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Cleveland Botanical Garden Announces New Vice President of Education, Board Chairman

Cleveland Botanical Garden has announced the promotion of Renata Fossen Brown of Cleveland Heights to the position of Vice President of Education and the election of Victoria U. Broer of Bratenahl to Board Chairman.

Renata Fossen Brown served as the Garden’s Associate Director of Education from April 2009 to July 2013, responsible for thousands of student visits yearly, creating the professional-development training program for teachers and overseeing Hershey Children’s Garden and the Eleanor Squire Library. Brown joined the Garden in September 2004 as Education Coordinator and is the Garden’s Clara DeMallie Sherwin Chair in Education.

Previously, Brown served as assistant curator of education for the Toledo Zoo and served as president of the Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology from the University of Toledo and a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction from Bradley University in Peoria. She is certified to teach science in grades 7 through 12 and has been active in informal science education since 1993.

Victoria U. Broer has been a friend of the Garden for more than 20 years, serving on the Board of Directors and its library, education and development committees. She works as a program officer for The Burton D. Morgan Foundation and previously led the Montessori High School at University Circle. Broer is involved with the Fund for Our Economic Future and serves as the chair of the Bratenahl Planning Commission.

Broer was elected Board Chairman by the Garden’s Board of Directors at its 83rd Annual Meeting on June 26. She succeeds Jeffrey M. Biggar, who completed his term leading the Board and will continue serving as a Director.

The Board also elected two new Directors:

Elizabeth Denton Spencer, president and founder of Spencer Event Strategy

Maria Zapis Wymer, founder of Zapis Capital Group and chairman of Zapis Charitable Foundation

Cleveland Botanical Garden, located at 11030 East Boulevard in Cleveland’s University Circle cultural district, is an ever-changing urban oasis where you find enrichment and inspiration. Admission is $9.50 for adults, $4 for kids ages 3-12 and free for Garden members and children under 3. For more information, please call 216-721-1600 or visit


Cleveland Botanical Garden receives public support through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom O'Konowitz,, 216.707.2818

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