Diversity Awareness Partnership

Our Team



Reena Hajat Carroll - DAP - Diversity Awareness Partnership

Reena Hajat Carroll, MSW

Executive Director

rhajat@dapstl.org • 314-246-3141

Prior to working with the Diversity Awareness Partnership, Reena was the Interim Executive Director of the Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls.  Reena holds a Masters Degree in social work from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work with an emphasis on social and economic development. Currently, she serves on several boards in the St. Louis community including the Incarnate Word Foundation, Women’s Society of Washington University, Children’s Hospital Community Advisory Board, and the ALIVE Magazine Editorial Board. She was also recently appointed by Governor Nixon to the Missouri Community Service Commission.

In addition to her formal board involvement, she serves on a host of task forces and awards committees.  Prior to moving to St. Louis more than ten years ago, she lived in Los Angeles and Chicago where she gained valuable experience working with youth and community organizations. Reena is the recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Inclusive Leader Award, Bank of America’s Local Hero Award and the Brown School of Social Work’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Additionally, she is a graduate of the CORO Women in Leadership Program and the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiatives Fellows Program.


Nicole (Nikki) Smith-McGruder

Regional Manager, DAP–Columbia

nmcgruder@dapstl.org • 573-817-4354

Prior to joining DAP, Nikki worked with leading recruitment process outsourcing firm, Cielo, in the recruiting and hiring of top candidates for technology, pharmaceutical and finance positions. The bulk of her professional experience has been with Edward Jones Investments where Nikki served in various capacities over a 10 year time frame.

In her time with Edward Jones, Nikki was afforded the opportunity to work closely with the Inclusion initiative serving as a trainer and coach for minority advisors in the firm’s Cross Cultural Development five-day training program as well as with a team of professionals working diligently to improve the inclusion initiative for the recruitment and hiring of minority advisors.

Nikki received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Columbia College in Columbia, MO, and her MBA and Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Webster University.

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Kenneth Pruitt

Director of Diversity Training

kpruitt@dapstl.org • 314-246-3142

As Director of Diversity Training, Kenneth is responsible for the Diversity Awareness Partnership’s training and consultation for a variety of organizations on topics of diversity and inclusion. Additionally, he oversees DAP’s education efforts via its interfaith work, as well as an assortment of panels, forums, and discussions. After receiving his master’s in education from St. John’s University, Kenneth became a classroom teacher for several years before taking this passion into nonprofit settings. Just previous to his work with DAP, he developed a model for contextualizing the group volunteer experience with education and advocacy on issues of poverty, diversity, and religion.

With the exception of a four-year stint in New York City, Kenneth has spent the last 20 years in St. Louis, having grown up in Nashville, Tennessee. He loves asking hard questions about the intersection of social justice and religion, and can frequently be found jogging a few miles on the sidewalks of South City.

Tina Mahtani

Tina Mahtani

Director of Operations

tmahtani@dapstl.org • 314-246-3146

Tina serves as the Director of Operations for Diversity Awareness Partnership. In her role, Tina manages day-to-day organizational operations including financial accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, database management, human resource functions, and special fundraising initiatives and annual events.  Tina also oversees the DAP Connect Program.

Prior to working at DAP, Tina worked as a business entrepreneur in the hospitality industry for over fifteen years.  She is currently on the race committee with Girls on the Run.

Justin Raymundo

Justin Raymundo

Director of Programs and Communications

jraymundo@dapstl.org • 314-246-3143

Justin supports the organization’s community engagement through the development of programs and communications that enable positive and collaborative relationships throughout the community. Justin oversees DAP’s youth engagement including the EXPLORE Career Immersion Program, Diverse-City Art Competition and the Give Respect, Get Respect Program. Additionally, he is responsible for the organization’s communication and stakeholder engagement efforts including awareness campaigns, social media, marketing research, and public relations.

With extensive experience in sustainable community development, Justin has worked across the private, public, and non-profit sectors to promote healthy and inclusive communities.  Most recently, Justin served as a program manager for the Monsanto Company’s sustainability and partnerships efforts supporting the development and implementation of public-private partnerships to improve lives in communities around the world.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Human Rights and Speech Communications Studies from Webster University.


Sherita Love

Youth Programs Manager

slove@dapstl.org • 314-246-3145

Sherita began her career teaching in the Webster Groves School District. Most recently, she worked as the Youth Education and STEM Director at YMCA Community Literacy programs where she worked with students and teachers on full engagement around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning within the classroom and in after-school settings. During her time at the YMCA, Sherita also trained YMCA employees across the country in leadership and diversity and inclusion courses.

Sherita has a particular passion for creating inclusive communities and helping youth to reach their full potential. She currently serves a board member with YMCA Community Literacy Programs, as a member of the Diversity Council with the Gateway Region YMCA and as a volunteer trainer in Diversity and Inclusion with the YMCA of the USA.

Sherita holds a Bachelor of Education Studies with a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Missouri St. Louis.