St. Louis, MO – The Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association announced the appointment of two local corporate leaders as board members. The two women, Emily Pitts, former General Partner at Edward Jones, and Ainette Martinez, former Vice President of Operations at Centene Corporation, bring extensive corporate, health care, and inclusion and diversity experience to the board.
“We are thrilled to have Ainette and Emily join our board,” said Stacy Tew-Lovasz, Chapter President. “Both have impressive and very relevant experience and are passionate about our mission - particularly to better reach and serve minority populations.”
Prior to her tenure at Centene, Martinez held positions at Physicians Health Plan of Greater St. Louis, Coventry Health, and HealthCare USA. As the health plan’s Vice President of Operations, Martinez led HealthCare USA to become the largest Medicaid managed care organization in Missouri. Midway in her career, Martinez started a managed dental care organization, Bridgeport Dental, which was later acquired by Delta Dental of Missouri. After the acquisition, she stayed on as a member of Delta Dental’s senior leadership team, in charge of specialty products and government programs. Martinez has been a board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce since 2016.
Early in her 25-year tenure with Edward Jones, Pitts served as a financial advisor, helping clients reach their personal financial goals and objectives. In 2004 , she became the first African American woman to be named general partner at Edward Jones. At that time, she became a Partner responsible for Banking Services and in 2007 she began overseeing the firm’s inclusion and diversity strategy. In 2013, Diversity Woman’s Magazine named Pitts one of 50 Diversity Champions. In 2014, Savoy Magazine named her one of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America. Pitts has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the St Louis Urban League and also the YWCA Women’s Corporate Leadership Award.
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.