Hotline: 816.833.TREE (8733)


University of Missouri Extension Advisors

  1. Catherine Bylinowski

    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.

  2. Lala Arun Kumar
    Phone: 816-252-5051, Fax: 816-252-5575, Email:
    Lala Kumar, Regional Horticulture Specialist/ Associate Extension Professional, University of Missouri Extension, Jackson County. He has B. S and MS in Horticulture and he is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH). He has more than 40 years of experience in the field of horticulture production, extension teaching and research. Before joining the University of Missouri Extension in the year 2000, he has worked in more than ten countries with national and international organizations as a volunteer, advisor and expert. He is a board member of Jackson County Soil Water Conservation District, ex-board member of the Kansas City Community Gardens and ex-board member of Growing Growers Kansas City. He is also the coordinator of the Master Gardener Program (MGGKC) and co-advisor of Master Naturalist Program (Osage Trails Chapter) in Urban East Region.


Officer Officer’s Name
(term expires)
President Gisela Pursel (01/2018)
Vice-President Judy Eickhoff (01/2018)
Secretary Connie Beshore
Treasurer Karen Kunz
Lana Fleischmann, Associate Treasurer

Standing Committees

Committee Chair / Co-Chair
Children’s Programs Debbie Johnson / Nancy LaPlante
Collaboration & Integration Sherri Carter / Joannie Shover
Community Projects Frank Newkirk / Kathy Hoggard


  • Advanced Education
  • Gardeners’ Gathering
  • MG Mingle

Darlene Arnett

  • Bibie Chronwall
  • Darlene Arnett
  • Debbie Johnson
Garden Tour Gretchen Lathrop / Carolyn Vellar
Hotline Patti Hickman / Janis Truckowski
Marketing and Public Relations Open
Plant Sale Connie Gray/Meredith Klamm
Social Jackie Kolpek
Speaker’s Bureau Jim Spilker / Shara Spilker
Spring Seminar Cathie Cook
Website Ashlee Valentine / Karen Kunz

 County At-Large Representatives

County Name
(term expires)
Clay Marty Williams (01/2019)
Jackson Carrie Pflug-Anderson (01/2018)
Platte Carolyn Vellar (01/2019)

 University of Missouri Advisors

Title Name
Assoc. Ext. Pro. & Hort. Specialist, Jackson Co., Urban Region Lala Kumar
Horticulture Educator Cathy Bylinowski

Program Advisors

Sustainability Sara Scheil
Diversity Marsha Wells
Electronic Media Anthony Layton
Gardening Mary Harmon

Ad Hoc Committees

Committee Chair
Volunteer Hours Judy Eickhoff
Caring Katie Mohajir
Historian Mary Medley
Greenhouse Business Plan Gretchen Lathrop / Sherry Bowers
Program Development Open

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