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Powell Gardens employs a diverse staff to maintain, grow, promote and evolve the Gardens and the organizational vision and mission.

Tabitha Schmidt
President & Executive Director


Kunso Kim
Vice President of Gardens

David Breedlove, Gardener, Visitor Education Center

Donna Covell, Horticulturist, Production & Greenhouse

Haley Drake, Gardener, Heartland Harvest Garden

Tracy Flowers, Gardener, Kauffman Memorial Garden

Travis Freeman, Senior Gardener, Woodland & Stream/Chapel Garden

Mark Gawron, Horticulturist, Heartland Harvest Garden

 Ambur Gossen, Senior Gardener, Island Garden

Kelsey Gustin, Gardener


Janet Heter, Department Coordiantor, Horticulture

Duane Hoover, Horticulturist, Kauffman Memorial Garden

Bryan Kottke, Senior Gardener, Perennial Garden

Eric Perrette, Horticulturalist, Plant Collections

Gabe Perry, Horticulturist, Grounds & Natural Resources

Brant Smith, Gardener, Greenhouse

Brent Tucker, Horticulturist, Seasonal Events & Visitor Education Center Display Beds


Sara Lohe
Chief Financial Officer, CPA

Angie Guynes, Visitor Experience Manager

Toni Stock, Accounting & Human Resources Assistant

Education, Interpretation & Outreach

Kristy Peterson
Director of Education, Interpretation & Outreach

Vacant, K-12 and Inter-generational Program Coordinator

Emalie Wance, Coordinator, Education Department


Molly Kenney
Director of Development

Hali Mieser, Coordinator, Development Events

Sarah Raffurty, Coordinator, Development Services

Marketing & Special Events

Kalie Hudson
Manager, Marketing & Sales

Cole Braun, Assistant, Special Events

Hannah Kloster, Assistant Manager, Special Events

Erin Parish, Assistant, Special Events


Mark DeBrot, Electrician

Joe Treece, Maintenance Technician

Troy Young, Maintenance Assistant

 Tyler Young, Maintenance Assistant