Hotline: 816.833.TREE (8733)


University of Missouri Extension Leadership

Tamra Reall, PhD

Field Specialist in Horticulture, Urban West Region EMG Coordinator
Phone: 816-252-5051, Email:

Tamra Reall is an avid gardener, insect enthusiast, and science outreach advocate. She earned a PhD in Entomology from the University of Missouri and a BS in Horticulture from Brigham Young University.

Catherine Bylinowski

Horticulture Instructor, Jackson County, Urban West Region
Phone: 816-252-5051, 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.

Mailing address for Tamra and Cathy:

MU Extension Jackson County
Attn:  (insert ‘Tamra Reall’ or ‘Cathy Bylinowski’)
605 SW US Highway 40, #313
Blue Springs, MO  64014


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


Officer Officer’s Name
(term expires)
President Debbie Johnson (01/2024)
Vice-President Brenda Downs (01/2023)
Secretary Clare Kapperman (01/2024)
Treasurer Karen Kunz
Associate Treasurer – Open

Standing Committees

For additional information on each of these Committees, CLICK HERE.)

Committee Chair / Vice Chair(s)
Children’s Programs Lyn Sorensen / Lauren Martinez
Community Projects Gretchen Lathrop / Open
Garden Tour Open / Open
Gardeners’ Gathering Open / Open
Hotline Janis Truckowski / Chris Veach and Karen Kunz
Master Gardener Mingle Debbie Johnson / Open
Membership Sherri Carter / Virginia Murray
Plant Sale Open / Open
Public Relations Open / Open
Speakers Bureau Michele Livergood / Betty James
Spring Seminar Open / Connie Gray
Video Production Marcia Schulz / Amanda Miller
Website Karen Kunz / Ashlee Valentine

County At-Large Representatives

County Name
(term expires)
Clay Chris Veach (01/2023)
Jackson Paula German (01/2024)
Platte Roberta Rowland (01/2023)


Intern Representation Open
Past President Patti Hickman

Ad Hoc Committees

Committee Chair
By-Laws Gretchen Lathrop
Greenhouse Business Plan Gretchen Lathrop
Nominating Committee Paula German

Advisory Board Support Positions (Not Members of the Board)

Person Responsible / Backup
Inventory Custodian John Smith / Carol Knudson
Membership Directory Karen Kunz / Ashlee Valentine
Volunteer Hours Pam Cawthon
Biweekly Update Emily Grover / Peggy Magelssen

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University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Program