Bonnie Harper, Executive Director
In 2019 Bonnie Harper became the Executive Director for Open Space Council. Bonnie was born and raised in south St. Louis County. In 2006, she received a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago majoring in Environmental Studies. She studied abroad in New Zealand and fell in love with the country and decided to earn her Masters in Environmental Legal Studies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. While abroad, she met and married her husband. She worked and traveled throughout New Zealand for 10 years as an environmental planner and policy advisor for regional government agencies. She specialized in working with local communities on watershed planning and biodiversity conservation and restoration plans. In 2015, Bonnie returned to St. Louis and worked for East-West Gateway Council of Governments as a Sustainability Planner. She now resides in Oakville with her husband and 2 children.
Caitlin Zera, Program Manager
Caitlin Zera started working for OSC in Fall 2016. She has worked for local non-profits since her graduation from Webster University in 2014 where she received a B.A. in film production and a minor in Environmental Sustainability Studies. She has made several films, including one about the Missouri section of the Flanagan South Tars pipeline which was featured at the St. Louis Filmmakers’ Showcase and the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and volunteering in the community with her friends and family.