Staff

Leaders and Growers

Seed St. Louis isn’t just a non-profit organization; we are a family of planters, growers, and educators. Strength and empowerment are our tools, and our desire to educate the community is our goal. We are friends, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers looking to better our neighborhoods by working hand-in-dirt with people like you.

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Sara Ashe

Chief Operating Officer

A Michigan native, Sara Ashe has worked to make St. Louis a better place for over 10 years. Before joining Seed St. Louis, she earned a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and served as the director of operations for the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma. While Sara was not hired for her green thumb, she keeps Seed St. Louis growing as the Chief Operating Officer. When she is not busy developing the Land Trust Program, Sara can be found learning to play the fiddle and rock climbing.

Education: Masters of Arts, Human Resource Management, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Future Education: Masters in Animal Rescue and Senior Dog Sanctuary

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Dean Gunderson

Director of Education

Dean Gunderson is from Glen Carbon, Illinois about 20 miles east of St. Louis. He attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) where he studied Agricultural and Food Geography. Dean then interned at Cahokia Mounds where he was able to study the prehistoric agriculture practiced at Cahokia. He found his way to Seed St. Louis as a volunteer, then an intern, which led to a seasonal position in the community garden program. He later became the Community Garden Program Manager and started our orchard program, the Giving Grove. He is now the Director of Education, coordinating our adult educational materials and classes, and manages the Giving Grove program. His favorite thing about working at Seed St. Louis is getting to work with and learn from so many different people and getting to help them to grow food for their families and communities.

A few fun facts about Dean, he enjoys doing garden experiments on his family’s property, specifically trialling perennial crops and staple foods like grains and nuts, including almonds. He likes trying unusual edible foods, is a huge fan of Dr. Who, and in 2019 he and his wife welcomed their first child, a baby girl.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Geography. Master of Science in Geographical Studies with a focus on food and agricultural geography.

Future Education: Master of Time from the University of Gallifrey

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Jackson Hambrick

Director of Projects

Jackson Hambrick is originally from a small town in Southern Colorado. He left Colorado to attend the University of Missouri and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Food Science and Nutrition and a minor in Environmental Science with a focus on Soil Science. Through his studies in food science, Jackson realized that while he would be working with food and products on a daily basis his job would actually be disconnecting individuals from their food. After this realization, he took the time to travel and ended up traveling through New Zealand for 4 months working on organic farms and vineyards.

Jackson started at Seed St. Louisin 2016 as an AmeriCorps VISTA and eventually ran the Seed St. Louis Urban Farm program. When the program ended Jackson transitioned into his current role as the Director of Projects. What Jackson loves about working at Seed St. Louis are the passionate and dedicated community leaders that are making positive changes in their communities. In his spare time, Jackson loves to cook, run, and bike.

 

Education: Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition. Certified Food Safety Modernization Act Trainer

Future Education: Jackson’s ultimate career goal is to run the most hipster pretentious coffee shop on this side of the Mississippi

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Jennifer Kramer

Chief Advancement Officer

Jennifer Kramer joined Seed St. Louis in early 2021 and brings a broad background of support to nonprofits. As chief advancement officer, she works with Chief Executive Officer Matt Schindler and Seed St. Louis’ Board of Directors, in the effort to secure funds for the organization’s mission while spearheading communications to support the impact of Seed St. Louis’ efforts.   

While Jennifer is a native of the St. Louis area, her prior experiences include St. Louis (Sheldon Arts Foundation and Dragonfly Consulting), New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis Enterprises), and Philadelphia (Kimmel Center).  As Chief Advancement Officer, Jennifer is elevating Seed St. Louis’ development and communications.

Education: Bachelors Degree Journalism/Advertising, Psychology Minor

Future Education: Art historian for the FBI’s Art Crime and Theft Unit

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Theresa Lopez

Director of Administration

Theresa has been with Seed St. Louis since December of 2005. Theresa is a native of St. Louis and went to Saint Francis DeSales grade school before graduating from Roosevelt High School. Theresa has gained her experiences through several of the for-profit jobs that she has worked over the years. Eventually, she started working for 10 years at a religious non-profit before she made the jump to Seed St. Louis and has been managing the office ever since. Her favorite parts of working here are the variety of duties she has, learning new things in the world of computer programs which keeps the job from getting boring, talking to and meeting people when hey call or come to the office.  Even though she works in the office, she has the joy of knowing that Seed St. Louis is making a difference in the communities of St. Louis City and County and now in Illinois.

When she is not working, she spends time visiting her children and grandchildren in Chicago, California, and New York, which allows for all sorts of fun road trips and family time. She is most excited to welcome the newest granddaughter in March of 2022.

Future Education: Time Traveling / Teleportation

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Megan Moncure

Director of Engagement

Megan Moncure grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska but has lived in St. Louis since 2001. She has led the Florissant Community Garden, where she was introduced to Seed St. Louis, since 2015. Megan joined Seed St. Louis in 2017 to lead our volunteer program and has since added social media, running our store and events to her resume. She has a life-long passion for gardening, as well as music and animal rescue. (Ask her about the one time she rescued feral kittens at Seed St. Louis’s Carriage House!) Her favorite thing about working at Seed St. Louis is meeting fellow gardeners and learning from their experiences..

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English

Future Education: Animal Hugger with a part-time job of cake tasting

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Tonia Scherer

Director of Schools

Tonia has always had a passion for education, beginning her career as an English teacher. Eventually, however, she found herself feeling limited teaching in an indoor classroom setting. Tonia felt inspired to take the school curriculum outdoors and foster stronger connections between her students and the natural world around them.

Tonia joined the Seed St. Louis team in 2017 as an Educator where she provided direct garden-based education to youth in St. Louis school districts. Since 2020, Tonia has worked as the Director of Schools, providing professional development and support to teachers and garden leaders in areas such as capacity-building, garden maintenance, and academic engagement.  Through Seed St. Louis, she has found that giving a child the responsibility to nurture living plants in the garden has numerous academic, physical, and socioemotional benefits, which in return has the potential to improve the overall health of a community.

When not working, you can find Tonia getting lost in nature, going to concerts, upcycling thrifted finds, and dabbling in different forms of art.

Education: Bachelor of Sciences in Secondary Education, Missouri Master Naturalist Certified

Future Education: Professional Air Guitarist

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Matt Schindler

Chief Executive Officer

A native of St. Louis, Matt Schindler has been with Seed St. Louis since 2015. Through meaningful partnerships, creative programming, and educational opportunities, Matt has successfully led the organization in support of sustainable community development through community gardens, school gardens, urban orchards, and urban farms.

Throughout his career, Matt has worked to support and create a better community in both St. Louis and internationally.  His experience in St. Louis includes Downtown STL, Inc. and the International Institute of St. Louis.  During this time, he initiated various programs that included public improvements, transportation studies, as well as business consulting and development. Internationally, Matt volunteered with the US Peace Corp in Armenia as the Advanced Business Development Volunteer.  In 2018, Matt was elected to the Parkway School Board and is on his second term.

Education: Master of Arts in International Relations, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, and German

Future Education: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Flying class

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