Mar 22, 2016
America in Bloom Chooses New Officers

America in Bloom announced the election of new board members and officers following its annual meeting on March 5.

America in Bloom announced the election of new board members and officers following its annual meeting on March 5.

Katy Moss Warner, president emeritus of the American Horticultural Society, was elected president of the board. Evelyn Alemanni of ALLEA and Tony Ferrara of Arroyo Consulting Group, were elected first and second vice presidents, respectively. Marvin Miller, Ball Horticultural Co., was elected treasurer, and Jack Clasen was elected secretary. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University, serves as the past president.

Linda Hart, Walter Heath and Leslie Pittenger were elected as new board members.

Hart is community outreach coordinator for the Holland, Michigan, Visitors Bureau. She is active in several local community organizations, including Holland in Bloom, and she chaired the local committee that hosted the 2015 AIB symposium in Holland.

Heath is a retired biochemist from Morro Bay, California, a five-bloom AIB city. He is the co-founder and president of Morro Bay in Bloom. Walter is also active on the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Pittenger is city auditor for Belpre, Ohio. As an active member of the Belpre Garden Club and Belpre High School Greenhouse boosters she works with local students to complete environmental and beautification projects. She has completed the Ohio Tree Commission Academy course and has her Commercial Applicator license for pesticides through the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Others on the board of directors are:

  • Bobby Barnitz, Bob’s Market & Greenhouse
  • Drew Becher, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • Marshall Dirks, Proven Winners
  • Dale Fisher, Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens
  • Edith Makra, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
  • John Manchester, mayor of Lewisburg, West Virginia
  • Diana Weiner, Gerry Foundation

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