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.


Dean Gunderson

Community Projects Manager

Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 108
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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.  

Jackson Hambrick

Community Education Manager

Phone: (314)588-9600 ext. 109
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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. 

Rachel Wilson

School Program Vista

Phone: (314)588-9600 ext. 107

Education: Bachelors of Arts in English, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Previous Employment Highlights: Interned at Bio Way Farm in South Carolina.

After graduating from the University of Missouri, I interned on an organic farm in South Carolina through WWOOF and was inspired by the farmers’ dedication to sustainable living.  I’m passionate about food and its impact on the environment and am pursuing a Masters of Science in Sustainable Food Systems.  Working as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Gateway Greening allows me to serve within my local community, while learning from the staff and gaining experience in urban agriculture.  

Lucy Herleth

School Program Manager

Phone: (314)588-9600 ext.106
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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. 


Theresa Lopez

Office Manager

Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 101
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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.

Megan Moncure

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.

Bryan Rogers

Manager of Advancement

Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 111
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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.

Tonia Scherer


Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 114
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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.


Matt Schindler

Executive Director

Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 102
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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.

Nick Speed


Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 100
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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.

Sara Ashe

Assistant Director

Phone: (314) 588-9600 ext. 113
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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.

Board of Directors

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.

Ann Smith Carr

Dave Collett, Weber Shandwick

Audrey Green, United Soybean Board

Matt Hoffman, Husch Blackwell

Elizabeth Kinney, Twain Financial

Missy McCoy (Chair), Lewis Rice

Butch Miller, Lathrop Gage

Chris Moore, Bayer

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 (Treasurer), US Bank CDC

Frank Warren Jr.

Bryan Welge, Commerce Bank

Advisory Council

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.

Kelly Annis
Judge Nannette Baker
Sarah Coffin
Sarah Davis
Rachel Deffenbaugh
Melanie Dileo
Maddie Earnest
Deno Fabbre
Scarlett Lee Foster
Steve Frye
Eric Gilbert
Loura Gilbert
Bonnie Hamid
Mark Lawson
Katherine Leonard
Gail Keelin
Susan Kennedy
Dana Malkus
Keenan McRoberts
Robert Neu
Ken Piva
David Richardson
Jim Schulte
Amber D. Simpson
Ted Spaid
Dennis Woldum
Howard Wynder