Board of Directors

Karl Ackermann

IN, thru 2024, MBA, International Business; BS, Engineering Technology; Certificate in Horticulture with High Honors; Recipient of Shirley Heinze Bringing Nature Home Award


Marti Agler

Director, Internal Audit
TN, thru 2022, Finance, MBA, biology degree



Loris Damerow

Director, Vice President
MI, thru 2024, Former landscape designer, Registered Art Therapist (ATR), retired Director of the Center for Grieving Children/Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley


Ellen Folts

NY, thru 2022, Native perennial nursery owner; speaker



Janice Hand

Past President
MT-PAL, thru 2020, NFP, leadership


Laura Klemm

Director (on leave)
WI-PAL, thru 2024, BBA; BS, Biology, MS, Sustainable Management with courses in Nonprofit Management, Web design and Readers Advisory



Jim Poznak

Director and General Counsel
IL, thru 2024, Attorney



Matthew Ross

Director, Chair Honorary Directors
PA, thru 2020, Head of Cont. Ed., Longwood Gardens



Pam Todd

IL, thru 2022, Marketing, PR, advocacy, market research



Rita Ulrich

MN, thru 2022, NFP, fundraising, financials, former ED



Sally Wencel

President, Technology
TN, thru 2022, JD, CEO