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Community Connectors

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
Jessica DeGraaf, Proven Winners
Will Heeman, Heeman Greenhouses
Jessie Jacobson, Tonkadale Greenhouses
Ryan Watkins, Brownswood Nursery
Stephanie Whitehouse, Dickman Farms LLC
Gerry Docksteader, Industry Professional, Board Liaison
Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Generation Next Community
Daniel Greenwell, Piedmont Technical College, Community Coordinator
Jacob Carson, Rough Brothers Inc / Nexus Corporation
Chris Cerveny, RoBotany, Ltd.
Mason Day, JR Peters 
Jennifer Dyer, MasterTag
Courtney Hughes, BFG Supply Company
Melinda Knuth, Texas A&M
Jennifer Moss, Moss Greenhouses
Lindsay Squires Chrisp, Tagawa Gardens
John Terhesh, Goodmark Nurseries Inc. 
Rob Lando, AgriNomix, Board Liaison
Jon Reelhorn, Belmont Nursery, Board Liaison

Mary Beth Cowardin, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Greenhouse Community
Matt Foertmeyer, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse, Community Connector
James Clesen, Ron Clesen's Ornamental Plants
Peggy Hutson, iUNU
Jason Twaddell, Ball FloraPlant
Paul Westervelt, Saunders Brothers Inc
Broch Martindale, Corteva AgriScience
Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler Inc - Board Liaison
Amy Morris, N.G. Heimos Greenhouses, Board Liaison
Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants, Board Liaison

Holly Scoggins & Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Interior Plantscape Community
Evelyn Chamberlin, Oakland Interiorscapes, Community Coordinator 
Barbara Arnold, Franklin Park Conservatory 
Denise Godfrey, Olive Hill Greenhouses 
Peter Herrera, No Sweat! Waterproof Liners 
Bryan Johnston, Tri-State Foliage Inc 
Jessica Pinette, Plantasia Interiors Inc.
Nicolas Rousseau, ByNature
Heddy Salerno, Inside Plants
Jodi Stumpf, Growing Green Inc
Mike Klopmeyer, Ball FloraPlant, Board Liaison
Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants, Board Liaison

Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison
Amanda Holton, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Landscape Community
Jeff Gibson, Ball Horticultural Company, Community Coordinator
Kent Fullmer, Fullmer's Landscaping Inc
Matt Hunter, New Garden Landscape and Nursery
Ben Huntington, Pleasant View Gardens Inc
Lyndsi Oestmann, Loma Vista Nursery Inc
Jeremy Schultz, LandscapeHub
Tom Hughes, Hughes Nursery & Landscaping LLC, Board Liaison
Joe Hobson, Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies, Board Liaison
Brian Brown, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Nursery Community
Art Parkerson, Lancaster Farms Inc, Community Coordinator
Carlos Bogran, PhD, OHP Inc
Harvey Cotten, Huntsville Botanical Garden
Tom Demaline, Willoway Nurseries, Inc
David Fujino, California Center for Urban Horticulture
Bobby Garcia, Greenleaf Nursery Co
Colin Jones, Manor View Farm Inc
Tim Parker, BlueWater Horticulture LLC
Jake Pierson, Pierson Nurseries Inc
Jon Russell, Monrovia  
Matt Steinkopf, Willoway Nurseries Inc        
Chris McCorkle, McCorkle Nurseries, Board Liaison
Steve Castorani, North Creek Nurseries, Board Liaison
Jennifer Gray
, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison