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Sidewalk Tour of the New Neuroscience & Research Building @ Washington University School of Medicine
10/6/2022 - 10/6/2022

A panel discussion to share with the Forum’s members the importance of the Washington University School of Medicine’s Neurosciences Research Building. Forum members will hear from the panel about their role in planning for, designing and building this important project. Forum members Erin Valentine and Maggie Bailey will moderate the discussion.


Mariah Harris
Director Space Programming
Washington University School of Medicine

Mariah Harris is the Director of Space Programming at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. In this role, she is responsible for space guidelines, planning standards, process and templates, utilization studies, and analytics for the physical space on the medical campus. Mariah also serves as the primary planner for new laboratory buildings and major lab renovations, including the University's new 10-storey/609,000 BGSF Neuroscience Research Building, accommodating 90 research teams and 700 FTEs when Phase 1 opens in July 2023. She participated in the project's programming and laboratory allocation phase while confirming bi-annually until occupancy the research teams' FTE actuals remain within the baseline program.

Before joining WashU in 2017, Mariah was a Senior Planner at the City University of New York for 12 years. She earned her BA in  architecture from Kansas State University and recently obtained the American Institute of Certified Planners credential from the American Planning Association.

Andy Poirot
Project Director
McCarthy Building Companies

As Project Director for McCarthy Building Companies, Andy Poirot oversees construction performance and works closely with project teams. An experienced civil engineering and construction professional, he is committed to building high-performing teams and creating long-lasting relationships with clients, designers and trade partners. Since joining McCarthy in 2004, Andy has worked closely with project teams, overseeing operations to ensure an exceptional client experience. From early in the design phase through completion and beyond, he supports the McCarthy safety culture while overseeing quality management, contracts, schedule and budget management, and
overall construction performance. Andy has worked on healthcare projects at several of the region’s hospitals. He also served as project director on the Washington University School of Medicine’s Neuroscience Research Building and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Museum of Westward Expansion and Visitor Center project at the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis. Andy graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is active in the Southern Illinois Builders Association and the Southern Illinois Chapter for Healthcare Engineering.  He and his wife have two children and reside in Freeburg, Ill, where he volunteers as a baseball and soccer coach and spends time with his family enjoying snowboarding, hunting, fishing and hiking.

Trevor Calarco 
Vice President, Designer and Lab Planner

Trevor has dedicated his career to planning and designing environments which support scientific inquiry, discovery and innovation. He is a recognized expert in the social, physical, and technical characteristics associated with innovative learning and research within academic, corporate and government organizations. With this expertise, he leads a collaborative approach between the client’s key stakeholders and design team culminating in creative solutions unique to the culture, values, and project requirements.

Registration will close on 10/3/2022 so that we are able to coordinate with our vendors.
Location: COLLAB
4220 Duncan Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Health Equity and Equity in Healthcare: Why it Matters and How the St Louis Region is Moving Forward

You won’t want to miss this presentation if you want to know about health equity and why it matters for the St. Louis region and our nation. You will learn about the importance of social determinants of health and how the St. Louis region is moving forward toward more equitable healthcare for all.  Dr. Purnell is highly published in the area of health equity having focused on it for over a decade. He  is the founding director of Health Equity Works (formerly For the Sake of All), a research-based initiative that translates data and research on the social determinants of health into engaging products to accelerate community action to advance health equity. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Jason Purnell, PhD, MPH
Vice President of Community Health Improvement, BJC HealthCare and Associate Professor, Brown School, Washington University

Jason Q. Purnell, PhD, MPH, is vice president of community health improvement for BJC HealthCare. He is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of BJC’s community health programs, and oversees BJC’s connections with community-based programs that offer primary, secondary and tertiary prevention for chronic conditions. 

Prior to joining BJC in August 2020, he spent over a decade focused on health equity and social determinants of health as a faculty member in the Brown School at Washington
University in St. Louis, where he retains an appointment as an associate professor. 

Dr. Purnell is the founding director of Health Equity Works (formerly for the Sake of All), a research-based initiative that translates data and research on the social determinants of health into engaging products to accelerate community action. He and his team and collaborators have been responsible for raising awareness and facilitating action on issues ranging from school health to affordable housing in the St. Louis region and beyond.

A native of St. Louis, Dr. Purnell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, with a bachelor’s degree in government and philosophy. His doctoral degree in counseling psychology is from The Ohio State University, and his master’s in public health is from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 2021 Dr. Purnell was named one of the Top Diversity Leaders in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.

He serves as a member of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; as chair of the steering committee of the COVID-19 Regional Response Team, which he helped to establish; and represents BJC HealthCare on the St. Louis Integrated Health Network board. A native of St. Louis, he and his wife, Amanda, have two children.
Location: Zoom

Women, Power & Money
11/11/2022 - 11/11/2022

A dynamic conversation between St. Louis Forum member, Barbara Archer, a wealth manager, and Marilyn Wechter, financial therapist, addressing women and their relationship to money.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Registration/Networking
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: Lunch & Program
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM: Q&A and Closing

Barbara C. Archer, MBA, CFP®, CLU®, AEP®, CPRC

Barbara is a Partner at Hightower Wealth Advisors and she has been a wealth advisor since 1983. The firm advises kind, intelligent, generous, well-traveled wealthy individuals about planning and investing. A podcaster, advocate, and lover of the arts, Barbara has launched a podcast “Keeping the Well in Well-thy” where she interviews wellness professionals exploring the intersection of health and wealth, and what it means to have a well-balanced life and gracefully maneuver through life’s challenges. You can find the podcast here:  https://keeping-the-well-in-well-thy.blubrry.net/

Marilyn Wechter, MSW ,BCD

Marilyn Wechter, MSW, BCD is a psychotherapist and wealth counselor in private practice in St Louis Missouri.  In her specialty area of wealth counseling, she focuses on topics relating to money, wealth and the stressors associated with them.  Her work addresses a variety of issues, such as: women, money and power; privilege and parenting; and the uses of philanthropy. She meets with individuals, families and multigenerational groups to provide counsel about the complex psychological dynamics surrounding wealth.  Marilyn also works directly with estate lawyers and planners, financial and investment advisors, and executive coaches.
Marilyn has taught courses at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and at Webster University, both in St. Louis. She is a frequent and popular speaker for organizations, schools and business groups.

Location: St. Louis Club
7701 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

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