I am an agricultural extension and communications specialist at Driscoll's, a fresh berry company, in Watsonville, CA. I manage an online collaboration and extension website called Huddle and organize the creation of extension materials, such as cultivar fact sheets and best management practices. I ensure the relationship between Driscoll's independent berry growers and Driscoll's global research and breeding department is educational, connected, and efficient.
Following graduation, I landed a marketing and communication internship at Cornell Plantations (now Cornell Botanic Gardens), where I assisted with the development of interpretive materials, displays, and printed material, wrote and distributed press releases about events, news items, and other noteworthy topics. Once this internship ended my passion for the plant sciences brought me the most isolated place on earth; the Hawaiian Islands .The National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kalaheo Hawaii became my home, where I aided in conservation efforts within the plant extinction capital of the world.
I am working for Chanticleer Garden, one of the Philadelphia area’s newest and most visually exciting gardens. The 35-acre garden is romantic, sculptural, seemingly carefree, yet maintains world-class standards in design and horticultural excellence. Since June '13 I've been working at the leadership level, as the Public Programs Manager. I manage the guest experience, garden ticketing and sales, the education program, and marketing and publicity for the nonprofit public garden.
I'm the chief scientist at the Asian Turfgrass Center (www.asianturfgrass.com). I live in Bangkok, Thailand, and I travel frequently to study, advise, and teach about turfgrass management in Asia. View the Department of Horticulture seminar I delivered October 7, 2013 on Predicting Turfgrass Performance.