Mary Ellen Kapalo is currently a member of the Madison Community Garden Advisory Committee and a new member of the Madison Environmental Commission. She is an active volunteer with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, volunteering weekly on site as well as fostering cats and kittens. Mary Ellen has been on the Madison Community Garden Advisory for 3.5 years and during that time she has designed and written a seasonal newsletter. She played a role in the designing and planting of a pollinator friendly garden located at the community garden. Mary Ellen earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her work experience is in corporate, university and government finance. Mary Ellen’s experience with municipal accounting principals assists her in analyzing the garden expenditures and budget. Mary Ellen has been attending classes at Rutgers Gardens. Classes she has taken include Landscape Design, Organic Lawn Care, Native Plants, and Planting to Attract Pollinators. She has also taken a Trap, Neuter and Return Workshop at St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in 2015. Growing up in rural NJ, Mary Ellen gained an appreciation for open space, greenery and animals. Mary Ellen now resides in Madison with her husband and indoor cats.