Kasey Maier, President & CEO (bio)

Brett Shepherd, Director of Capital Campaigns

Shalonda Brown, Director of Human Resources

Amy DeFigueiredo, Staff Accountant

Sandra Dodge, Development

Jen O’Connell, Special Events Manager

Duncan Cherry, Office Manager

Dan Cash, Facilities Coordinator

Emily O’Dell, Special Events Coordinator

Jamie Burghardt, Director of Horticulture & Education (bio)

Davena Vowels, Director of Operations

Lesley Kinney, Director of Marketing & Communications (bio)

Andrew Hagerty, Lead Horticulturist (bio)

Wanda Peck, Youth Education Specialist

Kat Rivers, Adult Education Coordinator

Chelsea Hicks, Horticulturist – Avish

Molly Young, Membership and Volunteer Manager




Amber Halloran, Financial Consultant
Mary Miller, Grant Writer

Officers of the Board

Jon Salomon, Chair (bio)
Partner, Tachau Meek PLC

Nejma Piagentini, Vice-Chair (bio)
Environmental Scientist

David Grey, Secretary (bio)
Senior Data Scientist of Global Production, Brown-Forman

Susan Howard, Treasurer (bio)
Assistant Director of Tax Services, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC


Board of Directors

Margaret Bell (bio)
Retired, Former Managing Director, Fort Washington Investment Advisors

Greg Braun (bio)
Owner & Founder, Maid in Louisville

Gordon Brown (bio)
Retired, Former President & CEO, Home of the Innocents

William A. Brown (bio)
Retired, Healthcare Executive/Principal, MB Brown Strategy Group

Greg Buccola (bio)
Managing Principal, KPFF Consulting Engineers

Karen Dahlem (bio)
President, Dahlem Consulting

Nancy Davis
Retired, Former CFO Stockyards Bank

Kevin Fennell (bio)
Architect; Design and Construction Consultant

Matthew Boone Gardiner (bio)
Owner & President, Boone Gardiner Landscape and Farm

Margaret (Peggy) Grant (bio)
Retired, Stites and Harbison

Dominic Gratto (bio)
Senior Director of Construction, CVS Health





Will Greene (bio)
Owner, Vanguard Cleaning Systems of Louisville

Bob Hill
Retired, Owner, Hidden Hill Nursery

Kathy Oyler
Community Leader and Volunteer

Merry-Kay Poe
President, Unbridled Films LLC

Chase Sanders (bio)
Senior Investor Relations Analyst, Brown-Forman

Valerie J. Smith (bio)
Tourism Consultant, Photographer

Brian Voelker (bio)
Director, Care Marketing, Humana

Gerry-Lynn Wichmann, MD
Medical Director of Substance Use, Louisville Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Robert McDowell (Mac) Willett
Owner, R. M. Willett Properties and Willett Lumber Co.

Nicole Yates (bio)
Associate Vice President of Community Engagement Passport Health



career opportunities

There are no open positions at this time.


Waterfront Botanical Gardens will offer horticulture internships taking place during the late summer to fall 2021 season. The internship description and application deadline will be posted here in midsummer.

Please check back periodically for other internship opportunities in other departments across the organization.