Tyler Arboretum Staff Members

Meet our Senior Management Team

Cricket Brien
Executive Director
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 207

Cricket-Brien-WEBExecutive Director Cricket Brien joined Tyler Arboretum in May 2015. She is a landscape architect with over 20 years’ experience working with public gardens, sculpture gardens and other non-profit institutions as planner and designer.  As Chair of the Barnes Foundation Arboretum Advisory Committee, Cricket led the strategic planning process to transform the Barnes Arboretum to a destination public garden. She understands the unique opportunities of a private arboretum like Tyler. Her goal is to guide Tyler to new levels of success,  building on the recommendations of its Strategic Master Plan, and the important work accomplished by her predecessor, Rick Colbert.

With a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, a certificate in Urban Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Design of the Environment—all from the University of Pennsylvania— Cricket has worked with internationally recognized design firms, and has extensive experience creating landscapes that integrate a powerful and meaningful  visitor experience with sustainable development. She gives back to her community as a member of the Swarthmore Horticultural Society,  and has broad experience in teaching and lecturing in topics ranging from sustainable design to the art and history of the landscape.

Cricket’s family have been longtime members of Tyler, and enjoy the trails and gardens of Tyler in all seasons.

Mike Karkowski
Director of Horticulture
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 222

Mike came to Tyler in 2004. He is responsible for the management of the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department, which maintains Tyler’s collections, plant records, natural areas, hiking trails and historic buildings. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Landscape Horticulture and Design. His previous work includes Horticulturist and Director of Physical Plant and Grounds for The American College and Hardscape Consultant for a North Shore firm in the Chicagoland area. Mike enjoys building projects at home and church, building tree houses for his two children and kayaking with family.

 

Amy Mawby
Director of Public Programs
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 214

Amy-MawbyAmy came to Tyler in 2013. She is responsible for the management of the Arboretum’s Education Department and oversees the coordination of volunteer services and Visitor Center staff and operations. Amy earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program. She previously worked as Education Coordinator for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and has interned at Morris Arboretum, the New York Botanical Garden and Cornell Plantations. Amy is a bit of a shutterbug and enjoys nature photography.

 

Meet Our Staff Members

Listed by Department

AccountingBeth Hoppe
Bookkeeper
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 204Communications

Gary Bloomer
Communications Manager
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 208

Development

Mary Beth Jackson
Major Gifts
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 206

Meg Pomante
Development Associate
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 267

Kathryn Ombam
Senior Development Associate
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 209

Drew Schmidt
Corporate Development Associate
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 206

Office Manager

Darcy Gibb
Office Manager
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 200

Special Events

Sally Rogers
Special Events Manager
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 210

Education

Martha L. Moore
Youth Education Coordinator
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 202

Joanne Landau
Registrar
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 215

Part-time Educators:

Corinne Davis

Margery Fields

Sue Lucas

Allison Mafodda

Karen McDonald

 

Education (cont)Rachel NdetoLauren Ritchey

Kristin Simmons

Maria Wanenchak

Horticulture

Ted Cavey
Vegetable Gardener

Alison Dame
Plant Recorder
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 221

Austin Deputy
Gardener
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 221

Stephanie Santucci
Gardener
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 223

Jerry O’Dell
Rhododendron Garden
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 305 voice message only

Jeff Wilson
Arboretum Manager
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 219

Paul Strommer
Volunteer Apiarist

Visitor Center

Chris Lawler
Visitor Center Coordinator
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 212

Joseph Giordano
Visitor Center Associate
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 212

Susan Perretta
Visitor Center Associate
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 212

Annemarie Rapp
Visitor Center Associate
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 212

Volunteers

Julia Lo Ehrhardt
Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 205

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