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 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
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 Carrie Pflug-Anderson (01/2020)
Platte Kristine Shrock (01/2021)



Intern Representation Mary Angela Sopher
Past President Gretchen Lathrop


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
Weekly Update Marcia Schulz


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