Mt. Cuba Center Programs Spring - Summer 2019 S2019-Programs-JOOMLA - Page 50

INSTRUCTOR PROFILES Andy Adams is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD. He has been researching reptiles and amphibians for over a decade; and he is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Susquehannock Wildlife Society. Todd Brethauer is a plant pathologist and science educator at the United States Botanic Garden where he presents lectures on carnivorous plants, orchids, cacti, and algae. He was a featured speaker at the 2016 EcoSavvy Gardening Symposium at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA. Jeff Allenby is the Director of Conservation Technology at the Chesapeake Conservancy where his team focuses on developing new ways to access geospatial data and creating analytic tools that lead to positive management outcomes. He is currently constructing interactive tools to better target Best Management Practices for conservation and restoration projects. Maggie Brock is an Education Assistant at Mt. Cuba Center. She earned her master’s degree in museum education and has worked at many non-profits including Grounds For Sculpture. Susan Bara is an experienced herbalist with a special interest in native plant use and ethnobotany. She is also a teacher-naturalist and habitat steward with the Delaware Nature Society. Jim Barg is a wild food and mushroom forager for several restaurants in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. He is a past President of the New Jersey Mycological Association and is a consultant to the New Jersey Poison Control Center, acting as one of several mushroom identifiers who are contacted for cases of suspected mushroom poisonings. Rochelle Bartolomei is the Manager of the Native Plant Program for Montgomery County Parks, MD, which provides native ecotype plants to Parks projects, including wetland depressions and meadows. She is the former Executive Director of Chesapeake Natives Inc., a non-profit that specializes in growing and promoting native plants. Susan Barton, PhD, is an extension specialist and associate professor in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware. She helped develop the Plants for a Livable Delaware program and, in 2007, received the Ratledge Award for service from the University of Delaware. Nancy Bell is the Education and Garden Coach Coordinator at Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin. She has Certificates of Merit in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from Longwood Gardens. Kelly Billing is a Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist with over 32 years of experience in the water gardening industry. She compiled and maintains the Aquatic Plant Invasive Species List for the nursery trade and co- authored, with Paula Biles, The Lotus: Know It and Grow It. Susan Boss is the Mt. Cuba Center Entrance Landscape Horticulturist responsible for the gardens along the entrance drive. Previously, she was a gardener at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library for 11 years. Eileen Boyle is the Director of Conservation and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. She loves teaching, especially about plants and their relationships with birds and butterflies. Previously, she was the Director of Horticulture at the Philadelphia Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden and a professor of horticulture at Mercer College in New Jersey. 50 Julia Byrem received her formal training in yoga and Āyurveda at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and she completed a Meditation Teacher Training with David Nictern in 2013. Julia has found her passion and purpose in teaching yoga, meditation, and Āyurveda, and she believes that a peaceful life is deserved by everyone. Peg Castorani is co-owner of Gateway Garden Center with her husband Steve, and she manages the off-site, custom potting services for the Center. She has been growing “green thumbs” for 30 years. Peg’s specialty is water gardens. George Coombs is the Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center. Previously, as Manager of Research at the Center, he trialed cultivars and species of native plants to determine their horticultural and ecological value. Hank Davis is a trained horticulturist and ardent bird photographer. He volunteers at the Delaware Nature Society and is a member of the Delmarva Ornithological Society and the Audubon Society. Phyllis D’Amico, HTM, is a registered horticultural therapist with the AHTA and has more than 30 years of professional experience. She created an award-winning horticultural therapy program for special needs students at the New Jersey Regional Day School in Newark, NJ. She is also the Program Coordinator for the Certificate in Horticultural Therapy Program at the New York Botanical Garden. Madeline Dobbs is the founder of the More BV Homes Team at Century 21 Emerald. She is the author of How to Sell Your House in 30 Days, a course that educates sellers on how to prepare their homes to appeal to today’s buyers. Dwayne Estes, PhD, is a Professor of Biology at Austin Peay State University, Tennessee, where he teaches plant ecology and botanical diversity courses and is Director of the Herbarium. His research interests are in plant systematics, including his current investigation of the genus Clematis of the eastern United States. Dwayne was named Tennessee Conservationist of the Year in 2018 by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Michael Fahey is co-founder of the Awareness Center in Newark and has practiced yoga for more than 40 years. He instructs at FIT in Wilmington and his classes emphasize the essentials of Iyengar yoga—focused attention on breathing and precise postural alignment—in a supportive and fun atmosphere.