2022 Seed Your Future Leadership Meeting

Our Seed Your Future Leadership Meeting is now open for RSVP's. All members of the National Leadership Cabinet and Advisory Council are invited to attend. Please review the information below and RSVP in the right hand column.


We are finalizing the agenda now. On March 23, 2022, the pre-meeting informal networking with UGA students begins at 11:00 am EST, followed by lunch at noon.

The meeting will commence at 1:00 pm EST and end at noon on March 24, 2022. Our agenda will include a tour and dinner on March 23, 2022, at the State Botanic Garden hosted by UGA.


  • Meeting & Hotel – The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel 
    1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602-3603

COVID Protocols

  • UGA is recommending all individuals continue to socially distance themselves and wear masks.
  • UGA staff will disinfect the rooms after setting the room and they will also disinfect the room the night of March 23rd, when they go to clean the room in preparation for the 24th. Our group will be the only group using the reserved space for the duration of our meeting. 
  • We will spend portions of our meeting outside in the courtyard, weather permitted.

Logistical Details

Attendees pay their own travel and hotel expenses. 



  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport is a two-hour drive to the University of Georgia.
  • Athens International Airport is 15 mins from our destination.

Ground Transportation

  • You will arrange for your own ground transportation for your arrival. You may choose to arrive on Tuesday evening, March 22 or Wednesday morning, March 23. If you arrive Tuesday evening, plan to travel directly to the hotel.
  • Transportation from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport can be scheduled through Groome
  • UGA will provide transportation to the off-site locations.

Meeting Meals

  • Seed Your Future will be hosting all lunches during the meeting (breakfast is on your own at the hotel restaurants). If you have special dietary, physical, or sensory needs, we will ask you to share that information in a pre-meeting survey to accommodate your needs.
  • For attendees arriving on Tuesday, March 22, we will arrange an optional informal dinner at South Kitchen + Bar with all early arrivers. UGA will provide transportation to the restaurant and return to the hotel.
  • UGA will be hosting dinner at the State Botanic Garden on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

March 23, 2022 at 1:00pm - March 24, 2022
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 S Lumpkin St
Athens, GA 30602-3603
United States
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Jazmin Albarran · · 484-798-5934

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Board of Directors

Anna C. Ball

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

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...

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 North Carolina State University and past Chairman of the Board of the...

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...

Terri McEnaney

President, Bailey Nurseries
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Rodd Moesel

President and Co-Owner, American Plant Products and Services
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Kate Santos, Ph.D.

Director, Research and Conservation, Longwood Gardens
Kate has a foundational background in botany as well as over 15 years of professional horticulture experience. She earned a doctorate in Environmental Horticulture...

Ronda Hamm, Ph.D.

Board President: Informal Educator & Global Leader
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Kate Penn

CEO, Society of American Florists
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Gustavo Carranza Jr.

Sr. Irrigation Manager, Wonderful Orchards
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Ryan Hall

Head of Flowers - Americas, Syngenta
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Chris Drummond

President, Penny's by Plaza Flowers
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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...

Jared Barnes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Horticulture, Stephen F. Austin Univ.
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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...

Laura Drotleff

Marketing Communications Manager, Metrolina Greenhouses

Jeff Gibson

Landscape Business Manager, Ball Horticultural
For over 28 years, Jeff has managed a range of Ball customer focused sales and marketing activities, currently focusing on Ball’s steadily growing landscape...

Aurelie Jacquet, Ph.D.

Ethnopharmacologist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Kimberley Lough

Agriculture Instructor, Sugg Middle Urban Ag & FFA
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Mary Meyer Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota
Dr. Mary Hockenberry Meyer is a professor emeritus in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota and the Grass Curator for...

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...

Matt Rader

President The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
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Jennifer Schwarz Ballard, Ph.D.

Vice President of Learning and Engagement Programs, Chicago Botanic Garden
Jennifer Schwarz, Ph.D., serves as the vice president of learning and engagement for the Chicago Botanic Garden. In this role, she oversees the Garden’s...

Casey Sclar, Ph.D.

H.O. Smith Endowed Director, The Arboretum at Penn State
Casey began serving as the H.O. Smith Endowed Director in August 2022. He has a master of science degree and a doctorate in entomology...

Lisa Smith

Horticulturist/ Wholesale Sales/ILCA Committee Member
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Mary Warshauer

Former President, National Garden Clubs Inc.
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Jena Gizerskiy

Sales Manager-North America for Rosaprima
I am a Sales Manager-North America for Rosaprima, a company dedicated to growing the most luxurious rose varieties in the world. Rosaprima values: unequaled...

Chad Follis

Director of Educational Resources
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Brenda Moore

President of National Garden Clubs Inc.
Brenda Moore of Oak Hill, WV is the President of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC). Her theme for her Presidency will be “Plant America – Go Green” and...

Broch Martindale

National Nursery & Greenhouse Strategic Account Manager
Broch Martindale National Nursery & Greenhouse Strategic Account Manager Growing up in the family greenhouse business is where Broch found his passion for plants...

Aidan Williams

Sales & Operations Manager, Por La Mar Nursery
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Colah Tawkin

Founder of Black in the Garden LLC & Underground Arborist
Colah is the juggernaut creator, producer, and voice behind the renowned Black in the Garden (LLC) podcast. Most recently she started a national tree...

Courtney Allen

Director of National Programs, American Horticultural Society
Courtney Allen is a gardens and museums professional specializing in lifelong learning. As Director of National Programs, Ms. Allen provides vision, strategy, and leadership...

Sue Markgraf

Founder & President, GreenMark Media
An award-winning reporter, editor, field producer and media relations practitioner, Sue has more than 30 years in media and corporate, non-profit and agency communications,...

Abel Guzman

Executive Director of College Pathways
Abel Guzman returned to The Wonderful Company in 2021 to serve as Executive Director of College Pathways. In a previous role at The Wonderful...

Carrie Waterman

Horticulture Committee Chair, Garden Club of America
Carrie Waterman has served on National Committees of the Garden Club of America for the past 23 years, including Horticulture, Flower Show, Judging, and...

Sahid Nahim

Co-President, Above All Flower and New Boom Solutions
Sahid Nahim, co-president of 'Above All Flower' and 'New Bloom Solutions', is a pillar of innovation in floristry. With two decades in the industry,...

Meghan Wiesbrock

Manager of School and Camp Programs, The Morton Arboretum
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Corrine Heck

CEO, Details Flowers Software
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Our Staff

Jazmin Albarran

Executive Director

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(484) 798-5934