Meet Our Board
CPC is deeply grateful to its dedicated Board of Trustees who make its important work possible.
CPC is deeply grateful to its dedicated Board of Trustees who make its important work possible.
Ms. Lynde B. Uihlein (Milwaukee, WI) – Chair
Lynde is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned an MSW in social welfare. In 1990 she established the Brico Fund LLC with a mission to empower people to actively and sustainably improve their civic, cultural and natural environments. Lynde is the owner of Blakesville Creamery, a farmstead dairy and cheese-making facility. She is also engaged in the restoration of native plants on 150 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline in WI. Prior board service includes the League of Conservation Voters.
Dr. Joyce Maschinski (Escondido, CA) – President and CEO
Dr. Maschinski develops, oversees, and synthesizes plant conservation research related to seed banking, habitat restoration, and preventing the extinction of rare plant species. Joyce’s research interests have centered on understanding factors that limit reproduction, growth, and expansion of rare plant populations. She has examined the impact of human activities on rare plants and provided management solutions for the conservation of rare species.
Mrs. Mary-Randolph Ballinger (St. Louis, MO)
Mary-Randolph Ballinger is a graduate of Washington University in St Louis with a major in Psychology and Art History. She has worked in the real estate business for approximately twenty-five years in St Louis and is now retired. Currently, she spends her time in Florida, Nantucket and St Louis. She is now primarily on philanthropic boards that focus on the arts, horticulture and conservation. On Nantucket, she is involved with Sustainable Nantucket and the Walter F Ballinger Sustainable Farm, the Land Council an advocacy conservation group and the Nantucket Historical Acquisition Committee. She also serves on the Garden Conservancy board in New York and the Kennedy Center`s National Council for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. In St Louis, she is an Emeritus Trustee of the Missouri Botanical Garden board and other boards as well as in Palm Beach. She is a member of three GCA Clubs in each area where she lives and was past President of the St Louis Garden Club. She is also on the European Landowner Organization board based in Brussels, Belgium. She is currently Chairman/CEO of a sixth-generation family company in West Texas. Previously, Mary-Randolph`s husband served on the Center for Plant Conservation board.
Mrs. Sharon Blackburn (Omaha, NE)
Garden Club of America Vice Chairman Partners for Plants, an initiative overseeing GCA club projects of habitat restoration, monitoring or propagating native and endangered plants, and removing invasives on public lands and in National Parks. A prior position was as a GCA National Affairs and Legislation Vice Chairman, advocating for National Parks and public lands issues. She and her husband, Randy, past president of the Board of Directors of Lauritzen Gardens, built a gold- certified LEED house in Omaha, Nebraska, that includes a native wildflower/grasses planting in the front yard, small rooftop sedum planting, roof run-off water collection into cisterns, rain gardens, vermiculture, and a beehive. This summer, a graduate student’s monarch research includes the yard’s milkweed.
Josephine (Jody) Bradley Bush (Hamden, CT)
Landscape designer, Chairman of the board – New Haven Urban Resources Initiative, Director emeritus – The Garden Conservancy. Jody has been active in CPC for over a decade and supports plant conservation efforts through the CPC and elsewhere.
Ms. Geraldine (Bean) Carroll (Delaplane, VA) – Secretary
Bean is an active member of the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club in Middleburg, Virginia. She transferred to that club after being an active member in Garden Guild of Winnetka (GCA) for 25 years. She is very interested in conservation and garden history and design. She has served as Zone 11 Conservation and NAL chair for GCA and has participated in prairie restoration programs for Winnetka schools. Bean served on the board for Winnetka Historical Society and is currently a non-resident member of the Women’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society. She has spent many years actively participating in plant conservation and restoration, particularly prairie restoration. She currently is enjoying planting a new garden at her new home in Virginia. The emphasis of the garden is plant friendly to pollinators and native to the region. Bean began her career in accounting, and also has a great interest in garden design and photography.
Mr. Spencer Crews (Omaha, NE)
Executive Director Emeritus-Advisor, Lauritzen Gardens. Spencer holds degrees in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University, a M.P.A. from University of Missouri at Kansas City and participated in the Longwood Gardens’ horticulture training program. He was in private practice as a landscape architect and served as horticulture department chair at East Central College in the St. Louis area. He assisted with the development of Powell Gardens near Kansas City. Most of his career was spent creating and developing Lauritzen Gardens, a new botanical institution for the State of Nebraska. Spencer is happy to have been able to incorporate a plant conservation initiative into Lauritzen Gardens’ programming.
Mrs. Dana Dirickson (San Francisco, CA)
Accomplished in journalism and marketing, she published a newspaper for 10 years and wrote Lenny Bruce’s wife’s autobiography, “Honey”. She was a Commissioner of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Vice Chair of Quarryhill Botanic Garden. She is currently Vice President of the Western United States for the International Dendrology Society. Dana is devoted to urban gardens and is presently serving on the board of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Mrs. Nancy Banning Doyle (Del Mar, CA)
Nancy is a member of the Board of Directors of Voices for Children and of California CASA. She has also served as teacher for San Diego Juvenile Court and Community Schools, as a commissioner on the San Diego Juvenile Justice Commission. Her Board experience includes: Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan; Audrey Geisel Cancer Foundation; Green Cancer Center of Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation; Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. She was also the President and Founder of Scripps Clinic TSRI Charter Society. Nancy is an avid student of Botanical Illustration and a lifelong gardener. Her husband David Doyle is a Senior Counsel at Morrison/Foerster.
Dr. Christopher P. Dunn (Ithaca, NY)
Executive Director, Cornell Botanic Gardens. Christopher has held leadership positions at The Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Lyon Arboretum (University of Hawaiʻi). He has served as President of the American Public Gardens Association and initiated the APGA’s International Gardens Section. He is active in international conservation organizations, including Botanic Gardens Conservation International and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He currently serves on the board of Terralingua (an NGO dedicated to conserving the world’s biological and cultural diversity) and is Chair of the IUCN National Committee for the USA.
Ruth Todd Evans, MD (Del Mar, CA)
Since retiring from private medical practice in internal medicine and geriatrics, Ruth has been an active and founding member of the Rancho Santa Fe Literary Society and the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, and has served as president of the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild Board. She has served on the board of a CPC Participating Institution, the San Diego Botanic Garden, chairing a committee that envisioned and created a popular children’s garden, Seeds of Wonder. She designed and developed a small organic farm and served on the board of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. She is also an award-winning artist and illustrator and has published two children’s books.
Mrs. Diana Fish (Carmel, CA)
Diana has an MA in Asian Art History and is a member of The Garden Club of America where she has been active in the Horticulture Committee and the Conservation and NAL Committees. Recommended by Emeritus Trustee Shirley Meneice, she is deeply interested in plant conservation and gardening. Diana lives on a ranch where she is involved in restoration of her native coastal prairie.
Mr. Andrew (Andy) S. Love, Jr. (St. Louis, MO) – Vice Chair
Mr. Love was Chairman, Co-CEO and a principal owner of Love Savings Holding Company prior to the merger of it and its subsidiaries, Heartland Bank and Love Funding Corporation, with Midland States Bancorp. He is currently Chairman and Co-CEO of Hallmark Investment Corporation and a manager of its subsidiary, Allegro Senior Living, LLC. Mr. Love has over 40 years of experience in real estate and finance and was a partner at the St. Louis law firm of Bryan, Cave, McPheeters, and McRoberts. He has served as a board member of many charitable organizations, including the St. Louis Symphony Society, St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, the Missouri Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Webster University, the Edward K. Love Conservation Foundation and the Martha Love Symington Charitable Foundation / Love Family Charitable Trust. Mr. Love received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and an LL.B. degree from the Harvard Law School.
Ms. Janine Luke (New York, NY)
Graduate of Radcliffe College and has served on their board. Currently she is serving as the president of Silbanc Properties, a real estate investment company. Janine previously served as Director of the investment firms Shepherd Management Corporation and Windrove Service Corporation and currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations including Freer and Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian), Charleston Library Society, American Friends of Shanghai Museum, and the Master Drawings Association of the Morgan Library.
Mrs. Lindsay W. Marshall (Keswick, Virginia)
Lindsay graduated from UNC with a degree in Education and obtained a graduate degree from University of Pennsylvania in Physical Therapy. For 25 years she practiced in hospitals as well as adjunct faculty member of University of Maryland School of Physical Therapy. Currently she is an active member of Garden Club of America (GCA) Cherokee Garden Club in Atlanta, Georgia and is a corresponding member of the GCA St. Georges Garden Club in Baltimore, Maryland and of the GCA Albemarle Garden Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Having served two years as Chairman of the GCA National Affairs and Legislation Committee (NAL), she is presently a member of the GCA Board of Associates. In addition to her roles in GCA, she is a past board member of Park Pride Atlanta, a current member of the Board of Advisors of M.C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, and an executive Board member of Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation in Virginia. Lindsay is a passionate advocate for positive action on current environmental issues. Conservation advocacy on the national and local levels is her personal mission and interest.
Dr. Lucinda McDade (Claremont, CA) – Treasurer
Executive Director of California Botanic Garden since 2013, Lucinda holds a Ph.D. in botany from Duke University. She has been Director of Research at Rancho Santa Ana since 2006 and continues to hold this position in conjunction with her role in leading the Garden as a whole. Before joining RSABG, Lucinda was Curator of Botany at the Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia), on the faculty at the University of Arizona, and led the science and education programs for the Organization for Tropical Studies. As a research scientist, her focus is on the large plant family Acanthaceae which she has studied most extensively in the Americas, but also in Africa.
Dr. Barbara Millen (Westwood, MA) – Incoming Board Chair
Chairman of the Boston Nutrition Foundation and President of Millennium Prevention, Inc. Chairman of the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Expert Advisory Committee, and Advisor to the 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Former Professor of Family Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, Founding Chairman of the Graduate Programs in Medical Nutrition Sciences, and Director of Nutrition Research at the Framingham Heart Study. Trustee of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy (Boston), the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Westport (MA) Land Trust (managed by the Trustees of Reservation), former Chair and Member-at-Large of the Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America, and Life Trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston). Recipient of the Natural Lands Trust (PA) Award in Conservation and the Elaine Monsen Award of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation for a global body of research literature.
Clark Mitchell (New York, NY)
Clark Mitchell is a director of the BAND Foundation, the primary focus of which is biodiversity conservation. Grassland ecosystems have become one of Clark’s key focuses in his work with the foundation. In 2016, he helped to create the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative, a nonprofit that is addressing the loss of native grassland plant communities across the southeastern United States. He currently serves on the group’s steering committee. On Long Island, he has helped secure a multiyear grant from the BAND Foundation to expand the conservation footprint of the Friends of Hempstead Plains, a group that manages rare tracts of remnant tallgrass prairie. He has also secured grants for the Nature Conservancy of Mongolia and the Plant Extinction Prevention Program. Clark lives in New York City, where he serves on the board of the Natural Areas Conservancy, a nonprofit that manages NYC’s wild spaces for biodiversity health and human recreation.
Mary Ann Streeter (Wenham, MA)
Former Garden Club of America Vice-President, Recording Secretary and former chairman and advisor to GCA Horticulture Committee. Past member, Director’s Advisory Board, Arnold Arboretum and former Trustee, Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Current Trustee New England Wild Flower Society.
Dr. Joseph Woolston (Guilford, CT)
Dr. Joseph Woolston is the Albert J. Solnit Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Child Study Center. In that capacity he oversees clinical program development and quality improvement. He is a co-developer of Intensive In-home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS). Dr. Woolston has focused his career on creating, implementing and improving clinical programs designed to treat children and families who are living in significant psychosocial adversity.