Meridith McAvoy Perkins
For the past 20 years, Meridith has dedicated her career to promoting healthy urban forestry management, connecting people to trees in ways that transform both landscapes and lives. She came to Forest ReLeaf of Missouri most recently from Davey Resource Group, Inc., where she served as Missouri Regional Manager and Principal Consultant for the past four years. Prior to that, she worked as an Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator for Utah’s Division of Forestry, managing statewide programs, contracts, and grants. Meridith is a skilled educator and advocate for healthy, connected woodlands and forests, having taught as an adjunct instructor, led technical workshops and conference sessions with professional peers, and delivered keynote presentations for general public events.
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.
Outreach & Education Specialist
Anna interned at Forest ReLeaf during the summer of 2020 and is happily returning this Spring for a remote position. She is a Senior at Regis University in Denver, Colorado and is double majoring in Environmental Science and Biology with a minor in Community Food Systems. Anna’s responsibilities focus on implementing the TRIM grant for nursery signage, developing a sustainable summer tree camp program, and supporting education and outreach initiatives.
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.