Meridith McAvoy Perkins
For the past 20 years, Meridith McAvoy Perkins has dedicated her career to promoting healthy urban forestry management, connecting people to trees in ways that transform both landscapes and lives. She has previously served in the public sector as the Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator for Utah’s Division of Forestry, and in the private sector as a principal consultant for Davey Resource Group, Inc. Meridith has the technical skills to assess tree risk, develop urban forestry plans, and offer expert witness testimony but her favorite thing is sharing the amazing power of trees with others. In her current role as the Executive Director of Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, Meridith advocates for tree planting and forest conservation across the urban, rual, and wild landscapes. Meridith has a degree in Forestry from the University of Missouri-Columbia, is an ISA Certified Arborist, and is an adjunct instructor at Meramec Community College.
Development & Marketing Manager
Amy has been with Forest Releaf since 2016. She received a Bachelors in Communications from Edgewood College in Madison, WI, and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Amy’s responsibilities include grant writing, marketing, social media, event planning, graphic design and more.
Tree Maintenance Specialist
Liam is thrilled to be joining Forest Releaf for a summer internship. He has recently graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri with a major in Environmental Studies and minor in Russian Studies. Liam’s responsibilities focus on caring for and re-inventorying existing plantings, leading this summer’s tree camp program, and supporting community outreach initiatives.
A recent graduate of Metro Highschool in St. Louis, Misty brings a strong interest in gardening and a family background in farming to the Forest ReLeaf team. Misty’s experience with the Missouri Botanical Garden’s ECO Act and Outdoor Youth Corps makes her perfectly suited for a summer internship helping community trees thrive and teaching tree campers. She will also spread the word about Forest ReLeaf’s programs through creative new social media efforts! This fall Misty will attend Boston College majoring in nursing.
Eric joined the Forest ReLeaf team in early 2019. He attended Kent State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation and a Master’s degree in Ecology. Eric handles all the site and equipment maintenance at CommuniTree Gardens and assists with volunteer activities.
Mark Halpin joined the Forest ReLeaf team in 2020. He is an ISA Certified Arborist (TRAQ) and received an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture from St. Louis Community College – Meramec. Mark has 13 years of experience in the green industry and has previously served as a Horticulturist at Forest Park Forever and as the Urban Forester for the City of Brentwood, MO. Mark brings a passion for connecting people, plants and landscapes to Forest ReLeaf and works to organize volunteer planting events, workshops, education and outreach efforts.
After spending 16 years in the outdoor industry, Rebecca shifted her focus from outdoor recreation to environmental stewardship. She earned a Certificate of Proficiency in Horticulture at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. She has spent the last 3 years gaining experience in various organizations including Missouri Botanical Garden, Urban Harvest and DTLS Studio. She is passionate about plants and what they teach us about resiliency, diversity, partnership, and community. Rebecca will use her skills to grow Forest ReLeaf’s mission impact and advocate for social and environmental justice.