Meet the United Plant Savers Team

Board of Directors

  • Rosemary Gladstar, Founding President
  • Eleanor Kuntz, President
  • Helen Metzman, Vice President
  • Steven Yeager, Treasurer
  • Bill Chioffi, Secretary
  • Lonnie Galt-Theis
  • Bevin Clare
  • Alicia Cook
  • Ruby Daniels
  • Marc Williams
  • Nathan Wright
  • Michael McGuffin

UpS Staff

Susan Leopold PhD

Executive Director
Susan Leopold, PhD

Susan Leopold, PhD, is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. Prior to working at United Plant Savers, she worked as a librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is an advisory board member of American Botanical Council. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children's book Isabella's Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia's botanical history. She lives on and manages a productive farm, the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary with her three children in Virginia, where she raises goats, peacocks, and herbs. She is an avid recreational tree climber, in love with the canopy just as much as the herbs of the forest floor.

Katey Patterson

Office Manager
Katey Patterson

Katey Patterson is passionate about plant conservation and environmental education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University in Outdoor Recreation and Education, with a minor in Environmental Studies. She recently completed her internship for her degree with United Plant Savers, and is now working as the Program Manager. She also completed the Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate at United Plant Savers in the Fall of 2015. Katey was born and raised in Meigs County, Ohio and after moving around for the past few years, she has come back to Meigs County to help out on her family farm. In her life, she has worked multiple years as an outdoor guide in which she led trips for sea kayaking, ziplining, backpacking, and canoeing. Katey loves adventure, her dog, knitting, rollerblading, cooking, and wildcrafting herbs. Her passion lies in working with children outdoors and inspiring them to be future stewards for the land. She is grateful to live in an area of the world with such biodiversity and kind people, and she wants to help preserve these aspects for generations to come.

Chip Carroll

Sanctuary Steward
Chip Carroll

Chip has been involved with agroforestry and non-timber forest product work for the last 20 years. He began his career working with Rural Action's Sustainable Forestry Program where he worked closely with producers growing medicinal herbs in their woodlands and helped to form the Roots of Appalachia Growers Association. At Rural Action he was also active in State and National policy work related to American Ginseng regulations and regularly consulted with lawyers, judges and prosecutors on ginseng poaching cases. He has consulted as an expert witness on ginseng and other medicinal herb crop damage claims, providing the court with lost crop values. Chip was the Assistant Farm Manager for Frontier Natural Products’ National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs where he helped manage research projects and oversaw their internship program.

He currently is the Sanctuary Steward for United Plant Savers 370-acre Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio where he also oversees their Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program. He also has been working for the United States Forest Service for the past 8-years monitoring wild ginseng populations on public lands. In 2016, Chip was hired as the Manager of Ohio Operations for American Ginseng Pharm; an agroforestry enterprise with operations in New York and Ohio.

In addition to his continued work with United Plant Savers, Chip operates his own business, Woodlandwise Botanicals. Through this, he does on-site consulting and education for landowners interested in growing ginseng and other woodland medicinal herbs. Chip’s focus has been to transition wild-harvested species into cultivation regimes in order to take pressure off of native populations of Appalachian medicinal herbs. This is being accomplished through consumer education, relationships with the natural products industry, and working directly with landowners that wish to grow these herbs.

LeAnn Averell

Administrative Assistant
LeAnn Averell

LeAnn is an herbalist, massage therapist and artist in Gainesville, FL. She has a clinical practice offering bodywork and plant medicine, and also works with mutual aid groups locally to bring herbal medicine to the underserved in her community. She spends most of her time teaching, doing plant walks, growing food, making herbal medicine, and staying creative.

UpS Advisory Board

Mindy Green, Chairperson

Don Babineau, Betzy Bancroft, Tim Blakley, Jane Bothwell, Peggy Brevoort, Richo Cech, Mark Cohen, Ryan Drum, Trish Flaster, Steven Foster, James Green, Christopher Hobbs, David Hoffmann, Loren Israelsen, Kelly Kindscher, Lynda LeMole, Jon Maxwell, Robert McCaleb, Pam Montgomery, Deb Soule, Nancy Scarzello, Paul Strauss, David Winston, Lee Wood, Rebecca Wood, Katherine Yvinskas