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Cardinals GM, City Circuit Attorney headline Master Class Series

April 04, 2013

Jennifer Joyce  
Jennifer Joyce

The Master Class Series returns to St. Louis Community College-Forest Park with two local dynamos – John Mozeliak, senior vice president and general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Jennifer Joyce, circuit attorney for the city of St. Louis.

How did these two get to their current positions of leadership?

Those secrets will be shared at the spring presentation 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts, 5600 Oakland Ave.

 Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 

John Mozeliak  
John Mozeliak

John Mozeliak, the 12th general manager in the 100-plus-year history of the Cardinals, is a 17-year veteran of the front office. He joined the organization following the 1995 season, where he initially served as an assistant in scouting operations during both the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Mozelliak was named assistant scouting director in 1998 and was promoted to scouting director during 1999 and 2000.

Several notable players came out of the draft classes of ’99 and 2000 under Mozeliak's direction, most notably first baseman and perennial All-Star Albert Pujols, who was drafted in the 13th round of the 1999 draft, as well as catcher Yadier Molina.

In 2001, he was named director of baseball operations and in 2003, he was promoted to assistant general manager, a position he held for six seasons. During his time as assistant general manager, his duties increased as he focused more on the major league club and professional scouting, while still having direct involvement in both the scouting and player development departments. He was promoted to his current position in October 2007.

For the first time, Baseball America named the Cardinals the 2011 Baseball Organization of the Year. In addition, Mozeliak was the 2011 recipient of the MLB.com GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) Executive of the Year Award and was named, along with Tony LaRussa, as the 2011 Baseball Man of the Year by the St. Louis Baseball Writers.

In 2011, during his fourth season as general manager, he engineered a series of late-season moves credited with helping transform the Cardinals into an exciting, “never say die” team that came from 10½ games back in late August en route to the team’s 11th World Championship.

Mozeliak began his career in baseball in 1993 with the Colorado Rockies.

The Master Class presentation is in its second year as a speaker’s series sponsored by Forest Park’s Business Club, in collaboration with the St. Louis Business Journal.

As a life-long resident of St. Louis, Jennifer Joyce’s desire to serve her community was inspired by her parents' work as distinguished members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. Joyce fundamentally believes that by engaging citizens in supporting a safe and vital community, that we are more powerful together than any one of us can be alone.

Joyce joined the Circuit Attorney’s Office as an assistant circuit attorney in 1994. By the time she was elected as circuit attorney in 2000, she had handled more than 700 felony cases, including rape, child abuse, assault, armed robbery, car theft, drug trafficking and weapons offenses.

Joyce attended Bishop DuBourg High School in south St. Louis. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Law in 1987, she joined a private firm known today as Husch Blackwell. Joyce currently serves as president on the BackStoppers Board of Directors, is a current board member of St. Louis Regional Crime Commission and a former board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In addition, she is a member of the National District Attorneys Association, the Missouri Bar Association Board of Governors, the Illinois Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Women Lawyer's Association of Greater St. Louis and the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.The series made its debut last spring with six prominent local figures, who shared their secrets of success in such varied fields as TV news broadcasting, funeral service, a restaurant that’s the subject of a national cable television reality show, aviation management and nonprofit community service.

For more information, contact Angelic Cole at 314-644-9771 or acole56@stlcc.edu.