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Senior Staff

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

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

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.

Brian Kissinger

Director of Horticulture

Brian Kissinger brings to the Garden 24 years of experience and knowledge as well as being a published horticulturist and landscape designer. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset Magazine, Traditional Home and Phoenix Home and Garden to name a few. His work has been featured on HGTV, “Secret Gardens”, KCTV5 “In The Garden”, and recently his work on the ‘Belleview Estate’ was documented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Gardens.

Brian holds a bachelor of science in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Missouri in Columbia. His client list of large estate gardens and smaller gardens is extensive, and his personal garden in Paradise Valley was on the Patrons Circle Spring Garden tour as well as Phoenix Home and Gardens Grand Tour of Gardens. Brian brings to the garden a “new set of eyes” to create a new world class vision for the garden and it's future.

MaryLynn Mack

Director of Operations

MaryLynn Mack came to the Garden in 2004. In collaboration with the Executive Director, she serves as co-leader in all aspects of the operation. She is responsible for the vision, planning, and growth of the visitor-based aspects of the operation, including event services, guest services, retail, food services, information technology, site operations, security and human resources. MaryLynn has over 20 years of staff management, strategic planning and project development in the areas of social services, gardens and museums. 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.

Jami Marlies (Reynolds)

Director of Information Technology 

Jami Marlies (Reynolds) joined the Garden in 2016 as the Director of Information Technology. She is responsible for creating, executing, and managing strategic IT goals, short and long term IT projects and initiatives, efficient IT operations, and updating the Garden’s technology infrastructure and systems to prepare the Garden for future technology advancements. Jami has more than 20 years of experience in providing leadership, cultural acceptance, and direction of information technology systems, strategic planning, resource utilization, process improvement, needs assessments, and prioritization and project management. Jami holds a master’s degree in Information Systems from George Mason University.

Dr. Joe McAuliffe

Director of Research

Dr. Joe McAuliffe has been with the Garden since 1990 as a Research Ecologist, and has served for more than 25 years as department director. His current research focuses on plant-soil relationships in desert regions of the American Southwest and South Africa. Ongoing projects include ecology and conservation of semi-arid grasslands, vegetation and environmental changes in the region, and studies of how termites influence landscapes and vegetation in arid portions of South Africa. In 1995, Joe received the W.S. Cooper Award from the Ecological Society of America for his research contributions in plant ecology. Joe holds a bachelors degree from University of Nebraska and Ph.D. from the University of Montana.

Elaine McGinn

Director of Planning and Exhibits

Elaine McGinn has been with the Desert Botanical Garden since 1997. As Director of Planning and Exhibits she is responsible for leading the planning, exhibit development and design process for permanent and temporary exhibits at the Garden. She has extensive experience in exhibit development, design, strategic planning, and education. During her tenure with the Desert Botanical Garden, she has led the exhibit development of major exhibit initiatives including: The Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries, The Ottosen Entry Garden, The Berlin Agave Yucca Forest, and The Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail. Temporary exhibitions include seasonal butterfly exhibits and art installations by Arizona artists John Waddell and Mayme Kratz, and internationally recognized artists Patrick Dougherty, Pablo Picasso, Allan Houser and Dale Chihuly. In 2009, McGinn received a Virginia G. Piper Fellowship to study garden design and the exploration of place-making.

Michael Olson

Director of Finance and Administration

Michael Olson joined the Garden in 2011 and manages the finance administration of the Garden’s $12 million budget. Before moving to Phoenix, Michael served as Vice President for Financial Services/Controller at the Missouri Botanical Garden and he worked as an auditor. He holds a bachelors degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University.

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).

Tina Wilson

Director of Education

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 guides 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.