Nadim Kanafani, MD, President: Dr. Kanafani joined the MCE Board in 2014. He attended Washington University and obtained his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Kanafani is a board-certified pediatrician who has worked in a wide variety of practice settings since completing his training at St. Louis Children's Hospital in 2001. He is currently a pediatrician with the Glennon Care Pediatrics. He completed a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology in 2009 and has conducted research and advocacy work in the areas of nutrition, obesity, and the environmental determinants of health. Dr. Kanafani has a strong interest in advancing the organization's goals to link health and community well-being with environmental advocacy.
Kally Coleman, Vice-President: Kally rejoined the MCE board in the summer of 2015. She brings a breadth of non-profit environmental knowledge to MCE with her legacy as co-founder of the Friends of Ozarks Riverways, which works to foster awareness, appreciation, & respect for the history, culture, and natural splendor of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Living most her life along the Current River, Kally is an avid fisherman and spends much of her free time paddling and camping along Ozark streams. She also serves as a Board member of the Missouri Parks Association, previously served as a Board member of the Green Center, and was a former Board member of MCE in the early 2000s. We are lucky to have her back "on board!"
Tom Leb, Secretary: Thomas Leb joined MCE's board in 2016. Tom has worked in industrial sales for the last 10 years and currently works in sales and marketing for a structural steel fabricator. His experience working with both private and public entities will be an asset to MCE. In his free time, Tom enjoys recreation on public lands in Missouri including State Park, Missouri Conservation, National Forest and National Park areas. He studied Environmental History under Dr. Susan Flader, researched Mining in the Perche Creek watershed in Boone Co., MO. Follow his outdoor Missouri adventures on Instagram by searching #TrailsOfMissouri or #MOParksChallenge where he is currently a leader wishing someone would catch up and pass him!
David Lobbig, Immediate Past President: As Curator of Environmental Life at the Missouri History Museum, David is responsible for the acquisition, research, interpretation, and care of artifact collections relating to transportation, agriculture, energy use, and natural resource exploitation and stewardship. David has worked in museum facilities management, exhibit production, education, and collections preservation for over 30 years. Having joined the board in 2001, he has served on the Policy, Board Development, and Fundraising and Development Committees and the Smart Growth Action Team. He began serving as President in 2008.
Steve Brewer: Steve joined the board in early 2017. He has earned a BS in Social Studies and a MS in Park Administration. He has over thirty years experience in park management with Missouri State Parks, St. Louis County Parks, city of Clayton Parks and the US Forest Service in Granby, Colorado. Steve also served in the US Army and the US Peace Corps-Afghanistan. He retired from the VA where he served as a budget analyst and finally as a national records officer. An avid canoeist, kayaker and self-acclaimed river rat.
Jeff DePew: Jeff joined the board in 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Science in horticulture and environmental science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979 and a teaching certificate in biology and history as well as a Masters in education from Washington University. He has taught high school biology, ecology, field ecology and experiential field trips for 25 years. He teaches at Webster University and owns and operates Earth Designs, an on-line environmental gallery and store at www.earthdesigns.com.
David Garin: David recently retired from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he was Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Science and Technology. He coauthored the textbook, Chemistry: Its Role in Society and continues to write. He served as the first chairperson of Missouri’s Hazardous Waste Management Commission and worked at the EPA in Washington, D.C. David was a Congressional Science Fellow in 1980-81 working in Congressman Al Gore’s office on environmental issues. He has served on the Coalition Board for more than 20 years in various roles.
Stuart Keating: Stuart is an environmental attorney and game designer who co-owns Earthbound Beer. He's a lifelong outdoorsman who has camped nearly 300 nights and biked, hiked, climbed, camped and canoed in over 30 states. He began working with the Coalition while a student attorney in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic at Washington University in Saint Louis. He has also worked with the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center and the Ozark Regional Land Trust. Stuart has several years experience in non-profit management, environmental policy and lobbying, and was part of the successful efforts to increase state park funding, increase clean water permit fees, and strengthen protections for the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. He is always available for hikes, bike rides float trips with MCE members.
Steve Mahfood: Steve has a 40 year track record as an innovator and leader in the environmental, energy, and natural resource fields. He was appointed for 8 years by three successive governors as Cabinet Secretary to lead the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. During his tenure he added over 60,000 acres to the state park system and led the development and construction of the first LEED Platinum state office. He also represented Missouri and the US by chairing the NAFTA-US Governmental Environmental Advisory Commission (GAC), serving on the EPA's Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) for 13 years, and he received the "United States Presidential Environmental Achievement Award" in 1989. His work was also the subject of a "60 Minutes" episode because of his leadership in negotiating the first agreement in US history for a corporate buy out of the houses of Missouri citizens whose children were being exposed to lead contamination and smelter emissions. Currently, he is advising the Nature Conservancy and many influential organizations on climate change, energy, environmental, natural resource and carbon management issues. Steve holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the Yale University Environmental and Management Leadership.
Arlene Sandler: Arlene joined the Board in 1979. She was initially drawn to the organization to help the “construction work in progress” referendum relating to the Callaway nuclear power plant. Since then, she has worked on other nuclear campaigns as well as petition drives about land use and rivers. The Coalition attracted Arlene because it was the only activist organization around in the seventies. She still sees it as the best place for her volunteer energy. She recently retired from her position as librarian at Crossroads School.
Suzie Schmitt: Suzie is currently the Food Distribution Coordinator at Gateway Greening, where she runs a successful CSA program. She also assists with the job training program at Gateway Greening's Urban Farm, where she teaches gardening and life skills to members of the community struggling with homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse. She holds a self-designed bachelors degree in Environmental Sustainability from Webster University. In her free time, Suzie enjoys hiking, kayaking, and cooking. Suzie was an intern at MCE in the Food and Farm Program before joining the board in 2017.
Bernard Waxman: Bernard, "Buddy" Waxman is a retired professor of computer science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In that position, he served for six years as the chair of the Department of Computer Science and then as the acting dean of the School of Engineering before retiring. He has long been interested in environmental issues and has volunteered with the coalition as far back as the effort to stop the Callaway nuclear power plant. Because of their interest in renewable energy and energy effiiency, he and his wife have both solar heating and solar electricity on their home.
Eric Wilkinson: Eric is a documentary filmmaker, professional video producer, and photographer who has worked with several major Los Angeles production companies, Friends of the Ozark Riverways, Rumble to the River, THF Realty, Washington University, St. Louis Variety, The Ronald McDonald House, The Youth Technology and Education Center, and UPN TV, among others. His film work and photography essays have been exhibited in several cities around the country. Eric enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including paddling, camping, rock climbing, and hiking.