Maryanne Dersch has spent more than 20 years working in the nonprofit community relations biz, the last 10 at 501creative, where she helps clients reach their communication and branding goals. 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 23 years, Jon Schmuke, adopted their three children, Patrick, AJ and Taylor, out of foster care. She currently serves on the board of the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and is a foster parent and volunteer for Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Maryanne never met a football game or microphone she didn't like. She is an avid Rams and Missouri Tigers fan, and throws a great tailgate party. On the first Friday of the month, she can be found singing karaoke at local bars.