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2020-2021 Board

Officers (job descriptions)
President - Laura Seger, St. Louis
I have worked as both an educator and a manager of EE programs, for infants to adults. I am passionate about the field and have strong networks that are accessible as resources. I value the organization and mission and want to help provide support, and appreciate the networking opportunities with others in the field
(Mar 2020-Feb 2021)

Laura Seger

President Elect/Secretary -Sarah Holmes, Kansas City
I am a science teacher at heart with a huge love of the outdoors. My love of nature was fostered by my father, who helped me flip over rocks to look at life below and showed me how garden spiders wrap their prey. I currently teach 7th grade life science and AP Environmental Science at The Barstow School in Kansas City, MO. Our school has a vegetable garden, orchard and rain garden, all of which I had the great pleasure of helping students create. I believe that we cannot expect people to care about something that they haven't experienced. Therefore, I work to ensure students are able to experience nature in the same ways that I did as a child.
(Mar 2020-Feb 2021 - then this person becomes President)


Treasurer - Carrie Whipkey, St. Louis
I am a business analyst at World Wide Technology. Most of my career in information technology has been in supporting applications for the financial industry. I enjoy spending time outdoors, mostly running and hiking. After learning about MEEA’s mission through a friend, I immediately wanted to get involved in this organization. I started out by working on the monthly budget to be presented to the board in the spring of 2019. Being Treasurer on the board will allow me to utilize my financial background and love of the outdoors.
(Mar 2020-Feb 2022)

At-Large Board Members (job description)
Jeff Birchler, Springfield
(Mar 2020-Feb 2022)
I am currently the Center Coordinator for the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks where I facilitate education and outreach activities for groups of all ages and backgrounds. I was fortunate to grow up in an environment where we were encouraged to explore the outdoors, spending countless hours camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting. There is no substitute for directly experiencing nature. I am fortunate in my new position to be able to introduce area youth to the thrill of catching their first crayfish, wading in an Ozarks’ stream, or even hiking a trail for the first time. I look forward to working with the MEEA community to ensure that every Missouri student has these opportunities to learn more about their environment through place-based experiential education.
Laurie Duncan, Springfield
(Mar 2020-Feb 2022)
I have had the privilege of working in a wide variety of education settings, both formal and informal, for over 30 years. I have always had a love for the outdoors and nature and can’t think of a better outlet for that enthusiasm than serving with MEEA. I am currently the Education Outreach Coordinator for City of Springfield’s Dept. of Environmental Services. In that role, I have the opportunity to work with formal and informal educators, students from throughout the region, and community organizations to learn how to work together to protect the wealth of natural resources found throughout our state. I am looking forward to contributing to MEEA’s ability to impact the next generation of citizens of our state!
Jennifer Grabner, Columbia
(Mar 2020-Feb 2022)
I think I can help broaden MEEA’s visibility & network of partnering organizations to help increase participation by schools & other educators in various MEEA & Environmental Ed opportunities – particularly with the nonprofits & schools I’m connected with through the MO Healthy Food AmeriCorps Program & with organizations/entities with whom I worked during my time with the Southern Boone Learning Garden. I have served on several other nonprofit boards & committees over the past 10 years including Columbia's Community Garden Coalition board, the Boone County Extension Council, the Southern Boone YMCA board, the Southern Boone PTA, and of course the 2018 MEEA/GS conference committee.
Jenny Grabner
Erin Graves, Herculaneum
(Mar 2020-Feb 2022)
I am a science teacher with a love of everything outdoors in nature and doing my part in helping to “save the world”. I teach high school Biology in Jefferson County, Missouri. I sponsor the Ecology club there and am proud to say the students have done so much to reduce the carbon footprint of everyone at our school. I love to get my students outdoors to explore and experience and develop an appreciation for our amazing world and all the living things in it. Improving and providing opportunities for environmental education has always been a passion for me, so I am very excited to participate in MEEA in this new role.
Hannah Hemmelgarn, Columbia
(Mar 2019-Feb 2021)
I am currently the Education Program Coordinator at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry.  I am also a co-founder, mentor, and advisor for the Wild Folk Learning Community in Columbia, MO.  Drawing from my experiences as a naturalist educator, a farmer and permaculture instructor, I seek to learn from more-than-human relatives (plants, animals, fungi) as I grow in relationship with place, and to share the joy and wisdom of place-based environmental education with all types of learners.  My focus at UMCA is on agroforestry curriculum development and establishment of informal learning networks.  I hope to continue to build connections with the MEEA community as we work together for improved and expanded environmental education opportunities in Missouri. 
Tonia Scherer, St. Louis
(July 2020-Feb 2022)
Tonia has always had a passion for education, beginning her career as an English teacher. Eventually, however, she found herself feeling limited teaching in an indoor classroom setting and wanted to foster stronger connections between her students and the natural world around them. After obtaining her Missouri Master Naturalist certification, Tonia decided to explore environmental education. Today she works at Gateway Greening where she partners with local schools to support and strengthen students' environmental literacy. Through Gateway Greening, Tonia has found that giving a child 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 the community. She is thrilled to help advance MEEA's mission and work to make environmental education accessible to all.


Meredith Spiekerman-Byers, St. Louis
(Mar 2019-Feb 2021)
I am an Assistant Professor of Radiology with Washington University School of Medicine, specialize in Women's Imaging and directing 2 outpatient imaging centers.  For the past 5 years, I have been actively working in my children's schools and in our Kirkwood community to raise awareness around environmental learning and sustainability. I have first-hand experience in organizing and leading people around environmental awareness, and I acutely understand that we have to partner our schools with our citizens and community to raise environmental awareness, further sustainable learning, and grow knowledge in outdoor literacy. I am a member of the Kirkwood School District Outdoor Sustainability and Wellness Committees, and part of our Keysor Elementary Green Team whose work resulted the MO-DESE Green Ribbon in 2017 and the US DEA Green Ribbon Schools Award in 2018. My goal for MEEA is to grow partnerships between schools, districts, families and communities to successfully raise the next generation of environmental citizens.
Executive Director (job description)
Lesli Moylan, St. Louis
I have been a longtime youth gardening and outdoor education advocate, providing direct gardening and nutrition education to students as well as professional development opportunities for educators. My goal is to increase MEEA's visibility throughout Missouri so that more people can access this organization's many and varied resources. I fully buy into MEEA's tagline "Care, Understand, Act" and that's exactly what I want to help people do!





MEEA organizes its work into four categories with the teams in each category helping with getting the work done.


This team covers membership, outreach and communication, including the newsletter and website, and our EE Awards


This team covers the conference, certification, and our EE grants


This team covers financial mangement, developing the budget and fund development. The treasurer chairs this committee.


This team covers strategic planning, by-law review and nominations. The president elect/secretary chairs this committee



MEEA Projects


Coloring Sheets

Earth Quest

Environmental Education Grants

Environmental Education Awards