Founders & Directors
Matt is a professional landscape designer and photographer. He received a B.S. in Horticulture and B.D.S. in Landscape Design from the University of Minnesota. An avid gardener with an eye for design, Matt is driven by an instinct to leave the world in better shape than he found it.
Ean’s tenure working for, and volunteering with not-for-profit organizations has spanned many years. As Marketing & Communications Specialist at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church & School, Ean is afforded countless opportunities to develop and execute projects that educate, advertise, fundraise and recruit. In addition to volunteer work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, The Heritage Days Festival, youth baseball (coach for Bloomington Athletic Association and the Academy of Holy Angels), Ean is a co-founder of The Wildflower Project
Board of Directors
Jonathan Stowell, President
Jon is a National Account Manager and Business Development officer at Commercial Partners Title based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. An alumnus of the University of Minnesota, Jon has a background in finance, business administration, and commercial real estate development, and has served in leadership capacities for several non-profit groups. Jon has served in officer roles in the Cook, MN and Stewartville, MN Chamber of Commerce and has been an organizer and fundraiser for the Minneapolis, MN based One Village Partners that coordinates development work in rural Sierra Leone. He is a 2008 recipient of the Leadership in Support of Neighborhoods grant for the Hamline-Midway neighborhood in St. Paul, MN.
Parker Anderson, Vice President
Parker is a Research Scientist at the University of Minnesota. Parker facilitates the Science of the Green Initiative, a research lab focused on golf’s relationship to the environment and society and how to improve that relationship. Parker has Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Science degrees from the University of Michigan and is a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, the Golf Course Superintendents’ Association of America, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Parker is a certified permaculture designer and has a passion for beekeeping and promoting the importance of pollinators through education and outreach.
Megan Dobratz, Secretary
Megan Dobratz is President of Native Sustainability, a creative consulting firm that develops innovative front-end solutions to long-term sustainability challenges, manages projects, leverages solutions to maximize social incentives, economic benefits and good will, while linking the work to a company’s overall mission and environmental goals. Megan has worked in the environmental field for more than 15 years, and brings a breadth of knowledge and network connections. Her work has included engagements with non-profit, for-profits, government entities and tribes. She has secured and managed state and national grant funds, organized large-scale events and simultaneously run two small businesses.
Desiree Mueller, Treasurer
Des’s love of plants sparked her desire to become a Ramsey County Master Gardener in 2013. With a desire to share her passion for the planet with others, the Master Gardener program has provided an opportunity to engage with the public, spreading best practice research. Upon meeting the founder of The Wildflower Project, she knew it was another great opportunity to increase public awareness for the plight of pollinators and a way to spark public interest in caring for the land. As a Project Coordinator by trade, Desiree shares her organizational and financial management skills as TWP’s Treasurer.
Matthew Peterson, Co-founder
Upon graduating with degrees in Social Justice and Entrepreneurship, Matthew worked in various capacities with social service organizations throughout the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Formative experiences as a teacher for Native American high school students, volunteer coordinator with Nice Ride MN, and employment counseling with Ramsey County steered his character and approach as empathetic and personable. As a co-founder of TWP, he focused on network building, partnership development, and garden installations.
Matthew shifted careers upon moving to Utah, and completed a University of Utah boot-camp in, both, front & back-end web development. Following the boot-camp, he was offered opportunities as teaching assistant for computer science students, web developer with a recent start-up, and lead developer for a fitness & community center.