Patti McClellan, President

For the past 10 years, Patti has been a business analyst for Express Scripts, a company committed to sustainable business practices. She also served in the military for 13 years.

The very old public service announcement, “Crying Indian,” which launched on Earth Day in 1971, had a very deep impact on Patti and might very well be the beginning of her environmental awareness.

While in high school, she started her “bucket list” with her desire to visit the Galapagos Islands. The attraction was to see a part of the world through Charles Darwin’s eyes and to protect the islands from destruction. These and other pivotal moments in her life occurred before the tender age of 16. Her connection to the planet is deep rooted.

When she learned of Green Wish, she knew it was a perfect fit. It made the most sense. It appeals to her desire to educate people on environmental issues, work with organizations to develop and implement solutions to those issues and to leave a more sustainable environment for future generations. With a finite amount of time to devote to community involvement, focusing her efforts with Green Wish will benefit multiple organizations. So, she began forming the St. Louis chapter.

Justin Cardwell, Vice President

Justin is a graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Health Law. He is coming from a private practice in South County where he focused on elder law, estate planning, and probate matters.

Before attending law school, Justin spent seven and a half years attending Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where he obtained both a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Biology. During this time, he studied the effect of methamphetamine on the brain activity of rats.

Justin grew up in central Missouri, the third of four children. In his free time, he enjoys leisure activities such as watching and playing sports, along with outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing, fishing, and hiking. When Justin’s not busy outdoors, he is an avid movie watcher and likes to spend time cuddled on the couch with his fiancée, Heidi, and their three cats.

Justin has been concerned about stewardship and environmental friendliness since his days in the boy scouts of America. Upon buying his first home in April of 2014, he immediately built a compost pit out of scrap resources to reduce the amount of waste produced by his household.

Laci Whitley, Secretary

Laci is a graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law class of 2013. There she earned her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Tax Law. She currently practices at an asbestos litigation firm in Glen Carbon, IL.

Before attending law school, Laci graduated from the University of Evansville, in Evansville, IN, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Pre-Law and a minor in Political Science.

Laci grew up in Southern Illinois, and has one older brother. In her free time she enjoys playing sports, mostly volleyball, and watching movies. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, The Commissioner, and Joe Diffie.

Brenda Adams, Treasurer

Brenda has been managing high rise office buildings for over 25 years. After moving to St. Louis in 1988 she saw how much waste is generated in office buildings and set about creating one of the first office building recycling programs in St. Louis. To encourage other managers to set up similar programs, she wrote an article in an industry publication and mentored other managers on setting up recycling programs in their buildings. Her interest in the environment and the impact that commercial office buildings have on energy consumption and waste has continued to grow. In 2009, she worked to achieve the LEED-AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation.

On a more personal level, Brenda supports nature and the environment at her home. Her perennial garden contains Missouri native plants to support butterfly, bird and other wildlife habitat. She spreads the wealth by sharing starts of many different plants, including milkweed, which is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly. She believes that even small acts to help the environment can have big consequences and Green Wish helps her support other organizations that have similar beliefs.

Jim Ousley

A St. Louis native, Jim began as a musician and songwriter, and has released several albums and appeared on compilations with his band, My 2 Planets. Besides opening for well-known artists such as The GO-GOs, Chuck Berry, and Rick Springfield, his music has been featured on MTV’s “Road Rules,” “The Real World,” and many independent film projects.

Jim is a longtime member of Magic Smoking Monkey Theater, and has performed with St. Louis Shakespeare and Non-Prophet Theater Company, among many others. The award-winning comedy “Hooch & Daddy-O” was Jim’s first film, which he co-produced, co-starred, and co-wrote; he composed the original score for the film as well.

When not writing for PlaybackSTL.com, Jim is working on screenplays and graphic novels with his production partner Oscar Madrid. Their first graphic novel “The Rough & Tumble” will be released in March of 2015.

Jim is proud to be working with Green Wish and their ongoing effort to improving the environment at the community level.