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.

Garden Retail Community

  • Tammy Behm, Maypop, Community Coordinator
  • Bridget Behe, PhD, Michigan State University Department of Horticulture
  • Bob Berbee, Dutch Mill Greenhouse and Leo Berbee Bulb Co.
  • Cyndee Carvalho, Alden Lane Nursery
  • Sonya Harrison, My Secret Garden
  • Jessie Jacobson, Tonkadale Greenhouses
  • Tanner Jones, Family Tree Nursery
  • Liz Lark-Riley, Rockledge Gardens
  • Ryan Watkins, Brownswood Nursery
  • Heather Wheatley, Homestead Gardens
  • Gerry Docksteader, Advanced Horticultural Solutions, Board Liaison
  • Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Generation Next Community

  • Melinda Knuth, North Carolina State University Community Coordinator
  • Jacob Carson, Bowery Farming
  • Chris Cerveny, RoBotany, Ltd.
  • Jennifer Dyer, MasterTag
  • Annie Glaser, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse Co.
  • Cara Goch, Gardyn
  • Thomas Minter, BFG Supply Company
  • Lauren Fernandes, Growing Green
  • Andy Fields, Goodmark Nurseries
  • Lindsey 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 Connector
  • Bob Dickman, Dickman Farms LLC
  • Denise Godfrey, Olive Hill Greenhouses
  • Broch Martindale, Corteva AgriScience
  • Amy Morris, N.G. Heimos Greenhouses
  • Jennifer Moss, Moss Greenhouses
  • Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants
  • Nathan Sell, Dümmen Orange
  • Jason Twaddell, Ball FloraPlant
  • Mary Werth, Suburban Lawn & Garden Inc.
  • Paul Westervelt, Saunders Brothers Inc
  • Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler Inc – Board Liaison
  • Rachel Rawls, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Interior Plantscape Community

  • Genevieve Reiner-Mills, Oakland Interiorscapes, Community Coordinator
  • Barbara Arnold, Franklin Park Conservatory
  • Peter Herrera, No Sweat! Waterproof Liners
  • Anna Johnston, Tri-State Foliage Inc
  • Eric McKie, Green Oak Garden Center LLC
  • Nathan Parker, Parker Interior Plantscape Inc.
  • Jessica Pinette, Plantasia Interiors Inc.
  • Jennifer Ricciardi, Interior Garden Services
  • Nicolas Rousseau, ByNature
  • Molly Turpin, Growing Green Inc.
  • Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison
  • Amy Ballard, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Landscape Community

  • Jeff Gibson, Ball Horticultural Company, Community Coordinator
  • Elizabeth Bonadonna, Busy Beaver Lawn and Garden Inc.
  • Joe Burns, Color Burst
  • Carrie Hancock – Ball Horticultural Company
  • Matt Hunter, New Garden Landscape and Nursery
  • Ben Huntington, Pleasant View Gardens Inc
  • David McKinney, The Iowa Arboretum & Gardens
  • Jeremy Schultz, LandscapeHub
  • Kent Fullmer, Fullmer’s Landscaping Inc, Board Liaison
  • Lyndsi Oestmann, Loma Vista Nursery Inc, Board Liaison
  • Amy Ballard, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison
  • Katie Gustafson, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Nursery Community