Land Management Team
Meet the gardeners, horticulturists, Nature Reserve staff and other team members who help make Forest Park the magnificent place it is
Land Management Leadership
DIRECTOR OF LAND MANAGEMENT
EMAIL | P: 314.932.5950
Shawnell Faber joined the Forest Park Forever team in early 2016 after serving as the City of Webster Groves’ park manager since 2002. She brings decades of horticulture experience to her new role. During her time with the City of Webster Groves, Shawnell oversaw a wide variety of projects across the city’s 17 parks, public spaces and green spaces. Shawnell received a B.S. in Horticulture and holds memberships in several professional organizations, including Gateway Professional Horticulturist Association and Missouri Community Forestry Council among others
Roman Fox joined the Forest Park Forever team in May 2017. He is responsible for directing and supervising the horticulture team efforts in Forest Park. Roman previously worked as agriculture and horticulture instructor in secondary education. He has more than 10 years of experience working turf, greenhouse, landscape and forest management. He has a B.S. in Agriculture Education from Clemson University. He comes to St. Louis from Champaign, Illinois, and is originally from South Carolina. Roman enjoys being a part of the team that manages such an important civic resource for the people of St. Louis and its surrounding areas
LANDSCAPE DESIGNER / HORTICULTURAL PROJECT MANAGER
Justin began his career in high school when he took a part time job at a garden center. This experience sparked his passion for plants. He went on to further his education in horticulture and obtained a bachelors degree from Southeast Missouri State. Since graduation he has worked on landscape installation and maintenance projects in St. Louis and Denver. Justin has worked his way up from crew member to operations management for various commercial companies. Most recently, he managed the local installation department of a national landscape services company. Justin holds certification as a landscape technician and is also an active member of the Gateway Professional Horticulturist Association.
Amy joined the Forest Park Forever team in October of 2012 as a Nature Reserve Steward. She moved from Olympia, WA, where she was working with riparian habitat restoration, endangered salmon, and waterbirds. Originally from Ohio, Amy has been working with land management and wildlife across the U.S. since she graduated with a B.S. in Biology at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She eventually came to the conclusion that the availability of and health of habitats were key to both human and wildlife, and she is proud to be able to conserve and manage part of Forest Park's natural areas. With over five years of experience in the environmental field, she is happy to continue learning and educating in her role at Forest Park Forever. Amy assumed her role as Park Ecologist in early 2017.
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.
Returning to Forest Park Forever this time as the Horticulturist for Zone 3, the Zone in Motion, Patrick Greenwald has a diverse background in horticulture. Born and raised in St. Louis, he has a passion for uncovering and restoring the extensive horticulture history of our great park and city. He is known for putting on dynamic horticulture displays, each with its unique teaching components, and you might remember his work previously in the gardens out front of the Boathouse in Forest Park from 2015-2017. After graduating with a Master’s of Plant Science from Missouri State University, Patrick was a horticulture specialist for the University of Missouri Extension where he taught numerous horticulture classes for a 6 county radius and kept a weekly horticulture column in the Rolla Daily News. He has worked in the retail greenhouse industry in St. Louis, wholesale nursery industry in North Carolina, and most recently spent the last year as a Senior Greenhouse Grower for Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where his time was spent growing thousands of exhibition chrysanthemums, thousands of lilies, Longwood style hanging baskets and numerous crops for the acclaimed conservatory and garden grounds. In his free time, he volunteers his time at a historic property in South St. Louis city creating and maintaining gardens, just completed a 97,000 word novel, loves to write about horticulture and take pictures of gardens and wildlife. He is excited to be back in the park, and is looking forward to be planning the next inspirational displays for the gardens on Art Hill in summer 2019.
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.
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.
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 leads the horticulture efforts in Zone 6 that contains several unique spaces like Steinberg Rink, Jewish Tercentenary Memorial, West Pine Woodland, Healing Garden and Murphy Lake. Nancy’s knowledge and passion of integrating natives into landscape beds along with her attention to detail in the maintenance and care of our ornamental landscapes exemplifies the Forest Park Forever standard. Nancy started with Forest Park Forever in September 2016 as a gardener. In April 2019 she was promoted to the Gardener II position and in July of 2019 she accepted the Horticulturist position. Nancy holds a Master Naturalist certificate, a BGS in Sociology and a AAS in Horticulture.
Gardeners & Administration
Nathan joined Forest Park Forever in May 2018 as a Horticultural Intern before being promoted to a full-time Gardener in September 2018. He graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a Bachelors’ degree in Biology - Ecology, Evolution & Environment. He enjoys fishing, hunting, reading and anything to do with baseball. He gets excited about maintaining and restoring one of the world’s greatest city parks. He is originally from Belleville, IL, but loves most everything St. Louis, especially Forest Park and the Cardinals. Go Birds!
Kim is from Godfrey, Illinois. She started working for Forest Park Forever as a seasonal gardener in 2017. In September of her second season she became a full-time gardener. She has a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While in school she was an active member of Natural Connections, a student organization that promoted community gardening and managed an organic vegetable garden. She has an interest in art and design, and loves working outdoors with plants. She is excited to be part of the team that helps make Forest Park a beautiful place.
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.
Jeff Gerth joined Forest Park Forever this spring as a seasonal and has recently taken a job as a full time gardener in zone 6. During his 25 years as a chef, he has developed a love for plants through classes, seminars and friendships with local farmers. An avid gardener for 10+ years, Jeff decided to go for his Master Gardener certification three years ago. Since then he has spent the last two years volunteering with the Horticulture team at Tower Grove park and has begun taking classes towards an AA In Horticulture at Meramec. When he's not at work you can find him playing with his three dogs, cooking or working in his own 1500 square foot vegetable garden complete with cut flower and native plantings and a 20 tree mini orchard.
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.
Tori is certified as a Master Gardner in Horticulture and recently worked as an intern in the Sonoran Desert. She is a St. Louis native who enjoys everything the city has to offer including the many places to indulge in yummy cuisine. Hobbies include photography, macramé, hockey and tending to my many houseplants.
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).
Danielle joined the Forest Park Forever team as a seasonal gardener in March of 2018 and was promoted to a full time Gardener in September 2018. She graduated from Missouri State University in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management with a minor in Agronomy. While working as a gardener at the Springfield Botanical Garden and having an internship with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks she fell in love with the practice of horticulture. Danielle is originally from Kansas City but joined the St. Louis side to find her place in the horticulture world. She is currently working on getting pesticide and ISA certified.
Antonio has several years of landscaping experience while living in San Francisco. He tells me that he enjoys cooking, having dinner with friends and family, that he loves dogs, Italian soccer and being a father.
Margaret joined Forest Park Forever as a seasonal gardener in 2018. She now works in the Boathouse & Grand Basin zone as a full time gardener. She discovered a passion for horticulture while volunteering with the Missouri Botanical Gardens where she was responsible for pruning, planting and weeding in the Temperate and Linnaean buildings. She is currently working towards a horticultural degree at STLCC-Meramec.
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.
Nature Reserve Stewards
Zone 4 — Nature Reserve (Kennedy Forest, Kennedy Savanna, Wildlife Island)
Catherine joined the Forest Park Forever team in August of 2017. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 2012, Catherine has volunteered with various conservation organizations for restoration and environmental outreach projects. She has previously worked at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as an Invasive Plant Assistant. Originally from Michigan, she comes to FPF after interning at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve, where she assisted in ecological restoration projects. She is very excited to contribute to restoring and maintaining natural areas of Forest Park as well as learning and growing professionally.
Zone 4 — Nature Reserve (Deer Lake area, Successional Forest and the prairie complex near Steinberg Rink)
Josh joined FPF in October of 2012, coming from Glen Carbon, IL, where he worked as a Regional Ecologist for Applied Ecological Services. He was hired by AES to re-evaluate the ecological conditions of all state designated natural areas throughout southern Illinois, and to collect updated vegetation data and community type boundaries. Josh has over three years of experience conducting ecological assessments and vegetation monitoring projects with The Nature Conservancy and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Josh received his M.S. and B.S. in Biology from Southeast Missouri State University, where he conducted a floristic survey of sand prairie remnants in Scott County, and identified and mapped several populations of Species of Conservation Concern.
Maintenance Zone Map
Our Land Management team works in a zone system in order to care for the Park most efficiently and thoroughly. Here's a look at the individual zones: