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INSTRUCTOR PROFILES Scott Freedman is a Grounds Maintenance Technician at Mt. Cuba Center. Prior to this he managed a commercial maintenance company where he oversaw operations, equipment maintenance, scheduling, and purchasing. Scott Kelley is the Head Arborist at Mt. Cuba Center. He has more than 20 years of experience working with trees and is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist ® and qualified tree risk assessor. Shelby French oversees plant propagation, wild collections, and various research projects as the Propagation Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. She earned a degree in Entrepreneurship from Delaware Technical Community College and is a 2002 graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Program. Renée Kemmerer is Mt. Cuba Center’s Upper Naturalistic Gardens Horticulturist who continues her lifelong dream of working with native plants and exploring their natural communities. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. Nichole Gerding owns Thankful Sage Farm School, which focuses on the importance of keeping our deeply-rooted cultural traditions alive. The School specializes in carefully crafted small batch organic soaps and candles using historical methods and, when possible, local ingredients. Nichole developed her heritage skills at Colonial Williamsburg. Denise Gilchrist is the Plant Records Assistant at Mt. Cuba Center. She has a BS in Horticulture from Temple University and a Certificate of Merit in Floral Design from Longwood Gardens. In addition to working with native plants, Denise enjoys practicing Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Kelly Gill is a pollinator conservation specialist with the Xerces Society and a partner biologist with the USDA. She provides technical support to help conserve and protect pollinators and other beneficial insects. Nancy Gregory earned an M.S. in Plant Pathology from Penn State University. She is a University of Delaware Extension Agent and manages the Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Nancy gives presentations and generates fact sheets and newsletters that provide updates on plant diseases for both professionals and homeowners. Eileen Hazard is the Audience Development Coordinator at Mt. Cuba Center, promoting our mission of ecological gardening and habitat conservation to surrounding communities while overseeing the volunteer program. Amy Highland obtained her degree in Public Horticulture from Purdue University and is currently the Director of Collections at Mt. Cuba Center. She manages both living and non-living collections, focusing on expanding the genetic diversity of the gardens and coordinating Mt. Cuba’s conservation efforts. Mark Highland received an MS from the Longwood Graduate Program, focusing on compost and potting soil. He is the founder and president of The Organic Mechanic Soil Company, LLC, a local supplier of organic, peat-free soils. Mark is the author of the recently published Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally. Duncan Himmelman, PhD, is the Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. He earned his doctorate in Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University, taught college for 24 years, and has contributed to a number of horticultural publications. Duncan managed a 20 acre estate in Greenwich, CT and has designed landscapes for both private and public clients in New York City, Toronto, and Chicago. Chris Hoess teaches plant biology, physiology, and anatomy at Delaware Technical Community College; and he is Chair of the Friends of the State Line Serpentine Barrens. His interests include ferns, plant phylogenetics, and the management and restoration of serpentine ecosystems. Ryan Kniola has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Plant Biology from Ohio University. He completed a greenhouse production internship at Longwood Gardens in 2017 and has been a Greenhouse Assistant at Mt. Cuba Center focusing on plant propagation for the past two years. Mike Leventry owns Verdant Plant Health Care, which provides environmentally responsible solutions for landscape and turf health issues. He is an ISA Certified Arborist ® and has a degree in plant protection from the University of Delaware. Jessica Lewis, CPT, CNC, is an accredited T’ai Chi Chih instructor as well as a seasoned personal trainer and nutritional counselor. Sculpt Your Life, her private practice, provides a unique blend of customized exercise routines, solid nutritional advice, and movement-based relaxation principles for a diverse population of clients. She is also the Lifestyle Coach at Hockessin Chiropractic Centre. Lynn Mahaffy, PhD, earned her doctorate in Natural Resources (Wildlife Conservation) at Cornell University. She currently teaches courses for the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware, including Environmental Biology, General Ecology, and, her favorite, Field Ecology, which exposes students to all of the fascinating organisms and habitats surrounding us. Mark Manning has a bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Rider University. He teaches chemistry and toxicology at Hopewell Valley Central High School in New Jersey and instructs students about poisonous plants and their edible look-alikes. William McAvoy is Delaware’s State Botanist. He extensively studied and published on the flora and habitats of the state. He is the lead author on a comprehensive native plant resource, Flora of Delaware Online Database. Erin McCormick is an Associate Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center who rotates throughout the different garden areas. She is a graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Program and has over 15 years of experience. Neil Meisel is a co-founder of the Awareness Center in Newark, DE, where he teaches meditation and yoga. Neil has maintained an almost daily meditation practice since 1981 and believes that tuning into nature through our senses and our minds can be soothing and insightful. Becky Melzer is the Assistant Manager of the Native Plant Program for Montgomery County Parks, MD. She has a Landscape Technology Certificate and is a Certified Professional Horticulturist. Becky has five years’ experience at Pope Farm Nursery propagating and producing native plants. 51