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, Missouri, and is married to his bride of six yeas Andrea. They reside in The City of St. Louis with their three children. He is 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.

Linda Nguyen
Coordinator of Neighborhood Initiatives and Engagement

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Linda holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washington University with a concentration in social and economic development and a specialization in nonprofit management. Linda joined Park Central last March 2016 and has been working closely with community stakeholders in the Central West End, Forest Park Southeast and Tiffany neighborhoods to complete a needs assessment. Linda recently expanded her capacity to work in the Botanical Heights neighborhood to identify the project needs residents would like to still see happen as the neighborhood continues to improve. Prior to joining Park Central, Linda worked with Beyond Housing’s 24:1 Initiative in St. Louis County to bring more resources to the 24 municipalities in the Normandy school district. She has over 10 years of experience in social welfare case management and counseling support in an urban setting working closely with seniors, people with disabilities, at risk youth and families, and the homeless. Additionally, her professional practices include community economic development, policy research, capacity-building for municipalities, grant-writing, program evaluations, and Geographic Information Systems GIS) research.

Ashley Johnson
Director of Special Taxing Districts

Originally from Chicago, Ashley relocated to St. Louis to attend Saint Louis University where she received a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, specializing in community development and revitalization. Ashley also holds a second Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management from Washington University. Ashley joined Park Central in July 2018 as the Director of Special Taxing Districts. Prior to joining Park Central, Ashley worked with Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation as their Community Development Manager where she oversaw several community outreach and stabilization initiatives. In addition, Ashley was the program administrator for the Live Near Your Work Program, an employee home buying assistance benefit offered to over 20,000 employees from Washington University and BJC Healthcare. Ashley is passionate and dedicated to helping strengthen St. Louis neighborhoods.

Kyle Oberle
Project Manager, Special Taxing Districts

Kyle has a passion for strong communities. Having lived and worked in various places throughout the St. Louis metro area for most of his life, Kyle wants to see a vibrant region radiating from the thriving core that Park Central serves. Prior to joining Park Central in July 2019, Kyle taught science and Spanish to seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-graders and coached numerous sports including soccer and baseball. To transition from teaching into broader community work, Kyle earned a Master of Social Work from Washington University with a concentration in social and economic development and a specialization in policy. Kyle and his spouse, Sarah, are happy to be able to take advantage of all that St. Louis has to offer families while raising their daughter, August Ann.

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.