Staff List

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

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

  • Communications: ext. 132
  • Development: ext. 133
  • Garden Gift Shop: ext. 112
  • Garden Growers Retail Nursery: ext. 114
  • Library: ext. 107
  • Membership: ext. 156
  • 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 '[email protected]'


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

Jill Freeland
Director's Executive Assistant & HR Manager
email: jfreeland
805-682-4726 x108

Gayle Kopitzke
email: gkopitzke
805-682-4726 x125

Marquita Macomber
Accounting Assistant
805-682-4726 x131

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, Ph.D.
Ken and Shirley Tucker Systematist, Herbarium Curator
email: mguilliams
805-682-4726 x124

Heather Schneider, Ph.D.
Rare Plant Biologist
805-682-4726 x148

Stephanie Calloway
Conservation Technician
email: scalloway
805-682-4726 x105

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

Steve Junak
Research Associate
email: sjunak

Kristen Lehman, Ph.D.
Conservation Geneticist & Laboratory Manager
email: klehman
805 682-4726 x150

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

Development and Communications

Stephanie Linder
Director of Development & Communications
email: slinder
805-682-4726 x133

Flannery Hill
Marketing & Membership Manager
805-682-4726 x132

Michele Lingiardi
Development Associate
email: mlingiardi
805-682-4726 x156

Paula Schaefer
Multimedia Coordinator
email: pschaefer
805-682-4726 X121

Natalie Wiezel
Events Coordinator
email: nwiezel
805-682-4726 x103


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

Kate Davis
Interpretation and Evaluation Coordinator
email: kdavis
805-682-4726 x160

Michelle Gee
Education Programs Coordinator
email: mgee
805-682-4726 x161

Education Tours Hotline
[email protected]
805-682-4726 x161

Gift Shop

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

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

Susan Burke
Shop Assistant
email: sburke
805-682-4726 x112

Deborah Lupo
Shop Assistant
email: dlupo
805-682-4726 x112


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

Robert Carrillo
email: rcarrillo

John Cornejo
Maintenance Technician
email: jcornejo

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

Wesley Franken
email: wfranken

Manuel Gonzalez
email: mannyg

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

James Lechuga
Facilities Manager
email: jlechuga
805-682-4726 x126

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

Nick Resler

Antonio Sanchez

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

Bonnie Whitney
Plant Propagation Assistant
email: bwhitney

Patrick Wiley
Nursery Technician
email: pwiley

Visitor Services

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

Ashley Brown
Visitor Services Representative
email: abrown

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

Firth Wilkinson
Visitor Services Representative
email: fwilkinson
(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 '[email protected]'