Our Staff

Abdul-Kaba Abdullah
Executive Director

Abdul is one of the premier, young civic leaders in the St. Louis Region. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director at Park Central, Abdul served as City Manager for the City of Berkeley where in 2016 he was named 40 under 40 by the St. Louis Business Journal for his outstanding work in the region. In 2015, he was recognized by the St. Louis American Newspaper Foundation for his accomplishments in management in municipal government and reform. He also served the City of St. Louis in the Affordable Housing Commission and Better Family Life as Assistant Manager of Workforce Development. Abdul is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, where he was honored with the Distinguished Young Alumni award and holds dual Master’s Degrees in Total Quality Management and Management from Webster University.

Nanyamka Brown
Community Resource Specialist 

Originally from Turlock California , Nanyamka  relocated to St. Louis to attend Missouri Baptist University  where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  Nanyamka Joined park central in March 2020 and has worked closely with the residents and other community agencies . Nanyamka has over 10 years’ experience in social service and is passionate about mental health.  Prior to joining park central, Nanyamka worked, with Department of Mental Health , advocating for clients struggling with psychological and medical issues.

Jacara Betts, MSW
Community Resource Specialist 

Jacara has a passion for strong communities and wants to see a vibrant Saint Louis region radiating from the thriving core that Park Central serves. After receiving her MSW from Washington University, Jacara transitioned into her full time role here at Park Central.  

Annette Pendilton
Community Development Administrator

Annette started with Park Central on January 2, 2018 as the Community Development Administrator. She worked for St. Louis Children’s Hospital/BJC for over twenty years in the accounting department and for eight years as City Administrator/Accountant for a small municipality in North County, MO. Annette assists the Special Taxing District Director with board meetings, preparing minutes, financials, organizing records and systems, facilitates and administers the Forest Park Southeast Development Corporation meetings and manages the FPSE Dog Park program. She is the office administrator for Park Central and supports the Executive Director with board and committee meetings as needed.

Codi Holt, MSW
Neighborhood Development Project Manager

Having a passion for community outreach and developmentand a desire to enhance community opportunityCodi obtained a master’s degree from WashU in Social Work with a concentration in social and economic development and a specialization in management. Prior to his work at Park Central, Codi’s diverse range of experience includes working with refugees and immigrants in the North Carolina Triad region, providing writing services in a university setting, as well as providing credit counseling support in low-income neighborhoods in St Louis. Codi first started working at Park Central as a practicum student and developed a sense of commitment to the neighborhoods that Park Central serves. Codi now works as our Neighborhood Development Project Manager, working closely with some of our special taxing districts.  


Jazzmine Johnson
Community Outreach Worker

Jazzmine is new to St Louis. As a former resident of Columbus, Ohio, she has grown to love St. Louis in the short time that she has been here. This love has developed a passion for serving her community. Coupled with her personable and bubbly personality, Jazzmine’s passion for helping others, will help her create a place where all who work, live and play feel heard, valued and respected.