Meet Our Team

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Executive Director

A Canadian native, Rick has been driving education, international development and nonprofit consulting projects around the globe. He loves growing food and flowers, and even worked as a farmer for many years, selling peonies, garlic and meat grown on his 5-acre Vancouver Island property. Excited by the many ways leading MSHS brings together his past experiences, Rick is eager to serve and grow our northern gardener community and improve access to the beauty, fun and healthy products of gardening.

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Communications + Marketing Director

Becky grew up gardening with her parents in Rochester, MN and spent many 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 often 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.

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Editor of Northern Gardener

Welcome, Cynthya! An extremely experienced editor, travel writer, photographer and marketing pro, she is also an avid home gardener. After purchasing a single rose of Sharon at her nephew's request, bam!, she was hooked. She grew up in a family growing vegetables in zone 3A of northern Minnesota, and now tends a garden on her own property in Winona, MN. We can't wait to see how her greater MN perspective, wide-ranging experience and passion for gardening will build upon the rich 150-year tradition of Northern Gardener magazine.

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Development Director

Diane has been part of the MSHS team since 2008. What's kept her here for more than a decade? Her love for our members and supporters. Diane grew up with gardeners—she remembers visiting her grandparents in LA when she was a little girl, picking avocados and grapefruit in their backyard. After earning a B.A. in Russian Studies from Mount Holyoke College, Diane performed with the Twin Cities theater community for many years. She's an avid swimmer and, in the summer, you'll often find her in the metro area lakes!



Community Programs Director

When she was a toddler, Courtney's family often found her munching on peas in the garden. It seems she was destined for a career in growing food! With a degree in Environmental Horticulture, a master's in Agricultural Education and a certificate in Permaculture Design, Courtney loves teaching others how to grow sustainably and have success (and fun!) in the garden. 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).

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Ad Sales Manager

Betsy is a pro when it comes to all things advertising. If you own a greenhouse, landscape nursery, floral design, landscape design or green service business, Betsy can help you find the most effective channels to market your services to our growing northern gardener community.

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Education + Outreach Director

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Lara is a true, blue Minnesotan—and now she and her husband are raising their own son here. An active supporter of community gardening and beautification of public spaces throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota, Lara embodies the spirit of community, bringing gardeners and green organizations together around growing and sustainability. She oversees our educational classes, events, placemaking efforts and our community calendar.

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Membership Associate

Ann joined the Hort team following a career with the Illinois REALTORS® Association, where she created, managed and staffed the welcome center as Vice President of Member and Association Engagement. She loves serving our MSHS members and followers, and connecting daily with so many of you is one of her favorite parts of her day. Ann is an avid gardener, daisy fanatic and loves swapping growing stories with our friends and visitors who call, email and drop by our Roseville office.



QVS Fellow

Emma joined our team in September 2021 as part of an 11-month Quaker Voluntary Service fellowship. She is working across all departments to support our mission. A Minneapolis native, she left the Midwest to attend Smith College in Massachusetts. Having recently graduated, she's returning to her hometown roots this year.