The current tree board consists of three menmbers: Jane Ecker, Joe Hinkle and Mary Mattingly
My late husband, Bob, and I moved to St. Regis Park in 1976. We raised two children, Joan and Brad, living at my current address of 2602 Aintree Way. In the early days our sunny back yard was a great place to grow a vegetable garden but was HOT. As the trees we and our neighbors planted began providing abundant shade our back yard turned into a landscaped garden of shade tolerant plants. I love being out in my COOL garden. (The trees make a big difference!).
I am a “country girl” and have always loved the outdoors and been interested in environmental issues. In the early 80’s I led the City/County Keep America Beautiful program. My next employment was with the City of Louisville’s Operation Brightside where I coordinated environmental education and later became the program director. My next position was focused on starting the City of Louisville’s curbside recycling program.
When the call went out for volunteers to guide a tree planting program in St. Regis Park I was eager to respond. The Mayor and Council have been very supportive of the Tree Board’s effort to Re-Tree the Park and residents have been eager to participate. I look forward to meeting more city residents and improving the tree canopy in this city I love!
We moved to 2605 Hurdle Way in July of 2006. I am an extremely active father of two teenage boys, Seth and Noah and a pre-teen daughter, Elizabeth. I am married to Brooke, a second grade teacher at St. Matthews Elementary, so that means I have another 90 kids.
I love to spend time outside and can be seen walking our fine city at all hours. I enjoy running (slower each year) and every October, I get together with a group of friends and do the Bourbon
Chase http://www.bourbonchase.com/ Seems like more bourbon and less chasing with each passing year.
We have a family farm in Cub Run, KY, about 3 miles from Nolin Lake. This is where our love for nature and all things outdoors is fostered. I love the challenge of learning about something nature has to offer and trying to grow it.
My interest in the Tree Board started when we lost a 75 year old Pin Oak to a lightning strike in 2007. The loss of that huge tree canopy was devastating. I contacted our city to see if anything was offered to help with replacement. At the time there was not, but I jumped at the chance when the city created the Tree Board in 2014.
Life is short and time flies. Make the most of what you have, love don’t hate and be happy.
My husband Charlie and I have lived in the same house at 4512 Lincoln Road since 1981, and we were fortunate to raise two sons, Stephen and Michael, in this wonderful city! Whether it was Halloween with a gazillion kids, games of tag at night, or chatting with neighbors as new homes were built, we have always valued the beauty and friendliness of St. Regis Park. Charlie was raised on a dairy farm, and I come from a long line of family gardeners, so not surprisingly we love growing fruits and vegetables, and enjoying our trees and flowers. We are members of Ascension Parish and of Oxmoor CC, and I am retired from teaching stints at Louisville Collegiate School, Ascension School, and Assumption High School, as well as managing a small environmental program.
Biking through the neighborhood in recent years, I began to notice (and complain about) the reduction in tree cover in the city. I am very grateful to the Mayor and City Council for establishing the tree board and funding this worthy work. Our city’s leadership is taking steps that add value to all of our homes by planting and caring for trees. A lifelong teacher, I am thrilled to be teaching everyone the virtues and value of trees!