One of the most powerful elements of Operation Change is the Motivational interviewing component.
Small break out groups work together weekly to set goals, celebrate successes and assist in overcoming obstacles. A strong, powerful community is built to sustain long-term life style changes.
Listen to the Podcast by Dr. Darlene Donegan (Program Director) discuss Motivational Interviewing.
The Operation Change 2020 Motivational Interviewers
Regina Melton (Motivational Interviewer)
"I have been involved in the St. Louis Operation Change for three years. My first year was as a participant. Since 2019 I have served as a Motivational Interviewer."
Andrea Davis (Motivational Interviewer)
"Operation Change was a rewarding experience. It provides opportunities for fellowship with other women that is gratifying and fulfilling"
Diana Jones (Motivational Interviewer)
"I have decided to become a part of Operation Change St. Louis because the program has such a profound effect upon me last year ...I want to provide support to women like myself, help speak into their lived and provide a caring community."
Alfreda Pulley (Motivational Interviewer)
"I would like to help other women like myself to be as healthy as possible. I served as a participant and expert speaker in the 2019 program."
Darlene Donegan, Ed.D (Program Manager and Executive Liaison)
Dr. Donegan has taught yoga in the St. Louis area for several years. She also facilitates monthly meditation classes, which are free to the public. She teaches Social Studies at a local alternative high school and trains faculty on restorative practices in the classroom. She is a yoga instructor on staff for the YMCAs in North St. Louis City and County, as well as an expert speaker and instructor of yoga for Operation Change St. Louis 2018. She served on the executive team of Operation Change St Louis as well as being the lead Motivational Interview Specialist for Operation Change 2019. Currently, she serves as Executive Liaison and Program Manager of Operation Change St. Louis 2020 and is the founder of the non-profit organization Beyond Possibilities.