Fields donated by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will provide the space needed to create and study forest, barrens, and savanna communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Callicapa dictotomo 'Early Amethyst'

 

 

 

 

 

 


Crataegus viridus 'Winter King'

 

 


Mahonia aquifolium 'Compacta' after ice storm

 


Arboretum Staff


The director of The Arboretum at Penn State is appointed by the Provost. The director's principal responsibility is to coordinate the implementation of the Arboretum plan as approved by the Board of Trustees in March 1999. In doing so, the director works with an Advisory Committee, composed principally of faculty at Penn State, and reports to a Steering Committee of deans that is the overall governing body for the implementation of the plan. In addition to the director, the Arboretum is currently staffed with a director of development, a director of horticulture/curator, an event and marketing coordinator, administrative support assistant, and a part-time fiscal assistant.

As the staff grows, and the scope and complexity of the Arboretum's activities increases, the Arboretum has begun to solicit the help of non-University volunteers and community and industry representatives in roles such as docents, advisors, and board members.

Kim C. Steiner
Director
Email: steiner@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 865-9351
Fax: (814) 865-3725

Dr. Steiner, a professor of forest biology in the School of Forest Resources at Penn State, earned his bachelor of science degree in forest biology at Colorado State University, and his master of science and doctoral degree in forest genetics at Michigan State University.

In 1994, Dr. Steiner worked with others to create an Arboretum Task Force that resurrected and redirected plans for an Arboretum near the University Park campus. After becoming the chairman of that committee in fall 1995, Dr. Steiner provided academic direction to the development of the Arboretum plan by Sasaki Associates, Inc., a plan that was accepted by the Board of Trustees as a component of the University Park Master Plan.

Since being appointed as the Arboretum's director in October 1999, Dr. Steiner has worked with the University Administration, the Steering Committee, the Advisory Committee, staff in the Office of Physical Plant, and Arboretum volunteers to continue planning the development of a master plan for the botanic gardens, promote and coordinate research and outreach activities that serve the Arboretum mission, and inform the community and citizens of the Commonwealth about the vision for the future Arboretum.

One of Dr. Steiner's primary goals is to secure resources for its development through private donations, agency funding programs, and grants from foundations.

 

Kathleen K. Reeder
Event and Marketing Coordinator
Email: kkr1@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 863-8690
Fax: (814) 865-3725

Ms. Reeder holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts (English) from Mansfield State College and a master's degree in liberal arts (English) from Penn State. Her previous positions have included program development and administrative planning with the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation and the Mid-State Employment and Training Consortium.

As event coordinator, she is responsible for collaborating with other staff to develop and host special Arboretum events, such as the pumpkin festival and spring plant sale, and for renting spaces in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens to the University and public for such activities as academic receptions, reunions, and weddings. Her duties as marketing coordinator for the Arboretum include developing promotional materials, including the website, brochures, posters, and newsletters, creating marketing strategies, coordinating public relations, assisting with fund-raising activities, and preparing grants and proposals.

Mailing Address:
Kathleen K. Reeder
Event and Marketing Coordinator
The Arboretum at Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University
336 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802-3604

 

Patrick J. Williams
Director of Development
Email: patrickwilliams@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 865-0441
Fax: (814) 865-3725

Mr. Williams holds a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation/leisure studies from Penn State. In his previous position as associate director of corporate and foundation relations, he worked to build corporate relationships between Penn State and Fortune 500 companies through research, recruiting, sponsorships, and philanthropy.

Hired in January 2008 as the Arboretum's director of development, Mr. Williams coordinates and manages fund-raising efforts.

Mailing Address:
Patrick J. Williams
Director of Development
The Arboretum at Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University
302 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802-3604

 
 

Amanda D. Pruss
Development and Fiscal Assistant
Email: amd26@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 867-2591
Fax: (814) 865-3725

Ms. Pruss has a bachelor of science degree in agronomy and environmental science with a minor in business administration from teh Delaware Valley College of Agriculture and Science.

Her principal duties include the planning of cultivation and administrative meetings and events, and the identification and stewardship of donors and prospects. As a fiscal assistant, she manages income and expenses, provides monthly fiscal reports, and purchases supplies and services for various events.

Mailing Address:
Amanda D. Pruss
Development and Fiscal Assistant
The Arboretum at Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University
320 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802-3604

 
   
Shari Edelson
Director of Horticulture/Curator
Email: ske13@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 865-8080
Fax: (814) 865-3725

Shari Edelson earned her bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science at Goucher College, and her master of science degree in public horticulture at the University of Delaware and Longwood Gardens. She has worked with several public gardens and community greening organizations, including Reeves-Reed Arboretum, the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, the Parks & People Foundation, and Cylburn Arboretum.

Her responsibilities include the development and care of the Arboretum’s plant collections, oversight of new garden planning and construction, coordination of the internship programs, and facilitation of public education and outreach efforts.

Mailing Address:
Director of Horticulture/Curator
The Arboretum at Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University
117 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802-3604

 

Linda Duerr
Coordinator of Children's Educational Programs
Email: lmd9@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 867-4813
Fax: (814) 865-3725

Linda Duerr is excited to join the Arboretum staff as the coordinator of children’s educational programs. Linda adds the perspective of an educator to our team as we begin the work of developing the plans and programs for our Children’s Garden (currently under construction).

Linda has over 30 years of experience in administration, teaching, and teacher education, particularly within the early learning programs at Penn State (University Park). Most recently Linda was director of education at the Child Care Center at Hort Woods. She holds a bachelor of science degree in education and a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in children’s literature.

Mailing Address:
Linda Duerr
Coordinator of Children's Educational Programs
The Arboretum at Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University
320 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802-3604

 

Nancy A. Stoner
Volunteer Coordinator
Email: nas26@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 867-4262
Fax: (814) 865-3725

Ms. Stoner holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a master’s degree from Marist College in New York. Ms. Stoner grew up among the vegetable and produce farms of the Mid-Hudson Valley, and enjoys having a part-time position at The Arboretum at Penn State.

Her responsibilities include reviewing volunteer applications, interviewing prospective volunteers, scheduling volunteer activities and assignments, planning training sessions, and coordinating tours.

Mailing Address:
Nancy Stoner
Fiscal Assistant
The Arboretum at Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University
212 Forest Resources Building
University Park PA 16802-3604

 

 

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