AmeriCorps St. Louis Staff


Bruce Bailey

Executive Director

Bruce Bailey has a degree in Public Administration from Webster University. He worked in government and social service for over 35 years, 15 of which were agencies serving youth. He began his career as a congressional aid, then as special assistant to Judge Noah Weinstein at the St. Louis County Juvenile Court. Subsequently, Bruce served as the Executive Director of two non-profit agencies developing Outdoor Education and Youth Corps programs. In 1994 Bruce directed a pilot program for the Corporation for National Service followed by serving as the founding Executive Director of AmeriCorps St. Louis. In 2002, Bruce received the Mel Carnahan Service Award for Exemplary Leadership to the Citizens of Missouri. Bruce has served as the Chairperson of Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), and is an advisor to the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) with expertise in volunteer coordination and donations management.



Amanda Henderson

Director of Operations

Amanda has a degree in General Business Administration and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Policy, from Central Michigan University.  After college, Amanda served on the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team, receiving the organization’s Compass Award for her service.  She then worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Gateway Area Chapter as their Volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator, and then as their Finance & Operations Coordinator.  Amanda received the Chancellor’s Certificate in Volunteer Management from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  While serving with AmeriCorps, Amanda met her future husband, Nick Henderson, who was also a member of the Emergency Response Team. They have two children together, Keely and Cooper.


Kenan Ender

Program Director

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Kenan has Bachelor’s degrees in Global Studies and Geography from the University of North Carolina. Kenan received the Golden Pulaski Leadership Award for his service with ERT Year 21 and currently serves as the Secretary for the Missouri State VOAD. In his current role at AmeriCorps St. Louis, Kenan oversees disaster response, special projects and trainings. 





Kelley Hower

Member Services Director

Kelley originally hails from northern Virginia and moved to St. Louis in 2014. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor's in English (Professional Writing) and a minor in Business. After college, she spent a little over a year working for the National Turkey Federation in Washington, D.C., on their marketing team. She then took a huge leap and quit her job to travel with a couple friends to Southeast Asia. She promptly caught the travel bug and spent the next year and a half in New Zealand and Europe. Upon returning to northern Virginia, she worked for Old Navy and 3A Sanitary Standards, Inc, before discovering AmeriCorps St. Louis and joining the Emergency Response Team for Year 21. The ERT go-to for all things member-related, Kelley is currently responsible for the oversight of recruitment as well as member health and well-being.