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Gerry Moll, Native Plant Rescue Squad co-founder, artist, eco-activist, and long-time gardener, farmer, and wilderness explorer.

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Joy Grissom, Native Plant Rescue Squad co-founder, is a Tennessee native with a background in public health advocacy and community education. She is dedicated to the health of the environment and how human engagement and our connection with wildlife is an integral component of our well being.

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Sandra Korbelik (vice-President), a retired city planner and a Life-long gardener from Florida to Canada and from Oregon to South Carolina. With 17 years of experience as a master gardener in SC, She has also earned a Landscape Certificate from UTK extension. Sandra is interested in the cultural relationship between plants and people and how the natural and built environment influences behavior.

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Natalie Landry (secretary) has been involved in environmental work for the past 20 years. Her focus is freshwater ecosystems and watershed management.

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Connie Schwarz (president) is a lifelong student of the natural world. She enjoys sharing her love of plant medicines, focusing on healing through gratitude, reciprocity, and Community

Janis (treasurer) is a registered nurse who relocated to Knoxville to be near family in retirement. She's new to native plant gardening, but has worked with excellent people to transform her gardens to showcase natives and cultivars. Janis hopes to increase her skill in the garden and become involved in the Knoxville community, read, cook, and travel while retired.


Sue Calcote Is a life-long lover of all things outdoors; an avid native plant gardener, a hiker, an artist (specifically in paint media), wildlife advocate, and accountant. 


Kelsea Norris is dedicated to building capacity for work that changes the world, and is thrilled to be a part of NPRS. She has more than a decade of experience organizing donors and raising money for social movements, and currently works at the Center for Popular Democracy. She started her career organizing for environmental and climate justice in the South.

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