Holds an Early Childhood Education degree and has been a licensed holistic health provider for over twenty years. Lewis began her twenty plus year holistic health care career while obtaining an Associates Degree in Real Estate. Lewis has twelve years experience as a RE professional and investor and two years experience marketing for small businesses. Lewis has served her communities in many ways including two years as a board director of the Clairemont Town Council (CA), two years serving on the board of the Spanish Lake CDC, one year as the Board Chair of the Spanish Lake CDC, and is a St. Louis Neighborhood Leadership Fellow. Lewis is passionate about fighting for food equity, teaching people to grow food, the importance of nutrition, and how to live more sustainable lives. Having a background in Waldorf education, holistic health care, and business prepared Lewis to launch Rustic Roots Sanctuary Co.a culmination of her life's greatest works.
Eric ScottVice President
Started his working career in Operation and Facility Management and progressed to international business. After over twenty five years in this line of work he decided to make a change and left the corporate world to open STL RE Investments LLC. which Serves Habitat for Humanity, Veterans, and seniors in the Missouri area. While Scott began working towards giving veterans and socioeconomically disenfranchised individuals an opportunity to own a home, his work with Habitat for Humanity spurred an interest in building green spaces. This in turn led him to begin working with Janett Lewis to start GROW Spanish Lake Community Garden. Scott has been instrumental in every step of RRSC. He envisions wellness retreats, animal husbandry, bee keeping, and more and as the VP of Facilities, Scott will lead the construction build out and structure requirements for our expansion.
Elizabeth FieldsOperation and Program Development
Earned her BA and MFA in English Literature, African American Studies, and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia. Fields is an incoming online MSW winter 2021 candidate at Florida State University and plans to focus on trauma counseling, social work policy, and community mediation. Fields has extensive academic relationships through working at the University of Georgia, University of North Georgia, Athens Technical College, Liaocheng University in China, and as a Cave Canem fellow. Her interdisciplinary work has long focused on bridging the gap between academia and the community and she is passionate about social justice causes such as mental health and domestic violence awareness, prison reform, and holistic food justice. Fields has developed sustainable programs for UGA’s African American Studies Institute, The Center for Global Exchange, and has written award winning curriculum proposals while working at UNG. Fields is an avid vegan/vegetarian cook and has studied holistic health care for the past twenty years. She is excited to use her expertise to help develop sustainable and holistic health education programs to youths and seniors in Spanish Lake, Missouri.
Connie RisbyBoard of Directors
Has a background in marketing and sales and is a long time Spanish Lake resident. A seasoned business and marketing professional with forty years of experience, Connie Risby’s experience crosses several industries, including: Retail, Fast Food/Quick Casual/Full-Service Restaurants, Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Employment Recruitment Marketing, Government/Military and Financial Services/Banking. Connie has expertise in identifying problems area(s) and developing key objectives, strategies, and tactics at every level including, budgeting, branding/creative, consumer/trade media (online and offline), sales projections, product mix analysis, promotion evaluations, competitive analysis and measurement.
Karen GreerBoard of Directors
Holds an Associates in Education and trained in business administration. She is certified as a Level 1 Developmental Disabilities Medication Aide and is the owner of Angels Within CDS LLC., a home health care company which is currently collaborating with RRSC to serve senior clients with fresh fruits, vegetables and medicinal herbs. She will collaborate with Rustic Roots Sanctuary Co to provide holistic health care options to her clients. Greer has extensive experience teaching in the St. Louis school systems and has planned and implemented educational programs for children within a residential childcare facility. Greer is a current St. Louis Neighborhood Leadership Fellow and she was recently awarded the Mayor’s 2019 Neighborhood Business of The Year Award (21st Ward St. Louis MO).