Michael A. Monterusso
Mike grew up in Michigan and holds a Master of Science degree in horticulture from Michigan State. He has 10 years of experience in the public horticulture industry working at botanical gardens in multiple climate zones.
Gardens & Facilities Manager
William Criner has always had an interest in the natural world. On long hikes and camping trips, his father introduced him to the forests of Tennessee. William attended Murray State University and received a BS in Agriculture focusing on Horticulture.
Program Director & Volunteer Coordinator
Stacey has spent the last 10 years as an educator both inside and outside of the formal classroom setting. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University and a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish from Goshen College.
Patrick Ryan is a retired first grade teacher and an Alaskan Master Gardener. He is the Education Specialist for the Alaska Botanical Garden and teaches gardening classes for children and adults. Pat hails from Davenport, Iowa where he learned the love of gardening from his parents, and spent his youth climbing trees and exploring the Midwest countryside.
Membership & Office Manager
Born and raised in Valdez Alaska, Brooke returned to Alaska after 12 years in the lower 48. After spending a year at Southern Oregon University, Brooke continued her degree in Seattle at the Art Institute and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Management.