Clara Anderson Sainte
Clara Anderson Sainte, LCSW, LSCSW, is the Program Director for Gilda’s Club Kansas City developing and overseeing the educational, healthy lifestyle, support, and resource referral programming. As a trained Grief Recovery Specialist and Open to Opens Specialist, she directly implements these programs, as well. Prior to Gilda’s Club, Clara worked for NorthCare Hospice as a social worker and bereavement specialist. Clara is a board member of Mental Health America of the Heartland, a member of the Kansas Cancer Partnership, a member of the Missouri Cancer Consortium, and a member of Children’s Mercy’s Equity and Diversity Council. Clara’s Masters degree in Social Work is from UMKC and she is an alumnus of Northwest Missouri State University. She spends her time away from Gilda’s Club with Vladimir, her husband, and their children, Alivia and Oden, enjoying their favorite spots around KC.
With more than 10 years’ experience as a therapist, Vladimir Sainte, LCSW has made an invaluable impact on the Kansas City community through his work as a social worker, crisis clinician, and children’s book author. As a committed equality advocate, Sainte is a member of the BIPOC community—while also providing counseling support to not only children, but to their families and the broader community through a holistic partnership. Sainte graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He currently works at Truman Behavioral Health as a Team Leader.