CNGA Board of Directors - 2021

Officers

Kerri Dantino

President
Kerri Dantino | Little Valley Wholesale Nursery, Brighton, Colorado

Kerri has worked as the Purchasing Manager at Little Valley Wholesale Nursery since 2014. She graduated from Colorado State University with a major in Landscape Horticulture in 2001. She joined the CNGA Board of Directors in 2015. She enjoys spending time with her family and their menagerie of animals. 



Mandy Gerace



Secretary/Treasurer, President-Elect

Mandy Gerace | Syngenta Flowers, Thornton, Colorado

Mandy grew up in the greenhouse industry. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in communications in 2002. Since 2007, she worked at Welby Gardens in the Sales, Production and Marketing and recently joined Syngenta Flowers in 2020 as an RNS Account Manager. She enjoys skiing, hiking and traveling.

 

Officer At Large
Matt Edmundson | Arbor Valley Nursery, Brighton, Colorado

Matt is a third generation owner of Arbor Valley Nursery in Brighton, CO.  Matt has a BA in Economics from CU-Boulder.  He is a Board member of CHREF and Plant Select. In the past he has served as CHREF president, on the ANLA Landscape Distribution board and on the GreenCO Legislative committee.  

Directors

Mike Bone, CGG | Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado

Mike is the curator of steppe collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Mike is a graduate of FRCC with specialties in propagation and nursery management. Mike works very closely with the Plant Select program and is engaged in plant collections from around the world with an intent to study and understand the flora of the worlds steppe regions.

Kent Broome | Rocky Mountain Horticulture Services, Hygiene, Colorado

Kent represents Baxter Wholesale Nursery in Emmett, Idaho as well as Bylands Wholesale in Kelowna, B.C. He was a sales representative for Bailey Nurseries for 22 years and has been in the industry for over 40 years. Kent has served on the CNA Board, CNGA Board and the ProGreen Board as well as several CNGA committees. Kent is also a CNGA Hall of Fame recipient.  

Joe Haskett | James Nursery Company, Denver, Colorado

Joe is a third-generation owner of James Nursery Company in Denver, CO.  He holds a BS in Business Management from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and has worked in the industry for over 20 years.  Joe has worked at every level of the nursery having started as a weed pulling water-boy and working up to current status of owner after having purchased the business from his uncle. 

Jeff Jones | Great Gardens, Torrington, Wyoming

Jeff is the Owner/Manager of Great Gardens, a retail Garden Center which is open year around and offers a full line of retail products. He has been a speaker at ProGreen Expo, has written for CNGA's magazine, attends many CNGA events and brings a large contingent of employees to CNGA BBQs each year. Prior to operating this garden center Jeff worked in the banking business and then as a financial consultant for 15 years. Being in this industry has been much more relaxing and rewarding than previous years of high stress financial duties. Continuing education is at the top of the list for him and his employees.

Harriett McMillan, CCNP | Echter's Nursery & Garden Center, Arvada, Colorado

Harriett is a Colorado native and has been learning about and growing perennials for over 40 years.  She joined Echter’s Garden Center in 1990 and became the manager of the perennial department.  In 1998 she served as Horticulture Information Specialist at Denver Botanic Gardens, returning to Echter’s in 2001 where she works in customer service as a plant doctor, customer education and outreach.  Harriett has served as president of Garden Centers of Colorado. She was named Nursery Person of the Year by CNGA in 2004 and GreenCo Person of the Year in 2010. She has been active in the development of the Plant Select® program for the past 20 years. She has served on the CNGA Certification Committee and the Programs Committee.

 

Terry Shaw, CCNP | Harding Nursery, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado

Terry is an owner of Harding Nursery, Inc. in Colorado Springs.  He has grown Harding Nursery from twelve acres on Powers Blvd. to 172 total acres, including 160 acres of growing fields on their farm in Calhan, CO, with an additional 40 acres of growing fields located in Idaho. Terry has worked on green industry projects through the years from helping with the continuation of the H2A program, developing educational programs and contributing to the development of the Colorado Plant Guide that is in use today. 

 

James Klett, PhD Ex-Officio Director
James Klett, PhD | Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Jim has been a professor of Landscape Horticulture, Ornamentals and Nursery Management at CSU since 1980. He earned his doctorate and master's in Horticulture from the University of Illinois and a bachelors in Horticulture from The Ohio State University. He joined the CNGA board as an ex-officio director in 1997. In addition to serving on the CNGA and the CHREF board, he serves on many other committees and boards in the Colorado green industry. He was instrumental in starting Plant Select and still serves on the board. He enjoys gardening, testing new landscape plants in his home garden and collecting Ohio pottery and antiques in general.