Bruce A. Morrison, President and Attorney
Bruce has served at Great Rivers since its founding: as General Counsel for many years and as President today. Cases in Bruce’s docket have included protecting parks and wilderness areas, improving air quality and public health, and protecting and preserving our Region’s rivers, wetlands and floodplains. Bruce graduated from Purdue University in 1981 and Washington University School of Law in 1988. He enjoys the outside and commutes to the office on his mountain bike throughout the year (as long as the temperature is no colder than 10 degrees). In the summer, you will find him swimming laps in the local municipal pool. He still occasionally camps and kayaks, although his body now protests more than it used to.
Bob Menees, Staff Attorney
Bob is passionate about stopping bottomland forest loss and promoting its restoration. In 2009 he graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University School of Law. In 2010, he received a Masters of Law (LLM) in Environmental and Natural Resources Law with honors from Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon. Before joining Great Rivers, he served as Assistant Attorney General in the Missouri Attorney General’s Agriculture and Environment Division. Today he resides in the Shaw neighborhood of Saint Louis with his wife Susanna and their two daughters, Sage and Alice. When he’s not working to save the planet, Bob enjoys foraging, hiking, and exploring Missouri’s diverse forests and waterways with his family.
Madeline Semanisin, EJW Fellow and Staff Attorney
Madeline Semanisin joins us as an Equal Justice Works fellow focusing on lead contamination issues in St. Louis area schools. She is originally from Dardenne Prairie, Missouri. Madeline attended the University of Oregon where she earned a B.S in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geography and Nonprofit Management. In 2020, she graduated from Sturm College of Law. She returned to Great Rivers after being a summer associate in the summer of 2019. Her commitment to helping communities experiencing environmental injustices is rooted in the belief that your zip code should not determine your level of exposure to pollution or access to safe green spaces. Madeline is an Equal Justice Works fellow sponsored by Faber Daeufer & Itrato PC. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking with her dog Moe Taters, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
Sarah Rubenstein, Staff Attorney
Sarah joined Great Rivers after gathering more than 20 years of successful litigation practice both in private practice and as a staff attorney for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic at Washington University School of Law. Sarah pursued her law degree out of her concern for and interest in protecting the environment, and is excited to be able to return to her original mission. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1992 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1997. When she is not fighting to preserve our natural world, Sarah can be found playing with her dogs, riding horses, tending her vegetable garden, or traveling the globe. You can read more about Sarah here.
Ethan Thompson, Staff Attorney
Ethan received his JD from Washington University in St. Louis and his Masters of Political Science from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. While studying for his JD, Ethan worked at the University’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Law Clinic and was awarded the Mary Colier Hitchcock Prize for his work on The Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. He clerked for the Maryland Attorney General and then at the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. In his spare time, he enjoys playing trombone, coaching youth baseball, and hiking and swimming
Linden Mueller, Director of Development and Community Outreach
Linden is a St. Louis native with a heart for preserving the earth for this and the next generations, and is thrilled to be able to work towards that end with the incredible community of Great Rivers supporters (that’s you). With a background in Philosophy from Lindenwood University and paralegal studies from St. Louis Community College, she is currently writing a thesis on the efficacy of tailoring pro-environmental messaging to personality types in order to receive an MBA from Southeast Missouri University. She is happiest in the garden or when taking kids out to explore the natural world.
Dianne Klein, Office Manager
Dianne is a conservation advocate with an accounting background. After spending 44 years living and working across the country, she returned home in 2013 to University City and joined the Great Rivers team as our incredible Office Manager. When she’s not spending time with her two sons, daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren, she likes to sew and make handmade furniture. Her favorite part of Missouri’s outdoors is the Ozarks, where she likes to camp and avoid mosquitoes.
Henry B. Robertson, Retired Climate and Energy Program Director,
Volunteer Climate and Energy Advisor and Attorney
Henry concentrates on energy and climate change, working to get Missouri’s utilities to do more with renewable energy and customer energy efficiency programs. He wrote the statewide Renewable Energy Standard which passed by 66% of the voters in 2008. He has also written successful petitions to protect parks in St. Louis City and Olivette. He is an avid bicyclist and community gardener, and prides himself on his small carbon footprint.