Super Volunteer, David Behrens: David first became involved with MCE in the late 1970s circulating an MCE petition in St. Louis and Kansas City against of the Callaway Nuclear power plant. He returned to MCE in 2014 to work on several projects: reviewing MSD’s semi-annual reports on their compliance with the Consent Decree and working on MCE’s comments on the US Park Service’s revised management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. David is a veteran of the United States Army and holds a BA in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C. and an AS in Bio-Medical Engineering from Forest Park. Since his retirement in 2014, he has been volunteering one day each week in the MCE office working on everything from research to assistance with clerical work. He also heads up many of MCE's tabling efforts at community events. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, has lived in Saint Louis for over four decades with his wife. He has two children and two grandchildren. He and his wife enjoy doing Laughter Yoga.
Summer 2017 Interns
Democracy in Action, Chris Barnett: Chris is a rising sophomore at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying Political Science and History. He is from the St. Louis area, more specifically Wildwood. He will be working on collecting flood damage data and will also be working on the Democracy in Action initiative. Chris has a twin brother, eight minutes his elder.
Democracy in Action, Aitan Groener: Aitan is a rising senior at Washington University studying environmental policy and economics. They will be working this summer on a research paper investigating the impacts of corporate personhood upon American democracy. Aitan hails from nearby Olivette, Missouri and enjoys cold-brew coffee, sit-coms, and postmodern fiction.
Agriculture Outreach and Advocacy, Mae Riordan: Mae is a rising senior at Denison University, where she studies environmental studies and anthropology/sociology. She is originally from St. Louis, so she is excited to be spending her summer in St. Louis with the MCE and helping the environmental cause in her home state. Mae enjoys coaching swimming during her free time.
Environmental Research and Policy, Richard Wu: Richard is a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis, studying environmental biology and operations and supply chain management. He hails from the Chicagoland area and one day hopes to find a career in corporate sustainability or environmental consulting. Richard also has performed in the Sydney Opera House as part of the New Trier High School Symphony Orchestra.