Lindy Drew

Co-Founder, Photographer and Storyteller

Lindy’s background doing street photography make her the powerhouse of the storytelling team with her photographs and insightful interviews with subjects. After studying at the University of Arizona and the International Center of Photography, she traveled for three years, winding up Latin America's backbone to share people’s stories in the spirit of documentary photography. In Chile, she co-founded OJOS nuevos, a digital photography workshop for at-risk girls to photograph themselves and their communities. In Costa Rica, she was a Staff Photographer for The Tico Times, Central America's leading English newspaper. Upon returning to the U.S., she worked with Casa de Sueños in Phoenix to help reunify unaccompanied undocumented minors with their family in the states. Lindy graduated in May 2016 with a Master of Social Work and Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis. More of her work can be seen at: www.lindydrew.com.

 

Caroline Fish

Co-Founder, Story Editor

As a writer, poet, and curator with a knack for starting community art initiatives that promote social justice, Caroline originally had the idea to launch a page for this city similar to Humans of New York. Her talent lies in finessing stories to highlight the humanity behind people’s lived experiences. Caroline has launched other independent projects, including a nationwide violence awareness project with the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, a documentary on campus safety and sexual assault at the University of North Carolina, and a multi-national research project with human rights activists in Iceland, Netherlands, France, and Turkey. Caroline graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, double minoring in English and Creative Writing, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed an honors thesis in poetry. Fish received a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law.

 

Dessa Somerside

Story Editor

Dessa applies her background in systems dynamics to critically evaluate and develop solutions to social issues. She has worked in child welfare, maternal and child health and nutrition, and economic and social development in eight countries. Dessa recently moved back to St. Louis after working for the World Food Programme as an International Leland Hunger Fellow in Cambodia. She is now the Director of Quality Systems for Project Peanut Butter, which produces a life-saving therapeutic food product for malnourished children in Africa. Dessa received her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University, and a Masters degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013.

 

Chris Ferrara

Treasurer

Chris brings many years of experience as a Project And Operations Director in businesses and non-profits. He has worked as an Operations Director at NAVTEQ, a global digital mapping firm, and is now focusing on entrepreneurial interests that combine location-based data and philanthropy. Accentuating his degree in Management from Purdue University, he has led 15 disaster relief group trips to Joplin, MO, Moore, OK, and Tom’s River, NJ. Seeing another opportunity to organize volunteers, Chris’ involvement with HOSTL began through discerning an opportunity shown in a photostory about the Reese Family Renovation. His passion is to help see St. Louis grow by helping others value each other as they are.

 

Celina della Croce

Story Editor and Assistant Storyteller

Celina has been collaborating with Humans of St. Louis as a story editor and assistant storyteller since August, 2016. Her background is in community and labor organizing to fight for workers’ rights and racial justice. She views storytelling as a platform to give a voice to everyday people, bridge divides, and foster empathy across communities. She has a passion for photography and recently collaborated with a local immigrants' rights organization to showcase a photography series on peasant farmer activists with the Vía Campesina in Argentina. She has also photographed strikes and direct actions with the Fight for 15. Her work can be seen at: http://celinadellacroce.wixsite.com/photography

 

 

The past few exhibitions would not be possible without the following humans. A heartfelt thanks for all of your generosity and support!

Maleeha Ahmad, Calista Alaribe, James Anderson, Heidi Ardizzone, Ellis Ballard, Emily Bornstein, Danielle Brower, Ross Brownson, Madeleine Carson, Johanna Cavaliere, Dan Conner, Rachel Davis, Jess Dewes, The Drew Family, Marci Mayer Eisen, Matt Fernandez, Sarah Ferone, Chris Ferrara, Matthew Frank, Ruth Gallego, Lauren Gifford, Joseph Goeke, Susan Goen, Karen Goering, Genna Goldsobel, Grand Center Arts Academy Photography Students, Cal Halvorsen, Kendra Holliday, Laura Horwitz, Nicole Hudson, Courtney King, Adelaide Lancaster, The Laitinen Family, Carol Lara, Carolyn Lewis, Jenna Lindbo, Leanndra Martinez, Ted Meenk, Deevah Melendez, Molly Metzger, The Mladic Janney Family, Ricardo Morales, Susan Mulcahy, Linda Nguyen, Jessica Payne, Beth Prusaczyk, The Reese Family, Rev, Juan Reyes, Kathleen Rice-Guter, Dan Richter, Michelle Schackmann, Dana Sebastian-Duncan, Nikki Spencer, MK Stallings, Jill Stratton, Gina & Travis Sheridan, Joe Steensma, Sean Thomas, Raul Torres, Doug Weaver, Joel Vanderheyden, and Rosanne Hertzberger & Arjen Van Veelen.

A very special thank you to Brandon Stanton, original creator of Humans of New York who allows the Humans of movement to flourish.