Staff

Jen Myerscough

Executive Director

jen@stlouisearthday.org

Phone: 314.458.5367

Jen first joined the team at St. Louis Earth Day in 2014 as Communications & Marketing Manager, after having earned her MS in Sustainability from Saint Louis University. Prior to this she enjoyed a diverse career in sales (from fine wine to children’s books). Jen recognizes that the best advocates for sustainable practices are those on the inside. She is proud that St. Louis Earth Day gives people the resources they need to change habits in their own little worlds.

Jen grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana and moved to St. Louis 25 years ago to attend Washington University. She fell in love with St. Louis and her now husband, Kyle, and they settled in South City – growing their family by 2 daughters and 3 dogs. She has been very active in her community, serving on several boards, including the PTO at her daughters’ schools, and founding her neighborhood’s community garden and orchard.

Currently, Jen serves as Board President of the Garden District Commission, focusing on the redevelopment efforts that have been happening in the Botanical Heights Neighborhood. She loves to read, work in the garden, and cook (including canning some of the food she grows). For the past couple of years she has become an expert “doggy Doula”, fostering pregnant and new mother dogs for several rescue organization. Guests at the St. Louis Earth Day office have been known to be treated to puppy kisses, courtesy of Jen’s foster pups.

Bob Henkel

Program Director

bob@stlouisearthday.org

Phone: 314.282.7533

Bob Henkel comes to St. Louis Earth Day with over 20 years of program development experience in service-oriented non-profits. Bob has a passion and enthusiasm for sustainability, recycling, land stewardship, and developing human potential. Bob has shared his love of nature with youth and adults, facilitating wilderness adventure and team building experiences in a variety of programs throughout the country including Outward Bound in Maine, the Wyman Center in St. Louis and the Girl Scouts in Knik, Alaska.

Bob and his partner, Kelly, moved to northern California in 2006 where Bob worked as the site and facilities manager for the di Rosa art and nature preserve in Napa while pursuing his interest in sustainable land management strategies. He is certified in Permaculture Design and as a Sustainable Building Advisor, which is recognized as a mastery level course by the USGBC. Bringing these areas of expertise to St. Louis, he has consulted on edible forest design and habitat restoration.

Probably the most significant learning experience has been through Bob’s connection with Jon Young and the Wilderness Awareness School. By learning to sit still in one spot as a daily routine and engage his senses, especially listening to bird language, Bob has been able to develop a deeper connection with nature, hope in these challenging times, and the skills to make positive change.

In 2012, Bob and Kelly returned to St. Louis to be closer to family. They love Missouri and find that it has ecological reminders of all of the places they’ve been, well, except sharks. But Bob is really a freshwater river person anyway.

Laura Allers-Lowry

Event Manager

laura@stlouisearthday.org

Phone: 314.282.7533

Laura Allers-Lowry first met the St. Louis Earth Day team in 2008 when she was a member of the Ameren Missouri Pure Power group. Laura has 17 years of experience as an event coordinator/planner for companies and organizations such as: Novus International, Art & Air Fair in Webster Groves, Pure PowerSerendipity Homemade Ice CreamSTL250 and 4 class reunions. Laura is honored to be a member of such a dedicated group of sustainability professionals at St. Louis Earth Day.

As the event manager, Laura takes great pride in planning for: the St. Louis Earth Day Festival, the longest running and largest, most sustainable Earth Day celebration in the country; Recycling Extravaganza, the premier and largest recycling event in the St. Louis Metro Area, and the annual St. Louis Earth Day fundraiser, Taste of Green. In addition, Laura coordinates and manages the St. Louis Earth Day Internship Program and supports the events that participate in the Recycling On the Go program.

As a devoted animal rights activist, Laura supports the important work of local organizations such as: Humane Society of MissouriAPA of Missouri, Sierra Club and the Endangered Wolf Center, as well as several national environmental organizations.

Laura is a St. Louis native, recently moving to South City with her husband Denny and her two miniature dachshunds, Anni and Dotti. When she is not event planning, Laura enjoys traveling to destinations that are surrounded by our planet’s natural beauty for kayaking, hiking, and wildlife observance.

Jenn DeRose

Jenn DeRose

Green Dining Alliance Program Manager, LEED GA

Jenn.DeRose@greendiningalliance.org

Phone: 314.780.6082

Jenn DeRose began working for Saint Louis Earth Day in late Spring of 2015 as a staff member of Recycling On the Go, and subsequently joined the Green Dining Alliance in September of 2015. A current student of Sustainability at University College at Washington University, Jenn is an evangelist for the environment with a special interest in environmental justice.

Jenn enjoys her work as Program Manager for The Green Dining Alliance. With over ten years in the restaurant industry, holding positions that spanned both the front and back of the house, Jenn loves good food and the people who make good food possible at every stage of its production and disposal.

Strongly convicted, Jenn believes that stewardship of the environment can bring financial, emotional, and ecological benefits for all participating parties. Saint Louis is in a unique position to become a national leader in Sustainability, and she hopes to help make that dream a reality through her work with The Green Dining Alliance.

Jenn is a freelance writer for the Riverfront Times, a cycling enthusiast, an avid forager, a novice birdwatcher, hiker, camper, and a lover of Saint Louis, the city she has called home for nearly twenty years. A vegetarian who tends towards vegan-ism, Jenn cultivates a container garden made from re-purposed materials in order to grow the kale and collard greens that fill her daily burritos. Prior to joining the GDA she worked at Vintage Vinyl for seven years and volunteered as a DJ on KDHX for nearly two; for Jenn, local music is as important as local food, and she spends much of her free time attending concerts. She is fond of Henry Catsinger, her cat, Peach, her housemate’s dog, hiking, camping, most flavors of sparking water, and the veggie tortas on Cherokee Street.

 

Kathy Dolson

Office & Programs Assistant

info@stlouisearthday.org

Phone: 314.282.7533

Kathy Dolson first became involved with St. Louis Earth Day through volunteering at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival in 2010. Staff remember being impressed by Kathy’s energy, dedication to completing tasks quickly and with a high degree of quality, and her fun-loving attitude. It was only natural that when the organization needed support in planning the 2013 Festival that we looked to Kathy.

A life-long environmentalist, Kathy brings her passions for conservation and common sense to the many diverse projects with which she assists in the office, and within her community as a Cub Scout Leader and in her church. During the 2014 Lent season, Kathy worked with her church to institute recycling and composting at their weekly fish frys. Although she was met with many challenges along the way, St. Ann’s Catholic Church became, as far as we know, the first to institute a zero waste strategy for fish frys! Over 1,248 lbs of recyclables and 125 lbs of organic waste was kept out of area landfills through intentional sourcing of service ware, volunteer education, and signage.

Aspen Steiner

Green Dining Alliance Communications Coordinator

aspen.steiner@greendiningalliance.org

Aspen began her work with St. Louis Earth Day in January 2017 as a social media intern for the Green Dining Alliance. She now works as the Communications Coordinator for the GDA and enjoys managing social media, writing blogs, tagging along on the occasional audit, and volunteering at local events. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a degree in marketing and has always harbored a passion for giving back to the community – much of her free time outside of school and work was spent volunteering.

Raised in a small farming community, many of her childhood memories include barnyard animals, outdoor adventures, and lots of home cooked meals. Her passion for the environment is fostered by her eco-conscious parents and stems from a desire to connect consumers with all aspects of food and waste production.

Aspen also works as a social media strategist at Think Tank, and enjoys following the Saint Louis food scene, taking long walks with her dog Biscuit, attending the occasional yoga class, and traveling with her family.  

 

Mike Craven

Recycling On the Go summer intern

rogintern@stlouisearthday.org

Mike Craven is currently a Junior at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. He is working to get his degree in Nonprofit Administration. In addition to attending classes he also works in the campus healthcare center setting up appointments and contacting students. He will be working within the Recycling on the Go Program during the summer, assisting with the Do-it-yourself program and volunteer management. In his free time Mike enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family.

Rachel Price

Marketing Intern

marketing.intern@stlouisearthday.org

Rachel joined us at the beginning of June as our Marketing Intern for the Summer. New to St. Louis, Rachel took it upon herself to get to know the St. Louis area by attending free events in and around the city. At many of the events, she noticed St. Louis Earth Day’s Recycling on the Go recycling and composting tents. When the marketing internship became available, she couldn’t pass cup the opportunity to get involved.
A Chicago native, Rachel graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications and an emphasis in Public Relations. Throughout undergrad, she volunteered with UI’s Recycle Club where she promoted and managed recycling efforts at university and athletic events.
Rachel lets her passions lead her. Before joining SLED, Rachel worked as a art time reporter in Iowa, an Assistant Catering Coordinator at a local Iowa City restaurant, and Social Media/Marketing/Blogging intern with Play Like a Girl, a program dedicated to inspiring young girls to get up and be active. Rachel used her experience and her passion for health, fitness, quality eats, and helping others in each of these roles.
As an avid and former collegiate Cross County and Track runner, Rachel has always had a passion for being a part of nature, and protecting the environment she cares so much for. Whether she is running along trails, playing softball in the local park, or attending one of the many outdoor festivals SLED is a part of, you can always find Rachel out and about enjoying the green around her.