Staff And Board Members

Meet the staff and board members that are dedicated to the creation and celebration of beautiful and environmentally friendly landscapes!

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Raingarden Workshops

Unseasonably warm weather, long droughts and flooding rains are the new normal for spring and summer in Minnesota. Learn how your yard can adapt to and even help mitigate threats posed by these extreme weather events.

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Board of Directors

  • Lori Anderson
  • Ava Tamis McKnight
  • Jessica Miller
  • Susan Nelson
    Vice Chair
  • Jon Olson
    Chair
  • Douglas Owens-Pike
    Secretary
  • Rebecca Reyes
  • Pat Sillerud
    Treasurer
  • Joyce Vincent
    Board Member Emeritus

Staff

Becky Rice

Executive Director

becky@metroblooms.org

Becky Rice was hired as executive director in December 2007. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Finance and graduate work toward a MBA from the Carlson School of Management. She brings a background in fund development and finance with more than twenty five years in nonprofit management. Becky built her first raingarden after a neighbor shared the information he'd received at a Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshop. Awards: 2010 MCWD Watershed Heroes Award for Citizen Engagement and 2011 Environmental Initiative Award for Environmental Education.

Deborah Jopp

Office Manager

deborah@metroblooms.org

Deborah has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and has completed post-grad work with licenses in Special Education and Family Education. She joined the Metro Blooms team in 2008. She has 25+ years experience as an educator in public and private settings and formerly worked full time for the St. Paul Public Schools as a Special Ed. teacher. Her background serves her well in collaborating with team members and responding to staff and client needs. She was inspired by Metro Blooms to install a raingarden on her property. She has interests in music, yoga and enjoys the outdoors.

Laura Scholl

Associate Director

laura@metroblooms.org

Laura has has a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Minnesota as well as a minor in Spanish Studies. Laura joined Metro Blooms in September of 2012 as their MN GreenCorps member. After her year of GreenCorps service, she began her new role with Metro Blooms in August 2013. Laura has previous work experience in community relations and biological surveys in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Northern MN and strives to combine the joy of working with communities with her passion for field work.

Rich Harrison

Registered Landscape Architect + Director of Landscape Design

rich@metroblooms.org

Rich Harrison is a Registered Landscape Architect with an MLA degree from the University of Minnesota. His work focuses on sustainable design, place making, and community development. Rich has worked on water quality issues for 21 years, beginning in research at MSU, working 2 years for the Met Council, and studying Non-Point Source Pollution at the U of M. Rich realizes that on-site treatment of stormwater is the best way to prevent pollution and preserve our precious water resources and has since focused his career in design. Rich believes that education and facilitating the understanding of how our actions impact our natural environment is critical to successful design and the acceptance of nature in our built environments.

Jennifer Ehlert

Graduate Landscape Architect + Installation Project Manager

jennifer@metroblooms.org

Jennifer has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University. She has been working in the landscape field for over 12 years and has experience in commercial, public, and residential design and garden installation. A transplant to Minnesota, she is very excited to be working as a designer for Metro Blooms to help protect the area's lakes and waterways that she has come to love.

Lacey Doucet Campbell

Graduate Landscape Architect + Installation Project Manager

lacey@metroblooms.org

Lacey holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota, and an Environmental Studies/Fine Art dual degree from Albion College. She has honed her skills with native plants and landscape design working at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, and as a Natural Resources Technician with Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District. Lacey is originally a native of Detroit, has a passion for both plants and animals, and loves exploring the urban natural environment of the Twin Cities with her family.

Anna Bierbraeur

Graduate Landscape Architect + Education Initiatives Project Manager

anna@metroblooms.org

With a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Performance Theory and Political Systems from the George Washington University, Anna brings a unique ability to translate ideas across sectors in order to find artful, attainable solutions. Dedicated to exploring how art, education, and research can push the field of design to improve the built environment of the 21st Century, she seeks out partnerships that marry progressive thinking with grounded deliverables. Anna is also an adjunct faculty member at UMN College of Design and a dedicated member of her NE Minneapolis neighborhood. She happiest in her garden with her husband and two very dirty children.

Kimberly Carpenter

Community Engagement Coordinator

kim@metroblooms.org

Kimberly joined Metro Blooms in the spring of 2016. Kimberly holds a Master's of Education in Youth Development Leadership (YDL) from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. She came to Metro Blooms through her involvement with the award winning Green with Envy compost project pioneered by Project Sweetie Pie and UMN Extension. She is committed to ensuring that marginalized, disconnected, and disenfranchised children, youth and families have access to the programs and pathways that advance health equity and provide opportunities for engagement in environmental initiatives that improve individual, family, and community health and well-being. Kimberly is the founder of the Northside Inner City Environmental (NICE) Task Force.

John Bly

Education Program Manager

john@metroblooms.org

John graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with majors in International and Environmental Studies and Philosophy, and worked as an educator in the Mid-Atlantic region for a few years—savoring every opportunity to help students draw connections between themselves and the greater world. He joined Metro Blooms as a Minnesota GreenCorps member in 2015. He enjoys reading, all sorts of people-powered movement, maps and biodiversity, and is a certified Master Water Steward.

Mike Morrison

Landscape Design Intern

mike@metroblooms.org

Tara Hanlon-Nevins

Seasonal Landscape Designer

tara@metroblooms.org

Selina Scheumann

Communications Intern

selina@metroblooms.org

Selina has her MFA in Creative Writing from MSU, Mankato and her BA in Professional and Creative Writing from Purdue University where she also studied philosophy and art history. She enjoys experimenting with social media, brainstorming creative ways to reach new audiences, and trying to garden with her husband on their apartment balcony. Selina, an Indiana native and now St. Paul resident, is learning very much about Metro Blooms' services and Minnesota's current landscape.

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