A 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
DESIGN MASTER color tool, inc. Boulder, Colorado
Royer’s Flowers & Gifts Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Tagawa Greenhouses Brighton, Colorado
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Flowers by George, Inc. Arlington, Washington
Megan Bowman, Ph.D.
Ball Horticultural Co. Chicago, Illinois
Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Inc. Los Angeles, California
BioWorks Victor, New York
Baisch & Skinner St. Louis, Missouri
Norton’s Flowers & Gifts Ypsilanti, Michigan
The Pete Garcia Co. Atlanta, Georgia
Kennicott Brothers Company Chicago, Illinois
Grand Central Floral Jacksonville, Florida
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.
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