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Posted: 5/2/2019 | Print Friendly Version

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Two New Trustees Join Missouri Botanical Garden Board

The Missouri Botanical Garden Board of Trustees recently welcomed two new members, John Lemkemeier and Nancy M. Ross.

Lemkemeier co-founded Sage Capital in 2004 and is a managing member of the firm. Sage Capital is a private equity firm that makes long-term investments in manufacturing and distribution businesses in the midwestern United States. Prior to that, Lemkemeier was president of Contec, Inc., a manufacturer of products used in critical manufacturing environments in the pharmaceutical, electronics, automotive and aerospace industries.  

Lemkemeier is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD 1992, cum laude) and Princeton University (AB Economics 1989, summa cum laude). He serves on the board of directors of Store Supply Warehouse, K Hall Studio, Bulk Tank, and Check Technology Solutions. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation, the Muny, and the Opportunity Trust.

Ross has been the U.S. managing director for International Peace Initiatives, or IPI, and recently moved to an advisory board position with IPI. IPI is a U.S. and Kenya-based organization that supports initiatives for vulnerable people in Kenya.

Ross completed the nonprofit management executive program at Georgetown University. She is involved with several local nonprofits in addition to IPI. She is a board member of the Advancement Council of Washington University’s Catholic Student Center and is an incoming president of The Garden Club of St. Louis, a chapter of The Garden Club of America.

Ross has a degree in economics and a past career at IBM in marketing.

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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 159 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.