Tony brings a great passion of working with plants and educating the public on the culture, care and therapy plants can offer. Previously, he was the Horticulture Instructor for Gateway Greening and their “City Seeds” program. Tony was exposed to our work through this program when he brought their students out to volunteer in the park. He also interned with the Boone County Conservation District in Northern Illinois as a Habitat Restoration Technician, where he organized controlled burns, seed collecting and forest/prairie rehabilitation programs.
Land Management Administrative Assistant
Chris joined the Forest Park Forever team in July 2017 after serving 10 years in administration and program development for local nonprofit organizations assisting adults transitioning from incarceration. Chris received a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master in Social Work. Chris is a native St. Louisan and frequently visits Forest Park to walk its nature trails and enjoy the other amenities the Park offers. She is excited to become part of the FPF team that manages this treasured resource for St. Louis and its surrounding communities.
Nature Works Field Coordinator
Billy Haag received his BS from Southeast Missouri State University in Park and Recreation Management. He continued his education at the University of Missouri, earning an MS in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. He has worked with The National Park Service as an Interpretation Park Ranger, including one season at Shenandoah National Park in VA and another at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in CA. In his current role at Forest Park Forever, he looks forward to combining his passion for interpretation and natural resource stewardship to present the youth of St. Louis with a unique green experience.
Eric works with the horticulturist in Zone 3 on a daily basis. He helps maintain all of the plantings and hardscapes, and performs various other tasks that are involved with caring for 60 acres of Forest Park. Eric comes to us with years of experience maintaining the grounds of several corporate campuses and apartment complexes.
Nature Reserve Technician
Paul is originally from Spokane, WA and earned a BA in Political Science from University of Washington in Seattle. When Paul moved to St. Louis, he served for two years with AmeriCorps St Louis Emergency Response Team, one year as a crew leader. He has also worked as a crew leader for the Student Conservation Association (SCA).
Since May 2014, Jaimie has worked in Zone 1 — the Welcome Zone — of Forest Park. She graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Horticulture. Previously, she spent two-plus years at Missouri Wildflower Nursery and one year as green house manager for Missouri State Agriculture department.
Amy Miller is originally from Indiana, but lived in Illinois for 10 years before relocating to St. Louis. She has a background in business management, and over 15 years work experience managing retail businesses ranging from big box stores to the Indianapolis Zoo Shops to the Lincoln Presidential Museum store. She moved to St Louis in 2014 to manage the Missouri Botanical Garden Gate Shop and became fascinated by plants. The more she learned about plants, the more fascinated she became. This fascination inspired her to enroll in a horticulture program in the fall of 2016. She will complete her Master Gardener Certification through Missouri Botanical Garden and University of Missouri Extension by the end of 2017. She is also currently working on a Master Naturalist Certification through STLCC. Outside of work, she stays incredibly busy with her two teenage children and school schedule. In her free time, her hobbies are gardening, reading and rooting for any Indiana sports teams, especially the Indianapolis Colts.
Jake came to Forest Park Forever with years of experience in land conservation, landscaping and urban forestry. He has worked in various Americorps programs, including Americorps St. louis Emergency Response Team, as well as other nonprofit organizations. This work has included disaster relief and leading conservation crews in multiple conservation corps across the country. Through his work, Jacob has gained a passion for land management and has experience with multiple agencies such as the Forest Service, National Park Service and Missouri Department of Conservation. Jacob loves working outdoors and is passionate about conserving what mother nature has to offer.
Hilary started working with Forest Park Forever in the Spring of 2017. She graduated from Mizzou with a BS in Plant Sciences focusing on Horticulture Science and Design, emphasis in Greenhouse Management. Her work as a greenhouse technician for the University of Missouri and on an organic educational farm lends new insight into sustainable practices here at Forest Park. Hilary grew up in Kirkwood, MO and was a frequent explorer in the Park. She is enthusiastic about contributing to the future success of Forest Park Forever.
Nature Reserve Technician
Theo joined FPF in April of 2013 as a Nature Reserve Intern and became a full-time staff member in March 2014. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University in 2009. Prior to FPF, Theo served two years as an AmeriCorps member working within the Missouri Clean Water AmeriCorps program, with the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, directing their rain barrel program, leading riparian and forest habitat restoration events and conducting water quality monitoring sessions. As the Nature Reserve Technician, Theo works with Nature Reserve Stewards Amy and Josh in managing and maintaining Forest Park’s natural areas, such as Kennedy and Successional Forests, Audubon and Kennedy Savannas and Steinberg Prairie.
Ben is a native St. Louisan who grew up on summer picnics and winter ice skating in Forest Park. He spent the past few years living in Austin, TX, where he earned his Bachelors in Geographic Sciences from the University of Texas. While in Austin, Ben spent time working with the Texas State Parks outreach department, and is experienced in the propagation of cacti in a greenhouse setting. In 2015, he traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, to study environmental sciences and sustainable tourism. Ben is an active member of the Botanical Garden's Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society, and has a passion for native prickly pear species. Ben started at Forest Park Forever as a seasonal employee in September 2016, and accepted a role as a gardener for Zone 5 in April 2017.
SUSAN VAN DE RIET
Susan joined FPF in May 2014 as a Horticulture Intern and became a full-time staff member in December 2014. She is in charge of maintaining Zone 6 on the eastern side of Forest Park. Susan obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Saint Louis University in 2009 and began post-graduate work in January of 2014 to pursue an Associate’s in Horticulture. She has a passion for native plants and has been landscaping with them since 2009. Susan is serving on the board of the Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis, as the Education Subcommittee Chair of GrowNative! and has participated with the St. Louis Audubon Society’s “Bring Conservation Home” program as a Habitat Advisor. A St. Louis native, she has a deep appreciation for the City of St. Louis and all it has to offer its residents and visitors, including one of her own favorites, Forest Park.
Jim joined Forest Park Forever in September 2014 as Horticulturist for Zone 3 (Art Hill and Park in Motion Zone). Jim is an ISA certified arborist who came to FPF from the Missouri Botanical Garden. Prior to that role, he was a grounds supervisor for a college campus. He brings great experience managing public gardens and providing educational instruction for volunteers and the community.
Faith joined the FPF team in April 2018 as the Horticulturist for the Boathouse/Grand Basin zone. She comes to Forest Park Forever after working with the City of Webster Groves Parks Department, where she was responsible for the planning, design and care of annual containers and landscape beds within the City’s parks and public areas. Faith received a Horticulture Certificate of Proficiency from St. Louis Community College-Meramec.
Nancy graduated from Meramec Community College with an AAS degree in Horticulture in 2011. Before joining the team at Forest Park Forever, she worked for the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Department for 5 seasons. Nancy has been a member of Missouri Master Naturalist since 2014 and has done extensive volunteer work removing invasive species and planting natives for organizations including Audubon and St. Louis County Parks.