Our Leadership

We are led by a National Leadership Cabinet that shapes our vision and strategy, and an Advisory Council that connects our work to key industry, professional, education and government circles.

National Leadership Cabinet

Anna C. Ball

Co-Chair. CEO and Owner, Ball Horticultural Company
Anna Caroline Ball is President and CEO of the 111-year-old Ball Horticultural Company, which specializes in all aspects of horticulture, including breeding, biotechnology, production,...

Paul B. Redman

Co-Chair. President and CEO, Longwood Gardens
Paul B. Redman is an award-winning leader of public gardens, known for his dedication to the beauty and sustainability of gardens, and to the...

Brian Birrenkott, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Brian serves as Chief Scientist in the Research & Development division of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Marysville Ohio.  He became interested in lawn and...

Lorraine Calder

President, White Flower Farm
Lorraine Calder serves as President of White Flower Farm Inc. Ms. Calder worked at Cuzz-acres, Orange, Ct from 1979 to 1980. She received BS...

Sarah Cathcart

 Vice President, Education Longwood Gardens
Sarah joined Longwood Gardens in June 2017 as Vice President, Education, where she oversees the development, implementation, and coordination of Longwood's global education programs....

Charlie Hall, Ph.D.

Ellison Chair in Interational Floriculture, Texas A&M University
Dr. Charlie Hall grew up in the industry on a nursery in western North Carolina. Although an economist by training, he is currently a...

Jeff Huntington

Owner Proven Winners and Pleasant View Gardens
Jeff Huntington, along with his brother Henry, is owner of Pleasant View Gardens in New Hampshire. In 1992, they introduced the Proven Winners® brand...

Cole Mangum

Vice President of Production Bell Nursery
Cole joined Bell Nursery full time 2008 working alongside Tom Wheeler assisting with growing operations. The following year, he moved to Allentown, Penn., to...

Terri McEnaney

President, Bailey Nurseries
Terri McEnaney became president of Bailey Nurseries in 2001. Along with six other fourth-generation Bailey family members, she is responsible for carrying on the...

Rodd Moesel

President and Co-Owner, American Plant Products and Services
Rodd Moesel and his wife, Dona, own and operate American Plant Products and Services in western Oklahoma City. The grandson of dairy farmers and...

Cari Peters, Ph.D.

Vice President. J.R. Peters
Cari Peters is part of the 3rd generation of her family's company ― JR Peters. She is currently in charge of formula research and...

Kate Santos

Operations Director, Dummen Orange
Kate Santos earned a BS in Plant Biology from the University of New Hampshire. Following undergraduate school she worked as a grower for Cavicchio’s...

Joseph A. Simone

CEO, President and Owner Fred C. Gloeckner & Company
Joe Simone is President/CEO and Owner of the Fred C. Gloeckner & Co. The Gloeckner Co has been in business since 1934 and distributes...

Eliot A. Wadsworth

Vice President, Marketing, White Flower Farm
Eliot A. Wadsworth is Vice President, Marketing of White Flower Farm. White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery based in Northwest Connecticut. Since 1950,...

Advisory Council

Charlie Hall, Ph.D.

Charlie Hall, Co-Chair, Advisory Council
Dr. Charlie Hall grew up in the industry on a nursery in western North Carolina. Although an economist by training, he is currently a...

Sarah Cathcart

Sarah Cathcart, Co-Chair, Advisory Council
Sarah joined Longwood Gardens in June 2017 as Vice President, Education, where she oversees the development, implementation, and coordination of Longwood's global education programs....

McKenzie Baecker

Science Teacher, Two Rivers Public Charter School

Jared Barnes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Horticulture, Stephen F. Austin Univ.
Jared Barnes, Ph.D. started gardening when he was five years old, and since then he has enthusiastically pursued how to best cultivate plants and...

Mark Broxon

Executive Director, Proven Winners
For the past 14 years Mark Broxon has served as the Executive Director of Proven Winners, the leading plant brand in North America.  His...

Debi Chedester

Executive Director American Floral Endowment
Debi joined the American Floral Endowment (AFE) in 2008, and serves as the Executive Director overseeing scientific research projects, educational grants, and scholarships. She...

Marnie Conley

Vice President, Marketing, Longwood Gardens
Marnie Conley joined Longwood Gardens as Marketing Department head in August 2009. Marnie is responsible for managing all aspects of a holistic marketing operation...

Aimee Darville

Communications Professional

John Dole, Ph.D.

Associate Dean & Director, Academic Programs North Carolina State Univ.
John M. Dole is Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs at NC State University and past Chairman of the Board of the American...

Laura Drotleff

Editor, Greenhouse Grower Magazine

Jeff Gibson

Landscape Business Manager, Ball Horticultural

Danielle L. Green

Past President, Associaton of Zoological Horticulture
As Director of Gardens and Grounds for Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens since 2012, Danielle L. Green is responsible for the development and management...

Nancy Hargroves

President, National Garden Clubs
Horticulture and floral design have always been a major part of Nancy's life, as she grew up in eastern Virginia on her family’s vegetable...

Aurelie Jacquet, Ph.D.

Ethnopharmacologist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Karla Kares

Marketing Coordinator, J.R. Peters, Inc.
Karla Kares spearheads the marketing and branding efforts for the blue crew at JR Peters, Inc. She works diligently to develop new concepts for...

Jamie Kitz

Key Account Manager, Sakata Seed America

Kimberley Lough

Agriculture Instructor, Lincoln Middle Urban Ag & FFA
Kimberley Lough was an Environmental Consultant before landing an Agriscience teaching position in a Title 1 middle school in southwest Florida 14 years ago....

Nora MacDonald

Associate Director of Membership and Member Programs, American Horticulture Society

Janet Mahoney

Retired Director, Global Total Rewards Driscoll's

Mary Meyer Ph.D.

Professor and Extension Horticulturist, Univ. of Minnesota
Dr. Mary Hockenberry Meyer is a professor and Extension Horticulturist in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. She is a...

Doug Needham Ph.D.

Retired Vice President, Education, Longwood Gardens Former Professor of Floriculture, Oklahoma State University
Doug Needham earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences and M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Needham joined the...

Mike Neff

Executive Director, American Society for Horticultural Science
Michael W. Neff has been the Executive Director of the American Society for Horticultural Science since 2000. He previously served ASHS as Director of...

Andy Paluch

Program Director, Come Alive Outside

Dede Petri

President, Garden Club of America
As incoming president of The Garden Club of America, 2017-2019, Dede will oversee 200 clubs and nearly 18,000 members around the country. Before GCA,...

Margi Prueitt

Executive Director, Center for Growing Talent by PMA, and Senior Vice President, Produce Marketing Assoc.
After a diverse and rewarding 35 year career with the American Red Cross, the last 20 years as the CEO of the American Red...

Matt Rader

President The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Matt is the President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He grew up in Mercersburg, a small town in south central Pennsylvania, where he attended...

Helen Rortvedt

Executive Director, KidsGardening
Helen is the Executive Director of KidsGardening, a national nonprofit that seeks to engage all children in learning through the garden. KidsGardening is a...

Casey Sclar, Ph.D.

Executive Director, American Public Gardens Association

Jessica Turner-Skoff, Ph.D.

Treeologist, Morton Arboretum
Despite starting her early academic career studying and working with animals, Jessica's professional interest quickly became rooted in plants. Jessica has a diverse background...

Tom Underwood

Executive Director, Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Salina Wunderle

Senior Horticulturist - Greenhouses Chicago Botanic Garden

Our Staff

Susan E. Yoder, IOM

Executive Director

syoder@SeedYourFuture.org

(484) 798-5934

Zunilda "Zuny" Jamatte

Marketing and Communications Intern