THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

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Staff

Dan Blanton Gardener
Andrew Bunting Curator
Grace Byrne 2014-2015 Education Intern
Josh Coceano Horticulturist
Bill Costello Gardener and IPM Coordinator
Dwight Darkow Volunteer Coordinator/Gardener
Steve Donnelly Athletic Fields Crew Supervisor
Jody Downer Special Projects Coordinator
Gus Eriksen Garden Supervisor
Will Evans Gardener
Adam Glas Gardener
Chuck Hinkle Garden Supervisor
Jeff Jabco Director of Grounds & Coordinator of Horticulture
Julie Jenney Educational Programs Coordinator
Sheila Magee Gardener
Susan McGinley Gardener
Dale Nemec Gardener
Lars Rasmussen Gardener
Rebecca Robert PR and Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Claire Sawyers Director
Nicole Selby Gardener
Jacqui West Administrative Coordinator

Dan Blanton has worked at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College since 1976; most of those years as a member of the athletic field crew. He has registered technician status in pesticide application and integrated pest management training.

Andrew Bunting has been Curator at the Arboretum since 1993. Prior to working at the Arboretum he was Curator at the Chanticleer Foundation in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Other work experiences include the Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Tintinhull House in England and Titoki Point in New Zealand. Andrew is a graduate of Joliet Junior College and Southern Illinois University. He is currently serving as president of Magnolia Society International, vice-president of Delaware Center for Horticulture, and vice-president of Swarthmore Horticulture Society.

Grace Byrne is the 2014-2015 Education Intern. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture as well as minors in Sustainability Leadership and Environmental Inquiries. While in school, she served as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, studied abroad in Bonn, Germany and extended her education through horticultural internships at Mt. Cuba Center, Longwood Gardens, and the Walt Disney Company. Her latest excursion has led her to the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador, a trip funded by an anonymous supporter of the Scott Arboretum.

Josh Coceano served as the Scott Intern from 2010 to 2012 and was then promoted to Horticulturist. Josh Coceano hails from Mt. Crawford, Virginia - a small town in the Shenandoah Valley. Josh is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelors in Horticulture and a Master of Science in Education. Other work experience includes internships with the Hahn Horticulture Gardens in Blacksburg, Virginia and Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, NY as well as time in the classroom teaching Agriculture Education classes to high school students and being a third grade classroom teacher.

William (Bill) Costello, Jr. is Gardener and IPM Coordinator. Bill received an A.S. degree in Horticulture, from Temple University, Ambler Campus. In addition, Bill has a Series I Certificate from Longwood Gardens, attended the Penn State Cooperative Arborist School, and holds an A.S. in forestry from the Pennsylvania State University, Mont Alto Campus. Bill previously worked for Osmose Wood Preserving Company in Buffalo, New York and Asplundh Tree Expert Company of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Before beginning at Scott, he was the Assistant Grounds Supervisor at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dwight Darkow, Volunteer Coordinator/Gardener, joined the staff in 1998. For a decade prior to that, he owneed of a landscape/nursery business in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Dwight holds a certificate in ornamental plants from Longwood Gardens and an Associates degree in forestry from Penn College of Technology. Other work experiences include Horticulturist for Fair Acres Geriatric Center, nurseryman for a local landscape company, and park improvement projects for New Jersey Forest and Parks.

Steve Donnelly, Athletic Fields Crew Supervisor, has worked at the Scott Arboretum since 1992. He is a graduate of the Penn State Extension program for arboriculture.

Jody Downer, Special Projects Coordinator, became an Arboretum Assistant in 1989, chaired the 1991 and 1993 Plant Sales, and from 1992 to 2003 served on Scott Associates Council. Before becoming so involved with the Scott Arboretum, Jody owned and operated Media Hardware Company for seven years and prior to that was Office Manager for 11 years with Bio Clinic Company, a medical manufacturing company. She joined the staff in 2002.

Paul August (Gus) Eriksen, has been Garden Supervisor at the Arboretum since 1984. He has been in charge of the rose garden since 1993. Other work experience includes Alfred I. DuPont, Institute of the Nemours Foundation and Reynold's DuPont estate in Delaware, Kraft Nurseries in Florida, and the DuPont Co. plant research lab. He holds a B.S., Agriculture in Plant Science from the University of Delaware.

William R. Evans, Jr., Gardener, joined the staff in 1989. Prior to that he worked at Chessick's Wholesale Greenhouses propagating poinsettias, and Wolff's Farmer's Market in plant sales, orchard pruning and harvesting.

Adam Glas, Gardener, joined the staff in 2012. Before that, he worked as Nursery Manager at Terrain (at Styer’s) Nursery in Glen Mills. While at Terrain he was involved in a wide range of activities from staff training, to special events and classes, to implementing IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategies. He also gained animal husbandry experience as Barn Manager for Matchmaker, Ltd. where he spent over three years. Prior to that, he attended the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener (PG) Training Program, completing that program in 2006. He currently serves as vice president for the PG Alumni Association.

Charles Hinkle, Gardener, joined the staff full-time in 1998. Previously, he was a gardener at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia. He holds a B.S. in horticulture from Temple University.

Jeff Jabco, Director of Grounds and Coordinator of Horticulture, has been on staff since 1990. Before coming to Swarthmore, he worked for Penn State University Cooperative Extension as a horticulture agent in southeastern Pennsylvania; he also owned and operated a garden design and vegetable production business. He is a graduate of Penn State University and has a Master's degree from North Carolina State University in Horticulture/Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology.

Julie Jenney returned as the Educational Programs Coordinator in 2007. She served in the same position at the Scott Arboretum from 1999 to 2003. During her time away, she was the major gifts and special projects coordinator at Descanso Gardens Guild in La Canada Flintridge, CA and Business Developer and Horticulturist at Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR and certificates in Landscape Design and Landscape Management, Nursery Management, with a major in Environmental Horticulture from College of San Mateo, CA.

Nicole Selby, Gardener, joined the staff in 2006. Prior to graduating from Swarthmore College, she studied agriculture at the University of Maryland. She was employed at a Chester County organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farm and managed the vegetable production and environmental education programs at a Washington, DC urban farm.

Sheila Magee, Gardener, joined the staff in 2004. Prior to that, Shelia was an active volunteer for the Scott Associates beginning in 2002. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Shelia worked at Styer's Nurseries, taught for the summer program at Newlin Mill Park, and volunteered in the gardens at the Brandywine Conservancy.

Susan McGinley graduated with a B.S. in Horticulture from Temple University, Ambler, and a B.S. degree from Cabrini College in Radnor, PA. Before joining the horticulture staff at the Scott Arboretum in 2001, Susan worked as a research biologist, and gardened at Chanticleer in Wayne, PA, Smith & Hawken in Rosemont, PA; and with Laurie Humphrey's landscape design and maintenance firm in Haverford. Susan completed an internship at the Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA.

Dale Nemec, Gardener, has been with the staff since 2004. He comes to the Arboretum with a wealth of experience including Grounds Maintenance Coordinator at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia for more than 20 years and horticulturist at Villanova University for a year. In 1999, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from Temple University.

Lars Rasmussen graduated from Temple University, Ambler, with a B.S. in Horticulture and has an extensive background in growing greenhouse cut roses. Before becoming a member of the Scott Arboretum's horticultural staff in 2001, Lars was employed by Octararo Native Plant Nursery in Kirkwood, PA; and Landstudies Inc. in Litiz, PA, where his focus was stream bank restoration and wetland installation. Lars completed an internship at Mt. Cuba Center for the Study of Piedmont Flora in Greenville, DE, and he has taken Longwood Gardens certificate classes.

Rebecca Robert has been with the Scott Arboretum since 2004 serving as the Member and Visitor Programs Coordinator and the PR and Volunteer Coordinator. She received a M.S. and a B.S. in horticulture at Penn State University. She has worked at a variety of nurseries and garden centers including Avalon Flower and Garden in Avalon, NJ; Snyder's Greenhouse in Leck Kill, PA; Hershey Nursery in Hershey, PA; and Meadow Creek Farms in Klingerstown, PA.

Claire Sawyers has been the Director of the Scott Arboretum since 1990. Prior to that she worked at Mt. Cuba Center for the Study of Piedmont Flora in Hockessin, Delaware for seven years. She holds Masters degrees in ornamental horticulture from Purdue University and the University of Delaware where she was a Longwood Graduate Fellow. She has gardened in Japan, France and Belgium in addition to the U.S. She served as a commissioner for the accreditation program of the American Association of Museums from 2004 to 2010. Her book, The Authentic Garden: Five Principles for Cultivating a Sense of Place, was published in 2007 by Timber Press.

Jacqui West, Adminstrative Coordinator, joined the staff in 2004 and has ample experience at Swarthmore College. Her seven years with Alumni and Gift Records and two years with Facilities Services Department has given her a variety of computer, office, information, and management skills. In addition, she is a certified Master Gardener through the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Jacqui is continuing her education at the University of Pennsylvania taking classes at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies.