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Community Connectors

Introducing Your Community Connectors

Community connectors are the passionate representatives of key industry segments. They donate time, talent, and ideas to AmericanHort to help inform and guide everything we do so that we can better serve you. 

Community Connector groups meet monthly or quarterly to discuss key projects -- like what’s being taught at Cultivate or the AmericanHort Scholars program. They also share concerns and challenges from their respective segments and help find solutions and ways AmericanHort can make a difference.

If you have something to share or would like to get involved, click here.

Garden Retail Community

Bridget Behe, PhD, Michigan State University Department of Horticulture
Tammy Behm, Greenscape Gardens
Tina Bemis, Bemis Farms Nursery
Jessica DeGraaf, Proven Winners
Abby Kleckler, GPN/Lawn & Garden Retailer
Will Heeman, Heeman Greenhouses

Lisa Minter-Bustin, Minter Country Garden, Board Liaison
Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Generation Next Community

Stephanie Whitehouse, Dickman Farms LLC, Community Coordinator 
Brienne Arthur, Brie Grows     
Jared Barnes, Stephen F Austin University
Courtney Crawford, Willoway Nurseries Inc
Mason Day, GrowIt!   
Tiffany Heater, Ball Horticultural Company
Chris McKellar, Chalet Nursery               
Jake Pierson, Pierson Nurseries Inc   
John Terhesh, Willoway Nurseries Inc
Kellie Walters, Michigan State University
Seth Reed, GrowIt!, Board Liaison
Mary Beth Cowardin, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Greenhouse Community

Paul Westervelt, Saunders Brothers Inc, Community Coordinator       
Jim Clesen, Ron Clesen's Ornamental Plants 
Jeremy Crook, Olson's Greenhouse Gardens 
Dennis Crum, Four Star Greenhouses
Matt Foertmeyer, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse     
Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler Inc               
Roberto Lopez, PhD, Michigan State University Department of Horticulture   
Elizabeth Raymond, Berger     
Jacob Stockslager, Stockslagers Greenhouse & Garden Center             
Bob Dickman, Dickman Farms LLC, Board Liaison
Suzie Raker, Raker, Board Liaison
Gina Zirkle, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Interior Plantscape Community

Jodi Stumpf, Growing Green Inc, Community Coordinator         
Barbara Arnold, Franklin Park Conservatory   
Vicky Cate, Evergreen Interiors Inc       
Evelyn Chamberlin, Oakland Interiorscapes   
Lael George, Engledow Group
Denise  Godfrey, Olive Hill Greenhouses           
Peter Herrera, No Sweat! Waterproof Liners
Bryan Johnston, Tri-State Foliage Inc 
Michelle Marquez, Botanical Designs Inc         
Terri Bates, Bates Sons & Daughters Inc, Board Liaison
Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Landscape Community

Jeff Gibson, Ball Horticultural Company, Community Coordinator
Kent Fullmer, Fullmer's Landscaping Inc                             
Tom Hughes, Hughes Nursery & Landscaping
Ben Huntington, Pleasant View Gardens Inc   
Scott McAdam, McAdam Landscaping Inc         
Lyndsi Oestmann, Loma Vista Nursery Inc       
Bryan Rice, Rice's Nursery & Landscaping Inc
Gary Weidenbach, Rosehill Gardens Inc           
Steve Wills, Lanco Inc
Tom Demaline, Willoway Nurseries Inc, Board Liaison
Mark Sellew, Prides Corner Farms, Board Liaison
Gina Zirkle, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Nursery Community

Art Parkerson, Lancaster Farms Inc, Community Coordinator
Carlos Bogran, PhD, OHP Inc   
Harvey  Cotten, Huntsville Botanical Garden 
John Coulter, Master Nursery Garden Centers Inc
David Fujino, California Center for Urban Horticulture 
Tim Kane, Prides Corner Farms               
Kimberley Lovelace-Young, Forrest Keeling Nursery   
Dan Nelson, Hans Nelson & Sons Nursery Inc
Jon Russell, Monrovia  
Peter Scarff, Scarff's Nursery Inc             
Matt Steinkopf, Willoway Nurseries Inc             
Tom Demaline, Willoway Nurseries Inc, Board Liaison
Mark Sellew, Prides Corner Farms, Board Liaison
Jennifer Gray, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison