Arboretum Foundation Staff
Paige Miller—Executive Director
Paige has been at the Arboretum Foundation since April 2007. As executive director, her responsibilities include management and administration, organizational strategy, advocacy and external relations, fundraising, and working with our board of directors and volunteers. Educated at Smith College, Brown University, and Yale Law School, Paige is a former Seattle Port Commissioner and attorney. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, outdoor activities, going to the opera and the theatre, and playing with her grandchildren. Asked why she enjoys working at the Arboretum, Paige replies: “I love being able to share my enthusiasm for this beautiful place with others and playing a part in making it better for those who will come here in 25 or 50 years. It is an opportunity to leave a real legacy.” Email: email@example.com.
Sheila Beer—Development and Events Coordinator
Sheila joined our staff in August 2012. She provides support to our fundraising and events staff, and is managing the silent auction for our Opening Night Party. Before coming to the Foundation, she spent most of her professional life in software sales and marketing in Silicon Valley, but returned to her hometown of Seattle to raise her two kids and enjoy the Northwest lifestyle with her family. “Working with the Foundation is a meaningful way to convert my family’s casual use of the city’s treasured park into something more substantial,” says Sheila. “And I’m very excited to be on board!” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nathaniel “Nat” Bennett—Operations Coordinator
Nat is the newest member of our staff, having joined in July 2014. Among his main duties, he manages our busy office and provides administrative support to our executive director. Nat has a B.A. in Archaeology and Greek Language and Literature from Oberlin College. While at Oberlin, he did field research in Greece, Israel, and Macedonia, and also served as the operations manager for the Oberlin Student Co-operative Association, which provides at-cost housing and dining to students. When he’s not at work, Nat enjoys cooking, soccer, and playing the piano. “I’m looking forward to working with the Arboretum’s wonderful volunteers,” says Nat, “and also to enjoying a beautiful walk to work.” Email: email@example.com.
Jeff Boyer—Major Gifts and Development Associate
Jeff joined the Foundation in April 2013. He supports our Pacific Connections Capital Campaign, as well as the Arbor Circle and Commemorative Gift programs. He also assists with the development of major gifts. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jeff worked in prospect research for Seattle Pacific University, where he holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Having grown up on Whidbey Island in a farming family, Jeff treasures the open spaces that the Arboretum provides and knows the value of maintaining such a special place. Bottling gardens into glass terrariums is one of Jeff’s hobbies—he also paints and does other craft projects. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rhonda Bush—Stewards Coordinator
Rhonda joined us in June 2011. She coordinates the Garden Stewards program, which recruits volunteers to work with salaried Arboretum staff on the long-term care and maintenance of signature horticultural features in the Arboretum. Rhonda is a qualified landscape designer with an ATA Degree in Landscape Design from Edmonds Community College. She also holds an art degree from Anderson University, in Anderson, Indiana. Rhonda’s position is currently funded by a grant from the Miller Foundation and the Peach Foundation. Email: RhondaBush@comcast.net.
Niall Dunne—Communications Manager
Niall has been with the Foundation since June 2007. He manages publications and public relations for the Foundation and edits the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin. He is also a freelance editor and writer, specializing in botany, conservation biology, and horticulture. His latest books are Easy Compost (2013) and A Native Plants Reader (2012), both published by Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). A former publications editor at BBG, Niall is passionate about plants, urban ecology, open spaces, and public gardens—including the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum. Email: email@example.com.
Randall Hitchin—Outreach and Major Gifts Manager
Randall joined the Foundation in fall 2011 as our Volunteer and Outreach Programs manager. He performed his duties with flying colors, but felt his talents might be best put to use in our Development Department. In summer 2013, Randall became our Outreach and Major Gifts Manager and now works directly with Paige Miller to raise money for maintaining and enhancing the Arboretum. The former UW Botanic Gardens Living Collections Manager and Registrar, Randall knows the plants in the Arboretum better than anyone and has long been a knowledgeable and eloquent advocate for this special place. He has an M.S. in Urban Horticulture & Public Garden Management from the University of Washington. He is on the board of directors of the Hardy Fern Foundation and is a founding member of the Great Plant Picks Selection Committee. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Meyer—Volunteer Resources Manager
Megan joined the Foundation staff in July 2013. She was most recently the Development and Marketing Manager at Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, but she is excited to move into volunteer management here at the Arboretum. She appreciates the Foundation’s long history and looks forward to working with and learning from our dedicated volunteers. Megan is a novice gardener who is eager to learn, and she is currently keeping busy with a thriving vegetable garden at her home in Madrona. “The thing I love most about the Arboretum,” says Megan, “is that it is always changing, which serves as a reminder to look at the world with fresh eyes every day.” Email: email@example.com.
Kristin Price—Events Manager
Kristin has been with the Foundation since September 2011. She is responsible for planning our larger events, including Opening Night Party at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and FlorAbundance: The Spring Plant Sale. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kristin worked as an events coordinator with the City of Lynnwood and several Seattle non-profits. An enthusiastic party planner at home, Kristin’s hobbies also include cooking, reading, writing, and gardening. As a Seattle native, Kristin is passionate about all things Seattle and thrilled to be working in one of the most beautiful spots in all of her beloved city. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Wortzel—Finance Manager
Gary joined the Foundation as finance manager in June 2014 and is excited to be part of our team. He has extensive experience in the arena of non-profit accounting and finance. Before joining our staff, Gary worked as the controller at the Experience Music Project. Prior to that, he was an auditor at Clark Nuber, a major accounting firm that specializes in auditing non-profit organizations in this region. Gary is also a Certified Public Accountant and an accomplished artist. Email: email@example.com.