Meet the Staff

Chelsea Raiche

Executive Director

Chelsea has been with Friends of the Rainforest since 2013 and has filled a variety of roles in that time.  She graduated from Drury University in 2008 and has over ten years of experience working with non-profits in different capacities.  Chelsea has served locally on the Ecological Restoration Corps and in AmeriCorps Emergency Response Team where she engaged in conservation, disaster relief, and wildfire fighting.  She has a lifelong passion for ecology, conservation, and Costa Rica and is excited to share that enthusiasm with you.




Erica Enright Twomey

Development Coordinator

Erica has been working on development projects with Friends of the Rainforest since 2012. Erica Enright Twomey is an architectural designer and educator who has enjoyed exploring a host of multidisciplinary projects over a decade of practice in the Saint Louis area.

In addition to her professional experience, Erica has also worked in the academic realm. She has developed and taught multiple courses at Lewis & Clark Community College.  She has also been involved in expanding the art & design programs at the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis as well as a teaching artist with COCAbiz. These courses, camps and seminars are aimed at exposing children of all ages to the world of architectural design and creative exploration via design thinking.