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Administration

The Botanical Garden's Board of Directors

Executive Committee
President
Phil Miller
1st Vice President/Chair, Development
Julie Wilkinson
Treasurer/Chair, Finance
Lisa Uhl
Chair, Board Management
Molly Amini
Chair, Buildings and Gardens
Bill Orr
Chair, Science and Education
Susan Mooberry
Chair, Long Range Planning
John Comander
Members at Large
Marina Gonzales
Elaine Kearney
Marie Mays
Omar Akhil
Dr. Kathleen Connell
Secretary
Bill Fisher
Advisory Members
Allen Sikes
Ex-Officio Members
Katherine Trumble, Interim CEO
Homer Garcia, Director, City of San Antonio, Parks and Recreation
Board Members
Omar Akhil
Molly Amini
Mote Baird
Courtney Beauchamp
John Comander
Kathleen Connell
Rene Dominguez
Gabriel Durand-Hollis
Missy Finck
William Fisher
Burkely Fitzsimmons
Anne Gamboa
Marina Gonzales
Lilliana Gonzalez
Elaine Kearney
Cally Kothmann
Marie Mays
Claire McNab
David Meyers II
Phil Miller
Susan Mooberry
Lisa Nichols
Bill Orr
Andy Russ
Lamar Sales
Megan Steves
Paula Stumberg
Lisa Uhl
Jordan Vexler
Julie Wilkinson
Advisory Council
Claire Alexander
Candace Andrews
Tisha Beck
Emma Cantu
Sarah Cochran
Gary Cox
Karen Dawson
Joel Erben
Mary Fisher
Magdalena Gaona
Leslie Garcia
Karen Greenwood
Linda Gunter
Rob Holliday
Estee Kellogg
Lisa Kopplow
Barbara Kyse
Marline Carter Lawson
Madison Marceau
Barbara Moss
Linde Murphy
Andrea Pichler
Dennis Quinn
Jeff Rochelle
Lisa Rosenbloom
Sandra Salinas
Sandra Salinas
Allen Sikes
Michael Swanson
Susan Shown Todd
John Troy
Bette Vexler
Julie Zacher

Leadership

Katherine
Trumble

President and CEO

Lisa
Medrano

Chief financial
officer

Katie
Erickson

VP of learning & interpretation

Andrew
Labay

VP of
Gardens

Brianna
Simmons

Interim VP of Development

Lisa
Corbett

VP of Marketing and Visitor Experience

Sam
Hogg

vp of
operations

Michael
Eason

associate vp of conservation and collections

Past Board Presidents
Hall Hammond (1981-1985)
Helen Hogan (1985-1987)
Patrick Deely (1987-1989)
Mary Pat Stumberg (1989-1991)
Margaret Deely (1991-1993)
Robert Downey (1993-1995)
Wally McGee (1995-1997)
Nancy Zachry (1997-1999)
Susan Lane (1999-2001)
Claire Alexander (2001-2005)
Cathy Garison (2005-2007)
Joel Erben (2007-2010)
Claire Alexander (2010-2012)
Jeffrey Rochelle (2012-2013)
Mary Ann Beach (2013-2015)
John Troy (2016-2019)
Karen Greenwood (2020-2021)
Omar Akhil (2022-2023)

Katherine Trumble
Interim President & CEO

Katherine Trumble joined the San Antonio Botanical Garden in May 2020 as Director of Development and was promoted to Interim President & CEO in November 2023. With more than 15 years of experience, Katherine is well-practiced in nonprofit management and leading a comprehensive fund development program. She has built a career around a passion for arts and culture and servant leadership. Katherine played an integral role in more than doubling the Garden’s operational budget, membership, and attendance over the last four years.

Prior to the Botanical Garden, Katherine worked in leadership positions at the McNay Art Museum, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, AL. Katherine began her career as a Fellow at El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO. Katherine holds a B.A. in American Studies and Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Denver. Katherine and her husband Kris live in San Antonio with their two girls, Sarah Beth (11) and Gracie (9).

Lisa Medrano
Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Medrano joined the San Antonio Botanical Garden in 2023 as the Chief Financial Officer. Lisa oversees all aspects of the accounting and finance operations for the Garden. Lisa comes to the Garden with over thirty-five years of experience in the non-profit and public sectors, most recently serving the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, where she was the Vice President of Finance/Controller for seven years. Prior to that she was the Chief Financial Officer/Director of Finance for Retama Park. She began her accounting career with the international accounting firm of KPMG working in the audit department for eight years.  Lisa holds a B.S.B.A in Accounting from the University of South Dakota and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas. She is a prior recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Rising Stars and has been a long-time volunteer, serving in many roles, with the YMCA of Greater San Antonio. 

Katie Erickson
VP of Learning & Interpretation

Katie Erickson joined the San Antonio Botanical Garden in 2017 as Director of Programs. Katie has over 15 years of nonprofit experience in educational programming, engaging diverse audiences, and developing community partnerships. Most recently, Katie served as director of education at the San Antonio Museum of Art for 10 years and brings extensive experience in programming with Pre-K-12, family, and adult audiences. Katie received her B.A. in Art History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and M.A. in Museum Learning and Visitor Studies from the University of Leicester.

Andrew Labay
VP of Gardens

Andrew Labay joined the San Antonio Botanical Garden in 2017 as a horticulturist responsible for the Lucile Halsell Conservatory’s plant production and plant collections. In 2020, he was promoted to Director of Horticulture. In this role, Andrew oversees the management of horticulture operations and plant collections across all gardens. He brings over 10 years’ experience in horticulture with a strong background in greenhouse management and perennial fruit crops. Prior to joining the Botanical Garden, Andrew served as a viticulture program specialist with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. Andrew holds a M.S. of Integrative Plant Biology from the University of Montpellier II, located in the south of France.

Brianna Simmons
Interim VP of Development

Brianna Kirk Simmons brings a wealth of experience and a passion for philanthropy to her role as the Interim Director of Development at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. With a commitment to cultivating support for conservation and community engagement, Brianna plays a pivotal role in advancing the Garden’s mission through strategic fundraising initiatives and donor relationships.

Prior to joining the Garden team in July of 2020 as a Development Officer, Brianna worked in Development roles at the American Heart Association and San Antonio Public Library Foundation and in sales executive positions for contemporary apparel manufacturers in New York. Brianna holds a B.A. in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Lisa Corbett
VP of Marketing and
Visitor Expereince

Lisa Corbett joined the San Antonio Botanical Garden in 2021 as the Senior Manager of Sales and Events. In 2023, Lisa began her role as Director of Marketing, bringing a 14-year background in attraction sales and ticketing, promotional marketing, and nonprofit program management. Lisa oversees marketing, guest experience, exhibitions, and the Garden Gift Shop.

Prior to the Garden, Lisa held leadership roles at Caesars Entertainment, Three Square Food Bank, and Babies “R” Us. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton.

Sam Hogg
VP of Operations

Sam Hogg is the Director of Operations at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Sam joined the Botanical Garden in 2016 with 10 years of experience in the facilities operations industry. In this role, Sam oversees the functioning of all 34 building systems including mechanical, electrical, fire/life safety, plumbing, and waste management for the 38-acre property. Sam has been heavily involved in the operating facets of the $40M capital project, with Phase I & II ranging from landscape irrigation to the state-of-art facilities.

Michael Eason
Associate VP of Conservation and Collections

Michael Eason joined the San Antonio Botanical Garden in 2017 as the Center for Plant Conservation representative guiding the South Texas rare plant conservation efforts. In 2022 he moved to full time to continue to develop their rare plant conservation program and curate the living collections, focusing on native plants of Texas and northern Mexico. Michael brings over twenty years of experience as a conservation botanist, with extensive knowledge of the flora and ecology of the southwest region of the U.S. Previously, Michael worked for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, where he managed their conservation and field survey programs. Through his consulting business, Texas Flora, he designs and installs native plant gardens, as well as performs plant inventories, wetland delineations, and rare plant surveys on public and private lands. In 2018, he published Wildflowers of Texas and is currently working on several other book projects. Additionally, he has served on the State Executive Board for the Native Plant Society of Texas and is currently the State Botanist for the organization.