AmericanHort Community connectors

Community connectors are the passionate representatives from the key industry segments that make up the green industry. They donate time, talent, and ideas to AmericanHort to help inform and guide everything we do so that we can best serve your evolving needs.

Community Connector groups meet monthly or quarterly to discuss key projects through in person meetings, conference calls, emails and other modes of communication this group provides insight and inspiration into addressing the needs of members. They are a sounding board for new ideas, help ensure relevancy in our offerings, serve as evangelists for our initiatives, and are valuable assets in connecting members and the association.

If you are interested in becoming involved and would like to be considered for one of these groups, please submit an application form.


The AmericanHort Community Connectors offer Roundtable meetings as an opportunity for members to hear updates on current issues, connect with other members, and discuss challenges and successes in their industry segment. All AmericanHort members are welcome to join. Sign up to be notified of new Roundtables.

Garden Retail Community

Jessie Jacobson, Tonkadale Greenhouses – Community Coordinator

Neil Anderson, Gardens of Babylon

Bob Berbee, Dutch Mill Greenhouse and Leo Berbee Bulb Co.

Sonya Harrison, My Secret Garden

Tanner Jones, Family Tree Nursery

Liz Lark-Riley, Mahoney’s Garden Center

Ryan Watkins, Brownswood Nursery

Heather Wheatley, Proven Winners

Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Steve Mostardi, Mostardi Nurseries, , Board Liaison

Generation Next Community

Melinda Knuth, North Carolina State University – Community Coordinator

Jacob Carson, AdeptAg

Chris Cerveny, Bridge City Global, LLC.

Jennifer Dyer, MasterTag

Elizabeth Dunbar, BASF

Andy Fields, Goodmark Nurseries

Annie Glaser, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse

Marcus Jansen, Ball Hort/PanAmerican Seed

Thomas Minter, BFG Supply Company

Ankit Singh, University of Maine

Cara Widder, Proven Winners

Lyndsey Zinni, Millcreek Gardens

Rob Lando, AgriNomix, Board Liaison

Jon Reelhorn, Belmont Nursery, Board Liaison

Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Rachel Rawls, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Greenhouse Community

Matt Foertmeyer, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse – Community Coordinator

Bob Dickman, Dickman Farms LLC

Denise Godfrey, Olive Hill Greenhouses

Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler Inc.

David Hoffman, Hoffman Nursery

Broch Martindale, Corteva AgriScience

Amy Morris, N.G. Heimos Greenhouses

Jennifer Moss, Moss Greenhouses Inc

Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants

Nathan Sell, Independent

Jason Twaddell, Ball FloraPlant

Mary Werth, Suburban Lawn & Garden Inc

Paul Westervelt, Saunders Brothers Inc

Derek Clark, South Central Growers, Board Liaison

Rachel Rawls, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Interior Plantscape Community

Genevieve Reiner-Mills, Oakland Interiorscapes, Community Coordinator

Barbara Arnold, Franklin Park Conservatory

Morgan Coling, Oasis Plantscaping

Peter Herrera, No Sweat! Waterproof Liners

Eric McKie, Green Oak Garden Center LLC

Nathan Parker, Parker Interior Plantscape Inc.

Jessica Pinette, Plantasia Interiors Inc.

Jennifer Ricciardi, Interior Garden Services

Nicolaus Rousseau, ByNature

Molly Turpin, Growing Green Inc.

Emily Showalter, Willoway Nurseries, Board Liaison

Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Landscape Community

Jeff Gibson, Ball Horticultural Company, Community Coordinator

Joe Burns, Color Burst

Kurt Everett, Loma Vista Nursery

Carrie Hancock, Ball Horticultural Company

Joe Hobson, Midwest Trading

Brett Jones, SiteOne Landscape Supply

David McKinney, The Iowa Arboretum & Gardens

Drew Stevens, Brownswood Nursery & Landscape

Kent Fullmer, Fullmer’s Landscaping Inc, Board Liaison

Nursery Community

Colin Jones, Manor View Farms – Leader

Jake Pierson, Pierson Nurseries – Leader

John Terhesh, Breezy Hill Nursery – Leader

Carlos Bogran, OHP

Paul Cappiello, Yew Dell Gardens

Bobby Garcia, Greenleaf Nursery

Scott Klittich, Otto & Sons

Harvey Cotten, Horticultural Consultant, Speaker, & Author – Board Liaison

Lyndsi Oestmann, Loma Vista – Board Liaison

Jennifer Gray, AmericanHort – Staff Liaison

Michael Martin, AmericanHort – Staff Liaison

Rachel Rawls, AmericanHort – Staff Liaison