Who We Are
Founder and President of the Board
In 2010, Ali Hogan launched Rung as a resale boutique to benefit other organizations. As a boutique, Rung empowered women’s success by providing affordable professional attire in an upscale and uplifting environment. Now, in its new iteration, Rung will serve clients with co-located and coordinated educational, professional, and financial resources.
The granddaughter of the late Enterprise Holdings founder Jack Taylor, Ali applies the same spirit of entrepreneurship he exemplified, as well as the same civic commitment. She began her professional career as an intern with the Enterprise’s Corporate Accounts and Public Relations departments while attending James Madison University.
In 2005, Ali moved back to St. Louis and accepted a position as a Travel Director for Maritz Travel Company, where her responsibilities included coordination and on-site execution of events for Fortune 500 companies worldwide. She spent two successful years at Maritz before opening Rung.
Beyond her career pursuits, Ali is a long-time volunteer and Board Member for the Humane Society of St. Louis. She is also the Vice President of the Young Friends of Forest Park Forever. Ali is married to Kyle and is the proud mother of two daughters, Kylie and Kenzie.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Having served in leadership capacities for several profit and non-profit organizations, Leslie Gill has been deeply involved in a wide range of social welfare issues. Before joining Rung as the organization’s executive director, Leslie Gill served as the Chief Executive Officer of Annie Malone Children’s & Family Service Center.
Prior to her role at Annie Malone, Leslie served as Executive Director of College Summit, where she had multi-state responsibility for programs, fundraising, and business operations. Prior to that, she spent six years in executive leadership roles with the Girl Scouts in St. Louis and Atlanta. In those roles, she oversaw advocacy and governmental affairs, strategic planning, program development, membership recruitment, and cookie sales.
Leslie is a native of St. Louis, and now resides in the Central West End neighborhood with her daughter, Marley. She is a distinguished alumnus of Hampton University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hampton University, as well as a Master of International Business from Saint Louis University. Coupled with years of experience in executive leadership positions, Leslie is well-equipped to lead Rung and help further its mission to empower women.
Christina M. Holmes, M.Ed., LPC
Born and raised in North St. Louis City, Christina attended Saint Louis University for her undergraduate work and then obtained her Master of Education in Community Counseling at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Christina’s career began with an internship at St. Martha’s Hall Domestic Violence Shelter – an experience that sparked her passion for supporting survivors of domestic violence.
In 2010, Christina became Program Director for MERS Missouri Goodwill, where she implemented and coordinated an employment program for domestic violence survivors. She served on the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) Board Membership Committee as the St. Louis Regional Representative for several years.
Christina is actively involved with the St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network (SLEVAWN) and served on the Board of Directors for RAVEN; a former-abuser intervention program in St. Louis.
She is committed to empowering women through personal and professional development and is excited to expand her vision her vision as the Program Director for Rung.
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Who is someone you admire, and why?
Christina: OPRAH – I admire Oprah’s transparency about her life’s journey from her humble beginnings to her present-day success. I especially have a fondness for her commitment to using her platform for change.
Ali: Too many to name!
What are some causes you care about?
Christina: Social justice and equality – anything related to the safety and security of women.
Ali: Women’s issues, animal welfare, the Humane Society, and Forest Park.
Leslie: Women, children, and education.
What is your favorite movie?
Christina: The Color Purple – it interweaves history, black culture, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the power and resiliency and of women.
Ali: The Princess Bride
Leslie: Pretty Woman
What is your favorite podcast?
Christina: Therapy for Black Girls – I get something out of every episode – personally or professionally. I love how the podcast reduces the stigma around therapy and encourages Black Women to practice better self-care.
I’m inspired by…
Christina: WOMEN! From my great grandma, my mother, my sisters, my friends, and the women I’ve worked with over the years. I am amazed at their beauty, their intelligence and their spirit. I have heard the stories of so many women’s trials and triumphs throughout their life. I am most inspired just by their willingness to get up every day and try again. When I see them persevere, I know that I can too!
The best spot in
St. Louis is…
Christina: The Grand Basin at Forest Park is so tranquil. It is one of my favorite spots after a walk in the park to meditate and pray. I also love people-watching!
Ali: The Boathouse in Forest Park
Leslie: The Four Seasons Spa