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Mark Schneider - Executive Director
Mark became the executive director of the Iowa Arboretum in the fall of 2011, after working for 32 years at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Virginia. One of his accomplishments there was to develop the zoo into a zoological garden. He received many awards and recognition for his contributions to the Norfolk area in terms of landscaping and environmental work and developing gardening programs for people with disabilities. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in plant science and a graduate degree in human resource development at George Washington University. He also has a graduate degree in public administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Mark lives in Ames with his wife Phyllis. They have two children in college.
Kevin Lantz - Wedding Coordinator/Horticulturist
Kevin has spent the past 30 years with the Iowa Arboretum working as a horticulturist, taking care of the grounds, and overseeing weddings. He graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College with an AAS degree in Horticulture. He grew in Pomeroy but now resides in Boone. His family continues to be big supporters of the Iowa Arboretum and spend as much time as they can volunteering. In his down time, Kevin enjoys going fishing, nature, and traveling.
Heather Bass - Office Manager
In 2001, Heather began working at the Iowa Arboretum as a horticulture specialist, managing the greenhouse and performing grounds work. Before joining the Arboretum, she graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Horticulture and worked at a few different locations before settling down at the Arboretum. Several years ago, Heather decided to make a change by transitioning to office manager. She now manages everything indoors including memberships, office work, and the volunteers. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and two little boys at their home in Ames.
Lori Salati - Bookkeeper
Lori has been with the Iowa Arboretum since November 2010. Prior to her time with us, she received her education from both SUNY Delhi and DMACC, and spent time as a veterinary technician before becoming a payroll specialist. When she isn’t keeping track of the books at the Arboretum, she is bookkeeping for both Professional Home Ames and Lora & Company. Lori resides in Ogden with her husband, Mike, and three children. In her spare time she enjoys square foot gardening, adding onto her vegetable garden, and bird/squirrel watching/feeding.
Joe McNally - Horticulture Project Manager
After graduating from Western Kentucky University, Joe worked in the retail and wholesale horticulture industry in the Seattle, Washington area for 12 years. He held jobs ranging from retail plant buyer to wholesale gardener. He was also successful in creating a tree pruning business, specializing in Japanese maples, conifers and fruit trees. In 2012, he made the move to Iowa and joined the Iowa Arboretum as the Horticulture Project Manager. He manages the Arboretum’s plant collections, plant sales and greenhouse. He has a strong passion for plants and enjoys giving garden lectures to interested gardeners of all ages.
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