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Board of Trustees and Staff

AFE_logo_small_green_2011 copy 2 copyA dedicated Board of Trustees representing all industry segments serves the Endowment. All Trustees serve without monetary compensation of any kind and take part in all AFE activities, meetings and travel at their own expense. Their top duties are fundraising and responsibility for the wise and prudent use of money contributed to the Endowment.

Board of Trustee members are elected by the Board and serve a three-year term.  Trustees can be appointed to one additional three-year term.


Laura Shinall Chairman Syndicate Sales, Inc. Kokomo, Indiana

Jim Daly Past Chairman

Floralife/Smithers-Oasis Walterboro, South Carolina

Ken Young Treasurer/Secretary

Phoenix Flower Shops Scottsdale, Arizona

Dwight Larimer

DESIGN MASTER color tool, inc. Boulder, Colorado

Greg Royer

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Randy Tagawa

Tagawa Greenhouses Brighton, Colorado



David Boulton

Flowers by George, Inc. Arlington, Washington

Megan Bowman, Ph.D.

Ball Horticultural Co. Chicago, Illinois

Pat Dahlson

Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Inc. Los Angeles, California

Bill Foster

BioWorks Victor, New York

Steve Frye

Baisch & Skinner St. Louis, Missouri

Tim Galea

Norton’s Flowers & Gifts Ypsilanti, Michigan

David Garcia

The Pete Garcia Co. Atlanta, Georgia

Gustavo Gilchrist

Kennicott Brothers Company Chicago, Illinois

Cindy Hanauer*

Grand Central Floral Jacksonville, Florida

Mauricio Jaramillo

Solé Farms Miami, Florida

Michael A. Mellano, Ph.D.

Mellano & Company San Luis Rey, California

Juan Carlos Gonzalez Uribe

G.R. CHIA Colombia, S.A.

Art VanWingerden

Metrolina Greenhouses Huntersville, NC


*Notes Emeritus Status


Debi Chedester Executive Director

Karin Krause Manager of Communications & Outreach

Candice Musgrove Program Coordinator

Terril A. Nell, Ph.D. Research Coordinator

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