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Chelsea has been with Friends of the Rainforest since 2013 and has filled a variety of roles in that time. She graduated from Drury University and has over 15 years of experience working with non-profits in different capacities. Chelsea has served locally on the Ecological Restoration Corps and in AmeriCorps Emergency Response Team where she engaged in conservation, disaster relief, and wildfire fighting. She has a lifelong passion for ecology, conservation, and Costa Rica and is excited to share that enthusiasm with you.
Through her volunteer work with a variety of organizations, Sophie was introduced to the development side of non-profit work and found her passion. Her interest in documentary filmmaking and all things media led her to earn a degree in Media Communications - as well as International Relations - 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 also passionate about creating and maintaining cross-cultural connections. She is excited for the opportunity to learn and grow with Friends of the Rainforest!
Education & Outreach Coordinator
A long-time educator, Amy Rustige has taught in both parochial and public schools across the St. Louis area. Before arriving at Friends of the Rainforest, she owned her own business and spent time volunteering for various causes close to her heart. She is thrilled to be enhancing the Friends of the Rainforest curriculum by adding lots of arts- from visual to language- to the already user-friendly lessons, and getting back into classrooms to help add the "A" in steAm lessons! Amy is currently adding to our comprehensive lesson arsenal, engaging ways to get teachers and students personally involved with the rainforest. She currently lives in St. Louis Hills with her husband and three small dogs.