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American Horticultural Society Elects New Chair, Officers, Board Member

Alexandria, VA (June 25, 2019) – The American Horticultural Society (AHS) today announced the election of a new chair and vice chair of its national board of directors, as well as one new board member.

Dr. Erich Veitenheimer, a partner with Washington, D.C.-based Cooley LLP and previous vice chair of the AHS board, has been named board chair, effective June 21, 2019. He will serve a three-year term. Amy Bolton, AHS’s prior chair and an education specialist with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, was named immediate past chair. Bolton will continue to serve on the AHS board.

Succeeding Veitenheimer as vice chair is board member Terry Hayes, a former landscape designer and nonprofit accounting professional based in Woodinville, Washington. Both Hayes and Veitenheimer are actively involved in AHS’s Travel Study program, hosting educational trips to gardens and other cultural attractions in overseas destinations.

Cindy Tyler, a landscape architect and principal with Terra Design Studios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was elected to a three-year term as a member of the board. Meanwhile, longstanding board member and former immediate past chair Harry Rissetto has rotated off the board.

“We are grateful for Amy’s and Harry’s work and leadership for more than a decade,” said Beth Tuttle, president and CEO of AHS. “Their vision and dedication have been instrumental to AHS’s success. At the same time, we welcome Erich and Terry, who are poised to help us shape the next century of the Society’s vision to make America a nation of gardeners and a land of gardens.”


About the American Horticultural Society

The American Horticultural Society, founded in 1922, is an educational, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that recognizes and promotes excellence in American horticulture. One of the most longstanding and prestigious gardening organizations, AHS is dedicated to making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens. Its mission is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth, to celebrate America’s diversity through the art and practice of horticulture, and to lead this effort by sharing the Society’s unique national resources with all Americans.