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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.




Ken Young Chairman

Phoenix Flower Shop Scottsdale, Arizona



David Garcia Chairman-Elect

Pete Garcia Company/Garcia Group Peachtree Corners, Georgia


Laura Shinall Past Chairman

FreshPath Marketing Charleston, South Carolina


Greg Royer Treasurer/Secretary

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts Lebanon, Pennsylvania


Bill Foster Treasurer/Secretary-Elect

BioWorks Victor, New York


Pat Dahlson

Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Inc. Los Angeles, California





Debi Chedester, IOM, AAF

Executive Director


Karin Krause

Manager of Communications & Outreach


Grace Alvarez

Communications Coordinator


Candice Musgrove

Program Coordinator


Terril A. Nell, Ph.D.

Research Director


Laura Barth

Research Coordinator


Miranda Hosseini

Manager, Development and Donor Relations

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David Boulton *

Flowers by George, Inc. Arlington, Washington


Megan Bowman, Ph.D.

Ball Horticultural Co. Chicago, Illinois


Jim Daly * Past Chairman, Emeritus

Smithers-Oasis/Floralife/DESIGN MASTER Walterboro, South Carolina


Kelvin Frye

Syndicate Sales Kokomo, IN


Steve Frye

Baisch & Skinner St. Louis, Missouri


Gustavo Gilchrist

Kennicott Brothers Company Chicago, Illinois


Jeronimo Herrera

Jardines de los Andes Bogota, Colombia


Mauricio Jaramillo

Solé Farms Miami, Florida


Jackie Lacey

Floriology Institute Jacksonville, FL


Tim Noble

Hortica Insurance Edwardsville, IL


Vijay Rapaka

Smithers-Oasis Kent, OH


Art Van Wingerden

Metrolina Greenhouses Huntersville, NC


Adam Van Winkle

Stadium Flowers Everett, WA


*Notes Emeritus Status



Dr. Melinda Knuth

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC


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