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

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA  98177

Meet our staff

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

Joe Abken has joined the foundation as its executive director in January 2017.

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.

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

Sandy has a BA in art from the University of Washington and an AAS in advertising art from Seattle Community College. She has worked as a horticulturist for many years and was a volunteer Garden Docent before becoming a staff member in 2016. She has strong interests in trees and perennials.

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     (2019)

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.



Enid Kruckeberg Kriewald, Treasurer     (2019)

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     (2018)

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.

JoAnn Amundson     (2020)

JoAnn grew up on a farm in Minnesota. In addition to field crops they had a large vegetable garden which provided much of the family food. This gardening was the extent of her experience in outdoor plants until moving to Shoreline. Farming was happily replaced by college, marriage, work and family activities.

Her first career was in medical technology followed by a number of  different interests while the children were growing up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

After the children were grown, she got her degree in interior design. She owned and operated Creative Kitchen and Bath, a design and construction company for 10 years. The company specialized in remodels of kitchens and baths and in additions. After selling it she and her husband, Bruce, traveled extensively for several years before returning to Shoreline.

Her next project was the recovery of their property from blackberries and weeds. Together they planned and developed the large yard for sculptures and plants.

It was exciting to get back to gardening again, and her garden is always in transition as she can’t pass up a new or interesting plant or try a different color palette. The other major emphasis of the garden is their outdoor sculpture collection, purchased over the years and placed appropriately in the garden. The flowers, shrubs and trees along with the art are a real joy to care for and share with friends and interested people.

She is a member of two art organizations and has been on the board of a local environmental organization. Some of her other interests are watercolor painting, travel, and visiting art galleries.

Chris Doerksen     (2019)

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.

Bob Hauck     (2020)

Bob and Katie Hauck moved their family of 6 children to the KBG neighborhood in Richmond Beach in 1971. They settled on 1.5 acres of the Johnson/Taylor farm with its historic 1922 farmhouse. Bob soon befriended the Kruckebergs, and Mareen quickly recognized a receptive new customer, resulting in the Hauck property looking like an unofficial "KBG South Annex."

Bob's earliest gardening experience growing up in Minnesota was his family's patriotic Victory Garden during WWII. Fast forward 2 decades to a demanding graduate program at the University of Minnesota when tending a large vegetable garden kept him grounded. When he later moved to WA for pediatric training he embraced a climate allowing year-round gardening. Extensive vegetable patches have gradually given way to ornamentals and Pacific NW native plantings.

Bob was an early member of the KBG Foundation and served on the Board during its integration into the City of Shoreline park system and the development of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Master Plan. He returns to the Board in 2016 to support his favorite Shoreline institution and contributes an appreciation of the history of KBG and the Kruckeberg Family's remarkable contribution to the quality of life in his home community.

Krista Tenney     (2018)

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.

Lisa Witzel     (2020)

Lisa is a Shoreline native. She grew up in Richmond Beach, in a house her grandfathers built for her parents. The large lot was devoid of plantings, and she watched as living Christmas trees and more made their way into the landscape—the crown jewel being her mother's 30-foot long rose garden. Over 50 years later, the yard has gone through many changes; gone are the Bing cherry and the native Cascara tree with the rope swing, replaced by witch hazel, vegetable beds, and a fig tree.

Lisa now lives three blocks from her family home. The love of gardening instilled by her parents inspired an early love of perennials—so much easier than roses! Time brings change, and Lisa and her husband, Paul, both longtime Shoreline teachers, took their daughters, Anya and Sarah, to Shanghai for a two-year teaching stint. Traveling through Asia meant a new look for their garden upon returning home. Learning to prune the new maples, Japanese black pine, and other plants chosen to mimic a Japanese garden is Lisa's new challenge.


With one daughter off to college and the other now driving, Lisa is able to be more community minded. Her latest gardening endeavor is that of co-coordinator of the Richmond Beach Garden Tour, alongside her mother, Jonelle Kemmerling. Wandering the neighborhood in search of gardens has led Lisa to many new friendships. In joining the Kruckeberg Board, Lisa hopes to help publicize this neighborhood gem and introduce it, through education, to the next generation.


When not teaching at Ridgecrest Elementary, Lisa sings in her church choir, dabbles in interior design and Asian antiques.