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CARE Stl board of directors

& advisory board

Major Ryan Cousins

Commander of the Bureau of Investigative Services

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Major Ryan Cousins entered the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Academy in 1995 and has served the citizens of the City of St. Louis for over 24 years.

Major Cousins has served as a patrolman in the 6th District, as well as a detective in the Vice-Narcotics Division, the Crime Suppression Unit, and the 6th District Bureau, before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2007. As a Sergeant, Major Cousins supervised district officers and detectives in the North Patrol Special Operations Unit. In 2010, Major Cousins was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he served as a 6th and 8th District Lieutenant and the Commander of the South Patrol Special Operations and Rapid Deployment Unit.

Major Cousins was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2015 served as the 3rd and 6th District Commander. He also served in the Bureau of Professional Standards, as well as CALEA. On September 23rd, Major Cousins was promoted to the rank of Major and was the Commander of the South Patrol Division. He currently serves as the Deputy Commander of the Bureau of Investigative Services.

Major Cousins has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State as well as a Masters of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University.

Multimedia Journalist, Anchor & 
Voice-Over Talent

Julie Tristan is the host of "The Wake Up with Bret & Julie" mornings on Y98 St. Louis & she does an afternoo
n drive from 3p-6p on 102.5 KEZK! She's also an MMJ Reporter, Anchor, and Producer for HEC Media's "Spotlight STL" airing on KPLR 11 Sundays at 9:30am. She also makes time to run her production company 8 Dogs Video where she is a freelance videographer/editor/host at

Tristan is an Emmy Winning Multimedia Journalist who has over two decades of experience as professional photographer, 

writer and editor, working in both television and radio.

She was most recently the host of "Billy & Julie in the Morning" on 103.3 KLOU-FM. Prior to that she was an MMJ Reporter/Anchor for "Show Me St. Louis" on KSDK-TV. She was also the News Anchor for "STL Now on ABC 30" on KDNL-TV and worked weekends on 106.5 The Arch, 102.5 KEZK & Movin 101.1.

Tristan is an animal advocate, foster, volunteer and has 5 senior rescue dogs. She was named the Philanthropist of the Year by a local animal rescue and is one of the most requested emcees in town for local charities. 

She grew up in St. Louis & went to Mizzou   .


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CARE STL shall have a board of directors consisting of at least 3 and no more than 15 directors.  Within these limits, the board may increase or decrease the number of directors serving on the board, including for the purpose of staggering the terms of directors.


All corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of the board, and the affairs of the CARE STL shall be managed under the direction of the board, except as otherwise provided by law.


(a)  All directors shall be elected to serve a three-year term. However, the term may be extended until a successor has been elected.  

(b)  Director terms shall be staggered so that approximately half the number of directors will end their terms in any given year.  

(c)   Directors may serve terms in succession. 

(d)  The term of office shall be considered to begin January 1 and end December 31 of the second year in office, unless the term is extended until such time as a successor has been elected.


Qualifications and Election of Directors

In order to be eligible to serve as a director on the board of directors, the individual must be 18 years of age and an affiliate within affiliate classifications created by the board of directors.  Directors may be elected at any board meeting by the majority vote of the existing board of directors.  The election of directors to replace those who have fulfilled their term of office shall take place in January of each year.



The board of directors may fill vacancies due to the expiration of a director’s term of office, resignation, death, or removal of a director or may appoint new directors to fill a previously unfilled board position, subject to the maximum number of directors under these Bylaws. 

Dionne Flowers representing the 2nd Ward is a native St. Louisan, and a graduate of Rosary High School. Flowers has attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a licensed barber. For the past several years she has worked in a family-owned hair-care firm, Golden Shears, in nearby Veronica Park. Dionne is married to Eric Baker.

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