Manager of Visitor Engagement
Boston, MA 02130
MEd Secondary Education (2009), Boston College
BS Biology (2002), Binghamton University
As the Manager of Visitor Engagement, I work with a team which includes many longtime volunteers to advance the Arnold Arboretum’s mission as an educational resource for the public. We maintain, strengthen, and grow programs designed to engage and captivate Arboretum visitors. This includes docent led and self-guided tours, maintenance of the Arnold Arboretum Visitor Center and its exhibits, as well as interpretive signage in the landscape. We strive to engage visitors to promote deep connections and appreciation for the remarkable collections at the Arboretum.
My career in public horticulture began with an internship at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, where I learned all aspects of public garden operations. Upon graduating from Binghamton University, I worked at the Atlanta Botanical Garden as a horticulturist and redesigned their rose garden. Subsequently, I served four years as a senior horticulturist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, with responsibility for a five-acre Children’s Garden. I also taught high school biology in the Boston Public School system for 5 years. I found my interaction with the students extremely rewarding and took every opportunity to bring my love of nature and plants into the classroom.
I am a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist and enjoy spending time in my garden with my husband, son, and two cats.