Advisory Board

Shipley Allinson

Landscape Designer, ‘80 UD Alum, Plant & Soil Sciences

Dr. Susan Barton

Associate Professor, UD Cooperative Extension Specialist, ’81 UD Alum

Valann Budischak

Interim UDBG Director, Volunteer & Education Coordinator

Dr. Erik Ervin, Chair

Plant & Soil Sciences

Dr. John Frett

Retired UDBG Director, sabbatical 7/01/19-6/30/20

Caroline Golt

Past UDBG Friends President, retired UD Research Associate, ’69 & ’07 UD Alum

Mike Loftus

Associate Director, UD Facilities/Grounds

Carol Long

Assistant Curator of Winterthur Gardens, ’90 UD Alum, Plant & Soil Sciences

Dr. Robert Lyons

UDBG Board President, Retired UD Professor, Plant & Soil Sciences

Jenny McDermott

Manager of Facility & Farm, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Dan Sarkissian

Development Director, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Dr. Greg Shriver

UD Associate Professor, Entomology & Wildlife Ecology Department

Anna Wik

Assistant Professor of Landscape Design



Andrew Adams

Horticulture Manager

Andrew Adams is a recent UD graduate with a BS in Plant and Soil Sciences and Agriculture and Natural Resources and a minor in Landscape Horticulture and Design. He worked at UDBG as an intern in the summer and fall of 2016 and collected urban forestry data for Dr. Tara Trammell in the summer of 2015. Andrew has eight years of experience working for his father’s landscaping business.
(302) 831-0909

Valann Budischak

Interim Director/Volunteer & Education Coordinator*

Valann Budischak is the Volunteer and Education Coordinator at the UDBG. She also wears two other professional hats: As the Executive Director of the Delaware & Nursery Landscape Assoc. and as a UD Extension Agent. Previously, Valann worked for 14 years for Black & Decker in New York and Philadelphia, first as a Sales Representative and then as Regional Account Manager. She has worked in numerous professional capacities as project administrator for Delaware Livable Lawns, Plants for a Livable Delaware and Enhancing Delaware Highways. She also serves on the board of the Urban Community Forestry Council, the Governor’s Water Supply Coordinating Council, and Bright Spot Ventures.
(302) 831-4188

Melinda Zoehrer

Program Coordinator*

At UDBG, Melinda manages its membership and donor program, website development, special events, maintenance of the Herbaceous Garden and Lepidoptera Trail, and garden interpretation. She earned a BS in Environmental & Systematic Biology in California and MS in Public Horticulture Management from the Longwood Graduate Program. She has worked and volunteered in public horticulture for over 34 years. Melinda holds certificates in Fundraising for Nonprofits from the University of Washington in Seattle, Museum Management from the Museum Studies Program from the University of Delaware, and Leadership Development from Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement.
(302) 831-0153