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 coporation (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 responsibilites 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’ responsbilities 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!

2020 – 2021 Board

Board of Directors

Laura Seger

Laura Seger

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.
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)

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Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes

President Elect/Secretary

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)

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Carrie Whipkey

Carrie Whipkey

Treasurer

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)

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Jeff Birchler, Springfield

Jeff Birchler, Springfield

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.

(Mar 2020-Feb 2022)

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Laurie Davis, Springfield

Laurie Davis, Springfield

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!

(Mar 2020-Feb 2022)

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Erin Graves, Herculaneum

Erin Graves, Herculaneum

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.

(Mar 2020-Feb 2022)

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Tonia Scherer, St. Louis

Tonia Scherer, St. Louis

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.

After obtaining my Missouri Master Naturalist certification, I decided to explore environmental education. Today I work at Gateway Greening, partnering with local schools to support and strengthen students’ environmental literacy. Through Gateway Greening, I have 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. I’m thrilled to help advance MEEA’s mission and work to make environmental education accessible to all.

(July 2020-Feb 2022)

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Meredith Spiekerman-Byers, St. Louis

Meredith Spiekerman-Byers, St. Louis

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.

(Mar 2019-Feb 2021) 

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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

 around social justice, labor, education, advocacy for individuals with disabilities, rights for women of color and the LGBTQ community, and Women’s Leadership. I’m passionate about ensuring that all Missouri kids have access to clean air, clean water, and joyful natural areas in which to learn and play. I see tremendous potential for the Missouri Green Schools program to advance these values, and am looking forward to helping MEEA prioritize equity and justice as we promote and expand that program.

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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. 

 Upon returning to the US, I became a facilitator with STREAM (St. Louis Regional Experiential Adventure Movement) and witnessed the positive impact this unique way of teaching had on our participants.   As a member of MEEA’s incredible team, I am thrilled to be part of a powerful initiative to share the value of experiential education with our youth and educators across Missouri.

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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.
  The office has the singular purpose of making sure St. Louis’ children have the support and resources needed to lead productive and successful lives. I have also worked in various educational settings where I focused on ensuring that young people especially those from marginalized communities have equitable and successful educational opportunities. While I grew up in New York City, I was fortunate as a child to spend my summers on a farm in rural North Carolina where my grandmother grew up. The experience instilled in me an appreciation of the outdoors and nature. I am looking forward to being a part of the MEEA family and helping to advance its mission.
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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.

I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1980 with a B.S. in Agriculture and an emphasis in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design. I’m actively involved in leadership roles for a variety of professional green industry and community service organizations including the Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis, Missouri Green Industry Alliance, Gateway Greening, Grow Native!, and Mizzou Botanic Garden. I’m passionate about land stewardship and community betterment, and I enjoy connecting people and organizations in support of that!

(July 2020-Feb 2022) 

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Meredith Spiekerman-Byers, St. Louis

Meredith Spiekerman-Byers, St. Louis

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.

(Mar 2019-Feb 2021) 

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Staff

Lesli Moylan

Lesli Moylan

Executive Director

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!
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Nick Speed

Nick Speed

Outreach Coordinator

I have a passion for urban agriculture, youth empowerment, and gained a lot of EE experience from my time as a Gateway Greening educator.

In addition to my role with MEEA, I’m also the Founder of Ujima, a nonprofit service provider that creates equitable access to food, education, and employment. I’m excited to see help youth throughout our state in my role as MEEA’s Outreach Coordinator. 

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AmeriCorps VISTA’s

Alaina Morin

Alaina Morin

I got my start in EE at the St. Louis Zoo in 2017. Originally graduating with a bachelors in Secondary Education with a focus in History and Anthropology, I originally assumed Archaeology was the career for me. 

After one very hot Virginia summer and three long days in a lab, I discovered that my favorite part of the day was educating visitors and descendents of the site on their lost connection to their space. Combining my newfound knowledge of EE and place based education, I spent the last  two years in the Normandy Schools Collaborative as an American History teacher, where I rewrote the curriculum into a project-based, place-based course. Deciding to leave the bones for others to follow, I am excited to work on larger structural change for Environmental Education in all schools, and to spread the love of place, environment, and history to all Missouri Students.

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Stacey Parker “Parker”

Stacey Parker “Parker”

I returned to my hometown of St. Louis after 20 years of working as a clinical assistant professor and in residential education at universities across the country. The AmeriCorps VISTA opportunity is a dream come true, as I was seeking a way to be a positive force in the environmental justice movement.

I earned a bachelors degree in Art History, Business (Finance and Management), Cultural Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Masters in Cultural Foundations of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study at Syracuse University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Psychology at the University of Southern California.

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Sierra Shields

Sierra Shields

A high school environmental systems class  inspired me to choose a career path in the environmental field. In May of 2020 I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from Missouri S&T. I’m excited to be part of an amazing team that can make a lasting impact across the state. 

 

Malaya Siy

Malaya Siy

I am a fresh graduate from Saint Louis University with a degree in Anthropology and minors in Mandarin, Global and Local Social Justice, and Visual Communication. I’m so happy to start my career journey with Missouri Green Schools and AmeriCorps VISTA, and so grateful for a chance to put service and storytelling together in a way that supports teachers and students as they work hard to make their school more and more sustainable and equitable.

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, informal 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 have over 600 members to date, and we welcome you to join this community as well!

MEEA Organizational Members

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