A Dedicated Team

AHS Board of Directors

The American Horticultural Society’s Board of Directors and staff work closely together to operate our national non-profit and to provide for the stewardship of our River Farm headquarters.

Our Board brings to the table a broad range of talents and expertise that help guide our organization’s mission, while our staff carries out the day-to-day tasks required to achieve our goals.

Learn about careers at AHS.

Board of Directors

Doug Barker
Washington, DC

Skipp Calvert
Alexandria, Virginia

Tim Conlon
Dubuque, Iowa

Dr. Larry Deaven
Los Alamos, New Mexico

James Folsom
Saint George Island, Florida

Amy Golden
Falls Church, Virginia

Scott Plein, Board Chair
Falls Church, Virginia

Holly Shimizu
Glen Echo, Maryland

Philip Tabas
Arlington, VA

Suzanne Laporte, President and CEO


Horticultural Advisory Council

Dr. Jim Folsom
Eastpoint, FL

William McNamara
Truckee, CA

Dr. Mary Hockenberry Meyer
Plymouth, MN

Claire Sawyers
Swarthmore, PA

Keith Tomlinson
Arlington, VA



Kathryn Acerbo-Bachman
Interim Marketing Director

Courtney Allen
Director of National Programs

Shannon Ayres
Assistant to the CEO

Mercedes Bryant
Director of Travel Studies 

Tammy Burke

David Ellis
Editor of The American Gardener

Leslie Fetty
Associate Membership Manager

Jack Greenfield
River Farm Grounds Manager

Suzanne Laporte
President and CEO

Caitlin Metzger
Assistant Manager, Development and Travel

Philip Saville
Associate Membership Manager

Claire A. Splan
Associate Editor

Peter Tajat
Managing Director, Property Operations

Sheri Thorpe
Director of Finance

Katie Tukey
Director of Development and Engagement 

Mary Yee
Managing Editor & Art Director of The American Gardener