Hotline: 816.833.TREE (8733)


University of Missouri Extension Advisors

Catherine Bylinowski
Horticulture Educator, Jackson County, Urban West Region

Phone: 816-252-5051, Fax: 816-252-5575, Email:
Cathy Bylinowski grew up in St. Louis . She has been involved in community gardening, vegetable gardening, and native plant education for over 20 years. She completed a M.S. in Horticulture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas in 2001.

Tamra Reall
Field Specialist in Horticulture
Jackson County Extension Center
Phone: 816-252-5051, Email:


The Board of Directors (those with voting rights) includes the Officers, the Standing Committees, and the County At-Large Representatives.


Officer Officer’s Name
(term expires)
President Gretchen Lathrop (Interim thru 2019)
Vice-President Sherri Carter (Interim thru 2020)
Secretary Open – Connie Beshore (resigned 7/30/19)
Treasurer Karen Kunz
Open – Melinda Sampson, Associate Treasurer (resigned 7/31/19)

Standing Committees

Committee Chair / Co-Chair
Children’s Programs Debbie Johnson / Nicole LaPlante
Collaboration & Integration Sherri Carter / Joanie Shover
Community Projects Frank Newkirk / Open
Advanced Education Open / Patricia Searing
Garden Tour Brenda Downs / Janeil Eggar
Gardeners’ Gathering Open / Open
Hotline Patti Hickman / Janis Truckowski
Marketing and Public Relations Open / Open
Master Gardener Mingle Debbie Johnson / Nicole LaPlante
Plant Sale Connie Gray / Meredith Klamm
Social Open / Open
Speakers Bureau Open / Open
Spring Seminar Cathie Cook / Brenda Downs
Website Ashlee Valentine / Karen Kunz

 County At-Large Representatives

County Name
(term expires)
Clay Marty Williams (01/2021)
Jackson Carrie Pflug-Anderson (01/2020)
Platte Kristine Shrock (01/2021)

 University of Missouri Advisors

Title Name
Horticulture Specialist & CPD, Platte County, Urban Region  Cory Creed
Horticulture Specialist, Jackson County, Urban Region Tamra Reall

Horticulture Educator

Cathy Bylinowski

Program Advisors

Sustainability Sara Scheil
Diversity Marsha Wells
Gardening Mary Harmon

Ad Hoc Committees

Committee Chair
Caring Gerri Sopyla
Greenhouse Business Plan Gretchen Lathrop
ByLaws Richard Rice
Nominating Committee Nicole LaPlante

Support Positions

  Leader / Co-Leader
Volunteer Hours Lynn Sievers / Marcia Schulz
Historian Open
Membership Directory Karen Kunz


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