arts Management MFA program and teaches cultural policy. She has co-produced and co-hosted KDHX’s Literature for the Halibut. She previously served as managing director of Prison Performing Arts and executive director of Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants, she served as executive director following her help to establish the ASC Foundation. Other achievements include founding the Community Arts Training Institute after a decade with the Regional Arts Commission.
Maureen Zegel is a writer/editor and communications professional. She has been a newspaper reporter and managing editor, a press secretary to a U.S. Congresswoman, and co-owner of a PR agency that boasted clients from Circus Flora, to labor unions, and numerous Democratic candidates. Maureen retired from University of Missouri–St. Louis in 2014. She continues with her freelance gig, Zegel Communications, and volunteers her skills and time with various boards and organizations. Maureen is married to Dan Younger, an amazing art professor, and has two children and six grandchildren.
Sukanya Mani has over 9 years of experience as a teaching artist for all ages. Based in St. Louis, she is a visual artist who works with acrylics, watercolors and mixed media. She has worked on various projects with the St Louis Art Museum, Bread and Roses, Contemporary Art museum, Chesterfield Arts and the History Museum.
Gwen Moore is the Curator of Urban Landscape and Community Identity at the Missouri History Museum focusing on race, ethnicity and race relations in St. Louis. Gwen has been associated with the museum since 1998 working as a researcher, community programmer and oral historian. Her current area of research is concerned with social movements with a particular interest in civil rights activism.
José Guadalupe Garza was born along the US/Mexico border. He is a conceptual artist and educator working in a variety of mediums including video, photography, sculpture, installation and drawing. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including the 2017 Biennale Spazio Pubblico Roma. Garza earned a BFA in Drawing from the University of Florida, an MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and is a US Navy veteran. Currently, he serves as the Museum Educator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, is an adjunct faculty member in the Graphic Design Department at St. Charles Community College and a founding member of Monaco.
Laura Stefacek is employed at Rosenthal, Packman & Co. as a certified public accountant with 20+ years of experience. Laura is stirred to action by social justice issues and has an abiding love of the arts. Bread & Roses Missouri is an excellent combination of these interests.
Roseann Weiss has 30 years of experience in arts leadership in nonprofit arts institutions, community organizations, and galleries. She was most recently the Director of Artist and Community Initiatives at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC). In this position, she guided the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute – an innovative, cross-sector program centered on the belief that art can amplify the voices of communities, be a key factor in regenerating neighborhoods and be a powerful agent for social change. She also led RAC’s artists’ support programs, grants, and fellowships as well as creative community initiatives, which included identifying resources for new projects. Roseann has curated contemporary art exhibitions, served on public art committees, arts panels, juries, and boards and continues to lecture and lead workshops about the intersections of contemporary art and community in national settings.
Chris Worth is the Organizing Team Manager at Paraquad. He has more than fifteen years of experience in community organizing. His team supports a grassroots coalition of people with disabilities and allies, the Coalition for Truth in Independence, which is one hundred members strong, and partners with Paraquad to promulgate disability rights in the St. Louis region. Chris holds a Master’s Degree in painting. His art takes on issues of social, political, and economic justice. He exhibits both locally and nationally, and is well-known in the Appalachian region as an artist and activist. He also leads a project known as the Tuscher Institute, a platform to train in the areas of disability culture, community organizing, and civic engagement. Chris holds training and/or certificates from the Industrial Areas Foundation and Missouri Jobs with Justice. joined the University of Missouri in February of 2017 as the UMSL Labor Studies Program Coordinator after over 20 years of working in a variety of roles with Labor Unions, such as member activist, officer, staff and administrator.
Bronwen Zwirner worked as a labor educator and union representative for more than twenty years, in St. Louis, Chicago and New England, before moving back to St. Louis. She headed a local fair housing agency here for several years. Now retired, she has followed her passions through work with Prison Performing Arts, Redevelopment Opportunities for Women and as Bread and Roses Missouri’s Secretary. She lives in University City with her husband.
Joan Suarez is the Executive Director of Bread & Roses Missouri (BRM) and the founding, now Emeritus, chair of the Missouri Immigrant & Refugees Advocates (MIRA), both spin-off organizations of Missouri Jobs With Justice. She serves as a Community Co-Chair on the Missouri Jobs With Justice Board of Directors.