Who We Are
Leaders and Growers
Gateway Greening isn’t just a non-profit organization; we are a family of planters, growers, and educators. Strength and empowerment are our tools, and our desire to educate the community is our goal. We are friends, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers looking to better our neighborhoods by working hand-in-dirt with people like you.
Communications & Fundraising VISTA
Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 104
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English.
Previous Employment Highlights: Communications Intern at the European Youth Forum, MU Environmental Leadership Office.
As someone passionate about making environmental movements more inclusive, I chose to work at Gateway Greening because of its focus on creating equitable green spaces and stronger communities in St. Louis.
Community Education Manager, Land Trust Manager
Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 112
Education: Bachelors of Science in Sociology. Permaculture Design Certificate Candidate. Completed Community Arts Training through the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, MO.
Previous Employment Highlights: Freelance Technical Writer, Market Manager/Wholesale Distribution with Johnson’s Backyard Garden.
I came to Gateway Greening to participate in the Midwest renaissance of urban agriculture. I believe that we have the ability to re-define how we grow food, design, and interact within communities. Combining the wisdom of past generations, and innovations of today, we are creating the new urban ecosystem.
Community Projects Manager
Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 108
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Geography. Master of Science in Geographical Studies with a focus on food and agricultural geography.
Previous Employment Highlights: Graduate Teaching Assistant at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
I choose to work at Gateway Greening because the plants we grow for food are one of the few things in life that crosses all those artificial lines we grow to separate ourselves and connects us all; everybody eats. Growing your own food is a powerful act that can bring people together, connect us to our ancestors all over the world who gave those crops to us, connect to our local region, and work to define how our cities will look all at the same time.
Phone: (314)588-9600 ext. 109
Education: Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition. Certified Food Safety Modernization Act Trainer.
Previous Employment Highlights: Soil Chemistry Lab Assistant, University of Missouri. Bioenergy Research Intern for USDA-ARS. President and Student Advisor for Sustain Mizzou.
From a young age, I have loved the outdoors. Growing up in Colorado my family and I hiked, hunted, and gardened. After high school, I came to Missouri to be near family, friends, and also to attend the University of Missouri. I graduated with a degree in Food Science and Nutrition. I enjoyed Food Science immensely but I kept seeing how our modern food system continuously disconnected and disengaged the individual from the food system. This reconnecting of individuals to the food system as a whole is one of the many reasons why I joined Gateway Greening. On top of all that I get to work outside, be around amazing people, and grow delicious food.
School Program Manager
Phone: (314)588-9600 ext.106
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. Certified Leave No Trace Instructor and Wilderness First Responder.
Previous Employment Highlights: Environmental Science Educator and Program Coordinator at NatureBridge in Olympic National Park. Substitute Teacher at DC Public Charter Schools, Field Teacher at Echo Hill Outdoor School, Field Crew Leader with Montana Conservation Corps.
I am passionate about getting youth outside and engaged in their environment, and school gardens are the natural world just outside the classroom door. My work at Gateway Greening is to make school and youth gardens as accessible, educational, and fun as possible for all students in St. Louis.
Food Distribution AmeriCorps VISTA
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
I believe that our relationship to our community is reciprocal; the more effort we put into building the community, the stronger it becomes and the better able it is to fulfill the needs of its people. I am inspired by the work being done at Gateway Greening, and I am so excited to join the team in connecting the St. Louis Community to their food and to each other!
Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 101
One of the best parts about working here at Gateway Greening is the people. From the staff, to the board, to volunteers who work for us — the people are just great. This place never gets boring; the amount of variety and passion people convey is inspiring. So inspiring, in fact, that I personally eat better and live better. That’s priceless.
Outreach & Volunteer Manager
Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 110
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English.
Previous Employment Highlights: Conference Director, Project Coordinator at EducationPlus.
Working at Gateway Greening was a perfect matchup of my career interests and passion for gardening. Helping people grow food and make those community connections has also enabled me to learn a great deal from the Gateway Greening community.
Manager of Advancement
Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 111
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration and Management, Project Management, and Contract Management. Associates in Culinary Arts.
Previous Employment Highlights: Sous Chef at Saint Louis University Nutrition and Dietetics. Volunteer Chef for The Sweet Potato Project. Volunteer Program Co-Chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Member of Black Leaders Advancing Community Change Cohort.
I didn’t choose to work for Gateway Greening. Gateway Greening chose me. I wanted to take a step back from the culinary industry and take my talents and use them to create a better St. Louis. I didn’t feel fulfilled with working in kitchens, especially with how poor dieting impacted my immediate family. I wanted to be a part of something that was truly making a difference.
Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 114
Education: Bachelor of Sciences in Secondary Education. Missouri Master Naturalist Certified.
Previous Employment Highlights: Educator and Cheerleading coach for the Missouri School for the Blind. Educator for Youth Learning Center.
I am a strong advocate for place-based education, sustainability, and inclusion. I believe giving an individual the responsibility to nurture living things cultivates a sense of relevance in one’s life while having the potential to boost the overall health of a community. Likewise, interacting with the natural world can teach children and adults alike a great deal about life. Whether it be on the importance of diversity, resilience, teamwork, change, or creating a healthy foundation for growth: nature is a great teacher. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to encourage these organic learning moments at Gateway Greening.
Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 102
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration and German. Master of Arts, International Relations.
Previous Employment Highlights: Director of Community Development for Downtown STL, Inc., Program Manager for International Institute of St. Louis, US Peace Corps, Armenia.
Gateway Greening does true community development. Of the 200+ community and school gardens in our network, these are all community-led projects. These projects address food access, the environment, safety, beautification, and sustainability, while playing a special role in developing connected neighborhoods and communities.
Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 100
Education: Bachelors of the Arts in Communications.
Previous Employment Highlights: Youth Program Manager with United Way of Greater St. Louis (AmeriCorps VISTA). Volunteer Coordinator at EarthDance Organic Farm School (AmeriCorps).
I am personally and professionally invested in food justice, community empowerment, and education. I chose to work with Gateway Greening because it gave me an opportunity to inspire and empower youth through nature and community building.
Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 113
Education: Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Masters of Arts, Human Resource Management
Previous Employment Highlights: Operations Manager for the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma.
Gateway Greening’s remarkable staff and dedication to the St. Louis community is what drew me to this organization. Their eagerness to see the City grow through community gardens and teach individuals to live a self-sustaining life is a value every resident of St. Louis should grasp and welcome. I am thrilled to be apart of the Gateway Greening team, and to support the growth of urban agriculture throughout the St. Louis City.
Phone:(314) 588-9600 ext. 104
Education: Bachelors of Science in Environmental Biology, English, Masters of Science in Plant Pathology
Previous Employment Highlights: Freelance Copywriter & Social Media Marketer, Plant Specialist with Tehandon Landscapes and Trees, Inc.
As a kid, I was privileged to experience home cooked dinners straight from the garden, hilarious weekends making mass batches of sauerkraut when the cabbage patch did too well, and plenty of nights chasing fireflies – just because. Working at Gateway Greening appealed to me as a way to bring those positive experiences of good food, safe fun, and supportive community to others who might not have the opportunity otherwise.
This amazing group of individuals is the stem to our leaves. Our board is an important part of our growth and development; they keep everything smooth and iron out any corporate road bumps. Making our city greener would be harder, if not impossible, without their insight, hard work and leadership. Megan Barton, Centene Corp. Ellen Borowiak, Saint Louis University Ann Smith Carr Norma Fanara, Commerce Bank Stephanie Grise (Treasurer), US Bank CDC Matt Hoffman, Husch Blackwell Elizabeth Kinney, Twain Financial Mark Lawson, Monsanto Company Missy McCoy (Chair), Lewis Rice Butch Miller, Lathrop Gage Randy Parker, Randell S Parker Law Bill Ruppert (Former Chair), National Nursery Products Michelle Smart, Department of Human Services for St. Louis County Julie M. Thomas (Secretary), Edward Jones Zar Toolan, Wells Fargo Advisors April Troxel, US Bank CDC Frank Warren Jr.
This amazing group of individuals is the stem to our leaves. Our board is an important part of our growth and development; they keep everything smooth and iron out any corporate road bumps. Making our city greener would be harder, if not impossible, without their insight, hard work and leadership.
Megan Barton, Centene Corp.
Ellen Borowiak, Saint Louis University
Ann Smith Carr
Norma Fanara, Commerce Bank
Stephanie Grise (Treasurer), US Bank CDC
Matt Hoffman, Husch Blackwell
Elizabeth Kinney, Twain Financial
Mark Lawson, Monsanto Company
Missy McCoy (Chair), Lewis Rice
Butch Miller, Lathrop Gage
Randy Parker, Randell S Parker Law
Bill Ruppert (Former Chair), National Nursery Products
Michelle Smart, Department of Human Services for St. Louis County
Julie M. Thomas (Secretary), Edward Jones
Zar Toolan, Wells Fargo Advisors
April Troxel, US Bank CDC
Frank Warren Jr.
Kelly Annis Judge Nannette Baker Sarah Coffin Sarah Davis Rachel Deffenbaugh Melanie Dileo Deno Fabbre Scarlett Lee Foster Loura Gilbert Bonnie Hamid Clare Higgins Susan Kennedy Dana Malkus Keenan McRoberts Andrew Meyerkord Robert Neu Ken Piva David Richardson Bryan Robinson Jim Schulte Amber D. Simpson Ted Spaid Dennis Woldum Howard Wynder
Here’s our advisory council. Just like your big brother or sister, it’s always good to have sound advice. And we’re no different. These people live and breath Gateway Greening to make sure we’re heading in the right direction.
Judge Nannette Baker
Scarlett Lee Foster
Amber D. Simpson