“I love the beauty of Cornell Botanic Garden’s collections and natural areas. I am pleased that in my time on the advisory council, we have seized the renaming of the organization as an opportunity to rebrand and elevate the visibility of this important Cornell treasure.”
Since graduating from Cornell and earning an MBA at The Wharton School, I have served on numerous boards and organizations in various capacities, including the Cornell University Board of Trustees (alumni-elected trustee), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council, President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW), University Council, Cornell Club of Chicago (president), Class of 1981 (president and reunion chair), and Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network. As an undergraduate scholarship recipient, I never forget that the philanthropy of alumni made my Cornell education and experience possible. I attempt, through my own involvement and giving, to pay that generosity forward to the next generation of Cornellians.
In 2012, I earned a Botanic Art Certificate from the Morton Arboretum in Illinois. The program entailed not only sketching, drawing, and painting flowers, trees and insects, but taking botany and tree and flora identification courses. Together, the art and the academic work caused me to delve more deeply into the observation and study of plants, trees, and the natural world, and also prompted me to focus more sharply on the changing climate and the importance of native plants to our habitat. Serving on the Cornell Botanic Garden Advisory Council marries my love of trees and plants with my interest in Cornell’s land-grant mission, one that includes leading in sustainability and the noble goal of helping to save our planet.