Tyler Arboretum Staff Members

Meet our Executive Director

Rick Colbert
Executive Director
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 207

Rick Colbert has 30 years of progressive experience in public horticulture and has served as the Executive Director of Tyler Arboretum for the past 20 years. He received his B.S. in Agriculture, with an emphasis on plant science and ornamental horticulture, and M.B.A. from the University of Delaware. Mr. Colbert has served as a peer reviewer for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, as a board member of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, and on the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal Award Committee and The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society Award Committee. His work has been recognized through honors such as the Award of Merit from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Outstanding Professional Member Award of the Middletown Township Business and Professional Association.

 

Meet our Senior Management Team

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

Administration
Accounting
Beth Hoppe

Bookkeeper
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 204Communications
Laura McPhail
Communications Specialist
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 208

Development

Jill Liebling

Development Manager
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 267

Mary Beth Jackson
Senior Dev Mgr, Leadership Gifts
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 206

Kathryn Ombam
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

Betsey Ney
Public Programs Assistant
Tel: (610) 566-9134

Margery Fields
Educator – part-time
Tel: (610) 566-9134

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

Chelsea Lucas
Educator- part time
Tel: (610) 566-9134

Sue Lucas
Educator – part-time
Tel: (610) 566-9134

Karen McDonald
Educator – Part-time
Tel: (610) 566-9134

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

Education (cont)
Rachel Ndeto
Educator – part-time
Tel: (610) 566-9134Vail Ryan
Educator – Part-time
Tel: (610) 566-9134

Molly Scott
Educator – part-time
Tel: (610) 566-9134

Maria Wanenchak
Educator- part time
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 216

John P. Zappacosta
Educator- part time
Tel: (610) 566-9134

Horticulture

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

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

Emily Mox
Natural Areas Coordinator
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
Bee Keeper

Visitor Center

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

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

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

Barb Young
Visitor Center Coordinator
Tel: (610) 566-9134
Extension: 212

Volunteers

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

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