ADMINISTRATION

Rick J. Lewandowski is the Director of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and is responsible for providing the vision, leadership, and strategic direction to fulfill Shangri La’s mission. He oversees operations for the administrative, education, and horticulture staff of the 252-acre organization in all areas of programming, garden development, conservation, and audience development with a focus on enhancing the quality of life for residents of our region. Read more…
Katie Krantz is the Volunteer Coordinator for Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. She is responsible for managing, coordinating and growing the volunteer program. Read more…
Marlene Cox serves as the Guest Relations and Events Coordinator for Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. She is responsible for working with groups to plan, schedule, and coordinate garden and Outpost Tours. Additionally, she supports event planning, general guest relations, and oversight of volunteers who provide visitor orientation/interpretation. Read more…

EDUCATION

Ellen Rondomanski is the Environmental Educator at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. She is responsible for leading Pre-K to 8th grade field trips and working with children of all ages. She develops and teaches summer camps, public programs, and teacher workshops. She is in charge of the inventory, procurement, and creation of all materials needed for the lessons taught in the Education Department. She also co-manages the Here We Grow! Children’s Garden. Read more…
  • Karen Mendoza
  • Environmental Educator
  • Marie (Mel) Moreau
  • Environmental Educator
  • Peggy Paige
  • Environmental Educator
  • Donna Preston
  • Environmental Educator
  • Wanda Woods
  • Environmental Educator
  • Ashley Jordan
  • Environmental Education Intern
  • Katie Nelligan
  • Environmental Education Intern

HORTICULTURE

Mark A. Hines is the Superintendent, General Grounds and Maintenance Services at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. He oversees daily operations of the garden and grounds maintenance staff, coordinates and directs implementation of landscape planning with respect to sound sustainable landscape practices, and manages irrigation and water quality issues. Read more…
Jennifer manages the plant displays in the Epiphyte House, Exhibition Greenhouses, and Children’s Garden. She provides horticultural support for in-house activities that include environmental education, publications, and staff and volunteer training. Jennifer coordinates activities for the annual Celebrate Orchids! event. Read more…
  • Julie Dial
  • Gardener
  • Melissa Fairchild
  • Gardener
  • Susie Freuden
  • Gardener
  • Christi Nelson
  • Irrigation and Pest Management Technician
  • Lindsey Nelson
  • Gardener
  • Leslie Pierce
  • Gardener
  • Leonard Trahan
  • Grounds Maintenance, Shop and Marine Technician
Cheryl Farmer is the Production Greenhouse Supervisor for Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and is responsible for providing annual and perennial plants for the Stark Cultural Venues. Duties also include the design and assembly of decorative containers for seasonal displays and special events, conducting workshops, and mentoring staff greenhouse technicians and volunteers. Read more…
  • Nicholas Keng
  • Greenhouse Technician
  • Miranda Raymo
  • Greenhouse Technician
  • Donald Simmons
  • Greenhouse Technician
  • Downtown Campus
  • Gerardo Rico
  • Gardener, Team Leader
  • Jackie Feuge
  • Gardener
  • Willie Goodwin
  • Gardener
  • Hilario Moreno
  • Gardener