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

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA  98177

Meet our staff

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

Cynthia has been working in gardens all her life, both at home and professionally. She has a BS in Horticulture and a MA in Museology (Museum Studies) from the University of Washington. She worked as a gardener at Seattle University, and in fundraising at the Arboretum Foundation in Seattle and the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. For her Masters, she studied visitors to the Washington Park Arboretum. Cynthia came to Kruckeberg in the summer of 2015, and is thrilled to be a part of this exceptional 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 Barnhill, 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.

Rowland Adeniyi, Garden Caretaker

Rowland has lived in the Garden since 1978 and does much of the maintenance in the Garden. Rowland is a Systems Analyst who integrates, manages, directs, and supports Information systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional with extensive experience in computer networking and modeling, the proper maintenance of microcomputer hardware and software, and efficient application of computer technology. He obtained his Master’s degree from the University of Washington. In his spare time, Rowland likes to travel and has recently taken up skiing and country-dancing.

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, Vice President

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.

Chris Doerksen

 Chris was raised in New Westminster, British Columbia, by classical musicians who enjoyed gardening and spending time in nature. Camping and hiking on the Sunshine Coast, he learned to love the outdoors. After completing a history degree at Simon Fraser University, he had the unexpected opportunity to attend Stanford Law School. His fiancée (now wife), Dana, gracefully agreed to spend three years apart on the condition of ultimately settling close to home in Seattle, in 1999.

Chris and Dana moved to Shoreline in 2006 for the quality of the schools and to Chris’ delight, found a home with mature madrones. Chris discovered MsK Nursery that first year, and used the promise of playing with Rusty (Art Kruckeberg’s dog) and Sophie (Roseann’s dog) to convince his daughter to visit again and again. They now have a garden with over 35 native trees, shrubs and plants, many of them from MsK, and Dana keeps a vegetable garden in the sunny part of the yard.

Chris is a lawyer and partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. He helps clients raise money, buy and sell companies, establish corporate governance structures and comply with SEC and other regulatory requirements. He enjoys camping, hiking, running, science fiction, watching kids grow and learn, big trees, successful plant identification and munching on native edibles along the way.

Alan Flesher

A retired research scientist who worked for Bristol Meyer Squibb.

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.