Hotline: 816.833.TREE (8733)


University of Missouri Extension Leadership

Tamra Reall

Horticulture Specialist, Urban West Region Coordinator
Field Specialist in Horticulture
Jackson County Extension Center
Phone: 816-252-5051, Email:

Catherine Bylinowski

Horticulture Instructor, 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.



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


Officer Officer’s Name
(term expires)
President Patti Hickman (01/2022)
Vice-President Sherri Carter (01/2021)
Secretary Clare Kapperman (01/2022)
Treasurer Karen Kunz
Associate Treasurer – Katherine Snow


Standing Committees

Committee Chair / Co-Chair
Children’s Programs Debbie Johnson / Nicole LaPlante
Community Projects Frank Newkirk / Gretchen Lathrop
Garden Tour Brenda Downs / Janeil Egger
Gardeners’ Gathering Open / Open
Hotline Janis Truckowski / Chris Veach and Karen Kunz
Master Gardener Mingle Debbie Johnson / Anthony Pernice
Membership Sherri Carter / Joanie Shover
Public Relations (Special Events) Open / Open
Speakers Bureau Open / Open
Spring Seminar Cathie Cook / Connie Gray
Website Ashlee Valentine / Karen Kunz


County At-Large Representatives

County Name
(term expires)
Clay Marty Williams (01/2021)
Jackson Paula German (01/2022)
Platte Open (01/2021)



Intern Representation Mary Angela Sopher
Past President Gretchen Lathrop


Ad Hoc Committees

Committee Chair
ByLaws Open
Greenhouse Business Plan Gretchen Lathrop
Nominating Committee Nicole LaPlante


Support Positions

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


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