Melodee Colbert Kean

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Melodee Colbert Kean

Melodee Colbert Kean is a restaurant owner, city and community Leader and Connector. She served as Mayor of Joplin, MO from 2012-2014.

In the wake of the devastating tornados, she remained a beacon of hope for her community. For Melodee, connecting with nature is soothing, calming and energy restoring. A place where people can go and be in a peaceful atmosphere to recollect memories and reflect on life. 

My Sacred Place

Butterfly Garden & Overlook

Beach 41st Street Gardens in Queens, NY, and the Butterfly Garden and Overlook in Joplin, MO, are the two Nature Sacred National Awards program recipients for the Landscapes of Resilience project, which suggests that green spaces can contribute to community resilience and support recovery.

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Marsha Guenzler-Stevens

A tornado. Several student deaths. 9/11. These were the cataclysmic events that all rattled the University of Maryland campus in 2001–shaking the student body to its core. Marsha, a university administrator, realized there was a terrific need for a safe place where students could process these events—a place to nourish, restore and find much-needed perspective....


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