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.
Nathaniel “Nat” Bennett—Operations Coordinator
Nat joined our staff 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. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Jessa Gardner—Events Coordinator
Jessa Gardner joined the Foundation in January 2016. She provides supports for our annual cycle of events and for events at the Seattle Japanese Garden. She has a B.A. in political science and a minor in Japanese from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She spent a year living abroad in Miyazaki, Japan, as an exchange student and continues to study Japanese language and culture in her free time. Before joining the Foundation, Jessa worked with a nonprofit to assist refugee resettlement in Houston, Texas. A native Texan, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to enjoy the cool weather and beautiful landscape. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pamela Givens—Garden Stewards Coordinator
Pamela joined the Foundation in May 2015. She coordinates volunteer gardening sessions and recruits new volunteers for the Arboretum Garden Stewards program. Pamela has an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Stanford. Her position with us is about 50-percent time; in the other half of her work life, Pamela is an executive coach. Before being hired as the Stewards Coordinator, Pamela was a steward herself and clocked in more than 100 volunteer hours during the 2014–15 season. In addition to a love of weeding, Pamela also loves singing and does yoga in her spare time, and, as a newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, is enjoying exploring Seattle’s many natural environments. Email: email@example.com
Alyssa Henry—Volunteer Resources Manager
Alyssa joined the Foundation staff in January 2016. She coordinates, trains, and manages the wonderful volunteers that devote their time and energy to the Arboretum. Before coming here, Alyssa spent three years with EarthCorps, where she was trained in volunteer and event management. That position also opened her eyes to the wonders of the plant world and the need to cherish it. She has a B.A. in environmental studies from Pacific Lutheran University. Alyssa is excited to cultivate the Arboretum’s existing volunteer base and to welcome other Seattleites into the fold to help care for this magnificent green space. Outside of work, you will find Alyssa smiling exuberantly as she explores the outdoors, dines with friends, and does advocacy work. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
Michele Norman—Events Manager
Michele joined the Foundation in June 2015. She coordinates our suite of annual events and fundraisers, including the Opening Night Party at the NW Flower & Garden Show. Most recently an administrative coordinator at the William D. Ruckelshaus Center, Michele has extensive event management experience, having organized everything from an annual arts festival in Skagit County to concerts at Benaroya Hall. An apprentice falconer, Michele is passionate about raptors and raptor conservation. She’s also studying to be a beekeeper and has a strong interest in modern homesteading. A big fan of the outdoors, she particularly loves rock climbing, rowing, and sailing. “In today’s technology-oriented world,” says Michele, “natural spaces like the Arboretum are increasingly vital for re-establishing balance and harmony in our lives.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Stollery—Development Director
Chris Stollery joined the Foundation in October 2015. Chris heads up our development team and works alongside Randall Hitchin to cultivate donors and raise vital funds to preserve the Arboretum. An avid gardener herself, Chris has strong experience fundraising for public gardens. In 2000, she managed the Seattle Chinese Garden’s first major campaign, helping raise $4 million for garden construction. After that, she held several senior development positions at the Cornish College of the Arts. Says Chris, “I’m delighted to be a part of this terrific community of volunteers and staff who work to sustain our treasured Arboretum.” Email: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.