Cristy Heuer
Assistant Vice President, BankCentre Leader
Midwest BankCentre


Cristy exemplifies our mission and vision to empower people, enable business and energize neighborhoods. She is an exceptionally hard worker that not only goes above and beyond to take care of her customers and support her community, but also to lead and develop her team. This is all in addition to being a wife and mother.


Cristy is truly deserving of this recognition and I am honored to be the one to nominate her.

Takisha Lovelace
Executive Director, Community Health Operations

Takisha Lovelace oversees the operational direction of community health initiatives throughout Mercy. Her focus is on the social determinants of health needs of underserved patients and building relationships with key community partners to provide needed resources. Her work has been key in the development of a new Mercy Clinic scheduled to open in Ferguson this summer. It is the result of striving to meet the community’s needs by collaborating with those who call Ferguson home. With a long-held interest in advocacy for underrepresented areas, Takisha has championed programs that eliminate health disparities, increase access and promote positive change.

As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Takisha was privileged to work around the world developing her skills. Her leadership is inspired by a personal commitment to service, intentional partnerships and sustainable community development. She is an alum of Fisk University, a historically black college and university, in Nashville and earned a graduate degree in business from Webster University in St. Louis. Takisha serves as secretary of the Veterans Business Resource Center and serves on the Ferguson Mayor’s Task Force, which focused on the Ferguson 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

Takisha has been married to her husband Rudolph for 19 years. They are the proud parents of Syrai (16) and Christian (12).


Rebecca Thompson
Global Head of Regulatory Stewardship, Compliance, and Quality
Bayer Crop Science

Bayer honors Rebecca Thompson, a native of the St. Louis region with over 20 years of experience working in the agriculture industry. She exemplifies Bayer’s vision of Health for all, hunger for none through her leadership contributions at Bayer and in the St. Louis community.


As Global Head of Regulatory Stewardship, Compliance, and Quality at Bayer Crop Science, Rebecca provides leadership for the establishment of stewardship polices and sets strategic direction for the responsible development, launch, and use of Bayer products worldwide. She and her team partner across business functions to ensure the safety and integrity of products and License to Operate in diverse marketplaces. Leveraging her diverse technical background, Rebecca is an impactful leader who creates highly engaged teams to address complex challenges, drive change initiatives, and maximize the potential of individuals. She serves as Chair on the Excellence Through Stewardship Board of Directors to steer industry-wide stewardship best practices.


Rebecca lives in St. Charles with her husband, Brian and 2 teenage daughters, Emma and Ella. She is currently active in the St. Louis Food Bank and recently became involved with Npower, an organization which supports young adults from underserved communities launch careers in the digital or technology space.