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 Indianan'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.   
Development Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.is a St. Louis-based caregiver, activist and writer, with more than 30 years of service in the public and private sectors in Colorado and Missouri. She has worked as an elections administrator, marketing consultant, and community engagement advocate. During her 27 years in Colorado, Karon became more aware of environmental issues and works to translate awareness into action. Most recently, Karon worked to create meaningful change at Better Family Life, Inc. and on the board of the Community Mediation Services of St. Louis. In 2017, Karon represented family caregivers from the St. Louis region at “Organizing for Care: Caring Across Generations Field Gathering” in Washington, D.C, and at the “We Won’t Wait” national women’s conference in Baltimore, MD, on behalf of Missouri Jobs with Justice. Karon loves reggae, jazz, Latin dance, movies and theatre, and has completed workshops for her first play, “Suicide Lies”, with St. Louis Writers Group and is pursuing staging for Fall 2018.

Clean Water Policy Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Alicia came to St. Louis from the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. There, she studied Environmental Resources and Policy at SIU Carbondale, where she also earned her Master's Degree in Political Science. She completed a National Science Foundation IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) Fellowship for doctoral students in Watershed Science and Policy and she is passionate about how sustainable land use and agriculture conservation can provide multiple ecosystem services. Alicia enjoys running and hiking Missouri's trails and paddling our spectacular rivers with her dog, Rasta.

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.
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.
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.   
EdSmith headshot Policy DirectorThis 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.
BradWalker Big Rivers DirectorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Prior to his work in the conservation and environmental sector, Brad worked for over 20 years in the construction industry, primarily performing construction management for large wastewater treatment plants in the western US. Beginning in 1998 Brad spent two years in Jamaica working for the US Peace Corps. He worked for 2-1/2 years with American Farm Land Trust in northern Illinois organizing county-level farmland protection programs and then moved to river-related advocacy. He was the Upper Mississippi River (UMR) Restoration Coordinator for Prairie Rivers Network in Illinois from 2006 until 2008 and the Izaak Walton League of America’s UMR Coordinator until May 2011. Brad has a B.S in Civil Engineering and a M.A. in Geography.
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
Education and Outreach Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Caitlin graduated from Webster University in 2014 with a B.A. in film production and a minor in Environmental Sustainability Studies. While at Webster she worked as a student employee for the Facilities Operations department doing outreach and education for the recycling and waste reduction program and was a member of the sustainability grant writing team for the university. Her senior thesis documentary about the Missouri section of the Flanagan South Tar Sands pipeline has been featured at the St. Louis Filmmakers’ Showcase, the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, on the Higher Education Channel, and at multiple community screenings across the region. She is passionate about local food issues and volunteering at her local farmers market.  
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.  


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
















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