Board & Staff

Great Rivers Greenway’s Board of Directors is comprised of members from St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County – representing the three jurisdictions we serve, and appointed by the executive of the city or county they represent.

The board meets monthly at the Great Rivers Greenway office. For additional information on these public meetings, click here.

Officers
President; Monica Huddleston, St. Louis County

Vice President: Bernard DuBray, St. Charles County

Treasurer: Chuck Gross, St. Charles County

Secretary: Glenn Powers, St. Louis County

Members

Jennifer George, St. Charles County

Neal Perryman, City of St. Louis

Phyllis Young, City of St. Louis

Rob Epstein, St. Louis County

Dionne Flowers, St. Louis City

Karlton Thornton, St. Louis County

Carol Klein, St. Louis County

Gov. Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon, St. Louis County


STAFF TEAM:

Susan Trautman
Chief Executive Officer
Susan, our fearless leader, has literally been building parks since childhood. Her credentials and past positions are plentiful, she is active with MPRA and NRPA, and loves to take hiking trips. Click the globe below for her full bio.
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Michelle Bock (she/her)
Chief Operating Officer
Michelle oversees the operations of our build, promote and sustain teams. She's an avid runner and overall exercise enthusiast and enjoys listening to Doctor Radio. Dessert is her favorite meal and she's always got a song in her head. On weekends, she loves to enjoy the outdoors, read and spend time with her family (including her dog).
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Todd Antoine (he/him)
Chief of Planning & Projects
Todd has been instrumental to the organization since the very early years. He loves the Whitaker Concert Series at the Missouri Botanical Garden and anything with blueberries.
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Michael Carson
Director of Finance & Administration
Mike leads our finance team. His experience in finance, construction and non-profit accounting helps him safeguard our assets and protect your investment in the greenways. He's an avid runner--typically on Grant’s Trail in the Gravois Greenway. He also smokes a mean brisket!
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Ben Grossman (he/him)
Director of Greenway Operations
Ben takes care of the greenways, putting his know-how and team to work to ensure an excellent experience for greenway visitors. There's no place he'd rather be than outside-whether he's coaching his daughters' sports teams, out in the woods, or spending time on the lake with his family.
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Emma KIues (she/her)
Vice President of Communications & Outreach
Emma's background with nonprofit organizations, a summer camp and a marketing agency help her lead Team Promote, communicating updates and encouraging people to live life outside. She's a big fan of exploring, volunteering and eating her way around the St. Louis region!
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T. Christopher Peoples
Equity + Economic Impact Director
Chris brings his professional expertise as an engineer and land surveyor, along with his interest in sustainable infrastructure, to plan and build greenways that bridge neighborhoods and connect communities. He loves all things sports and you can count on him to point you in the direction of the best & closest rooftop dining spots across the St. Louis region. On weekends, you’ll find him outside having fun with his family and friends.
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Dallas Adams (she/her)
Communications Manager
Dallas helps spread the word about all things Great Rivers Greenway. She is passionate about building strong, welcoming communities. When she’s not working, you can find her in the garden with her adventurous daughter.
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Beth Behrns
Finance and Administration Manager
Beth takes care of the day-to-day activities of finance and administration. She is meticulous in her bookkeeping, but a pushover when it comes to her three beloved dogs! They all enjoy walks along the Gravois Greenway.
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Barbara Bernthal
Executive Assistant
Barb keeps us all on track as the "chaos coordinator." She is continuously improving our systems and processes to ensure transparent and efficient monthly board meetings. Fueled by caffeine, Barb's can-do attitude helps us meet any challenge that pops up in the office or out on the greenways!
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Lonny Boring
Senior Project Manager
Lonny has managed many of our major projects over the years including the transformation of the Arch Grounds. Right now he is focused on all things Brickline Greenway. His depth of knowledge, calm demeanor and attention to detail is valued by our team and partners alike.
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Kuleya Bruce
Project Manager
Kuleya is a project manager on the team tasked with bringing to life both the Brickline Greenway and the greenway on the Hodiamont Tracks! On weekends you can find her quenching her inquisitive nature whether that be a museum, finding a random festival, tearing apart an engine or enhancing her board game strategies with friends.
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Tiffany Clinton
Administrative Assistant
Tiffany keeps the daily flow of people moving efficiently through our office. She's also an enthusiastic cheerleader for the greenways! On the weekends, you'll find her in the kitchen or exploring St. Louis with her family and her son.
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Shaughnessy Daniels
Civic Engagement Manager
Shaughnessy engages people, neighborhoods, and partners across the region so everyone has a voice in our projects. A daily walk--rain or shine--is at the top of her to do list. Don't be surprised if you see her on a greenway near you!
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Angelica Gutierrez (ella/she/her)
Senior Project Manager
Angelica builds greenways and is a go-to resource for managing grants and federal transportation funding that leverage the region’s sales tax investment in greenways. As an industrial engineer, she navigates construction details, permitting, and unexpected challenges with the greatest of ease. Her favorite thing to do on weekends is spend time with her family-outside or on the dance floor with her husband.
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Tina Heischmidt
Accountant
Tina helps keep our finances in order. Summer is her favorite season and she loves nothing more than a day outside by the pool with her family and friends. She’s a big Cardinals fan and can still catch and throw a softball with the best of them!
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Harry Hensley (he/him)
Greenway Operations Supervisor
Harry helps take care of the greenways. He loves to dance almost as much as he loves to be outside. If you’re looking for local restaurant reviews and recommendations-he’s your guy. He’s also one of the few people who can start a fire with a bow drill. His home greenway is Gravois: Grant’s Trail.
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Danna Hilleren
Outreach Coordinator
Danna helps spread the word about exploring St. Louis outdoors. Their background is in education, wildlife conservation, and trail organizations. Danna loves every chance to get outside, meet new people, and enjoy nature whether on a skateboard, bike, or leisurely walk. In their free time, they value quality time with loved ones, and can often be found getting creative cooking, writing, or even dabbling in sustainable DIY projects. Home Greenway: the magnificent Meramec Greenway!
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Susan Jankowski
Greenway Operations Supervisor
Susan cares for the greenways in St. Louis & St. Charles counties. She's at her best when she's working outside! On weekends, you'll find her in a park or greenway with her family. Her go-to is the River des Peres Greenway.
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Anne Milford (she/her)
Communications Coordinator
Anne writes it all down, assisting with PR and storytelling, social media and anything else we need! She loves spending time with her family, spoiling her dog and frequenting the Gravois Greenway (Grant's Trail).
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Sarah Olmstead
Greenway Operations Supervisor
Sarah helps take care of the greenways. When the weekend rolls around she loves to take her 4 younger siblings on an outdoor adventure. Her hidden talent? Transforming wooden pallets into yard art and sculpture!
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Jovany Otero
Volunteer Coordinator
Jovany oversees our community outreach and supports customer service. On the weekends, you’ll find him taking care of his baby, reading, or playing videogames. He and his wife also like road tripping to state and national parks and during the warmer months, taking their dog Yoda for walks at local parks.
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Karen Schleicher
Development Coordinator
Karen coordinates the day-to-day activities of the Great Rivers Greenway Foundation. It’s a perfect fit for someone who loves to live life outside! If she’s not gardening, hiking or riding a bike, you’ll find her at a concert at one of our region’s fabulous parks.
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Tom Schweiss
Conservation Program Manager
Tom helps take care of the greenways, whether it's planning for habitat or coordinating a volunteer work day with partners. He’s never without a smile and his hidden talent is lawnmower ballet. He and his wife and kiddos are happiest when they are spending time outside.
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Kaitlyn Service
Civic Engagement Manager
Kaitlyn makes sure the voices of the community are reflected in our plans and projects. She loves all things outdoors and believes places are best explored from the seat of a bike!
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Elizabeth Simons (she/her)
Community Program Manager
Elizabeth engages the community through meaningful experiences such as tours, classes, and conversations on the greenways. She's done it all around here and always with a smile! She loves to talk about nature and culture on long walks throughout the St. Louis region.
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Michael Steinlage (he/him)
Project Manager
Michael is a world traveler (30 countries & counting!) and self-proclaimed "National Park Nerd.” He brings everything he's seen and learned in parks and cities around the world to plan and build new greenways! Look for him on the Meramec Greenway with his pup, Wilson.
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Seth Treptow
Production Specialist
Seth is a communications jack of all trades with a penchant for analytics and a passion for graphic design. He is a serial hobbyist whose varied interests include brewing beer and making the occasional bizarre short film.
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Viet Truong
Manager of Finance and Administration
Viet helps oversee finance and administration. His energy and attention to detail serve him well both at work and outside the office where he enjoys mountain biking, cooking, travel, gardening, and making YouTube videos.
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Mark Vogl (he/him)
Project Manager, Planning
As one of our senior project managers, Mark leads on local greenway planning and is also responsible for updates to our every-five-year regional plan. He enjoys walking his dogs and training for marathons (lots of them!) on greenways across the region.
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Grace Wright (she/her)
Project Manager
Grace brings her expertise as an engineer, love for the outdoors and “green thumb” to deliver beautiful and well-built greenway projects across the region. In her spare time, she loves to kayak and spend time with her family exploring state and national parks!
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Beth Box
Outreach Specialst
Dave Goldsby
Outreach Specialist
Riz Khan
Outreach Specialist
Linda Paunicka
Outreach Specialist
Angela Smith
Outreach Specialist
April Walker
Outreach Specialist
Sheryll Williams
Outreach Specialist
Erin Wilson
Outreach Specialist