|Food and Environmental Outreach VISTA, Ally Siegler: Ally is originally from O’Fallon, IL and graduated from The University of Alabama in 2017 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Food Studies and Community Health. Her interests include all things food: critical nutrition, sustainable agriculture, food justice, etc. More importantly, she enjoys eating food and her favorites include sweet potatoes, coffee, and anything with hot sauce. In her VISTA year, she will be working on increasing food access across the city and county by collaborating with residents, farmers, and retailers. She hopes to attend graduate school to continue working on improving the local food system in St. Louis.|
|Super Volunteer, David Behrens: David first became involved with MCE in the late 1970s circulating an MCE petition in St. Louis and Kansas City against of the Callaway Nuclear power plant. He returned to MCE in 2014 to work on several projects: reviewing MSD’s semi-annual reports on their compliance with the Consent Decree and working on MCE’s comments on the US Park Service’s revised management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. He is now the lead volunteer working on MCE's newest resources, The People's Guide to Environmental Action. David is a veteran of the United States Army and holds a BA in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C. and an AS in Bio-Medical Engineering from Forest Park. Since his retirement in 2014, he has been volunteering one day each week in the MCE office working on everything from research to assistance with clerical work. He also heads up many of MCE's tabling efforts at community events. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, has lived in Saint Louis for over four decades with his wife. He has two children and two grandchildren. He and his wife enjoy doing Laughter Yoga.|
SPRING 2018 INTERNS
Sharalyn Fields, River Policy Intern: Sharalyn Fields is a recent graduate of Webster University, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sustainability studies. She is a life-long resident of Missouri and feels passionate about preserving its natural resources and landscapes. Her time at MCE will be devoted to facilitating greater public awareness and appreciation for Missouri’s rivers. She believes that everyone has a right to the invaluable gifts that nature provides.
Maya Strod, Water Program Web Development Intern: Maya is a current senior at Washington University in St. Louis, studying Psychology with minors in Environmental Studies and Art History. Originally from the Boston area, she hopes to move to DC after graduation and work at an environmental non-profit or within a political consulting firm. In her spare time, she sings with a nationally awarded a cappella group and swings a squash racquet. She is excited to assist the MCE with their website reorganization this semester, working with the Water Program to increase content clarity