Board Members

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Traci Lichtenberg

Board President, Symposium Committee

Traci moved to St. Louis in 1999 from Nebraska to pursue a degree in Biology. Upon graduation she accepted a job in the laboratory at Missouri American Water, which complimented her interests in natural resources, science, and policy, and led to a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science investigating wetland policies and water quality. She now works as a Water Quality Supervisor ensuring water systems across the state are meeting state, federal, and local water quality standards. She enjoys sharing information on watersheds at elementary schools, fairs, and festivals, and has coordinated trash pick-ups and volunteer monitoring of streams.

Her passion for the environment began early in life while spending time on family farms and going camping. In high school, working at an Audubon Sanctuary for Sandhill Cranes and at State Historic and Recreation Areas taught her the importance of quality habitat and taking care of natural resources. She is thrilled to be able to share these life-long interests through St Louis Earth Day. She now lives in South City with her husband and two children who enjoy the outdoors whether in their own backyard garden, playing in St. Louis’ many parks, or traveling.

Contact:  board.president@stlouisearthday.org

Board Member since 2011.

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Cindy Bambini

Past President

Cindy Bambini is currently the Director of Business Development for Brightergy. Brightergy is changing the way businesses, schools, cities, and nonprofits manage energy. Cindy focuses predominately on solar and other alternative energy/energy efficiency solutions for schools and non-profits. Prior to Brightergy, Cindy was the Senior Partnership Manager for 3Degrees Group, Inc., the San Francisco-based vendor/partner selected by Ameren to market and manage Ameren’s Voluntary Renewable Energy Program, Pure Power. Prior to joining 3Degrees, Cindy was a Product Engineer with Ameren’s Products and Services Group.

Cindy is a member of the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter Green Schools Policy Sub-Committee, past secretary of the St. Louis Earth Day Board, and a member of the Kirkwood School District Foundation Board. A lifelong St. Louis resident, Cindy is a 1985 Industrial Engineering graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she also earned a Masters of Business Administration in 1989 from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.

Board Member since 2009.

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Jane Davis

Secretary, Symposium Committee

Jane Davis, a Missouri native originally from the Festus area, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After working as a teacher and youth education assistant with the University of Missouri Extension, Jane began her career with the Department of Natural Resources in 1998. She started in the Hazardous Waste Program, and has since worked with the Environmental Services Program and the Solid Waste Management Program, before moving to the Water Protection Program in late 2009. Jane has been fortunate that most of her positions with MDNR have allowed her to work with the public, whether it is with reduce/reuse/recycle and composting/vermicomposting issues, or providing grant management to communities who are seeking funding for watershed projects to improve their water quality.

Jane is also an advanced Master Gardener with the Cole County Master Gardeners, serving on the board for several years, and is a member of the Bittersweet Garden Club in Jefferson City, an American Horticultural Society affiliate. She teaches classes for the Master Gardeners and the public on creating garden art, and is listed on the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau as a certified trainer.

Board Member since 2011.

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Susan Zareh

Treasurer

Susan Zareh is a sixth grade math teacher at Forsyth School, a private independent school near Forest Park. Her interest in sustainability began when she was a student herself, which is why she believes that teaching students about being good stewards of the Earth and loving our planet is so important. This past school year, Forsyth School began a lease of a 105 solar array system, which Susan integrates into her math curriculum through a graphing project using a website which tracks the energy generated each day by the panels. Susan enjoys camping with her family during the summer months, visiting state and national parks. She is excited to be a part of the St. Louis Earth Day Festival and is looking forward to helping inform other teachers and families about this great event.

Board Member since 2013.

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Jake Barnett

Board Member

Jake Barnett’s focus is at the intersection of economics and environmental/social good. This interest has led Jake to his work as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, where he helps educate individuals, businesses and institutions in the St. Louis region about how to intentionally implement sustainable investment strategies. Jake is excited to be joining the Board of St. Louis Earth Day, and is committed to helping the organization demonstrate how sustainability can make economic sense within the St. Louis community.

Jake originally came to the region as a FOCUS St. Louis Coro Fellow in Public Affairs where he worked with the City of Maplewood Sustainability Commission and the Enterprise Holdings Inc. Corporate Sustainability Department to adopt best-practices in their respective fields. Before moving to St. Louis, Jake worked with a domestic microfinance group in Chicago and fundraised for a local orphanage in Ghana. Jake holds a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and grew up in Chicago and England/Ireland. Jake now lives in Tower Grove East with his wife and two dogs.

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Cherie Beckmann

Board Member

Cherie has enjoyed a successful business career in Operations, Marketing, and Sales.  Since 2011, Cherie has been an Account Executive with Anixter, Inc., a global distributor of communications infrastructure and physical security products.  Anixter also offers Supply Chain Services that help customers reduce jobsite trash, labor, and shipments on their Construction and IT projects which can help in achieving certain environmental goals and sustainability certifications.  Cherie has been a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization since 2010.

Cherie’s interest in the earth’s plant and animal kingdoms started early.  Growing up in Creve Coeur, her family also had a weekend farm in mid-Missouri where they kept horses and other animals as well as a large, annual garden plot.  Cherie’s compassion for animals, and love of fresh foods, began there.  After graduating from Lindenwood University with a BA in Business Administration, Cherie became interested in natural, alternative healing.  Cherie achieved her Usui Reiki Master status in 2006 and is a passionate and knowledgeable practitioner of therapeutic-grade essential oil techniques; she uses both to help others elevate their vibration and maintain their own health.  Cherie is excited about the opportunity to work with St. Louis Earth Day to expand her impact on elevating the planet.

Cherie lives in Chesterfield and enjoys Pilates, reading, walking her dogs, photography, traveling with her boyfriend and her large, extended family.

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Laura Cohen

Board Member, Fundraising Committee

Laura Cohen has worked on a variety of community issues in St. Louis for 35 years.  She was project director for The Confluence Partnership (1997-2012), coordinating a collaboration of public and non-profit organizations to plan and implement a conservation, heritage and recreation corridor along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.  Cohen served as Assistant to the Mayor of the City of St. Louis (1993-97) where her responsibilities included the master plan for Forest Park and liaison for the Sister Cities program.  She also served as executive director of Missouri NARAL, a statewide advocacy organization (1983-93).

Laura has a B.A. from Hampshire College.  She is currently a member of the Missouri History Museum Subdistrict, and on the boards of St. Louis Earth Day, the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis and Gateway Housing First.

Board Member since 2008.

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Dori Degenhardt

Board Member

As the Regional Marketing Manager for Cosentry, an IT Solutions company, headquartered in Omaha, NE but with a central office in downtown St. Louis, Dori uses her passion and voice to help grow local clientele as well as spread the word about more energy-efficient technology. Cosentry’s data centers (9 total in the Midwest) boast efficiencies throughout, including solar panels on the roof of their primary St. Louis location. Sustainability, recycling, composting and all-around Earth-friendly habits have always played a significant role in Dori’s day-to-day activities. Having spent her early years on a farm near Ironton, MO, “farm-to-table” was not a fad but a way of life. She credits her parents and her upbringing for her genuine love, care and sense of responsibility for our environment. Dori has spent more years in Missouri than not, however, college took her to Syracuse, NY and a post-college career choice led her to Chicago, IL for a handful of years. She and her family now reside in the Webster Groves neighborhood and can often be seen at the WG Farmers Market or tooling around on her bike with two young her sons pedaling close behind.

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Greg Lovett

Board Member, Earth Day Eve Committee

Greg Lovett is currently the Manager Energy Efficiency for Ameren Missouri. He is responsible for the Evaluation, Measurement and Verification of the electric and natural gas energy efficiency programs and a leader in the planning effort for future energy efficiency portfolios. He has held numerous other leadership positions over his 30 plus year career at Ameren.

In addition to being on the St Louis Earth Day board of directors, he is also on the non-profit Association of Professional Energy Consultants board of directors and several national industry related organization’s committees. He was also a past Chairman of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance board of directors.

Greg is a graduate of University of Illinois with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA through Webster University and is a certified PMP.

As a visionary leader, Greg brings an extensive knowledge base from over three decades in the utility industry of which over 15 years are in energy efficiency and products and services. He is an enthusiastic individual and understands utility priorities, goals and objectives and is continuously on the leading edge of new technology related to the improvements of the utility grid and customer’s premise. He takes emerging technology concepts and creates innovative short and long term solutions for the company and customers. With his positive outlook and strong program and business sense, he will foster an atmosphere of open and direct interaction to transform the ideation into reality.

On the weekends, you will find Greg around the water, relaxing at the lake on his boat or on a beach with his wife.

Board Member since 2009.

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Brian Pelletier

President Elect, Marketing Committee

Brian Pelletier is owner and chief chocolatier at Kakao Chocolate, maker of all-natural handmade confections in St. Louis. Kakao has been named “Best Chocolate in St. Louis” twice by the Riverfront Times and by the readers of Sauce Magazine, and Pelletier was listed among a handful of “Tastemakers” by Feast Magazine. Prior to Kakao, Brian spent 20 years in business marketing, helping organizations ranging from small businesses to global enterprises communicate with people who are important to them. Brian has a passion for local, sustainable businesses and how they engage with their community to everyone’s benefit. He also serves on the boards of directors for the Retail Confectioners International Association, Discovering Options, and St. Louis Slow Food.

Read more about Kakao and Brian’s adventures in chocolating.

Board Member since 2012.

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Catherine Redfern

Board Member, Fundraising Committee Chair

Catherine Redfern has been involved in conservation and wildlife rehabilitation since the age of 12. She has served as the Secretary and Grant Writer on the Board of Directors for BirdLife Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana; as the Project Manager and Fundraiser for Cayman Wildlife Rescue in the Cayman Islands; and most recently, as the Director of Development for World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis Missouri. Catherine is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and now works as an independent fundraising consultant in St. Louis, MO, providing niche professional fundraising services to animal and environment focused non-profits. Catherine believes that it is the responsibility of every human being to be armed with the knowledge to be able live a more humane and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, and works to help organizations successfully meet these goals.

Board Member since 2014.

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Lori Strawbridge, CPA

Board Member

With over 15 years of service to Saint Louis small businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations, Lori is dedicated to assisting her clients with their accounting and tax needs. Lori earned Bachelors and Masters of Accounting degrees from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, and has been a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2007. With a full range of professional solutions to meet your needs, Lori’s focus is on simplifying client accounting systems to provide accurate and relevant information in the most efficient way possible.

In addition to her professional work, Lori has taken a dynamic leadership role in the community beginning in 2003 when she joined the board of directors of Saint Louis Earth Day, an organization that has transformed the City’s sustainability landscape. She also serves on the board for Middlewest Movies and Sustainable Backyard Tour. Previously, Lori was a long standing board member for the Judevine Center for Autism, where she chaired the Fundraising Committee for 5 years. Lori also served on the board of Artscope as Treasurer, and was Vice President of the Professional Women’s Alliance.

Board Member since 2003.

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John Risberg

Board Member, Strategic Planning Committee Chair

John serves as Executive Vice President, Secretary & Counsel of Maritz Holdings Inc. His primary professional emphasis as a lawyer focused on transactional work, but he also has extensive experience in corporate governance, litigation management, and preventative law and counseling, including legal compliance and risk management issues. As a part of his responsibilities for Maritz, he provides guidance for the company’s corporate giving and environmental programs. John is active in philanthropic and civic affairs. In addition to St. Louis Earth Day, he currently serves on the boards of Teach for America-St. Louis Region, the World Bird Sanctuary, and the 24:1 Education Committee of Beyond Housing. He also volunteers as a middle school student mentor for Urban Future in the St. Louis Public School District. He is a past participant in the Leadership St. Louis program. John is an avid outdoorsman and traveler, who particularly enjoys fishing, hunting, biking, hiking, boating, golf, skiing and just about any activity that involves exploring someplace new. He also enjoys a broad spectrum of cultural activities, from theater to museums to live music of all sorts. John and his wife, Mary, have two grown children, David and Thomas.

Board Member since 2014.