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P.O. Box 60035, Shoreline, WA  98160-0035

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA  98177

Meet our staff

Brianne Zorn, Executive Director | 206-546-1281 x20 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brianne is a long-time friend of the Garden. She has a B.S. in Botany and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington. Since the start of her professional career, she has worked and volunteered with the Washington Native Plant Society. Before coming to KBGF, she was a wetland scientist focusing on sediment remediation and environmental restoration. Brianne welcomes the opportunity to meet each KBGF community member, so stop by the garden to visit when you have the chance.

Emily Sprong, Program Director| 206-546-1281 x30 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emily has worked at the Garden since 2008 managing the education programs for adults, children, and families. She has a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and brings valuable knowledge of birds and wildlife to the Garden.

Heidi Koonz, Horticultural Staff | 206-546-1281 x50 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heidi has a degree in Horticulture from South Seattle Community College, a BFA in Photography from the University of Washington, and has worked at the Garden since 2003. An avid seed collector and propagator, she also has an interest in medicinal herbs and ethnobotany.

Roseann Beaudry, Nursery Manager | 206-546-1281 x50 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Roseann has a BFA in Photography from the University of Washington and certificates in Stream Restoration and Wetland Science and Management. She has worked at the Garden since 2004 and has an interest in oaks, rock gardens, and wetlands.

Vicki Demetre, Horticultural Staff | 206-546-1281 x50 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vicki has a degree in Environmental Horticulture from Lake Washington Technical College and a MFA in Photography from the University of Washington. Her botanical interests include native prairie plants and rock garden plants. She has worked at the Garden since 2007.

Molly Jordan, Development Coordinator | 206-546-1281 x40 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Molly has an extensive background in fundraising and volunteer program development for a diverse group of nonprofit organizations. Her botanical interests include native prairie plants and rock garden plants. She joined KBGF in 2014.

Rowland Adeniyi, Garden Caretaker

Rowland was born in Nigeria but has lived at the Garden since 1978 and is an honorary member of the Kruckeberg family. He lives onsite and does much of the maintenance in the Garden, in addition to operating his own technology consulting company.

Meet our Board Of Directors

T. Richard Leary, President

Rick was born and raised just outside the small farm town of La Porte, Indiana. Early on, he acquired his passion for gardening from his mother, a farmer’s daughter. He graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Chemistry and received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Purdue University, where he met his wife, Elizabeth. Even as graduate students they found time for productive vegetable gardening in the warm, humid summers of central Indiana, where four tomato plants could supply a laboratory of graduate students for several months. Rick continued his post-doctoral education as a Fellow of the American Cancer Society and an Associate Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the UW.

Rick soon moved from academia to industry to work in the burgeoning field of biotechnology. He developed seven different commercial products for the healthcare field, working both in Research and Development and Technical Operations. In the early 1980s he also developed a deep interest in martial arts, earning a third degree black belt in Aikido. He was accepted as a student and earned a teaching license in the Koryu art of Muso Shinto Ryu Jodo, the 400-year-old, multi-disciplined, martial art of Japan. He continues his study of and research in Jodo.

Primarily a vegetable and herb gardener, since his retirement, Rick has labored to amend the loamy and hard pan soil. He is the principal cook of the family, specializing in Scandinavian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisines, and enjoys cooking with the herbs and vegetables from his garden. Rick and Elizabeth also enjoy birding, ballet, and national and international travel with many more cultures and countries to be visited. They have passed these interests on to their daughter and son.

Wendy Gibble

Wendy currently manages the conservation and education programs at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG). Her tenure as the program manager of UWBG’s Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program started in 2005 while finishing her Masters Degree in plant ecology at UW. In her role at Rare Care, Wendy trains and supervises a corps of 150 volunteers who monitor rare native plant populations across Washington State. She also curates the seed bank at the Miller Seed Vault and propagates rare plants from seed in order to evaluate the viability of the collections and to develop propagation protocols for these species. Her work gets her out around Washington State to a wide variety of ecosystems where she collects information on rare native plant populations and seeds for the seed vault. The more mundane aspects of her work include budget management, grant writing, and program development. In 2011, Wendy took over the management of the UW Botanic Gardens education programs, including the family programs at Washington Park Arboretum and the professional horticulture and adult education classes at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Wendy’s love of the natural world developed early in life. She spent her childhood exploring the forests and wetlands outside the backdoor of her childhood home in New Jersey. Yearly camping excursions to the Adirondacks of upstate New York gave her a love of mountains and wilderness. After attending Cornell University for an undergraduate degree in civil and environmental engineering, she fled the east coast in 1990 and settled in Seattle, where endless trails in the Cascades and Olympics lured her away most weekends. Over time, Wendy’s appreciation of plants grew as she explored Washington’s diverse ecosystems and she learned many of Washington’s native plants. Her volunteer activities have included working with children and working on raptor research studies. Although currently between houses, Wendy loves gardening and enjoyed mixing native and horticultural plants in her Shoreline yard, which she cultivated for 15 years until she sold her house in 2011.

Enid Kruckeberg Kriewald, Treasurer

Enid is the youngest daughter of Art and Mareen Kruckeberg. She grew up on the KBG’s four acres and has watched it develop. Although born into what a friend of hers called “botanical royalty,” Enid’s love was horses. She pleaded with her parents daily for the chance to have a horse in the pasture. Watching Enid work with her friends’ horses and show her sense of responsibility, her parents finally got a horse on loan from Hidden Valley Guest Ranch in Cle Elum (where her sister Caroline was the head wrangler) for a winter. Enid was ecstatic and Art and Mareen held off their big plans for the meadow. She had many wonderful years riding Chloe and her next horse Flame around Richmond Beach, Woodway, and Edmonds.

After graduating from Shorewood High School in 1981, Enid enrolled in the school of hard knocks. She moved to San Francisco and then Sacramento, where she started as a receptionist in a Volkswagen dealership. Enid climbed the corporate ladder for the next eight years and then decided to move back to the Pacific Northwest. She settled in Ballard and started a 20-year career with Acura of Lynnwood, where she currently works as the controller.

In 2004, Enid married her husband Randy and soon after two beautiful bounding baby golden retrievers were stealing the couple’s hearts and making good use of their acre+ in Snohomish. Enid is a member of the Mountaineers and the Native Plant Society, which was co-founded by her father many years before. She spends as much time as she can hiking and snow shoeing and even occasionally tries her hand at plant identification.

Eric Swenson, Secretary

Eric came to Seattle in 1965 to attend the UW and become an English professor. After way too many years pursuing a PhD and being a college instructor, he stopped teaching writing and started doing it. Since then, he has written or co-authored seven books and hundreds of articles on subjects as diverse as baseball, DNA, dispute resolution, bioterrorism, commercial fishing, and China. He also worked at Microsoft and Ernst & Young and was the Editorial Director for the Northwest’s largest web developer. He now coordinates the Productive Oceans Study Group, formed to address seafood sustainability issues, especially ocean acidification.

As the sole proprietor of a bamboo nursery and boutique landscaping business specializing in Asian-style gardens, Eric has a professional interest in horticulture. It is rooted, however, in his passion for using rock, wood, plants, and water to create sacred spaces. The North Seattle home he shares with his sweetheart Holly is surrounded by different types of display gardens—bog, woodland, water, and English cottage among them—all on a fifth of an acre. His current major project, which Holly calls the “Big Dig,” is a backyard waterfall that drops 15 feet.

Not an international traveler until recently, since 2009, Eric has taken work assignments in Guatemala, China, Costa Rica, and New Zealand and has caught the bug. With Holly retiring early in 2011, travel is on their agenda. The one complication: four granddaughters, ranging from a toddler to a high schooler. It’s hard to be away from the girls they dote upon. The two also enjoy cooking together, especially Asian and Mediterranean cuisine; bird watching; opera; and New York Times crossword puzzles.

Paul Grace

Paul is a native of the Midwest who grew up near St. Louis. He is a 1968 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he met Claire, his wife and life partner since 1972. After working overseas for several years and living in Boston, they moved to the Northwest in 1983, drawn by Shoreline’s great schools. They have stayed here because of the city's remarkable neighborhoods and neighbors.

Their daughters attended Shoreline schools, and Paul was active in the PTA and other aspects of their education. He served on the Shorewood Site Council and as a member of the Shoreline School Board, including terms as vice president and president. Paul was appointed to the Shoreline City Council in 2003 and served through 2005. He is also active in conflict resolution, acting as a mediator for dispute resolution centers throughout Western Washington since 1993. Paul has worked at the Port of Seattle for the last 18 years in Labor Relations, Human Resources, Facilities, and for the last five years as Senior Operations Manager at Sea-Tac Airport.

The Grace’s third of an acre is replete with Kruckeberg Garden shrubs, ground covers, and trees, which they began collecting at a Mothers’ Day sale 20 years ago. Paul loves to garden, and he supplies his house and neighborhood with vegetables and flowers almost throughout the year. Paul and Claire have expanded their Shoreline gardens to include a 80' square French-style potager (kitchen garden) that they expect to have fully in place by the spring of 2011. The two.are avid sea kayakers and have enjoyed kayaking in many areas of the United States and Canada. Paul is the family chef (favorite cuisine: Italian) and for years has donated gourmet meals to school, Chamber, Arts Council, and other community auctions.

Sandra Hasegawa Ingalls

Now a resident of Lake Stevens, Sandra is a Northwest native who grew up in Seattle with many opportunities to explore Puget Sound with her family—camping, hiking, skiing and sailing. She believes her career path was determined early in life when playing in the rich soil, creating elaborate landscapes, was one of her favorite things to do. In 1975, she received her BS in Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, where Dr. Kruckeberg was her Botany professor. She continues to be inspired by his books and the incredible garden Art and Mareen created.

Sandra has traveled the world, exploring many different cultural and natural environments. She immersed herself in the nature-oriented culture of Japan when she lived there for a year, which greatly influenced her professionally and otherwise. Sandra was particularly impressed by the restrained building interiors with disappearing walls that created a strong connection to the garden. She emulates this design feature whenever feasible. After starting her career as a landscape designer-builder, she founded Foresight, Inc. in 1989 to serve residential, commercial and public utility clients. Sandra specializes in sustainable solutions; low-impact development; and connecting people with the wonders of nature, fostering healthier and more productive communities.

Serving on the board of directors for Outdoor Youth Connections, Sandra helps to empower youth by providing financial support for activities that encourage love and respect for nature, leadership, and community involvement. She is an active member of The Mountaineers, Washington Association of Landscape Professionals and Win With Washington. Sandra’s son, who also lives in Lake Stevens, is a middle school teacher in Granite Falls. They enjoy collaborating on many projects together. Besides her primary passion for gardening, Sandra also loves to hike, backpack, ski, snowshoe, kayak and travel.

Krista Tenney

Krista has lived in Shoreline since 1988 with her husband Brad and two daughters Amy and Erin, and became involved with schools and the community through PTA, Shoreline Public School Foundation, and other community organizations. She was honored for her involvement in PTA with three Golden Acorns and at the State PTA level with a Crystal Leadership Award. Krista supported schools with every levy campaign since 1993 and was thrilled to be the co-chairman for the successful 2009 campaign that is allowing Shoreline to successfully modernize Shorewood and Shorecrest high schools.  She serves on the board for the Friends of the Shoreline Library, and is involved with the Highland Terrace Neighborhood Association, the Diggin’ Shoreline community garden group, SummerSet Arts Festival, Puget Sound Beekeepers Association and is the Secretary for the Shoreline CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team).

In 2009 she became a certified Wildlife Habitat Steward and joined a group that planned three very successful back yard wildlife habitat tours in 2010-2013, known as “Where Our Wild Things Are” or WOWTA, to publicize how easy it is to use native plants to attract wildlife to yards.  The WOWTA tour was part of the outreach efforts to certify Shoreline in 2010 as a Community Wildlife Habitat, which became the 51st City in the United States to do so.  WOWTA became part of the Diggin’ Shoreline organization in 2013. Krista and Brad raise honeybees in their backyard andare thankful to all of those in the community who support these and other beneficial pollinators, and sharing honey with their neighbors and friends.

She is delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the KBGF Board and to assist them in bringing more of the community into the garden to enjoy the vast variety of plants and the beautiful surroundings.