Board and Staff

Staff Members

Adam Hart

Adam Hart

Horticultural Manager

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Alina Mello

Alina Mello

Visitor Services Specialist

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Annie Winn

Annie Winn

Volunteer Manager

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Belanna Hecker

Belanna Hecker

Garden Educator

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Ben Shockey

Ben Shockey

Executive Director

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JoAnn Vrilakas

JoAnn Vrilakas

Education Manager

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Katherine Takata

Katherine Takata

Event Coordinator

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Kit Cummins

Kit Cummins

Rental and Events Manager

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Lisa Santo

Lisa Santo

Operations Manager

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Sam Mularz

Sam Mularz

Gardener

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Scott Hoelscher

Scott Hoelscher

Head Gardener

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Tamra Tiemeyer

Tamra Tiemeyer

Visitor Services Manager

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Board Members

Bob Hyland

Bob Hyland

Vice President

Bob Hyland is a Portland-based horticultural consultant and garden designer. He owns Hyland Garden Design and Contained Exuberance, a garden pottery shop and design studio. During his 40-year career, Bob has managed horticulture, operations, and education programs at leading public gardens on both coasts – Longwood Gardens, San Francisco Botanical Garden & Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Before moving to Portland in 2011, he built, co-owned, and operated a connoisseur plant nursery in New York’s Hudson Valley. Rooted firmly in the Pacific Northwest for 8 years, Bob has served on the boards of several public gardens and horticultural organizations.

Cici Polson

Cici Polson

Board Member

CiCi Polson is a self-described science nerd.  She has a bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience and nursing and a master’s degree in nursing.  She is a retired nurse-midwife.  In 2010, she became an OSU Master Gardener and is a garden tour guide and work crew member at Pittock Mansion.  She has designed and created school gardens and taught many children and adults about science and botany.  Her special interests include native plants, herbal medicine and the healing properties of gardening and nature.

Francheska Snyder

Francheska Snyder

Board Member

Originally from Philadelphia, Francheska Snyder is the current owner/operator of Niwa Method LLC, a landscape contracting business specializing in Japanese gardens in the Portland area. She has previously worked in public non-profit gardens at Portland Japanese Garden, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, and Wyck Historic House and Garden. She is a member of various garden and horticulture societies, and a recognized Chanticleer Scholar. Francheska earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009. She holds a certificate in Garden Design from Cornell Cooperative Extension, a certificate in Ornamental Horticulture from Longwood Gardens, and a 4th Term Master Level certificate from the Ohara School of Ikebana. She also uses her time and talent to volunteer with Friends of Trees and the Oregon Garden.

Gay Greger

Gay Greger

Board Member

Retired from Portland Parks & Recreation and a career in community relations, public involvement, and volunteer coordination. Was involved with the Garden in that capacity in the early 1980s and is pleased to be back now as a volunteer.

Lina Ma

Lina Ma

Board Member

Lina Ma is a Geologist-in-Training (GIT), a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), and self- employed business owner who is learning how to help people build and protect wealth through financial education. Lina is volunteering to assist with developing an educational geology program for the Leach Botanical Garden in Portland. Prior to becoming self-employed, Lina served as a Geologist and Natural Resource Specialist for the State of Oregon for 15 years. Lina has been a member of Oregon’s Historical Marker Committee, a Framework Lead of Oregon’s Geospatial Enterprise Office, and on the Board of Directors to the Association for Women Geoscientists. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon. With time away from the digital world, Lina loves to travel and enjoy the outdoors.

Mary L.K. Davis

Mary L.K. Davis

Secretary

Since moving into Portland in 1994, Mary LK Davis has served on the Mid-County Sewer Project Citizens Advisory Committee for Portland’s Bureau of Development Services, the Lents Urban Renewal Citizens Advisory Committee for the Portland Development Commission, the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association Board, and the Rose Community Development Board of Directors, to name a few activities. She joined the LGF board of directors in October, 2014, volunteers in the gift shop, serves on the gift shop committee, and has been a member/donor since 2003. In January 2021, Mary takes on the duties of Board Secretary.

Michael Crosbie

Michael Crosbie

Board Member

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Mike McKeel

Mike McKeel

President

A practicing dentist and real estate developer, Mike is active in the Gresham community and in 1996 was honored as Gresham Area Citizen of the Year. He has served as a member of the Gresham School Board, is past-president of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on a number of boards including ODS and Portland State University Foundation.

Richard Hartlage

Richard Hartlage

Board Member

Richard Hartlage is the founding partner of Land Morphology, a landscape architectural design working in eight states. His award-winning, innovative designs are renowned as emotive, immersive spaces that incorporate sophisticated horticulture, artful detailing, and historical knowledge that heighten the human experience of the natural world.

Richard’s diverse span of work includes planting design for the Seattle Waterfront, the master plan and first phase of development of Leach Botanical Garden, renovations to Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Kentucky, the design of the Herb and Vegetable Garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and the design of Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle.


Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

Board Member

Sam Bennett is an Associate at Hennebery Eddy Architects and brings her experience with energy-efficient sustainable design to all her work, from new construction to resiliency and historic renovations. Sam has developed design and construction documents for complex rehabilitation projects for the National Parks Service, including carefully incorporating new materials and systems to improve the life-span and performance of several historic buildings. She has worked on multiple projects where prioritizing the landscape was integral to successfully rehabilitating significant historical, archaeological, and cultural resources. Her recent notable projects include renovation work at the historic Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park, multiple historic renovation and preservation projects at Yellowstone National Park, work at the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and the design/build expansion and renovation of the Oregon Youth Challenge facility in Bend, Oregon.

Sue O'Halloran

Sue O'Halloran

Board Member

Co-owner and President of Kohler Meyers O’Halloran, Inc., a real estate company, Sue worked with the City of Portland acquiring properties in the Johnson Creek Watershed for restoration. Involvement in Leach Botanical Garden continues this important work of connecting nature and quality of life. Sue was Gresham Citizen of the year in 1995 and Outstanding Volunteer in 2006 and 2008. She is President of Gresham’s Center for the Arts Foundation, past president of East Metro Economic Alliance,  and Mt. Hood Community College Foundation board member.


Thomas Bland

Thomas Bland

Treasurer

Tom Bland, Certified Public Accountant, was chief operating officer of several start-up companies and non-profit organizations. He has extensive knowledge of business operations, and assists companies in building and establishing financial operations, governance, human resources, risk management and facilities operation. He owns Sequoia Financial Consulting, a tax and financial management company. He sits on the boards of a number of environmental organizations and was past president of the local North American Rock Garden society chapter. He has a BS and MS in Genetics.

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