Jon Nienas, President
Jon Nienas retired from Monsanto after a 33 year career. Today he is dedicated to working with non-profit organizations. He is chairman of the board at Children’s Miracle Network St Louis Chapter and a board director at Covenant House Missouri. Jon is involved in councils at the St Louis Archdiocese of the Catholic Church. He is a part of the Kairos Prison Ministry organization and leads committees in his local parish. Jon has lived in St Louis for over 25 years and he and his wife, Cheryl, have three children.
Stacey Georges, Treasurer
Community Outreach Specialist, Stacey Georges has been inspiring children to embrace and express their creativity in dynamic ways and gain a love and deep appreciation for nature and our environment for over 18 years. She comes to SLTRC with a BS in Education as well as an MAT and an MA in Education and Innovation with a Certificate for Education for Global Sustainability. Stacey is dedicated to bringing her experience with the constructivist approach, her belief in mindfulness practices, her focused child-centered drive, her knowledge and application of experiential learning, and her outside-the-box way of thinking to all that she does and who she interacts with on behalf of SLTRC.
Michelle Blandford, Secretary
Michelle is a Product Development Senior Associate in St. Louis, MO at Willert Home Products, the largest manufacturer of mothballs in the world! She is working on her 23rd year with the company. Having worked in a lot of areas within the company, product development has been her favorite. She works with different aspects of the department including, managing product & packaging artwork, trademarks, communicating changes and updates, and supporting both the Product Development Manager and Executive Vice President.
When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her husband of 17 years and their 2 sons who are 21 & 14. Reading thrillers, camping, collecting wall clocks and watching St. Louis sports are some of her favorite things to do. She has also just started knitting and can’t wait to create something other than a scarf!
Michelle loves the way the center encourages individuality and creativity through play and thinks that the recycling center benefits the environment, manufacturers, educators, children and parents.
Her sons have enjoyed the play center for many years and she knows it has helped spark their creativity in all aspects of life.
Susan Blandford, Adviser
Executive Director Susan M Blandford has helped young children access and express their creative spirit since the 1980’s. Formal training in Early Childhood education, includes ISAE Master Play Coach, the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, the constructivist approach to the art of play. As the founder and Executive Director of the St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center (SLTRC), Susan brings together her experience and involvement in child-centered experiential art and play, the study of early childhood development, and environmentally-conscious business practices.