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.
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.