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Rick Bonasch, Beloved Colleague at Rise, Passes Peacefully at 63

With unbearable sadness, we announce that we’ve lost our friend and colleague, Rick Bonasch on October, 19, 2022. Rick was the brightest light in the world of community development and beyond. He was patient, genuinely interested, clever, and kind. Maybe most importantly, Rick was kind. He loved his work, St. Louis, and all the varied neighborhoods in St. Louis city, county, and metro-east. He was the first to forge consensus, apply logic, and work toward the best result. Because of that dedication and compassion, Rick will always be remembered, appreciated, and loved. His imprint is permanent, and his spirit will forever shape our work. Rick was the literal and figurative rhythm guitar player for Rise. He was the glue that made everything hum. We will always miss him, but his inspiration will always live within us.

You may click HERE to read Rick’s obituary and learn more.

Services will be held  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2022 at


6303 Nottingham Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63109

Memorial Visitation 9 AM to 10 AM

Memorial Mass at 10 AM

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Communities Forward Podcast Part 2 of 2-Paul Sorenson

For this week’s “Communities Forward” podcast, we continue with Paul Sorenson’s interview. Paul Sorenson is a community builder and social entrepreneur who leads the RDA as an Interim Co-Director of UMSL’s Community Innovation and Action Center. RDA’s mission is to build a shared data infrastructure and support strong data actors who use quality data to improve people’s lives. The St. Louis Regional Data Alliance (RDA) is housed at the University of Missouri – St. Louis’s Community Innovation and Action Center (CIAC). Over the past three years, the RDA has built a strong data community of over 350 local data practitioners and has developed infrastructure to support data efforts across local governments, social services, public health stakeholders, and education providers. You can learn more information about RDA here.

In “Communities Forward” episode 13, part 2 of 2, Paul talks about RDA’s mission, which is to build shared data infrastructure and support strong data actors who use quality data to improve people’s lives. You can find the podcast and listen here.

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