Staff

 

Rachel Cramsey, LCSW

Executive Director

Rachel Cramsey joined Let’s Start in January 2015 as the Program Manager. Rachel came to Let’s Start after working 3 years with trauma patients, liver transplant patients, and surgical patients at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Her experience supporting families through the healthcare system has helped her transition into working within the community, identifying resources, and supporting the women and families of Let’s Start as they now navigate reentry and the barriers that come with it.

In August 2007, Rachel participated in the Catholic Charities Service Corps in Buffalo, NY, and completed a year of service working for a nonprofit that provided a free health center, a free children’s clothing pantry, and a reduced-cost adult education center. When she returned to the Midwest in September 2008, Rachel worked for an inpatient treatment center, providing case management to women seeking support for their addictions. In December 2011, Rachel received her Master’s in Social Work from Saint Louis University. Originally from Quincy, IL, Rachel came to St. Louis in 2010, and now calls the City home.

 

Patty Berger, BSW, MAADC II

Community Education Coordinator

Patty Berger is the Community Education Coordinator for Let’s Start, Inc. Her responsibilities include helping educate the community, policy makers, and other professionals about incarceration, addiction and reentry. She speaks to the challenges faced by families impacted by these issues. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and is also a substance use disorder counselor. Patty has worked with returning citizens for over fifteen years. Women, men, veterans, transgender individuals and their families have been the focus of her work.

She has a unique perspective on the issues people who have been incarcerated experience. As a formerly incarcerated woman, who spent twenty years in and out of prison and thirty years in active drug addiction, she is able to relate to the challenges facing the people she serves. As a mother of two adult children and grandmother of four, her family has been through the struggles of family reunification and living with the past. Her willingness to openly share her family’s story has helped countless others impacted by the criminal justice system.

 

Samantha Case, MSW

Program Manager

Samantha Case began working as Program Manager at Let’s Start in February 2017 after serving the agency from June 2016-December 2016 as practicum student. As Program Manager, her responsibilities include maintaining contact with currently-incarcerated women and their families, planning and implementing the monthly bus trip to Vandalia, providing fun and enriching childcare during Tuesday evening women’s support group, and assisting and supporting all participants of Let’s Start.

Samantha’s mother was a social worker for the Saint Louis public schools, introducing Samantha to advocacy at an early age. Samantha served as Victim Advocate in the University City Police Department, where she worked closely with police officers and followed victim cases through the Municipal Court. During her Master’s program at St. Louis University, Samantha led inmate substance abuse groups at St. Louis County Jail and for a St. Louis-based assertive community treatment team. She has been active in the St. Louis community with organizing fundraisers, promoting women’s rights, and supporting co-ed youth development with the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Toni Jordan, CMPS, MAADC, MRSS-P

Women’s Support Coordinator

Toni Jordan exemplifies great qualities of a good leader especially in the field of mental health. She has withstood many challenges in her life that today she is a champion of recovery for 13 years and counting. Toni became a peer specialist in March of 2009 and became a trainer for peer specialist through the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) in 2011. Toni Jordan has possessed employment with St. Louis Empowerment Center, Queen of Peace Center, BHR (Behavior Health Response), and presently is the women support coordinator for Let’s Start. Toni Jordan is a grateful recipient of the Mental Health Champion award in 2011, 2012 Recovery Advocate of the Year, and in 2014 The Voice Award from SAMHSA. Toni also is the co-chair for DBH-State Advisory Council for Comprehensive Psychiatric Services and has a seat on the board of directors for St. Patrick Center and Gateway Housing First. She is a proud mother of five beautiful daughters, a grandmother of 4 and married to a loving husband for 19 years.

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