CNGA Board of Directors - 2018

Officers

Dan Wise, CCNP

President
Dan Wise, CCNP | Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery

Dan is part owner and head of wholesale sales at Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery and is a 1995 graduate of Colorado State University with a major in Landscape Horticulture. In 1999 he became a Colorado Certified Nursery Professional and he joined the CNGA Board of Directors in 2013. He enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and spending time with his family.

Kerri Dantino

Vice President
Kerri Dantino | Little Valley Wholesale Nursery

Kerri has worked as the Purchasing Manager at Little Valley Wholesale Nursery since 2014. She graduated from Colorado State University with a major in Landscape Horticulture in 2001. She joined the CNGA Board of Directors in 2015. She enjoys spending time with her family and their menagerie of animals. 

Beth Gulley 

Officer-at-Large
Beth Gulley | Gulley Greenhouse

Beth has grown up in her family’s greenhouse and currently is managing the wholesale and young plant divisions of Gulley’s. She graduated from Colorado State University with a major in Landscape  Architecture. Beth joined the CNGA Board of Directors in 2016. She enjoys the design aspect of horticulture and spending time outside in the beautiful Colorado landscape. 

Directors

Michelle Cadena
Michelle Cadena, CCNP | Sunshine Horticulture 
 
Michelle has owned Sunshine Horticulture since 2012 and is a sales representative for Oregon Pride, Loma Vista Nursery. She has worked in the green industry in Colorado since 2000 starting at Gulley Greenhouse. She graduated with a degree in Horticulture Therapy from Kansas State University. She became a Colorado Certified Nursery Professional in 2006 and joined the CNGA board in 2016. She enjoys biking, running, gardening and the newest hobby of the Djembe Drum. 

Mandy Gerace

Mandy Gerace | Welby Gardens


Mandy grew up in the greenhouse industry. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in communications in 2002. She's worked at Welby Gardens in the Sales, Production and Marketing since 2007.  She enjoys skiing, hiking and traveling.

  Sharon Harding-Shaw, CCNP | Harding Nursery

Sharon grew up in the nursery business and has been the president/owner of Harding Nursery, Inc. for over 30 years.  She manages, along with her husband Terry Shaw, approximately 120 acres in Calhan, 19 acres of container production and 50,000 square feet of greenhouse space.  She also oversees 12 acres of wholesale/retail in Colorado Springs.  

Jesse Eastman, CCNP

Jesse Eastman, CCNP | Fort Collins Nursery 

Jesse has spent his entire life in the green industry, taking over for his father in 2010. In 2011, he became a Colorado Certified Nursery Professional and he joined the CNGA Board of Directors in   2012. Jesse also enjoys rock and ice climbing, camping, and snowboarding.

Matt Edmundson

Matt Edmundson | Arbor Valley Nursery

Matt is a third generation owner of Arbor Valley Nursery in Brighton, CO.  Matt has a BA in Economics from CU-Boulder.  He is the current president of CHREF and a board member for Plant Select.  In the past he has served on the CNGA Board of Directors, ANLA Landscape Distribution board and on the GreenCO Legislative committee.  

 

Mike Bone, CGG

Mike Bone, CGG | Denver Botanic Gardens

Mike is the curator of steppe collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Mike is a graduate of FRCC with specialties in propagation and nursery management. Mike works very closely with the Plant Select program and is engaged in plant collections from around the world with an intent to study and understand the flora of the worlds steppe regions.

James Klett, PhD James Klett, PhD | Colorado State University 

Jim has been a professor of Landscape Horticulture, Ornamentals and Nursery Management at CSU since 1980. He earned his doctorate and master's in Horticulture from the University of Illinois and a bachelors in Horticulture from The Ohio State University. He joined the CNGA board as an ex-officio director in 1997. In addition to serving on the CNGA and the CHREF board, he serves on many other committees and boards in the Colorado green industry. He was instrumental in starting Plant Select and still serves on the board. He enjoys gardening, testing new landscape plants in his home garden and collecting Ohio pottery and antiques in general.