MEEA Board Responsibilities

MEEA members are eligible to be elected to the Board of Directors, MEEA’s governing body. Board members serve two year terms, and serve on at least one committee. Once serving for a year, Board members are eligible to serve on the Executive Board (President, President-Elect/Secretary, and Treasurer). Additionally, MEEA recently added an Advisory Board to its structure to advise, assist, and advocate to the Board of Directors on behalf of matters that will strengthen opportunities for MEEA members and beneficiaries. Advisory Board members are selected and appointed by the MEEA Executive Board, and may be nominated by the MEEA Executive Board, the Advisory Board, or the Executive Director. MEEA is in the process of updating policies and practices to reflect Dynamic Governance, a method of governing that centers around consent-based decision-making, valuing all perspectives, and transparency.

Visit our Document Library for MEEA’s articles of incorporation, by-laws, policies/procedures and financial documents as well as past meeting minutes and our collection of downloadable resources.

The President’s responsibilities are 1) to set the agenda and run the meetings, and 2) to have and exercise general charge and supervision of the corporation (MEEA) including staff. This is a two year term, with the first year as president/elect secretary and the second as president. It is one of the shortest descriptions because this position is responsible for overseeing all of the activities listed below.

The President Elect/Secretary’s responsibilities are 1) to perform the duties and possess and exercise the powers of the President at their request or in their absence or disability, 2) to communicate with team leaders and staff monthly to check on progress, 3) to take minutes at the meetings (except when chairing them in which case they should designate a substitute Secretary), 4) to serve as chief liaison with the North American Association for EE and 5) countersign all instruments executed by the President on behalf of the corporation as directed by the Executive Board. This is a two year term, with the first year as President/Elect Secretary and the second as President.

The Treasurer’s responsibilities are 1) to keep the records of the books of account of the corporation and receive and disburse funds of the corporation as directed by the board, 2) keep accurate accounts of all financial transactions, 3) make reports at the monthly meetings, 4) make all records available for audit as directed by the board, 5) submit an annual summary of transactions at the end of the year and 6) oversee the financial responsibilities of the organization. In practice, the Treasurer oversees the work of the Executive Director who handles day to day management of resources and of the Accountant who prepares quarterly financial statements and preparation of non-profit filing to the IRS (the 990 EZ). The Treasurer is the convener of the Resources Team. This is a two year term.

The At-Large Board Members’ responsibilities are 1) to help set policy under the supervision of the President, and 2) to assist with developing plans for and implementing policy goals and objectives, including being part of a Team, assisting with the Conference and providing at least one monthly column for the newsletter.

The Director’s responsibility is to help implement board policies, goals and projects. 

People Team duties include : handling membership applications and renewals, newsletter, website, facebook posts, coordinating EE awards, working with other groups, and attending and tabling at conferences and workshop. 

Purpose Team duties include: managing the certification program, providing logistical support for the conference, coordinating EE grants. 

Resources Team duties include: tracking and managing income and expenses, working with the treasurer and board to develop the annual budget, working with the treasurer and accountant to prepare the annual 990 EZs, apply for grants and scholarships, and develop and implement fundraising strategies. 

Governance Team duties include: researching issues for the board to consider, assisting with strategic planning, and filing required paperwork.

Governance: Meet our Amazing Team!

 

Board of Directors

Laura Seger, St. Louis

Laura Seger, St. Louis

President

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.

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Ben Freiman, Columbia

Ben Freiman, Columbia

President-Elect/Secretary

I am a Farm-to-School Educator at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. I’ve known that my passion in life is connecting people to nature for as long as I can remember.

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Erin Graves, Herculaneum

Erin Graves, Herculaneum

Treasurer

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.

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Tonia Scherer, St. Louis

Tonia Scherer, St. Louis

Immediate Past-President

I’ve always had a passion for education, beginning my career as an English teacher. Eventually, however, I found myself feeling limited teaching in an indoor classroom setting and wanted to foster stronger connections between my students and the natural world around them.

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Lauren Baker, St. Louis

Lauren Baker, St. Louis

I grew up in Troy, Missouri, with a strong connection to nature. After spending my childhood tromping around in the woods, I discovered I could make my passion into a career as a naturalist. I worked for 6 years

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Lara Cox, Columbia, MO

Lara Cox, Columbia, MO

I currently work as the Education Coordinator for Missouri River Relief in Columbia, MO. My work is fostering connections between people and the Missouri River. Previously, I taught English Learners for 8 years in

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Kaylee Holt, Kansas City

Kaylee Holt, Kansas City

I have worked for Missouri State Parks for 5 1/2 years and currently serve as the Urban Outreach Coordinator for the Kansas City region. In this position, I work with community organizations and local schools to share Missouri’s natural and cultural resources and recreational opportunities with people living in urban areas around Kansas City.

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Misty Mitchell, Springfield, MO

Misty Mitchell, Springfield, MO

I am currently the Director of Conservation Education for the Johnny Morris’ Foundation Conservation Attractions which includes Wonder of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium, Lost Canyon Cave Trail, Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Since opening in 2017 the team has impacted over

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Stacey Parker, aka “Parker”, St. Louis

Stacey Parker, aka “Parker”, St. Louis

In the summer of 2020 after working in academic and student affairs as an assistant professor and assistant director of academic initiatives, I left the field of higher education after 20 years and entered the world of environmental education and advocacy.

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Nick Speed, St. Louis

Nick Speed, St. Louis

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, I developed a passion for taking care of the planet, food justice, and working with youth. From 2017-2020, I served as a Youth Educator for Gateway Greening. I’ve taught over 300 students in the St. Louis Public School District about science, nature, and urban agriculture. In addition to working with kids, I’ve facilitated professional development for other educators in the region, and assisted in the development of community garden projects.

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Brooke Widmar, Springfield

Brooke Widmar, Springfield

I am the Education Outreach Coordinator for James River Basin Partnership, which is a water quality organization in Southwest Missouri. JRBP visited my school when I was in the 5th grade, which got me hooked on water quality and environmental education.

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Advisory Board

Leah Clyburn

Leah Clyburn

I currently work as a community organizer for the Sierra Club’s Missouri Beyond Coal campaign. Throughout my career, I have mobilized various communities across Missouri

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Nikki Lemley

Nikki Lemley

The concept of experiential education entered my life when I was living in Germany as a young adult where I participated in a program that changed my lens of learning forever. 

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Wilford Pinkney

Wilford Pinkney

I am current serving as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families for the City of St. Louis.
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Bill Ruppert

Bill Ruppert

I own and manage the St. Louis office of National Nursery Products, a horticultural sales, marketing and consulting company representing wholesale growers of a diverse variety of ornamental and environmental landscape plants.

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Jennifer Schamber, St. Louis

Jennifer Schamber, St. Louis

I am the general manager of a family-owned garden center, Greenscape Gardens in west St. Louis County, Missouri. Greenscape was the 2015 national winner of Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s Revolutionary 100 for their work in the promotion of native plants.

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Staff and VISTAs

Lesli Moylan, St. Louis

Lesli Moylan, St. Louis

Co-Director

Before leading MEEA, I was 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. Since working for MEEA, I have learned so much about how varied and expansive the field of environmental education is!

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Jamin Bray, Salem

Jamin Bray, Salem

Co-Director

I grew up loving the outdoors and knew early on that I wanted to become a wildlife biologist. I earned a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri, Columbia. The pivotal moment when I discovered Environmental Education was when working at a research laboratory. I was asked to interpret science to the public (especially school groups and community educators) as a Public Affairs Specialist. From that moment on, I have been determined to help citizens understand the challenges our environment faces, and how we can meet those challenges.

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Porscha Hayes

Porscha Hayes

School Support VISTA

I am a St. Louis native and a recent graduate of Washington University. I attended and graduated from Washington University, where I studied Classics – Ancient Greek and Roman History and Language – and remained motivated by my early wish to be a lexicographer, a person who compiles lists of new words for dictionaries. My interests include reading, writing, listening to music and foraging. I have two fur babies, a cat and a dog, that I love very much. During my year of service, I hope to help more schools find their green and initiate more community waste cleanups.  

MEEA Members

MEEA’s members are the lifeblood of our organization, they’re why we exist and you drive our priorities. MEEA members include classroom teachers and other formal educators, nonformal educators, community members, parents, youth, and even organizations like schools, nonprofits, agencies, and businesses. We want everyone to have not only a seat at the table but a voice, which is why all membership levels include voting privileges and eligibility to serve on the Board of Directors. We are dedicated to continuing to grow all levels of our membership, and we welcome you to join this community as well!

MEEA Organizational Members

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