Meet Our Board
CPC is deeply grateful to its dedicated Board of Directors who make its important work possible.
CPC is deeply grateful to its dedicated Board of Directors who make its important work possible.
Dr. Peter. H. Raven (St. Louis, MO) – Chairman
President emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Eminent botanist and conservation leader. Current board member of the National Geographic Society and Botanic Gardens Conservation International among other organizations, and serves on the International Panel on Climate Change. He is past secretary of the U.S. Academy of Science and a member of numerous foreign academies of science. Dr. Raven has received numerous prestigious awards, including the U.S. National Medal of Science.
Dr. John R. Clark (San Diego, CA) – President and CEO
John serves a dual role as president and chief executive officer of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) and as Director of Plant Collections and Strategy at San Diego Zoo Global. John and CPC Chairman of the Board Dr. Peter Raven successfully lead an initiative to relocate the CPC’s National Headquarters from St. Louis to San Diego Zoo Global. Here, John continues to lead the CPC’s national efforts to save endangered plants through scientific research, applied conservation, and technology innovation. While John’s training and background is in basic research, his particular passion is for developing strong collaborations – bringing together world experts in a variety of disciplines – to achieve measurable conservation outcomes.
Mrs. Mary-Randolph Ballinger (St. Louis, MO)
Mary is the Chairman and CEO of Pitchfork Land and Cattle CO and Forks Energy, Texas, with several sustainable programs; Trustee, now Emeritus Trustee, Missouri Botanical Garden; initiated community-wide horticulture tours for the Garden; GCA Clubs, Palm Beach (Program Chair for next Session), Nantucket (NAL representative next February), St. Louis (past president); Board Member, Garden Conservancy; Trustee, St. Louis Art Museum; Collector’s Committee, National Gallery of Art; Nantucket Garden will be on Garden Conservancy Open Days, 2016; Board Member, Sustainable Nantucket; restoring her grandmother’s Warren Manning Garden in St. Louis, featured on many tours. Her late husband, Dr. Walter Ballinger, was a member of our Board and she has been to several of our gatherings in years past, and is quite familiar with our organization.
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.
Ms. Geraldine (Bean) Carroll (Winnetka, IL)
Bean is very active in Garden Guild of Winnetka (GCA) and is interested in conservation, 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 serves on the board for Winnetka Historical Society, the Women’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society and is Treasurer for the Women’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society; many years of intense activity in plant conservation and restoration, particularly prairie restoration; began her career in accounting, deep interest in garden design and photography.
Mr. Spencer Crews (Omaha, NE)
Executive Director, 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 has been 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. Edward N. Dane (Arabella) (Center Harbor, NH)
Garden Club of America Flower Arranging, Horticulture, and Photography Judge Emeritus; National Garden Clubs, Inc. Landscape Consultant and Master Flower Show Judge; the founder of the GCA Flower Arranging Study Group and the GCA Photography Study Group. She is a former Chairman of the Board of the American Horticultural Society and currently serves on the board of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, and as Trustee Emeritus of the Helen C. Frick Foundation. She is a member of the board of the Center for Plant Conservation serving as secretary. Former president of the Garden Club Federation of MA. Inc., serving on the GCF MA Advisory Committee and Board of Directors, and on the Board of Overseers of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
Mrs. Richard Dirickson (Dana) (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 recently Vice Chair of Quarryhill Botanical Garden. She is also a member of the International Dendrology Society. Dana currently serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and is devoted to Urban Gardens. She is serving as Vice President of the Board of CPC.
Mrs. Nancy Banning Doyle (Del Mar, CA)
Nancy is a member of the Board of Directors of Voices for Children. 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 partner with 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 Hawaii). He has served as President of the American Public Gardens Association and initiated the APGA’s International Gardens Section. He has been active in development of the North American Botanic Garden Strategy and in international conservation organizations, including Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He currently sits on the board of IUCN-US and Terralingua (NGO dedicated to conserving the world’s biological and cultural diversity).
Mrs. Diana Fish (Carmel, CA)
Has an MA in Asian Art History and has served as the Education Curator at an Asian Art Museum. She is a member of The Garden Club of America where she has been active on the Conservation/NAL and Horticulture Committees. Diana lives on a ranch where she is involved in restoration of her native coastal prairie.
Ms. Erica Leisenring (St. Louis, MO)
Erica is a former St. Louis City public defender, who has also practiced family law. She has served on a variety of non-profit boards in St. Louis, and currently volunteers as a tutor at an urban public school.
Erica is a member of the The Garden Club of St. Louis, and loves to spend time in her small, city garden.
Ms. Suzanne Loomis (Montecito, CA)
Has an MA in Comparative Literature and worked most recently as a university lecturer in English literature and as a foreign language instructor in French and Spanish. Has served on a number of non-profit boards, including Filoli and Quarryhill Botanical Garden. Currently is a volunteer instructor for the adult English learner program at the Santa Barbara Public Library and occasionally writes on gardens and art. Member of Woodside Atherton and Santa Barbara Garden Clubs and the International Dendrology Society.
Mr. Andrew (Andy) S. Love, Jr. (St. Louis, MO)
Chairman of The Love Companies – Real Estate/Finance/Investments;
Board Observer of Midland States Bancorp, Inc. Representing Love Family Interests; Board of Governors of Edward K. Love Conservation Foundation; Trustee of Martha Love Symington Charitable Foundation; Board of Directors of The Female Health
Company; Former Member of the Board of Directors of Several Charitable and Educational Organizations in St. Louis, Missouri
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 (GA)
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 on the adjunct faculty 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 just served two years as Chairman of the GCA National Affairs and Legislation Committee (NAL), she is presently the national advisor for the GCA Conservation and NAL Committees and 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 and is a current member of the Board of Advisors of M.C. Carlos Museum of Emory University. Lindsay is a passionate advocate for positive action on current environmental issues, including the impact of climate change on species preservation.
Dr. Lucinda McDade (Claremont, CA)
Executive Director of Rancho Santa Ana 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.
Mr. Scot Medbury (Brooklyn, NY)
Scot is president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, serving as the Garden’s sixth leader since the founding in 1910. He oversees a broad range of innovative educational, horticultural and conservation programs benefitting the Garden’s diverse local community and extensive national and international audiences. Scot has been involved in the curation, cultivation, and interpretation of botanical collections for nearly 40 years, having held appointments at gardens in California, Washington state, Hawaii, Great Britain and New Zealand. In addition to CPC, Scot currently chairs New York State’s Coalition of Living Museum, serves on the governing councils of Botanic Gardens Conservation International and the International Dendrology Society, and is an advisor to four American public gardens. He received the professional citation from the American Public Gardens Association in 2004, and in 2006 he was one of 100 people named to the Centennial Honor Roll of the American Alliance of Museums.
Dr. Barbara Millen (Westwood, MA)
Chairman of the Boston Nutrition Foundation and President of
Millennium Prevention, Inc. Former Professor of Family Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, and founder of the Graduate Programs in Medical Nutrition Sciences and Director of Nutrition Research at the Framingham Heart Study. Life Trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and Trustee of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy in Boston and the Westport (MA) Land Trust (managed by the Trustees of Reservation) and Board Member of the Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America. Recipient of the the Natural Lands Trust (PA) Award for Conservation and the Elaine Monsen Award of the American Dietetics Association Foundation for a global body of research.
Dr. F. Thomas Ott (St. Louis, MO)
Emeritus Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Washington University. Former Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Washington University. Retired private practice Ophthalmologist, St. Louis. Tom enjoys golf, bridge, gardening, travel and grand parenting. He is a senior judge for the American Orchid Society, past president of the Garden Club of St. Louis and former St. Louis representative of The Garden Conservancy.
Dr. Edward (Ed) L. Schneider (Ft. Worth, TX)
Ed is the President & Executive Director of the Botanical Research
Institute of Texas (BRIT). Previously, he was Director and Professor of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and President & CEO of The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (Santa Barbara, CA). After earning his Ph.D. at The University of California, Santa Barbara he entered academe at Texas State University, San Marcos where he was professor, Chairman of Biology, and Dean of the College of Science. He has been a Board member of several organizations including the Botanical Society of America (BSA), American Public Garden Association (APGA), American Association of Museums (AAM), The Texas Academy of Sciences, and the International Water Lily Society (IWLS). His honors include: Fellow & President of the Texas Academy of Science; Hall of Fame in the International Water Lily Society; Distinguished Alumnus, Central Washington University; Botanical Society of America Award of Merit, Centennial Award, and President; the Centennial Medallion for excellence and distinction from Texas State University; American Association of Museums Excellence in Service Award; The Award of Merit from the American Public Garden Association; Outstanding Faculty Member, University of California, Santa Barbara, the Viking Award for Leadership from Minnesota, and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
Ms. Lynde B. Uihlein (Milwaukee, WI)
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. Recently Lynde founded a goat dairy farm with a goal of producing high quality goat milk in an environmentally and economically sustaining way. 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.