Sage Roberts Foley

Sage Roberts Foley

Executive Director

Sage has served as the Executive Director of Baton Rouge Green since 2016. Her role involves working closely with the organization’s Board of Directors, partners and supporters, overseeing all public communications, development, and strategic planning, and providing support to BRG’s team of green industry professionals as they undertake the daily work of the mission.

Sage is a Baton Rouge native, a graduate of the LSU Lab School and the University of Georgia, a mom and a wife. She and her family live in the Garden District. Her favorite tree is a Baldcypress.

“My mother always told me, ‘Everyone should plant a tree that they’ll never sit under.’”

  Christopher Cooper

Christopher Cooper

Director of Operations
Louisiana Community Forests, State UCF Coordinator

Christopher grew up on a small forested, organic subsistence farm in Bush, Louisiana, where he learned to appreciate ecological and agricultural sustainability. That passion took him to Louisiana State University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant and Soil Science, which sparked Cooper’s interest in arboriculture and urban forestry. Today, he aspires to fill the urban environment with food-producing landscapes that are not only ecologically rich in diversity but also aesthetically engaging.

Christopher is an ISA-certified arborist and has earned a Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications (TRAQ) certificate and from ISA (International Society of Arboriculture).

Christopher’s favorite native tree is a Parsley Hawthorne.

ISA Certified Arborist SO-11139A ISA TRAQ

  Frank Terrance, ISA

Frank Terrance, ISA

Living Roadways Manager

Frank is an ISA-certified arborist who oversees the maintenance of the 4,000 trees in Baton Rouge Green’s Living Roadways program and leads data collection for our BR Public Tree Inventory work for East Baton Rouge City Parish. His background includes experience working in grounds maintenance and community garden management with the Southern University Ag Center, and oversight in the timber industry for Weyerhauser.

Frank has Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Forestry from Southern University and Associate Degree is Drafting and Design from Louisiana Technical College. He has also earned his Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications (TRAQ) certificate from ISA.

Frank is also a husband and father. He and his family reside in Hammond, Louisiana. His favorite tree is "all trees, except for the ones planted in the wrong place."

ISA Certified Arborist SO-11105A ISA TRAQ

  Devon Brits

Devon Brits

Partnership Coordinator & Grants Director

Devon is a Baton Rouge transplant, originally from South Africa. A graduate of Rhodes University (South Africa) with a double major in Zoology and Entomology, he earned a Master’s degree in Industrial Mass Rearing of Beneficial Insects from Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Using his education in rearing the Black Soldier Fly (BSF), he was recruited to Baton Rouge in 2018 to create a composting project with LSU and Fluker Farms using a the native BSF. The project was designed to help improve LSU gardens and waste management practices, as well as explore the large-scale commercial potential for Black Soldier Fly uses in composting and food production in Louisiana and the US at large.

Devon is a trained entomologist with experience in project and grant management, plant-insect interactions, and ecosystem ecology. Since beginning his work with Baton Rouge Green in 2023 he is also pursuing his arborist license and ISA credentials.

Devon’s favorite native tree is the Sweetbay Magnolia.

Amelia Gilmore

Outreach Coordinator

Amelia has worked in outreach and education in Baton Rouge since 2010. A graduate of Louisiana State University with a major in History and minors in English and Sculpture, she went on to earn a Master's degree in Museum Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She continued her education and became a certified teacher, spending 10 years in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. As a lover of her community and all things green, Amelia plans to continue and grow Baton Rouge Green's community involvement and educational offerings.

Amelia is a mother and wife. She and her family live in Mid City and love spending time outdoors. Her favorite native tree is the Tulip Poplar.

  Winston Horton

Winston Horton

Agroforestry Equity Coordinator

Winston, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is a graduate of Southern University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Science, with a concentration in Plant and Soil Science. While at Southern, Winston was honored with a USDA Thurgood Marshall College Fund Summer Internship opportunity in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which he found to be the highlight of his college experience.

While working in Nashville with a landscape installation and maintenance company during high school, Winston discovered his passion for working outdoors in the green industry. His interest and curiosity around tree and plant care continued, and ultimately drove him to select his path of study at Southern’s College of Ag.

Winston’s goal is to help people develop sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyles, and educate them in practices around growing their own food.

Winston’s favorite tree is the Southern Magnolia.