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ST. LOUIS — Dec. 7, 2004 — Kristin Folkl has been hired as director of development for the St. Louis Sports Commission. Folkl, a native St. Louisan and one of the finest athletes from the area, previously served as development officer for the Institute for Science and Health.

“I am very excited and honored to join the St. Louis Sports Commission staff,” Folkl said. “It is very special for me to be able to work with an organization of this caliber in my hometown. I can't wait to get started.”

In her role with the Sports Commission, Folkl will direct the revenue generation and fundraising efforts for the privately funded non-profit organization and its affiliated St. Louis Sports Foundation. She will coordinate the Sports Commission's partnership and membership programs and be responsible for establishing new sources of support in the community.

“With a passion for sports, and a commitment to St. Louis, Kristin will be an extraordinary addition to our staff,” said Sports Commission President Frank Viverito. “We felt like she was the perfect fit for the Sports Commission. She embodies everything that the organization is about.”

Folkl's athletic accomplishments are nothing short of amazing. She played professional basketball for more than six years, including a five-year stint in the WNBA for Minnesota and Portland, as well as overseas for teams in Australia, Switzerland, and Greece. Folkl attended Stanford University, where she was a four-time volleyball all-American, a basketball all-American as a senior, and a two-sport academic all-American. She appeared in a total of six Final Fours (four in volleyball and two in basketball) and won three national championships in volleyball. As a senior, she was a first team all-American in both sports and the GTE Academic Player of the Year. She was also a participant on the USA Women's National Volleyball Team, and was a first-alternate at the 1996 Olympics. Folkl graduated in three-and-a-half years with a degree in economics.

Folkl is a 1994 graduate of St. Joseph's Academy, where she was a member of eight state championship teams (four in basketball and four in volleyball) and first team all-state eight times. In 1994, she was named the female recipient of the Dial Award (the male recipient was Tiger Woods) which recognizes the top student athletes in America.

The Sports Commission also announces the promotion of Chris Roseman to vice president of event acquisition & management and Marc Schreiber to vice president of marketing & development. Roseman joined the Sports Commission in 2000 as director of event operations and will have responsibility for all Sports Commission and Sports Foundation events. Schreiber has worked for the organization since 1998 and was most recently director of marketing & communications. He will now oversee the organization's marketing, communications, and development areas.