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Executive Director
Casey is the Executive Director of the American Public Gardens Association. Their team connects, protects, and champions over 600 gardens and 9300 members located throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and 24 other countries. These gardens reach over...
Director, External Relations
Joan Thomas joined the American Public Gardens Association in June 2016 as Director, External Relations. She oversees all aspects of advancement, membership, and communications programs to advance public understanding, advocacy, and support for the...
Director, Programs & Education
Sarah Beck leads all aspects of the Association’s core programs and educational initiatives. She supports staff in creating integrated programmatic initiatives to advance understanding, advocacy, and use of the Association’s educational, research,...
Manager, Plant Collections Network
Pam has led American Public Gardens Association’s flagship collections accreditation program, the Plant Collections Network, since 2000, promoting excellence in curation and continent-wide coordination in collections management. She serves as the...
Systems Integration Manager
Ken joined the Association after working as a freelance designer in Graphic Design and Video Game Development.  He also has extensive experience working with nonprofits including FIRST Robotics team MOE 365. Ken has a B.A in Multimedia from...
Program and Member Services Assistant
Alexis joined the Association in 2019, and serves as the Program and Member Services Assistant. In her role, she fills Plant Protection Program Store orders, creates Plant Heroes youth educational materials, and assists with planning and executing...
Marketing & Communications Manager
Richard A. Doran joined the American Public Gardens Association in November 2017 as Marketing and Communications Manager. In this position, Richard designs and maintains the Association’s overall marketing and communications calendar to achieve the...
Program Manager
Tyler joined the Association in July 2016. In his role as Plant Protection Program Coordinator he develops outreach materials for the Plant Heroes® youth education program, and interpretive signage about forest health and the impact of plant...
Program Manager
Marisol began working as a Plant Protection Program Coordinator in October of 2017. Her work with the Association includes developing and coordinating our Sentinel Plant Network training workshops, as well as creating outreach and education...
Member Development Manager
Jamie recently joined the Association in January 2020 as Member Development Manager. Jamie brings over 13 years of association membership experience from a variety of different industries. She has a BA in corporate communications from James Madison...
Outreach Manager
Lauren's interest in public gardens began during her undergraduate days when she first visited the Dallas Arboretum. The Association has provided Lauren so much in terms of networking, leadership, and knowledge and she is eager to communicate this...
Program Coordinator
Tommy Rosenbluth joined the Association in 2017 as Program Coordinator. Tommy coordinates all aspects of the Programs and Professional Development sections that the Association offers, helping give public gardens the tools to communicate and share...
Climate And Sustainability Special Project Assistant
Emily joined the Association in 2019 as a special project assistant in the Climate and Sustainability Alliance. She will primarily manage digital content on the Association’s website, including formatting and publishing new content onto...
Creative Projects Coordinator
Caitlin Simkovich joined the American Public Gardens Association in early 2013 as the Communications and Logistics Manager. In this position she oversees and manages the messaging and streams used by the association to communicate with and inform...
Communications Assistant
Nicole Wisniewski joined the American Public Gardens Association in 2020 as a communications assistant. She has 23 years of experience in writing, editing, social media, blogging, and content creation and management for the landscape and tree care...