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BRIDGING THE GAP STAFF

Connecting Environment, Economy, and Community

MEET OUR TEAM

We embarked on our mission with one person in a home office over thirty years ago. We now have more than 25 full- and part-time staff and interns, and over 1,400 active community volunteers. We look forward to meeting you in person!

KRISTIN RIOTT

Executive Director

BECKI DERUSSEAU

Operations and Financial Director

KECHIA SMITH

Director of Environmental Justice and Organizational Growth

SARAH CROWDER

Director of Forestry and Natural Systems

GLENDA SWINTON

Manager of People and Culture

ANDRES ALFARO

Heartland Tree Alliance Special Projects Coordinator

LESLIE BARLAND

Donor and Business Engagement Manager

MARY BURKE

Heartland Tree Alliance Program Associate

ELIJAH COX

Heartland Tree Alliance Program Associate

KELSEY CRAIG

Office Manager and Bookkeeper

JOHN FISH

Recycling Center Manager – Red Bridge

JASON GRAY

Green Steward Crew Member

BURKE HOLT

Heartland Tree Alliance Program Associate

JAY JONES

Green Infrastructure Coordinator

CATHY JUSTICE

Heartland Tree Alliance Program Manager

EVANJOHN MCINTOSH

Water and Energy Efficiency Community Specialist

HUNTER MOORE

Kansas City WildLands Program Manager

MARK MORALES

Recycling Center Manager – Pleasant Valley Park

MEGAN MYERS

Heartland Tree Alliance Program Coordinator

DIANA PARRINO

Water and Energy Program Manager

CURTIS ROBINSON

Energy Efficiency Manager

THOMAS SCHLANGE

Recycling Center Operations Manager

AUTUMN WEIR

Heartland Tree Alliance Program Coordinator

GINGER WERP

Kansas City WildLands Program Coordinator

JOE WHEELOCK

Heartland Tree Alliance Program Manager

JILLIAN YOUNGBIRD

Social Media Coordinator