Staff

Staff

Ever have a desire to discover? Ever have a desire to teach others what you've learned? We do - every day. By nature, that’s who we are. We’re the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, an international scientific research and learning center focused on conservation and knowledge sharing.

Executive

Edward Schneider, Ph.D.

President, Executive Director

Patricia Harrison

Senior Vice President, Director of Education

Elizabeth Edwards

Vice President of Finance & Operations

Cleve Lancaster

Vice President of Development

Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium

Connie Johnson

Executive Assistant/Human Resource Manager

Research

Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium

Dwayne Estes, Ph.D.

Botanical Explorer & Curator of the VDB Herbarium

Alyssa B. Young

Research Coordinator and Special Collections Librarian

Kim Norton Taylor

Herbarium Technician and Botanical Research Assistant

Alejandra Vasco, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

Sula Vanderplank, Ph.D.

Biodiversity Explorer

Heather Bass

Research Assistant

Taylor Sultan Quedensley, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

Jason Best

Director of Biodiversity Informatics

Herbarium

Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium

Joe Lippert

Digitization Coordinator

Tiana Franklin Rehman

Herbarium Collections Manager

BRIT Press

Barney L. Lipscomb

Dorothea Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany, Head of BRIT Press

Layla Luna

BRIT Press Coordinator

Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Editor, Botanist, & Living Roof Coordinator

Library

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

Alyssa B. Young

Research Coordinator and Special Collections Librarian

Education

Patricia Harrison

Senior Vice President, Director of Education

Tracy Friday

Director of BRIT SEED School, Teacher Education Specialist

Cheryl Potemkin

Early Childhood Education Specialist

Kimberly Whitlock

Education Operations Coordinator

Kat Goldin

Educational Specialist & Special Collection Librarian

Green Revolution

Reginald Robinson

Green Revolution Director

Jared Williams

Green Revolution Fellow

Public Engagement

Julie Donovan

Director of Volunteers & Public Engagement

Hannah Kuhns

Visitor Services Coordinator

Development

Cleve Lancaster

Vice President of Development

Chris Chilton

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Tammie L. Crole

Director of Membership and Grants Coordinator

Sara Richardson

Director of Corporate Relations

Operations

Elizabeth Edwards

Vice President of Finance & Operations

Connie Johnson

Executive Assistant/Human Resource Manager

Angie Peeples

Accounting & HR Coordinator

Keri McNew Barfield, M.S.

Programs Manager

Katherine Campbell

Event and Rental Manager

Greg Gunn

Facilities Manager

Courtney Adams

Event and Rental Assistant

Robert Reyes

Maintenance Assistant