Eric Sebert had developed his roots at an early age in the landscape operations industry. His passion for preserving and restoring native ecosystems guided his educational pathway toward developing his skills and knowledge in this unique and rewarding industry. Along with extensive experience working in the landscaping and nursery fields of both Grace Nursery and Sebert Landscaping, Eric is a graduate from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environmental Science – specializing in Ecology. Eric studied abroad in New Zealand to expand his knowledge of Ecology and Resource Management, as well as specialized techniques of Ecological Management currently practiced in New Zealand. Eric completed his internship at Batavia’s Fermi-Lab performing ecological restoration work, concentrating on plant identification, invasive plant management. Additionally, Eric holds certifications and licenses in the following:
- S130/S190 - Burn Training
- Pesticide Operator License
- Aquatic Pesticide Applicator
Jan Papa // General Manager
Jan Papa brings a wealth of experience and dedicated passion in the green industry to Bluestem Ecological. A lifetime of landscape management and operations concentrating in native and proactive restoration work lends this industry the creativity, passion and understanding for creating and preserving sustainable landscapes in the Midwest.
With over 30 years’ experience in the green industry, Jan has worked for the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Estate Co-Manager and landscape operations as a plant buyer. Additionally, she has worked with the Nature Conservancy for 10 years on native restoration projects, as well as serve as an active volunteer for various organizations.
Jan has extensive experience working with General Contractors, Landscape Architects, Village Boards, and management groups responsible for the implementation and management of native landscapes. She has served 3 years on the Lake Zurich District Board and 10 years as a Site Steward for the Field Prairie Grove Restoration.
Jan is certified and licensed in the following:
- Illinois Pesticide Applicator License
- Chicago Wilderness Burn Training
Sarah Voska // Sales Representative
Sarah's initial involvement in ecology began in 2012 while serving on the lake committee of her homeowner's association focusing on shoreline restoration, watershed management, and community awareness campaigns.
Sarah holds a Bachelor's of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside. While pursuing her degree, she studied abroad in Chile and Brazil; focusing on natural resource management, ecosystem remediation, and community affairs.
Sarah has worked extensively in climate change and environmental education at the local, national, and international levels; attending the UN Climate talks in 2016 and 2017. Her belief that the solution lies in ecosystem restoration and sustainable businesses. Sarah has continued her experience as a strategic development consultant, as well as working for a native restoration non-profit in the Chicago area, where she learned techniques for stewarding native areas and plant phenology.
- Chicago Wilderness Prescribed Burn Crew Member
Deidre Joynt // Client Relations
Deidre has 20 years of experience, in client relations, within the green industry. She manages our inside sales, identifying the needs of our clients and providing them with exemplary customer service. Her extensive knowledge and expertise provides our team with a wealth of support and commitment that allows us to exceed the expectations of each of our clients.