Board Members

Joan Suarez


Coordinator for Bread and Roses Missouri, Director. A life long activist who began working for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers in 1962. Now serves asthe International Vice-President of ACTWU (Now Workers United.) Following her retirement in 2001, she became a leader in Missouri Jobs with Justice, where she helped to found the Bread and Roses project leading its establishment as and independent non-profit.

Monti Hill


A Texas native and graduate from Prairie View A&M University with a Sociology degree. I run political building network (Black and Brown Leadership in Politics) founded in St. Louis, Missouri to support organizations and people to accomplish goals that maximize the potential for Black and Brown people in a compassionate and efficient way. I’ve been given opportunities to work with political leaders, community builders, youth, and local residents around the region and have enabled me to develop not only personally, but valuable and transferable skills in a fast-paced environment.

Roseann Weiss


She 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.

Kristian Blackmon

A 30+ years old native of Saint Louis. Her passion lies in the fight for black liberation, injustice and oppression that negatively impacts ALL people. She is the create and curator of two art based projects, Invisible No More that speaks to the plight of Black Women and I STILL love her which is a celebration of Women in Hip Hop. She is the former regional organizer of the economic justice organization, Missouri Jobs with Justice.
A Beloved Disciple of Saint John’s Church.

Bronwen Zwirner


Bronwen 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.




 Ann Haubrich

43Ann Haubrich is the institutional giving director with Voices for Children. She previously served as managing director of Prison Performing Arts and executive director of Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants, after helping to establish and run the ASC Foundation as executive director. She also spent more than a decade with the Regional Arts Commission, where she served as a grants officer and founded the Community Arts Training Institute. She has served as the executive director of River Styx and the Writer’s Voice, a national literary arts project of the YMCA. For more than twenty years, she has co-produced and co-hosted KDHX’s Literature for the Halibut and is an adjunct faculty at Webster University’s Arts Management MFA program, teaching a course on cultural policy.

Sukanya Mani


Sukanya Mani has over 9 years of experience as a teaching artist for all ages. She is based in St. Louis, MO and is a visual artist creating with acrylics, watercolors and mixed media. She has worked on various projects with St Louis Art Museum, Bread and Roses, Contemporary Art museum, Chesterfield Arts and the History Museum.




Laura Stefacek

bio3Laura 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.





Mary Barber

Mary Barber is a principal of The Reputation Experts, LLC, with expertise in developing strategic message platforms and deploying engaging content across the spectrum of print, digital and social media — from white papers to tweets. She previously was Senior Executive Vice President of Cejka Search, a physician and executive search firm, and Vice President of Investor Relations at Magna Group (now Regions Bank). Mary also has served in PR executive roles at Brighton Agency and Kupper Parker Communications. A graduate of Saint Louis University, Mary has focused her volunteer efforts toward voter registration and turnout, as well as arts organizations that educate, advocate and activate the community to support the rights and dignity of working families, immigrants, and incarcerated individuals.