Foundation Hires New Volunteer Manager and Events Coordinator
The Foundation welcomed two new staff members in early January: Alyssa Henry and Jessa Gardner. As our new Volunteer Resources Manager, Alyssa will coordinate, train, and manage the wonderful volunteers that devote their time and energy to the Arboretum. Our new Events Coordinator, Jessa, will provide support for our annual cycle of events and for events at the Seattle Japanese Garden.
Before joining our team, 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. You can email Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessa 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. Contact her at email@example.com.