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1935 County Road B2 W, Suite 125, Roseville, MN 55113


       Mon-Fri, 10-3        (temporarily closed)




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Meet our Staff


Lara Lau-Schommer

Acting Executive Director and Community Outreach Director

Lara is acting director for MSHS.

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Courtney Tchida

Community Outreach Manager

When she was just two years old, Courtney's family often found her out in their big garden, munching on peas all by herself. So, it seems like she was destined to build a career around growing food! Courtney loves teaching others how to grow sustainably and have success (and fun!) in the garden. With an undergraduate degree in Environmental Horticulture, a master's in Agricultural Education and a certificate in Permaculture Design, we're lucky Courtney joined our team in 2020 to manage our educational offerings and signature programs, Garden-in-a-Box and Minnesota Green. Her favorite plant? It's a tie between white dutch clover (which she calls "magic") and giant ground cherries (because they taste like passion fruit). She loves knitting, canning preserves, pressing apples for cider, cooking outside while camping and playing board games with friends.

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Becky Swee

Communications + Marketing Director

Becky joined the team in 2017. She grew up gardening with her parents in Rochester, MN and spent six summers working for Sargent's Landscape Nursery. After moving to Seattle for nearly a decade to earn a degree in communications and manage the membership program at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, Becky returned to Minnesota to be closer to family. An animal lover, she brings her very mellow (and very chunky) chocolate lab, Elvis, to work. While he's everyone's favorite co-worker, his work ethic is a bit... lacking.


Sue Hoehn

Administrative Support

After earning a degree in biology and crushing a career in medical technology, Sue started volunteering for MSHS in 2012. She officially joined the staff in 2017, tackling data entry, processing mail, providing accounting and staff support and fielding phone calls—if you've ever called our office, you've probably talked to Sue or Linda! Her favorite thing about the MSHS? The great coworkers. Sue's earliest gardening memory is of weeding her mom's perennial garden, so we're glad that didn't scare her away! Now, she's a city gardener, growing Asiatic lilies (her favorite), tulips, peonies and more in her St. Paul yard and boulevard. When she's not working, Sue enjoys spending time with her 2 1/2 year old granddaughter, Norah, rescuing mature dachsunds, reading and playing competitive Scrabble.


Diane Duvall

Development Director

Diane has been part of the MSHS team since 2000.

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Linda Stewlow

Administrative Support

If you've ever visited or called our office, you've probably talked to Linda! She's been fielding office calls, data entry and membership customer service since 2011. Sadly, her first gardening memory is not a happy one—as a little girl, she had to weed her family's large garden. Since then, she's grown to love gardening. It makes sense that one of her favorite things about MSHS is our Garden-in-a-Box program, which helps children and families learn to grow and have a positive first gardening experience. Linda loves spending time with her children, grandchildren and extended family. She also enjoys working with her MSHS teammates, saying that "the staff is very dedicated and puts so much effort and thought into their work." (Thanks, Linda!)

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