MEET THE IBG STAFF

Idaho Botanical Garden staff, through their labor and dedication, brings the Garden's Master Plan towards fruition.



Christine Wiersema

Executive Director
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Chris Wiersema began her involvement with the Idaho Botanical Garden as a board member. In that role, she helped shape the current strategic plan which included defining the role of the Garden in the Treasure Valley, addressing sustainability and refocusing the vision for future growth.

Chris’s work as a board member and passion for the Garden led to her appointment in April 2013 as the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Development Lead, assisting the Garden in building a foundation and cohesive approach for effective fundraising.

Her extensive leadership skills and development background with nonprofit organizations make Chris ideally suited to lead the Garden into the next phases of growth. She has demonstrated the ability to work together with volunteers, staff , board members and our membership toward the realization of the Garden’s mission: To provide a full garden experience for all ages that enhances community quality of life through plant collections, our education programs, and our entertainment, cultural and community events.

Chris’s passion can be seen as she talks about the Idaho Botanical Garden. “To me, the Garden represents an ever-changing, ever-growing community resource that is much more than ‘just a garden’, says Wiersema. “The Garden reflects the seasons of our lives as a place to celebrate, and cultivate learning; a place to stimulate our mind and senses.”



BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Idaho Botanical Gardens Board of Directors provides vision, direction and support for the Garden’s development, programs and events.

 

OFFICERS

Kip Bryson, President
Karena Boesel, Vice President
Marlayna Elledge, Treasurer
Sonya Lenzi, Secretary
Kathy Yoshida, Recorder

Chris Wiersema, Executive Director

MEMBERS

Allen Deitz
Christopher Pooser
Dena Shipton
Jason Prince
Rich Toney
Rick Turner
Sara Berry
Steven Turney
Chantel West