Friday, October 31, 2014  |  0 Comment(s)  |   Email   Print

Botanical Garden Volunteer of the Year

On October 22nd, 2014, Cleveland Botanical Garden employees and volunteers gathered to celebrate and honor hundreds of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to the institution. The annual Volunteer Appreciation Event awarded those with exemplary service in Education, Operations, Horticulture, and Research.

We are thrilled to share that our very own Joseph Koonce was selected as the overall Cleveland Botanical Garden Volunteer of the Year!

Joe has been an essential member of the Vacant to Vibrant project team for 2 years. As Professor Emeritus of Biology at Case Western Reserve University, Joe offers scientific expertise and technical skills necessary to reach our project goals. Joe's major contributions to Vacant to Vibrant include work in GIS programming, data analysis, and ecological monitoring. He has also networked with academic institutions throughout the region via SENCER and GLISTEN to bridge the world of academia with civic engagement for the benefit and stewardship of the Great Lakes. We are proud to have Joe as a member of the V2V team—we couldn't do it without him!

We would also like to honor and thank another team member, Patti Barz, who has been pivotal in Vacant to Vibrant research efforts and successes since its pilot phase in 2010. With over 30 years of experience as a legal executive, Patti's expertise in the written form have greatly aided V2V's progress. She has dedicated much of her time to Vacant to Vibrant by offering assistance in writing, reviewing, and editing legal agreements that frame project partnerships and contractual work.

Big thanks to Joe and Patti for all of their hard work!

You can read more about them, as well as all other Vacant to Vibrant team members here.


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