HOPE SICKMEIER: GARDEN EDUCATOR - Southern Boone SChool DIstrict Employee
amy collette - accounting manager (independent contractor)
As Accounting Manager, Amy Collette focuses on the financial data for the Garden. She received her BSBA degree in accounting, obtained her CPA license, and has over 20 years of experience serving accounting & bookkeeping clients. The financial skills are what she currently brings to the Garden, but she developed a passion for the Garden’s mission several years ago as a parent volunteer helping with programs & activities. A developing home-gardener herself, Amy believes strongly in the mission & vision of bringing outdoor, hands-on learning to students & helping them to develop healthier habits for life.
Katie Molitor - GARDEN EDUCATOR (2017-18 AMERICORPS Member, Missouri healthy food americorps project)
Katie Molitor, originally from St. Louis MO, has been a resident of Boone County since 2009. Katie graduated from Mizzou in 2014 with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and minors in Anthropology and Leadership/Public Service. During her time as an undergraduate Katie developed a deep passion for volunteering in the community, local food systems, and year- round gardening.
After graduating in 2014, Katie entered Mizzou’s Master in Public Health (MPH) program and accepted a position working with Safe Kids Columbia as a Certified Car Passenger Safety Technician and managed the MU Children’s Hospital’s Happy Garden. While in the MPH program , Katie gained valuable teaching experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Office of Service Learning .
Katie spent 2015 working with Sustainable Farms and Communities managing Access to Healthy Foods (a program that matches low income families’ SNAP dollars at the Columbia Farmers Market) and is currently conducting research on the health benefits of the program. Katie is excited to be serving in her 2nd AmeriCorps term here with SBLG to continue using her teaching experience and passion for public health & access to healthy foods again as a Garden Educator at SBLG!
To contact Katie about Learning Garden classes at the primary and middle schools or the Elementary After School Garden Club, please email her at KatieM@sblearninggarden.org.
Lexi Jose - garden educator (2017-18 Americorps member, missouri healthy food americorps project)
Lexi jose is a 2011 graduate from Southern Boone County and recently graduated in 2015 from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors Degree in Health Science. Lexi completed her undergraduate internship with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services where she worked on the "Fit-Tastic" project focused on healthy living for children between 2 and 5 years old. She also participated in the WIC garden and did a partnership with the MU Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security implementing program called “Plant, Grow, & Share”. Lexi became interested in gardening, education, and sustainable living during this time.
Lexi is currently working on her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in promotion and policy, during which she wrote a grant for Sustainable Farms and Communities to help pay for an architectural plan and feasibility study to create a permanent residence for the Columbia Farmers Market. Lexi also served as an AmeriCorps Member with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri in 2016-16, where she gained experience working for a non-profit as well as working with families and volunteers.
Now in her 2nd AmeriCorps service year as a Garden Educator with the Learning Garden as part of the MO Healthy Food AmeriCorps Program, Lexi is excited to again work with SBLG & the school district to continue sharing her passion and knowledge with students, teachers & families in this community she knows and loves!
To contact Lexi about Learning Garden classes at the elementary school or the Elementary After School Garden Club, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.