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2024 New Members

Updated 2/08/2024

The class of 2024 includes 60 new RCMG volunteers.


February Highlights

Meet members of the 2024 cohort, including new interns, Myriam Katty, Suzie Olson, Aggie Reiners, Steve Senty, Gregg Vogel, Timothy Wood.


2024 Interns


Niki Blue (She/Her/Hers)






Jim Bull (He/Him/His)






Brian Cihacek






Dee Crust






Bryn Davis





Roberta Delfun





Alexa Deppeler (She/Her/Hers)






Tina Dombrowski (She/Her/Hers)






Giselle Duchene






Sarah Eastwold (She/Her/Hers)






Sydney Ellerbe






Veronica Elling





Kathy Fryxell (She/Her/Hers)





Nick Gisi





Dave Gries (He/Him/His)





Mary Guerrero






Abby Gust (She/Her/Hers)






Jane Harrigan (She/Her/Hers)






Dan Holbrook (He/Him/His)





Clare Holte (She/Her/Hers)






Patty Hren-Rowan





Erica Inks (She/Her/Hers)






Tim Johnson (He/Him/His)






Myriam Katty (She/Her/Hers)

Myriam Katty of White Bear Lake recalls a small backyard garden from her childhood. She enjoys fruits and vegetable gardening and values living in harmony with nature. Joining the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, she aims to continue developing her gardening skills and inspire others to do the same. Beyond the garden, Myriam enjoys reading, cooking, and managing and coordinating different initiatives and projects.


Allison Keiter (She/Her/Hers)





Linda Koopmans (She/Her/Hers)






Susan Lauer





Donna Long






Mackenzie Look





Melissa Maier (She/Her/Hers)





Celina McManus (They/Them/Theirs)






Cathy Miller (She/Her/Hers)





Agata Miszczyk (She/Her/Hers)






Amanda Morcomb






Conquej —Steve —Moua






Jen Nelson






Suzie Olson (She/Her/Hers)

Suzie Olson from St. Paul acknowledges the gardening influence of her mother and grandmother. Although initially disinterested, Suzie found fulfillment in gardening as an adult. She appreciates shade gardening as her small yard is dominated by an enormous silver maple. Suzie joined the Master Gardener Volunteer Program to explore new projects and meet new people. Outside the garden, she enjoys travel, reading, and walking. The more she learns, the more she realizes how little she knows in this endless and fascinating journey. Every gardening season is a new adventure!


Olivia Peterson






Ann Pineles






Kaylan Pundsack (She/Her/Hers)






Steve Pupp






Julie Reimer






Aggie Reiners (She/Her/Hers)

Aggie Reiners, originally from Chippewa Falls (WI) and currently in Shoreview, has fond memories of her dad's huge backyard garden. She realized her own passion for gardening in 1978 when she had her own first garden. Aggie enjoys cultivating flowers (annuals, perennials, and hardy shrub roses) and vegetables, like tomatoes, beans, potatoes, carrots, and herbs. She aims to expand her gardening skills and knowledge to support others in their gardening adventures. Beyond gardening, Aggie is actively involved in volunteering at a food shelf and church, as well as pursuing drawing, painting, hiking, and reading.


Judie Ritchie (She/Her/Hers)






Troy Sabean






Steve Senty (He/Him/His)

Steve Senty was born and raised in the Frogtown area of St. Paul. He recalls his father's involvement in an Urban Farmer Community Garden in the late 1960s and 1970s. Steve's greatest interest lies in native pollinators, influenced by living in an association that supports them. He is keen on learning more about how to support pollinators and clean water. With mechanical and teaching abilities acquired through 20 years as a tradesperson and over 20 years teaching, Steve acknowledges his ongoing realization of the vastness of botany and the need to continuously learn.


Christopher Skelly (He/Him/His)






Chet Slipek (He/Him/His)






Amy Sponaugle






Joshua Stephenson






Jo Sullivan (She/Her/Hers)






April Swinson (She/Her/Hers)






Kelly Tolbert (She/Her/Hers)






Joe Van Thomme






Keni Vargas






Gregg Vogel (He/Him/His)

Gregg Vogel, originally from Denmark (WI), remembers clearing pigweed flourishing in the manure-rich soil of his mom's garden. He became a gardener in his own right when his dad handed over all responsibilities of the garden. With an interest in trees, vegetables, and fruits, Gregg looks forward to utilizing his agrarian background in the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. He brings engineering expertise from a metallurgical engineering degree and work experience since 1984.


Liz Wahlberg (She/Her/Hers)






Laurie Wenker






Timothy Wood (He/Him/His)

Timothy Wood learned to garden in elementary school with his brother. Timothy enjoys vegetable gardening, gardening for pollinators, and has a strong desire to learn bog gardening, with experience in orchards. Engaging in the intersection of garden education and activism, Timothy spent four years interning on an organic seed production farm. Each new subject learned opens more doors of opportunity for Timothy.


Eva Zorn





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