Lorren Buck has dedicated her life to positively influencing others so that they recognize their own agency and reach the height, depth and breadth of their destined potential. Lorren’s commitment to this work arises from lessons she has learned in her life. She is a motivational speaker, spiritual teacher and ordained minister driven to use her power to empower others.
Lorren Buck has over 15 years of experience in social justice education and curriculum writing, group facilitation, non-profit organizational leadership and development. She served as the Transitional Executive Director of Joint Neighborhood Ministry where much of her responsibility was to develop a long-range strategy to achieve the organization’s vision of a more just and equitable agency. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from Tennessee State University. She has facilitated sacred conversations on race with local churches and diversity and inclusion trainings throughout the metropolitan area.
Lorren is as a former health educator, developing comprehensive sexual health curricula for Missouri and Illinois schools. She holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary where her research examined the intersectionality of sexism and racism in faith communities. Lorren is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and a native of St. Louis Missouri.
Veronica Richardson, MBA
Veronica J. Richardson BSN, RN, MBA, M.Div., CHCEF is a nurse with over 25 years of nursing experience in the private and public sectors. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix and is a Fellow in Community Health Executive Management from the University of Kansas. Veronica has worked in the community health arena for over 15 years. Her areas of expertise include leadership development training, quality improvement, system transformation, facilitation and grant writing. Veronica is active on several community boards that focus on closing the health equity gap in St. Louis City.
Veronica is currently serving as the Managing Director for Painefree Consulting on the School-Based Health Alliance of Missouri project.
Executive Assistant Director of Client Experience
Huvona Watkins has worked in various roles in the nonprofit arena for over 7 years now including founding her own nonprofit. She takes pride and value in helping others overcome obstacles and learning to be successful which are just a few skills she brings to Painefree Consulting. Huvona sits on the board of directors for All Abilities. She also is a Fellow with LEAP Leadership Program for nonprofit leaders in the field of domestic and sexual violence.
Marissa Q. Paine, MSW
Marissa Q. Paine is the founder and principal consultant of Painefree Coaching & Consulting. She is the Chief Problem Solver for clients and for her team.
A corporate executive turned macro-level social worker, Marissa brings more than twenty years of corporate, nonprofit, education, and faith-based experience to the practice including serving as executive director of several health and human service organizations and directing a federally funded capacity building program providing grants, training, and technical assistance to more than 70 nonprofits in the Greater St. Louis region. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Marissa held diverse corporate roles in human resources and public affairs. She also managed the public relations activities of a Fortune 200 brand.
Today, Marissa maintains a coaching roster of CEOs, senior executives, small business owners, and highly motivated professionals from diverse sectors as well as peer groups, boards of directors, and leadership teams. She is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and retreat facilitator known for her light-hearted ability to connect with her audience and “take the pain” out of challenging topics.
Marissa holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Webster University and a master’s degree in social work administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her coaching credential from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Elaine Powers, MPA
Consultant | Director of Client Results
Elaine Powers brings nearly three decades of experience in nonprofit administration, fund development, communications, and board relationships to the Painefree team. As a creative problem solver, Elaine is adept at improving organizational efficiency, making data-driven decisions, and developing cross-sector partnerships and collaborations. Her areas of expertise include strategic and business planning, program evaluation, budgeting and financial analysis, development and implementation of administrative and management systems, grant research and writing, risk management, governance, and communicating with boards and donors.
Elaine earned a Masters of Public Administration with Emphasis in Not-for-Profit Administration from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and is a member of the NonProfit Services Center’s Women Executive Director Leadership Academy class of 2010.
Next to being a grandmother, supporting the Painefree Team and our clients is one of Tamala’s favorite things. Tamala brings more than twenty years of customer service and administrative support to her role. She’s often the smiling face greeting you during Painefree events and, when she is not, she’s working behind the scene to make sure the boat stays afloat.
Lakesha Robinson, MSW
Lakesha has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years, serving in diverse roles throughout her tenure. She has experience in program development, policy analysis, and quality assurance. She is an analytical and a conceptual thinker who effectively partners with senior managers to assess opportunities, facilitate strategic decisions, and drive successful implementations.
Over the last few years, Lakesha has worked to build productive working relationships with all project stakeholders, and motivating the project team to achieve. Lakesha has managed a broad array of projects in industries ranging from financial services and health care, to education and philanthropy.
Lakesha believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. Lakesha provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.