Leadership

Senior Staff

Ken Schutz

Ken Schutz

The Dr. William Huizingh Executive Director

Ken Schutz has held executive leadership positions in cultural institutions for more than 20 years. He has been with the Desert Botanical Garden since 2001 and during his tenure he has managed construction of $17 million in new facilities at the Garden, more than doubled local attendance, initiated a number of exciting new education and research projects, and raised more than $10 million in gifts and pledges for the Garden’s endowment. Prior to moving to Phoenix, he served as the Executive Director of the Science Museum of Western Virginia, and before that he was Director of Marketing and Development for the Baltimore Zoo. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.S. degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. from Bucknell University.

Beverly Duzik

Beverly Duzik

Director of Development

Since 2000, Beverly Duzik has lead the development team in planning, developing and managing the Garden’s philanthropy programs and relationships, contributed income and membership activities. During her tenure, Beverly recruited significant community support and marketing resources which helped the Garden double local attendance and has quadrupled membership. Beverly has 30+ years of experience in nonprofit management. Beverly holds a bachelors degree from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and did graduate work at Arizona State University.
Marcia Flynn

Marcia Flynn

Director of Event Services

Marcia Flynn has been with the Garden since 2000. The department includes Adult Group Tours, Facility Rental, Special Events, Concerts and Fundraisers as well as the Garden’s Food and Beverage program. During the past 10 years at the Garden, Marcia has provided leadership in the development and growth of the Event Services Department. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a bachelors degree in International Relations and International Business.

Keith Cowan

Keith Cowan

Chief Financial Officer

Keith Cowan joined Desert Botanical Garden in 2017 and provides financial and strategic leadership in partnership with the board of trustees and senior staff to realize the mission of the Garden. Keith most recently served as Chief Financial Officer at AAA Arizona, an organization with more than 900,000 members where he led operating functions including finance, information technology, legal, internal audit and project management.  Prior to AAA Arizona, he served at Honeywell International and PwC.  He is active in the community and serves on a number of nonprofit boards and committees.  Keith is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his BBA and MBA degrees from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. 

MaryLynn Mack

MaryLynn Mack

Director of Operations

MaryLynn Mack came to the Garden in 2004. In collaboration with the Executive Director, she is responsible for the vision, planning, and growth of the visitor-based aspects of the Garden. MaryLynn has 20 years of staff management, strategic planning and project development. She was the founding Director of the San Diego Rescue Mission Women’s and Children’s Center, a program recognized nationally as one of the most innovative and successful long-term residential programs for women. Before moving to Phoenix, MaryLynn was the Director of Volunteers/Intern at the San Diego Natural History Museum and served in the U.S. Navy. She was the recipient of a Piper Fellowship, a Chanticleer Scholarship and a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute.

Dr. Kimberlie McCue

Dr. Kimberlie McCue

Director of Research, Conservation and Collections

Dr. Kimberlie McCue joined the Garden in 2009 as Program Director, Conservation of Threatened Species and Habitats. In 2017, she was promoted to Director, Research, Conservation and Collections. Her overarching goal at the Garden is to provide leadership in development and management of an integrated program of research, conservation and collections in desert plants and habitats, with the goal of positioning the Garden as a leader, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Kimberlie holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri Western State College and a Ph.D. in biological science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2013, Kimberlie received a Virginia G. Piper Fellowship to explore conservation marketing, messaging and promotion.

Elaine McGinn

Elaine McGinn

Director of Planning and Exhibits

Elaine McGinn joined the Garden in 1997. In partnership with the executive director and senior staff, she provides leadership in Garden planning and exhibit programs. She has extensive experience in exhibit development and design, master planning, and interpretation. During her tenure with Desert Botanical Garden, she has led major exhibit initiatives including new permanent displays, interpretive planning, seasonal butterfly exhibits and annual art exhibitions. Elaine holds a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and completed executive leadership work at the University of Michigan. Elaine received a Virginia G. Piper Fellowship in 2009 to study garden design and the exploration of placemaking.

Tina Wilson

Tina Wilson

Director of Horticulture

Tina Wilson came to the Garden in 2005 and is responsible for the Sonoran Desert Adventure school program, Garden volunteers and adult and family programs. She previously served as Director  of Education, where she guided the education department in the development and management of innovative programming to promote environmental literacy. Prior to her arrival she taught at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and served as the Horticulture Extension agent for Woodford County in Kentucky. She has more than 18 years of science education experience and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a master’s degree in plant science.

Dana Terrazas

Dana Terrazas

Director of Marketing Communications

Dana Terrazas joined the Garden in 2016 with 18 years’ experience in media relations, advertising, marketing, promotions, special events and community outreach. Prior to the Garden, Dana worked at ASU Gammage, Heard Museum and Child Crisis Arizona. She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and won numerous Copper Anvil awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and Copper Quill awards from the International Association of Business Communications (IABC).

 

 

 

 

 

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