We’re a group of passionate individuals who believe all communities deserve trees.
Christine is the Founder and CEO of Nordson Green Earth Foundation. She was inspired by Nordson Forest, a man-made, sustainable forest in the Philippines named after her uncle.
Holding a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UIUC, Karen uses her analytical and detail-oriented skills when handling the organization's financial transactions.
Meeta Jain Patel, MD
Seeing climate change cause suffering motivated Dr. Patel to pursue advocacy focused on clean air and water initiatives.
Veronica Torres Luna
Veronica is committed to improving disadvantaged communities through empowerment and hopes to affect positive change through her work.
Trey is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Economics.
Sheetal Khedkar Rao, MD
Dr. Rao's endeavors illustrate how closely the health of our climate is intertwined with the health of our communities.
Director of Board Development
Nickolas is a software technologist with over 15 years of experience in the Printing/Pre-Press, Healthcare, FinTech and AdTech industries. He has an M.S. in Business Information Technology.
President of the Junior Board
A senior at Walter Payton HS, Miles is inspired by the lack of greenery in BIPOC neighborhoods in Chicago and Cleveland, where his family is from.
Irene loves serving as a connection between people and ideas to help communities become more climate resilient and address inequities.
Christine Dannhausen-Brun is a public health researcher, photographer and mother committed to improving the lives of children and families.
Marnel V Scott
Marnel is passionate about engaging with underserved communities to foster understanding of how the environment impacts their health and lives.
Nikhil, a student at Hinsdale Central HS, is concerned about the effect of climate change on future generations, and interested in creative solutions.
Jonathan is a senior at Illinois State University pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Political Science with a minor in History.
Past Members of Our Team
Gavin Brodersen, Former Intern
John Patras, Former President of Junior Board