About Common Circles

Common Circles is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in our world by providing ground-breaking interactive and immersive experiences that seek to improve intergroup relations, increase empathy and respect, reduce bias, and encourage action in our communities. Our team includes highly regarded experts in the field who work against bias and intolerance.

Our Team

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Marla Felton

Former attorney &
Common Circles
Executive Director

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Creative Director

Sue Spiegel

Television & film
producer with more than
25 years of experience


Advisory Council

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Karen Aroesty

Regional Director
Anti-Defamation League
Missouri/Southern Illinois

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Dr. Kira Hudson Banks

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Saint Louis University

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Kwofe Coleman

Managing Director
The Muny

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Tabari Coleman

Director of Professional Development
Anti-Defamation League
Greater St. Louis, Missouri Area

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Tonya Edmond

Associate Dean for Diversity
& Associate Professor
Washington University

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Gregg Felton

Managing Partner
Altus Power
America Management

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Flint W. Fowler

President of the
Boys & Girls Clubs of
Greater St. Louis

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John Gerner

Managing Director
Leisure Business
Advisors LLC

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Laurna Godwin


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Dr. Holly Hick

High School
St. Louis, Missouri

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Kirwan Institute

National leader
in research
on implicit bias

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Mary McMurtrey

Financial Advisor
the McMurtrey Financial Group
at RBC Wealth Management

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Leader in mobile

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Katrina Peoples

Chief Program Officer
Epworth Children
and Family Services

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Dr. Stephen Radinsky


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Bayeté Ross Smith

multimedia artist
& filmmaker

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Marc Skvirsky

Vice President for
Special Initiatives
Facing History and Ourselves

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Michael Staenberg

Founder &
The Staenberg Group

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Nicki Thomson

Research Analyst
Research & Learning Department
Wyman Center


Youth Advisory Council

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Mary “Emmie” Lau

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Lizzie Coleman

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Aminata Diane

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Shams Elbardissy

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Alexander Harasimowicz

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Annelie Hyatt

Contact Us

Common Circles creates innovative and unprecedented interactive experiences that provide completely new ways for groups and communities to engage with each other. We invite organizations, institutions, businesses, schools, and individuals that are interested in promoting thoughtful action to join us in this cooperative endeavor. We welcome collaboration and new ideas on our current projects and are available to consult on yours.

Email info@commoncircles.org to learn more about our experiences and how you or your organization can be involved.

For funding sponsorship, or for information on how to make a donation, please email funding@commoncircles.org.