MEET THE BOARD

OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

DR. MARK BRIDGEN

DR. MARK BRIDGEN

LIFGA PRESIDENT

Professor; Director, Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center

Mark’s extensive academic, field knowledge and years of dedication in the horticultural industry delivers a unique focus to the LIFGA organization. His cut flower cultivar creations earned him being named Fulbright Scholar in 2013, where he spent a semester studying Alstroemeria flowers  in Santiago, Chile. As Director of LIHREC his primary research interests are in the areas of new plant development and breeding, plant cell and tissue culture, plant environment interactions, in vitro plant breeding, and plant propagation.

KRYSTYNA RECKNER

KRYSTYNA RECKNER

LIFGA VICE-PRESIDENT

Works at E. Reckner Greenhouses.

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DIANE HANWICK

DIANE HANWICK

LIFGA TREASURER & SECRETARY

Adminstrative Support; Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center

Diane’s background at LIHREC has provided her many successful years in project management, computer systems integration, and operations support. Her diverse skill set has achieved her the role of Technical Liaison for web projects, which includes the Long Island Chapter website of the PlantSomething National campaign. Other duties include:  Account management, Event planning, Member relations and Bookkeeping.

BOARD MEMBERS & ADVISORS

BIANCA SULLIVAN

BIANCA SULLIVAN

Board Member

President; Colorful Gardens Wholesale and Patio Partners.

LIFGA President 2015-2017

MELISSA DORCINVIL

MELISSA DORCINVIL

Board Member

Sale Representative, Long Island; Vaughan’s Horticulture

LIFGA President 2011-2013

AVERY STEINLAGE

AVERY STEINLAGE

Board Member

Sales Representative, Long Island; Michell’s

LIFGA President 2011-2015

RICHARD WALTEL

RICHARD WALTEL

Board Member

Sales Representative, Long Island; Griffin Greenhouse Supplies

LIFGA President 2011-2015

KYLE DE FRIEST

KYLE DE FRIEST

Board Member

Sales Associate at Green Island Distributors

LIFGA President 2011-2015

MARTHA ROMERO LUNA

MARTHA ROMERO LUNA

Board Member

Koppert Cress USA.

LIFGA President 2011-2015

JOHN AUWAERTER

JOHN AUWAERTER

Board Member

Sales Associate at Bayport Flower Houses.

LIFGA President 2011-2015

JOSEPH KHUDARI

JOSEPH KHUDARI

Board Member

President; Joseph’s Garden & Greenhouses.

LIFGA President 2013-2015

WALTER BISSEX

WALTER BISSEX

Board Member

Sales Representative, Long Island; Gloeckner Company..

LIFGA President 2011-2015

MIKE PAZIENZA

MIKE PAZIENZA

Advisor

President; Bloomin Haus Nursery

LIFGA President 2009-2011

NORA CATLIN

NORA CATLIN

Advisor

Agriculture Program Director/Floriculture Specialist;

Cornell Cooperative Extension

RALPH BIANCO

RALPH BIANCO

Advisor

LIFGA President 2011-2015