Maryanne Dersch has spent more than 25 years working in the nonprofit world, the last 13 at 501creative, where she helps clients reach their communication and branding goals. As resident extrovert at 501, she gives workshops, creates web content. leads focus groups and discovery sessions and eats a lot of chicken breast lunches. Previous to 501creative, Maryanne was a consultant at Vector Communications and the public relations officer for the City of University City.
Maryanne and her husband of 26 years, Jon Schmuke, adopted their three children, Patrick, AJ and Taylor, out of foster care. She is on the board at Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and has been a foster parent for Stray Rescue of St. Louis for 19 years. Maryanne never met a football game, Zumba class or microphone she didn't like. She is an avid Missouri Tigers fan, and please don’t ask her about her recent Rams breakup. On the first Friday of the month, she can be found singing karaoke at local bars.