Staff List

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
telephone: (805) 682-4726  fax: (805) 563-0352

Frequently Called Numbers - Dial (805) 682-4726 plus the extension:

  • Communications: ext. 132
  • Development: ext. 151
  • Garden Gift Shop: ext. 112
  • Garden Growers Retail Nursery: ext. 114
  • Library: ext. 107
  • Membership: ext. 110
  • Registrar: ext. 102

If you have a general question, please use the Contact Us web form.

SBBG Staff email*:

*Note: All email addresses listed below require adding after email name. For example, to email 'info' you would add after name to obtain full email address. Result ''


Steve Windhager, Ph.D.
Executive Director
email: swindhager
805-682-4726 x123

Kathy Castaneda
Manager of Volunteer Programs
email: kcastaneda
805-682-4726 x119 

Joan Evans
Registrar and Accounting Assistant
email: jevans
805-682-4726 x102

Jill Freeland
Director's Executive Assistant & Coordinator of HR and Special Projects
email: jfreeland
805-682-4726 x108

Gayle Kopitzke
email: gkopitzke
805-682-4726 x125

Ed Marini
Manager, Design + Construction
email: emarini
805-682-4726 x116

Blaksley Library, SBBGPhotos, SBBG Website Admin

Randy Wright
Information Resource Steward
email: rwright
805-682-4726 x107

Conservation and Research

Denise Knapp, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation and Research
email: dknapp
805-682-4726 x128

Matt Guilliams
Ken and Shirley Tucker Systematist
email: mguilliams
805-682-4726 x124

Chris Garoutte
Conservation Technician
email: cgaroutte
805-682-4726 x 105

Sherwin Carlquist, Ph.D.
Research Associate
email: scarlquist

Steve Junak
Research Associate
email: sjunak
805-682-4726 x105

Robert Muller, Ph.D.
Research Associate
email: rmuller
805-682-4726 x150

Dieter Wilken, Ph.D.
Research Associate
email: dwilken
805-682-4726 x124

Development and Communications

Nina Dunbar
Director of Development and Communications
email: ndunbar
805-682-4726 x151

Rebecca Mordini
Communications Manager
email: rmordini
805-682-4726 x 132

Laura Muasher
Membership Coordinator
email: lmuasher
805-682-4726 x110

Paula Schaefer
Multimedia Coordinator
email: pschaefer
805-682-4726 x121

Michele Lingiardi
Data Management Assistant
email: mlingiardi
805-682-4726 x156


Frédérique Lavoipierre
Director of Education
email: flavoipierre
805-682-4726 x111

Kate Davis
Education Programs Coordinator
email: kdavis
805-682-4726 x160

Karin Hodin
Education Horticulture Assistant
email: khodin
805-682-4726 x160

Bob Haller, Ph.D.
Research Associate
email: bhaller
805-682-4726 x148

Education Tours Hotline
805-682-4726 x161

Gift Shop

Stacy Bloodworth
Shop Manager
email: sbloodworth
805-682-4726 x122

Gail Milliken
Assistant Garden Shop Manager
email: gmilliken
805-682-4726 x113

Susan Burke
Shop Assistant
email: sburke

Patricia Cox
Shop Assistant
email: pcox

Lynda Kreutzkampf
Shop Assistant
email: lkreutzkampf
805-682-4726 x613


Betsy Collins
Director of Horticulture
email: bcollins
805-682-4726 x104

Robert Carrillo
email: rcarrillo

Dave Kershaw
Head Gardener
email: dkershaw
805-682-4726 x155

Hannah Garcia
Nursery Technician
email: hgarcia

Manuel Gonzalez
email: mannyg
805-682-4726 x607

Adam Kuster

Betsy Lape
Living Collections Coordinator
email: blape
805-682-4726 x152

James Lechuga
Facilities Manager
email: jlechuga
805-682-4726 x109

Antony Lee
email: alee
805-682-4726 x632

Jason Nelson
email: jnelson
805-682-4726 x609

Geege Ostroff
email: gostroff
805-682-4726 x608

Bruce Reed
email: breed
805-682-4726 x114

Heather Wehnau
Plant Propagation Manager
email: hwehnau
805-682-4726 x130

Bonnie Whitney
Plant Propagation Assistant
email: bwhitney

Visitor Services

Barbara Backlund
Visitor Services Manager
email: bbacklund
805-682-4726 x118

Michaela Ackerman
Visitor Services Representative
email: mackerman
805-682-4726 x620

Dana Crampton
Visitor Services Representative
email: dcrampton
805-682-4726 x633

Mary Flood
Visitor Services Representative
805-682-4726 x618

Tom Rhodes
Visitor Services Representative
email: trhodes
805-682-4726 x624

Pamela Norris
Visitor Services Sales Representative
email: pnorris
(805) 682-4726 x149


*Note: All email addresses listed below require adding after email name. For example, to email 'info' you would add after name to obtain full email address. Result ''