Meet Our Staff

Here’s the lineup on our full time staff. We couldn’t do it without these hard working helpers!

Cathy Reinhardt Cathy Rheinhart
Cathy has over 20 years of experience in the nursery profession and has been with us at Effinger’s for the past 12. Cathy is a Certified Nursery Professional and knows the entire spectrum of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals better than anyone. Cathy raises our annual flowers and is a skilled landscape designer. Best of all, she is a swell cook and often treats us to her baked cakes and cookies.
Ken Shnur Ken Schnur
Ken is a landmark fixture who also has been with us for over 20 years. He’s such a recognizable part of our outfit that he is often mistaken for Rick. Customers will regularly ask for “that older guy that’s been here forever” at which point we ask ”do you mean Rick or Ken?” Ken can do just about anything from rewiring a greenhouse to pruning a bonsai or fixing a broken water pipe. Ken also is a great conversationalist and loves to share a joke or hear how your day’s going.
  Michelle Voruz
Michelle heads up our satellite store on North Illinois St in Belleville (the old A&W root beer stand!). We were lucky to get Michelle on our team when her former employer, Plants and More, closed its door in 2012. Our satellite location has a smaller sampling of flowers, herbs, hanging baskets, container gardens, succulents and small flowering trees and shrubs – All the Good Stuff, just less!
Katie Katy Guetterman
Katy is a welcome addition to our spring 2017 staff. She is a master gardener, naturalist, keeper of chickens and goats, vegetarian and all around old soul. She likes all aspects of the outdoors.
When the rest of us are melting in the July heat, Katie seems quite comfortable. She just sees and does whatever needs to be done including pruning and shaping trees, tidying up unruly perennial vines or helping overwhelmed customers.
Judy Judy Mannix
Judy is another new and most welcome 2017 addition. A military engineer by trade, Judy has a knack for keeping us organized. She is equally skilled at managing our books,  designing container gardens and solving quirks at the register. A gourmet cook in her spare time, Judy always has a pleasant smile and kind word to share with staff and customers alike
Caleb Caleb Schuester
Caleb has been on the Effinger team since 2015. Caleb is a senior this year at O’Fallon public high school. We are fortunate to have him on weekends when he provides some much needed muscle and fresh ideas. Caleb enjoys camping, hunting and is a budding young artist.  With both brains and brawn, we’re not sure what we ever did without Caleb!
Nate Nathan Coggeshall
Nathan is a 2018 addition to our staff and we are sure glad we found him! An avid outdoors man, Nathan enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and working outside. A part time student at SIU Edwardsville, Nathan has quickly become “one of the family”. 
  Sara Fries
Sara is another 2018 ‘newbie’ but she quickly proved herself indispensable. Sara took to the register like a duck to water, a skill Trudy and Rick have yet to master. Even in the height of the spring rush, Sara remained calm and poised at the checkout counter.Off to University of Illinois to major in engineering, Sara will be missed!


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