Linda Fried first joined the Board as a founding member in 1997. She has a Masters in Teaching (MAT) with, among other areas, certification in special education, reading and biology. She taught in a variety of public school settings, but spent most of her time teaching science in both a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program and a sixth grade center. After retiring from public education in 1991, Linda completed a Masters degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Since that time, she has worked as a volunteer in a variety of capacities, both at The Green Center and U City in Bloom.
Irv, who has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications, was one of the original founders of The Green Center, and has served multiple terms in several leadership positions on the Board, most recently as Vice President. He was a Community Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation from which he recently retired after a 22-year career of exemplary public service. Some of his many accomplishments include co-founding Gateway Greening and the Earthways Center for Resource Efficiency (both divisions of the Missouri Botanical Garden); the later attracts visitors from across the nation who are interested in studying the principles of sustainable development. Irv has also hosted a television program designed to educate our community about important conservation issues. He became involved with The Green Center when he set up an outdoor classroom in Ruth Park Woods for students in the U City School District.
Lisa joined the Board in 2012 and has lived in University City since 2001. She received a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish from Webster University in 1996 and received a MS in Elementary/Waldorf Education in 2008 from Sunbridge College in New York. Lisa has always been a nature lover, catching, studying and releasing all kinds of creatures since she was a child. She believes that all children should be steeped in nature and is thrilled to be a part of The Green Center. She currently teaches JrK at Forsyth School.
Ted joined the Board of The Green Center in 2007 shortly after he relocated from Los Angeles to become the Director of Financial Analysis & Reporting for Viasystems Group Inc., a global electronics manufacturer headquartered in Saint Louis. In Los Angeles, Ted was a television finance executive, and worked for Dick Clark Productions in corporate accounting and production finance; and later as Vice President, Finance of the Tennis Channel. Ted began his professional career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, working in their Philadelphia, Boston and Moscow, Russia offices. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Management and Accounting from Tulane University. Ted serves or has served on the Board or other committees of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Chesterfield Citizens Committee for the Environment, Eagle Rock Athletic Association, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), River Bend Community Center, and the Wilderness Training Committee (of the Sierra Club). In addition, Ted has served as an outings leader and wilderness skills instructor for the Sierra Club, leading backpacking and day trips in Missouri, Southern California, the High Sierras and the Mojave Desert.
John moved to St. Louis in 1968 after receiving his BA from Swarthmore College and PhD from Yale University. He moved to University City in 1969 and performed research in organic and catalytic chemistry for Monsanto until 1997. He has served on numerous advisory committees for the U City School District and on many advisory panels for the City of University City. John served on the U City Plan Commission (planning and zoning) for six years, four as chair, and is now the chairman of the Board of Adjustment where he has served for 12 years. John has been active at TGC since the early 2000s and rejoined the board in late 2013. He has also served on the board of St. Louis Audubon Society where he was Treasurer, V-P Finance and field trip coordinator. He is currently on the board of Audubon Missouri as well. He and his wife, Nancy, are avid birders and do a lot of international birding.
Laura is a native St. Louisan, having grown up near Forest Park. Her love of nature was born of countless hours spent outside as a child, climbing trees and wading in local ponds. Her academic training is in Elementary Education. Laura began volunteering at The Green Center as a Master Gardener trainee in 2006, assisting with our native plant propagation program. She continues as a volunteer in that capacity, managing our seed collection, stratification and propagation in the Center’s new greenhouse. In addition, she is a member of the Center’s Education Committee, and can be found outside leading Field Experience programs during our busy fall and spring seasons. Laura also serves on the Executive Board of Caring Solutions, an organization assisting developmentally delayed people and their families, as well as the Board of the University of Missouri-Extension. Previously, she served on a work group of The Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Laura lives in Warson Woods with her husband, John, and four children.
Lifelong resident of University City. Professional experience includes 8 years as a psychiatric activity therapist, followed by an exciting career as an executive travel agent for Maritz Corporation. Community Service passions include four years as decoration chairman for Art Saint Louis, development , design and implementation of the Ladue Football middle school exposure program and an active volunteer for the USO.
Joyce Wilks–Love is a retired educator who served in the education community as a classroom teacher in School District #189 – East St. Louis, Illinois and as an administrator in the Alton Community Unit School District and St. Louis Public Schools. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia and her MA in Education Administration from Washington University. She has always prided herself in providing a quality education for the youngsters in the metropolitan St. Louis area.
Presently, Joyce and her husband are the owners of Sip ‘n Savor coffee shop in the Central West – End. She is very excited about being on the board and hopes to be a vital force in helping to share the outdoors with youngsters in the inner city.