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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
CEO/President

Tabitha Schmidt joined Powell Gardens in the summer of 2016 as CEO and President. She has important goals for her work at the Gardens, including growing the organization in meaningful ways that invest in a long-term, sustainable future. She has extensive background in non-profits and educational institutions, having held such positions as the Director of Cultural Arts at the Jewish Community Center, Executive Director of the Museum of Texas Tech University, Director of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, Associate Educator of Adult Learning/Manager of Tour Programs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Director of Instruction/Arts Partners Coordinator at Kansas City Young Audiences and Student Activities Coordinator/Adjunct Art and Art History Faculty at Maple Woods Community College. Tabitha earned a B.A. in Art from Baker University and an M.A. in Art History from UMKC.

Horticulture

Kunso Kim
Vice President of Gardens

David Breedlove, Gardener, Visitor Education Center

Donna Covell, Horticulturist, Production & Greenhouse

Mark DeBrot, Electrician

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 Coordinator, Horticulture

Duane Hoover, Horticulturist, Kauffman Memorial Garden

Bryan Kottke, Supervisor, Core Gardens

Eric Perrette, Horticulturalist, Plant Collections

Gabe Perry, Horticulturist, Grounds & Natural Resources

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

Troy Young, Supervisor, Maintenance

Tyler Young, Maintenance Assistant

Administration

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

Bobi Hallak, Volunteer Coordinator

Emalie Wance, Coordinator, Education Department

Advancement

Molly Kenney
Director of Development

Hali Mieser, Coordinator, Development Events

Sarah Raffurty, Coordinator, Development Services

Marketing & Special Events

Kalie Hudson
Manager, Marketing & Sales

Hannah Kloster, Assistant Manager, Special Events

Erin Parish, Assistant, Special Events