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About Us:

Sophie Arp
Interim Executive Director

Sophie has been with Friends of the Rainforest since 2019. With Chelsea going on leave in order to care for her 4 daughters, Sophie has stepped up to fill the Executive Director role until Chelsea’s return. Sophie has worked with a variety of non-profits in St. Louis, and she is very excited for the opportunity to work full-time with Friends of the Rainforest. Her interest in documentary filmmaking and all things media led her to earn a degree in Media Communications at Webster University in the Netherlands. Having the opportunity to study in the Netherlands, as well as live in Ecuador prior to university, Sophie is passionate about creating and maintaining cross-cultural connections. 

Jamie Kisela
Education & Outreach Coordinator

Jamie is passionate about environmental justice and education. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington, and a M.A.Ed in Urban Environmental Education from Antioch University Seattle. In her early career in Seattle, she worked with several outdoor education programs and schools, working with students of all ages in the city, in the woods, and even on a historic schooner! In her free time, she does pottery, paints, and gardens. She is excited to bring her experiences to Friends of the Rainforest, and work to preserve and educate about this precious, vital ecosystem.  

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