The southern boone learning garden board of directors
Our community-based Board of Directors are all volunteers, and are responsible for the overall mission, vision, & long-term sustainability of the Southern Boone Learning Garden. We simply could not do what we do without the wonderful dedication & commitment of this key group. Board Members typically serve 2-year terms, and help SBLG through fundraising (campaigns, events, membership, grants, etc.) & community outreach (volunteer recruitment, community/SBLG events, community partnerships, & more). The SBLG Board meets monthly (3rd Thursday of each month, 6:30PM at the Middle School Annex where school board meetings are held). If you are interested in serving on the SBLG Board, please contact Theresa Lackey at TheresaL@sblearninggarden.org.
We are currently in need of 3 - 4 new Board Members! Do you love the Learning Garden? Do you want to help secure the future of garden-based education in Southern Boone County? Do you want to be a part of one of the premier School Garden programs in the Midwest? Then you may be just who we need!
Theresa Lackey; Chair
Theresa and her husband moved to Southern Boone County in 1992, to occupy the timber frame home they built. She joined the Southern Boone Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
She joined the Southern Boone Learning Garden Board of Directors in 2015 because of her love of the Learning Garden’s healthy community partnership initiative. Theresa is a self-proclaimed wellness advocate and would like to see an epidemic of living well spread through Southern Boone County and beyond.
She believes that a great place for that to start is the Learning Garden where children are outside in nature, hands in the dirt, planting seeds, growing food and flowers, learning nature’s ways and learning to nurture and care for their environment and their own well-being.
Theresa brings a crazy passion for organizational details, strategic planning, coalition building, networking and wellness. She also brings a commitment to creating a community where there are abundant healthy options so people can make healthy choices.
Ernie Wren: Vice Chair
Ernie has lived in SoBoCo over 20 years, although his family roots in SoBoCo go back four generations. Ernie grew up assisting his grandmother on her country farm, learning about gardening and canning. His daughter Anna, who is now a high school freshman, participated in The Learning Garden when she was in elementary school, thus beginning their support of a wonderful program.
With his oldest child, Isaac, now out of high school, and his youngest in high school, Ernie found that he had additional time to spend in areas that he is interested in. He agreed to serve on the Southern Boone Learning Garden Board of Directors in October of 2015, as he wanted the opportunity to make a difference in the community, and in children’s lives. He believes it’s wonderful to see how much learning and excitement the youth experience as they participate in this program.
Ernie has been employed as a Budget Analyst for the State of Missouri, and a college instructor in business. He has been involved in community fundraisers and grant writing for many years, and enjoys coordinating fundraisers, activities, timeframes, and keeping the activities on pace to meet an end goal for organizations.
He sees The Learning Garden at a pivotal point in its life, where fundraising and additional sources of revenue are vital to maintain key functions. He would like to utilize his skill sets and experience in support of those efforts.
Hope Sickmeier; Member
Hope is in her 14th year of teaching in Ashland. One of SBLG’s greatest advocates, she frequently takes her math classes out to the garden in addition to the regularly scheduled lessons. From the humble beginnings years ago on the original steering committee, to the youth garden symposium this summer, Hope has been involved in advancing the mission of SBLG.
Hope is the proud mother of two sons, and proud grandmother of four. She brings her positive and helpful attitude to SBLG and to the classroom, and she has even written and published a children’s book with her sister. Always coming up with ideas, Hope brings a willingness to try new things and energy to get them accomplished.
She believes SBLG to be an important part of the school district and community – enriching the culture of everyone touched by the mission. Seeing her students getting involved and making positive changes happen is a very exciting thing. More than anything, Hope wants to see SBLG grow!
Paula Vandelicht, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian focused on health. She has over 15 years of experience as a registered dietitian with a bachelor's degree in dietetics from the University of Missouri Columbia. She also is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). Her past work experiences include hospitals and doctors' clinics. Paula has also worked closely with learning garden's both in the Columbia and Ashland School districts, providing cooking demonstrations, education, and hands on assistance in the garden. Paula has lived in Ashland for 10 years but her husband grew up in the SOBOCO community. She enjoys crafts, cooking, reading and family time. She is passionate about nutrition and eager to teach children and the community about what local gardens have to offer.
Donna Zumwalt: Member
I have lived in the Hartsburg area for over 40 years, although I had family here long before we moved from the state of California. I graduated from Southern Boone and married my husband Dennis who was born and raised on a farm in Hartsburg. Our daughter, Erin went through the Southern Boone School system then attended and graduated from Columbia College. We currently have a granddaughter in the Primary school and a grandson that will be attending school a few years from now.
The excitement that my granddaughter shares when she has a “Learning Garden Day”, piqued my interest in the program and as I have learned more about it, the more motivated I am to be a part of what I feel is a very important and worthwhile curriculum especially for younger students. Being active and participating in the community where you live and work is important to me.
Having been employed at Central Bank of Boone County, here at the South County Branch for over 35 years has given me a strong background in finance and business. I’ve taken part in a variety of community organizations including the Southern Boone Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to helping the SBLG continue to be a valuable community asset.