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Executive Director
Appointed in 2012, Casey is the Executive Director of the American Public Gardens Association. He and his team serve and support over 585 gardens and their 9,000+ allied members located throughout America and 14 countries. Collectively, these...
Director, External Relations
Joan Thomas recently 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...
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
Currently living in West Grove, PA, 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...
Program Manager, Current And Future Initiatives
Sarah Beck is the Program Manager-Current and Future Initiatives for the Association. Sarah leads the Climate and Sustainability Alliance, which offers tools to help public gardens achieve leadership on sustainability goals and reduce climate...
Marketing and Communications Manager
Caitlin Simkovich joined the American Public Gardens Association in early 2013 as the Marketing...
Manager, Plant Protection Program
Dan is Manager for the Association's Sentinel Plant Network*. He recruits new members for the program, organizes the Sentinel Plant Network's professional development workshops and mobilizes public gardens to scout their collections for pests and...
Office Manager
As the American Public Garden Association’s Office Manager, Kate helps with the day-to-day items that keep the Association running. She holds a BA in Interpersonal Communication from University of Delaware, and joins the association after many years...
Communications Assistant
Heather Conboy is one of the two Communications Assistants at the American Public Gardens Association, specializing in social media and online communications. She has a BA in Digital Communications and Graphic Design. She is currently pursuing her...
Communications Assistant
Lauren Garcia Chance serves as a Communications Assistant. Lauren's interest in public gardens began during her undergraduate days when she first visited the Dallas Arboretum. The American Public Garden Association has provided Lauren so much in...
Plant Protection Program Assistant
Tyler joined the Association in July 2016 as the Plant Protection Program Assistant. In this role he helps to develop outreach materials for the Plant Heroes® youth education program, and interpretive signage about forest health and the impact...