Mallinckrodt’s JoAnna Schooler honored with 2016 Business Performer Award

img_0302On November 17, the St. Louis American Foundation recognized JoAnna Schooler, Mallinckrodt’s Senior Director of Internal Communications and Community Relations for her leadership in business, presenting her with the 2016 Business Performer Award.

A host of family members, along with her closest colleagues celebrated with JoAnna at the annual Salute to Excellence in Business event at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.

With more than 20 years’ experience in communications and public relations, JoAnna is known within Mallinckrodt and by many externally for her professionalism, unwavering work ethic, and passion for giving back to the community.

“JoAnna is an exceptional leader who exemplifies her passion for her profession on a daily basis,” said Meredith Fischer, Chief Public Affairs Officer. “She has consistently found innovative ways for Mallinckrodt to support our local communities and engage employees. Her work has made a tremendous impact and is certainly deserving of this award.”

JoAnna joined Mallinckrodt in 2006 and currently oversees internal communications and corporate philanthropy. She has been instrumental in fostering key relationships with non-profit organizations and driving Mallinckrodt’s engagement in programs such as StemPact, a collaborative network of St. Louis regional businesses, educators and community organizations to help increase and improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and math education in the St. Louis area. JoAnna also helped connect the company’s business resource groups with nonprofits to sponsor student mentoring and employee volunteer programs.

“I am truly humbled to receive this award,” said JoAnna. “This area is rich with examples of people who have set a high bar and who have achieved incredible things. To know the kind of achievements of many others who have worked so hard in St. Louis and then for me to be recognized is a tremendous honor.”

The St. Louis American Foundation is dedicated to enabling the African-American community to increase its access to careers in business, the sciences and the humanities. Since its inception in 1994, nearly $2.5 million in local community grants and minority scholarships have been distributed through the St. Louis American Foundation. To learn more, visit