2020 Board of Directors
The Open Space Council is fortunate to have a wonderful, dedicated team of professionals serving on the Board of Directors. The board meets 6 times per year; board members serve 3 year terms. Read on to learn more about these dedicated individuals:
Lindsay is the Retail Sales Manager for REI St. Louis. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Knox College. She serves as a Board Member for AmeriCorps St. Louis and is a member of The OG: St. Louis Women’s Craft Beer Collective. Lindsay believes in maintaining and expanding open spaces that are available to the public. In her spare time she enjoys playing softball and ultimate frisbee as well as hiking, kayaking, camping, travel and reading. Lindsay joined the Open Space Council Board of Directors in 2016.
Gerald has worked for over 18 years in parks and recreation municipal management. He has been the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Sunset Hills since 2003. Gerald is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association, Sunset Hills Rotary Club, Sunset Hills/Crestwood Chamber of Commerce and is the Regional Director of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association. He enjoys coaching, playing golf, soccer, and other outdoor activities. Gerald has been a member of the Open Space Council Board of Directors since 2016.
Larry received his Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1982 and is currently an Electrical Engineer at Ameren Missouri. He is involved in many organizations such as the Conservation Federation of Missouri, Boy Scouts of America, St. Simon the Apostle Holy Name Society, and Missouri Stream Team as a Stream Team Leader for 28 years. Larry is a board member on the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition and has been on the Open Space Council Water Committee from 2000 through 2010. Larry has a wide variety of interests, including hiking, fishing, boating, woodworking, and playing the piano. Larry joined the OSC Board of Directors again in May of 2017.
Jerry is in his 52nd year of teaching Biological Sciences. Jerry received his BS & MS from University Of Missouri. Since then he has taken courses & workshops at many Universities and through numerous programs. Currently, Jerry teaches several courses at St.Louis Community College at Meramec. He has been on the Board of the St. Louis Audubon Society and is active with them on a regular basis. He has been volunteering at the Shaw Nature Reserve for at least 12 years and received recognition at an Appreciation Dinner at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in 2009. Jerry is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Conservation Federation of Missouri. He has been on the board of the Open Space Council for over nine years and received their Director’s Award in 2008. Jerry has been active in Operation Clean Stream for about 32 years. In his spare time, Jerry likes to bike & hike. He also does nature photography, sometimes while hunting or fishing. Jerry is passionate about interacting with nature and watching young people learn. Jerry has been married to his wife, Linda, for 41 years. They have 2 children and 4 grandkids.
Susan F. (Flicky) Christie – Secretary
Flicky is a retired World Language teacher, having taught 23 years in the Rockwood School District at the middle school level. She graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a B.A. in French and Spanish. Her husband, Dan, is the owner and President of Metropolitan Forestry Services, Inc. She has worked in that business off and on for 30 years, triggering a love of trees and flowers. She is an enthusiastic gardener of flowers, vegetables and herbs, both at home and at their Lincoln County farm. Cooking and preserving the products from their gardens, raising chickens, antique hunting and traveling keep her busy. She also enjoys geo-caching, horseback riding and knitting. Flicky is also an ecstatic grandmother.
Betsy is an Environmental Educator at Missouri Botanical Gardens where she manages youth and community programs. She is passionate about life-long learning, such as reading, traveling and cultural experiences. While at Truman State University, majoring in Biology, she spent a semester studying abroad in Tanzania and Kenya where she studied sustainability and wildlife conservation within Maasai group ranches. In her free time she enjoys outdoor recreation and is currently involved with the Meramec River Recreations Association and Route 66 Bridge Committee (Missouri State Parks Foundation). Betsy joined the Open Space Council Board of Directors in May of 2017.
James “Jimmy” Cruse
Jimmy works at Boeing as a Manager within the Contracts & Pricing division. He earned his JD from the University of Missouri in 2012, MBA from Purdue University in 2009, and BS from Truman State University in 2007. Jimmy looks forward to helping OSC continue to make great strides with its sustainability mission.
Hal Davies – Treasurer
Hal is currently the VP of Finance and CFO at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and has over 30 years of experience in accounting and financial management. Native of St Louis (Bridgeton), Missouri, Hal obtained a BS in Accounting at UMSL, has his CPA Certificate, and graduated from the Executive MBA Program at Washington University with honors in 1995. He is past president and currently on the Board of the St Louis Chapter of the Financial Executives International. Hal has two daughters and three stepsons and currently resides in University City with his wife Monique. He believes strongly in preserving the natural habitat in Missouri for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations.
Scott Emmelkamp – President
Scott is a principal at Planning Design Studio, a St. Louis based landscape architecture firm with its office located in historic Laclede’s Landing. In his 20+ year career, he has provided design and project management services for numerous parks, greenways, theme parks, historic preservation and commercial projects both domestically and internationally. He is President of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Treasurer of the Missouri Association of Landscape Architects and is President of the Fay Jones School of Architecture Professional Advisory Board. Scott graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Art. He is registered to practice landscape architecture in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Arkansas.
In 2000, Linda became actively engaged in preserving a historic quarry and vital wildlife habitat area from development in Kirkwood, MO. Through this successful endeavor she came to work with the Open Space Council and joined the board of directors in 2001. She has served as board secretary and currently as 2nd Vice President and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She served 6 years on the City of Kirkwood Park Board, 4 as Vice President. Linda spent 25 years in senior management in the travel & incentive-motivation industry and retired in 2000.
Linda believes she is fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend considerable time growing up in close proximity to the Meramec River and Mark Twain National Forest. She would like to make these opportunities available for future generations through the preservation of open space and restoration of the Meramec River watershed. Linda is a kayaker, lifelong gardener and lover of all animals and their natural habitats.
Catherine is a Nature Reserve Steward at Forest Park Forever, where she helps to manage the natural areas in the park. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Catherine is passionate about ecological restoration and plant conservation. In her free time, she enjoys painting, ballroom dancing, and playing piano. She joined the OSC board in 2018.
Kirk is an Industrial Waste Investigator for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. It is important to Kirk for the public to have access to quality streams and lakes. Therefore, he is very interested in water resources conservation and water recreation. In his free time he also enjoys being outdoors with his family, fly fishing, hiking and camping. Kirk volunteers for the St. Louis Senior Dog Project and has volunteered for Missouri Stream Team projects which focused on stabilizing stream banks and improving river habitat and water quality. Kirk joined the OSC Board of Directors in May of 2017.
Becky is a project ecologist at DJM Ecological Services and holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology. She believes strongly in working collaboratively to conserve our land. Becky has extensive field knowledge about Missouri’s natural communities, plants, and the drive to kill bush honeysuckle. Becky is committed to protecting and conserving our natural areas for future generations and sparking the same passion in the next generation of conservationists. She has been a member of the Open Space Council Board since 2014.
Gene is a retired executive from Konica/Minolta. He is an avid outdoor recreation enthusiast, including biking, canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Gene was an annual biker and fundraiser in the MS150. He has been an Operation Clean Stream volunteer for many years. Gene joined the board of directors in 2009.
Jennifer is a Project Manager at U.S. Bank. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Sustainability. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys raising chickens and small scale farming in her backyard, as well as outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and kayaking. Jennifer also volunteers seasonally with American Legion in St. Charles, MO. Jennifer has been a member of the Open Space Council Board since January of 2017.
Adam is the Restoration Assistant at the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, where he helps with the ecological restoration efforts and research on site. He has also worked as a regular volunteer with restoration crew at Shaw Nature Reserve and with the plant conservation research team at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development. He has a B.S. in Biology from Western Illinois University, with a focus in Botany. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, cultivating unique plants, walking his cats and volunteering with other outdoor community restoration projects.
Libby is an artist and public manager, most recently working on the highly acclaimed and award-winning “Watershed Cairns” exhibit and workshops and the Alton, Illinois “Riverwork Project”. She holds a B.A. in Art from Webster University and an M.A. in Human Resources from Washington University. Libby’s work has been celebrated by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, Southwestern Illinois College, Lou Maps, Northwood University, Washington University, and has been showcased at the Missouri History Museum and on the NineNet Public Media’s programs Living St. Louis and Arts America. Libby is a member of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Art St. Louis and the St. Louis Art Museum. She believes in using art and employing artists to engage and inspire people about clean water restoration, protection and preservation. Libby joined the OSC Board of Directors in 2016.
Aryn is a former Office Manager for Open Space Council, where she gained a great appreciation for the work done by OSC. She attended the University of Missouri, studying Political Science, and spent a semester at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Aryn is the mother of four busy kids and has spent seven years volunteering as a Girl Scout leader. She is passionate about exposing children, especially those who live in urban areas, to the outdoors. Aryn enjoys sewing, camping, hiking and road tripping. She joined the OSC Board of Directors in 2019.
Elizabeth is a Community Program Manager with Great Rivers Greenway and currently serves on the Live Well Ferguson events board and Americorps St. Louis Junior board. She also holds membership in the St. Louis Chapter of the American Planning Association and serves on the East West Gateway Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Elizabeth is passionate about preserving and maintaining the region’s outdoor recreation resources for generations to come. Elizabeth joined the OSC Board in 2014.
Dennis is a Certified Public Accountant with 30 years of financial management experience. In 1997, Dennis started his own consulting business, Dennis D. Wilhelmi, Financial Management Consulting, providing “CFO Consulting” services to startup, emerging growth and troubled companies. Before starting his business, Dennis was Chief Financial Officer of The Glennon Company, St. Louis, Mo. for nine years. Before that, he spent four and a half years at DMB&B-St. Louis as Vice President-Financial Manager. Before his career in marketing communications, Dennis was a Senior Auditor with Deloitte & Touche. Dennis graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1981. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has been active in various other industry organizations.
David A. Wilson
David has an extensive experience in environmental education and planning, from working as Executive Director at the Coalition for the Environment, from 1978- 1980, at Missouri Botanical Garden in the 1980s, and with East-West Gateway Council of Governments from 2002-2017, as an Environmental Planner. David is in his 17th year as an adjunct Professor of Sustainability at Webster University. He continues his community service, by volunteering for Operation Clean Stream. He is also currently Chair of the Meramec River Recreation Association and he Chairs the Missouri State Parks Foundation Committee for the Route 66 Bridge. David enjoys hiking the Ozark Trail, traveling, canoeing and rafting in his free time. David joined the Open Space Council Board in May of 2017. In 2017 David Wilson was recognized by the St. Louis Section of the American Planning Association with the Dwight Davis Award for Outstanding Service in Planning, especially for his leadership in the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development- OneSTL. David also received the William C. Shock Water Conservancy Award from the Open Space Council for his work since 2000 promoting watershed planning and healthy rivers in the St Louis Metropolitan Region.