Friends of the Rainforest is committed to our mission of educating and inspiring children and adults to take action to protect, support, and expand the Rainforest.

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Chelsea Raiche
Executive Director

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.

Melissa Hoener
Development Coordinator

Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Biology through the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1995. Her passion for science and education, led her to obtain a Master of Science in Education. She has over 10 years of experience teaching Biology and Anatomy at the High School and Community College levels. Visiting the rainforest in Costa Rica coupled with a passion for the environment, led Melissa to this position with our organization. She is eager to spread the word.

Amy Rustige
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.