Executive Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Denise began her lifelong environmental non-profit career at Indiana's largest environmental organization, where she served as Administration Director, Assistant Development Director, and Managing Editor of Monitor, the statewide environmental magazine. Afterward, she served as Advancement Director for the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay in gorgeous northern Michigan. In St.Louis, Denise served as Director of Development at the Academy of Science. Denise graduated cum laude with a B.A. in journalism and English from Indiana University. She is author of a book of poetry and the drummer for Swampcat Holler. Denise loves tending to her native garden and hiking.   
Development Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.is a St. Louis-based caregiver, activist and writer, with more than 30 years of service in the public and private sectors in Colorado and Missouri. She has worked as an elections administrator, marketing consultant, and community engagement advocate. During her 27 years in Colorado, Karon became more aware of environmental issues and works to translate awareness into action. Most recently, Karon worked to create meaningful change at Better Family Life, Inc. and on the board of the Community Mediation Services of St. Louis. In 2017, Karon represented family caregivers from the St. Louis region at “Organizing for Care: Caring Across Generations Field Gathering” in Washington, D.C, and at the “We Won’t Wait” national women’s conference in Baltimore, MD, on behalf of Missouri Jobs with Justice. Karon loves reggae, jazz, Latin dance, movies and theatre, and has completed workshops for her first play, “Suicide Lies”, with St. Louis Writers Group and is pursuing staging for Fall 2018.
Local Food Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Rae comes to MCE having worked on sustainable farms, with local non-profits and as an environmental compliance Project Manager. Originally from St. Louis, Rae is connecting sustainable local farmers to new markets in the St. Louis area, with focus on public institutions. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her dog Woolly, especially gardening.
heatherHeadshot Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Heather followed her passion for environmental protection and justice to MCE in 2013. She earned a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. While there, she participated as a student and later as a student attorney in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic. Before coming to MCE, she spent over three years practicing as a civil rights lawyer at a private firm in St. Louis. She was an inaugural fellow of the St. Louis New Leaders Council and has volunteered and served on the boards of several organizations, including The Green Center, the national council of Pax Christi USA, and the Central West End Association. She enjoys camping with her family, practicing yoga, and traveling. And she's proud to call Missouri home.
EdSmith headshot Policy DirectorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Ed joined MCE in 2011 and successfully helped prevent the legislature from eroding Missouri's voter approved ban on Construction Work In Progress (CWIP). Missouri's ban on CWIP means that monopoly electric utilities cannot recover the cost of a new power plant until it is operational and the expenses are deemed prudent by the Public Service Commission, which helps prevent overbuilding and helps keep rates low. Ed continues to ensure our ban on CWIP is preserved as well as promoting the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan, implementation of Missouri's voter approved Renewable Energy Standard, watchdogs the Callaway 1 nuclear reactor, and works with people impacted by the smoldering and radioactive West Lake Landfill.
Food & Farm Director,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Melissa graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2014, where she focused her studies in environmental and natural resource law. With a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri, Melissa has particular appreciation for soil conservation and environmental and agricultural policy. Since writing MCE's St. Louis Regional Food Study published in 2014, Melissa works to support environmentally-responsible farming practices and local food systems across the state, which includes directing the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition
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. He is now the lead volunteer working on MCE's newest resources, The People's Guide to Environmental Action. 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.  
















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