The JP UP Date: LaunchCode Partnership Assists Returning Citizens

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Number 171                      May 20, 2022                                   St. Louis

JP Staffers Tatiana Gillum and Franchot Cunningham Partner with LaunchCode to Bring Asset-Building Know-How to Returning Citizens

Justine PETERSEN is partnering with LaunchCode to provide comprehensive financial asset-building counseling to returning citizens.  As part of LaunchCode’s effort to teach code to returning citizens, and ultimately secure mainstream employment in the tech space, Justine PETERSEN staffers Tatiana Gillum and Franchot Cunningham participated in two counseling sessions to nearly 50 soon-to-be returning citizens at a Missouri correctional facility. JP is one of a number of LauchCode partners that is providing the necessary tools for a successful return to mainstream life and employment post-incarceration.




Justine PETERSEN Welcomes David McCarty

Justine PETERSEN is pleased to welcome David McCarty to our Development Team housed at our 1023 N. Grand Blvd. office in St. Louis.  As a Resource Development Associate, Dave will participate in the varied reporting activities associated with JP’s many grant and governmental partners, keeping a busy calendar of consistent intervals and timelines.  Dave graduated from Seton Hall University with a BS in Finance and Information Technology.  When asked what attracted him to JP, he stated, “Justine PETERSEN provides me with an opportunity to use my skills to help other less fortunate.”  Outside of the office, Dave enjoys playing board games and is a rower for the St. Louis Rowing Club.

Small Business Legal Clinic Thursday, June 16.  RSVP Today!

Does your small business have unanswered legal questions? Do you want the sage counsel of an attorney free of charge? Then your small business should register for our June 16th Legal Clinic. Brought to you by a concerted effort of Emerson, the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and Justine PETERSEN, attorneys are available to meet, via a virtual format, with small business owners or would be small business owners to discuss myriad small business issues, ranging from insurance, to copyright concerns to discussing the fine print of leases and contracts.  The 30 minute sessions are pro bono and entirely confidential. RSVP today by contacting Yolanda Nelson at or 314.533.2411 x 118.






JP Finances New Restaurant in Downtown Springfield, IL

Justine PETERSEN’s Springfield, Illinois based lending team consisting of Kristen Willis and Tristan Brown recently closed on the new and dynamic restaurant, MaryFlor, in downtown Springfield.  Offering both Mexican and Guatemalan delicacies, MaryFlor’s menu is vast and diverse and the meal portions are HUGE.  Pay them a visit, and “tell ‘em Justine PETERSEN sent ya!”

Pictured above is JP Chief Operating Officer Sheri Flanigan-Vazquez and JP Springfield Team members Kristen Willis and Tristan Brown along with MaryFlor proprietor Alonzo Gomez.