Development Director, Laura Lock: Laura is thrilled to be part of MCE's passionate team, and is excited to build on the successful outreach strategies incorporated by staff and members over the decades. Laura's professional experience has covered a gamut of development and public relations initiatives, working for corporate, goverment, and non-profit entities on diverse environmental initiatives. She earned her Bachelors degree from Concordia University in Business Management and Communications. In 2011, she earned her MS in Sustainability at St. Louis University where her academic focus was on water management priniciples. Laura is inspired and energized by giving back, having served on many boards and committess in the St. Louis region. She is also very involved with her local church, specifically the food bank and tutoring program with an inner-city grade school. Laura is an avid hiker, biker, and gardener, and a life long lover of people and nature.

Executive Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Denise began her lifelong environmental non-profit career at Indiana's largest environmental organization, where she served as Administration Director, Assistant Development Director, and Managing Editor of Monitor, the statewide environmental magazine. Afterward, she served as Advancement Director for the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay in gorgeous northern Michigan. In St.Louis, Denise served as Director of Development at the Academy of Science. Denise graduated cum laude with a B.A. in journalism and English from Indiana University. She is author of a book of poetry and the drummer for Swampcat Holler. Denise loves tending to her native garden and hiking.   

Communications Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Ellyn joins MCE with a lifelong love for protecting the environment and a background in non-profit development and communications. Ellyn graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2016 where she focused her studies on environmental law, spending her time with the Environmental Law Society, serving on the Journal of Environmental & Sustainability Law and working for organizations like Renew Missouri and Great Rivers Environmental Law Center. Being a St. Louis native, she is excited to share her passion for protecting Missouri's natural resources with her fellow Missourians. In her free time, Ellyn loves hiking with her dog and attending as many concerts as possible.
Water Policy Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:  Maisah's passion for people and the environment has taken her around the country and across the globe. She is thrilled to be working on water policy issues now in the "Show Me" state -- home to two of America's greatest rivers and a rich river heritage. Maisah previously served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy where she focused on international climate change policy and clean energy technology deployment. Maisah earned her Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and her B.S. in Conservation Biology and Ecological Sustainability from Arizona State University. In her free time, you'll find her flexing her master gardener skills, supporting local flower farmers, or exploring MO's green spaces with her dog. 
Local Food Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Rae comes to MCE having worked on sustainable farms, with local non-profits and as an environmental compliance Project Manager. Originally from St. Louis, Rae is connecting sustainable local farmers to new markets in the St. Louis area, with focus on public institutions. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her dog Woolly, especially gardening.

Food Justice Organizer, Tosha Phonix: Tosha joins MCE after working in social services for seven years, helping children, teaching, and creating programming. Toshas's passion for food justice and urban and rural farming stems from her work with local growers and other organizations, like New Roots. At New Roots, Tosha taught homeless children how to grow their own food and the importance of access to healthy foods. Along with her work and volunteer experience, she also serves on the board of City Greens Market. In her free time, you can find Tosha having fun and exploring local gardens with her seven-year-old son.

heatherHeadshot Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Heather followed her passion for environmental protection and justice to MCE in 2013. She earned a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. While there, she participated as a student and later as a student attorney in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic. Before coming to MCE, she spent over three years practicing as a civil rights lawyer at a private firm in St. Louis. She was an inaugural fellow of the St. Louis New Leaders Council and has volunteered and served on the boards of several organizations, including The Green Center, the national council of Pax Christi USA, and the Central West End Association. She enjoys camping with her family, practicing yoga, and traveling. And she's proud to call Missouri home.
EdSmith headshot Policy Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Ed joined MCE in 2011 and successfully helped prevent the legislature from eroding Missouri's voter approved ban on Construction Work In Progress (CWIP). Missouri's ban on CWIP means that monopoly electric utilities cannot recover the cost of a new power plant until it is operational and the expenses are deemed prudent by the Public Service Commission, which helps prevent overbuilding and helps keep rates low. Ed continues to ensure our ban on CWIP is preserved as well as promoting the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan, implementation of Missouri's voter approved Renewable Energy Standard, watchdogs the Callaway 1 nuclear reactor, and works with people impacted by the smoldering and radioactive West Lake Landfill.
Food & Farm Director,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Melissa graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2014, where she focused her studies in environmental and natural resource law. With a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri, Melissa has particular appreciation for soil conservation and environmental and agricultural policy. Since writing MCE's St. Louis Regional Food Study published in 2014, Melissa works to support environmentally-responsible farming practices and local food systems across the state, which includes directing the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition
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.  
Food & Farm VISTA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Emmaline is thrilled to be doing her year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA with MCE. Although relatively new to St. Louis, Emmaline dived into local food justice work by volunteering with a number of local change-making organizations that lead the charge for sustainable and equitable food access in St. Louis. Emmaline comes from a background in social services and nonprofit work with diverse experience in development, event planning, social media marketing, community building, and international sustainable development. She earned her Bachelor's degree in 2014 from University of California, Berkeley in International Development Studies with a minor in Peace & Conflict Studies. Emmaline currently serves on the Advisory Board of City Greens Market, volunteers with Global Farms of the International Institute, and works part-time with the Self Care Alliance STL. Emmaline loves to spend her free time urban farming, cooking, reading, hiking, and cuddling her two cats, KC and Kai.

River Protection Organizer Intern, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Sydney is a senior studying Environmental Earth Science at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is president of the Student Environmental Council. She is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to safe drinking water and protecting natural resources. She is excited to be working on water and farm issues for MCE. In her free time, Sydney likes to visit museums, get outdoors, and play with her dogs.

Food & Farm Intern, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Jadine is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in biology and minoring in anthropology. At MCE, Jadine is working on creating and strengthing farm to institution relationships and developing a regional brand for sustinable foods produced within 150 miles of St. Louis. This fall, she has been working with a network of interns from universities in the St. Louis area to increase local food purchasing in their schools. Jadine watched Toy Story for the first time this summer!
















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