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, fell in love with the country, and decided to earn her Master’s 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 ten 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 the East-West Gateway Council of Governments as a Sustainability Planner. She now resides in Oakville with her husband and two children.
Andrew Clubb, Program Manager
Andy joined The Open Space Council in 2021. Born and raised in St. Louis, he has always appreciated the region’s numerous parks and recreational opportunities. Growing up next to Castlewood State Park, he would often walk the banks of Kiefer Creek or float down the Meramec River on hot summer days with his friends. He graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Philosophy and a double-minor in Sustainability and Community Planning. In addition, he has served over 4,000 hours with two different AmeriCorps programs: the Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa and AmeriCorps St. Louis’ Emergency Response Team. Before O.S.C., he worked as Land Management Coordinator for the Green City Coalition (St. Louis, MO). His conservation heroes are Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Wendell Berry, and Rachel Carson–to name a few.
Stephanie Schrage, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Stephanie joined The Open Space Council in 2021. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, earning her B.S. in Marketing and Philosophy, with an anticipated M.P.A. in Public Administration and Policy Analysis in May 2022. While at SIUE, she served as the media coordinator for the Student Organization for Sustainability and an Undergraduate Research Assistant with the Successful Communities Collaborative. Her professional experience includes a decade of promotion and event planning supporting environmental causes, historic preservation, and economic development. In addition, she has worked with the Piasa Palisades Chapter of the Sierra Club and National Main Street, animal advocacy groups, and solar power initiatives. She grew up in Alton, Illinois, a small river town on the Mississippi River, and still calls it home. She serves as the Chair for the Board of Directors for Alton Main Street and continues to volunteer with animal advocacy groups. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, yoga, gardening, reading, and spending time with her four dogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Aristotle, Penny, Ruffles, and Diesel.