Kasey Maier, President & CEO (bio)

Jeff Cummins, Director of Finance & Operations

Shalonda Brown, Director of Human Resources

Erin Schepman, Development Manager

Amy DeFigueiredo, Staff Accountant

Jen O’Connell, Special Events Manager

Duncan Cherry, Office Manager

Dan Cash, Facilities Coordinator

Jamie Burghardt, Director of Horticulture & Education (bio)

Lesley Kinney, Director of Marketing & Communications (bio)

Brett Shepherd, Director of Capital Campaigns

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



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

Greg Buccola (bio)
Managing Principal, KPFF Consulting Engineers

Karen Dahlem (bio)
President, Dahlem Consulting

Kevin Fennell
Senior Director of Design, 21c Hotels

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

Margaret (Peggy) Grant (bio)

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

Caroline Lussky
Pharmaceutical Rep, Ascend Therapeutics

Merry-Kay Poe
President, Unbridled Films LLC

Chase Sanders
Supply Chain Specialist, Brown-Forman

Valerie J. Smith (bio)
Tourism Consultant, Photographer

Brian Voelker (bio)
Director, Care Marketing, Humana

Bill Wade
National Program Director, BMW CCA Foundation

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



career opportunities


There are no opportunities 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.