Paul is a landscape designer with a background in horticultural management. He has a bachelors degree in plant science and a masters degree in landscape architecture. Originally from NH he has worked at gardens all over the country and brings a wealth of experience in working with historic gardens and landscapes. He is currently employed at Land Morphology in Seattle, working with clients to visualize and implement their dream landscapes.
Tanya DeMarsh-Dodson is the Past President. Her parents knew Ed Dunn, but she was introduced to the gardens by Doug Bayley in 1993 when the garden was recruiting docents. Tanya has served on two other garden boards: Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline and PowellsWood Garden in Federal Way. Tanya’s formal education is in American and Russian history, with a focus on the Pacific Rimland areas.
Her less formal education has been in horticulture at Edmonds Community College and working in the field of ornamental horticulture. Tanya has worked in retail horticulture for over 20 years and then in public horticulture. Before that she taught at the university level. In retail horticulture she was responsible for the tree, shrub and ground cover selection at two different nurseries in the Seattle area. Additionally she was the person who set the prices on the stock and thus the margins and profits for the department. She also worked to promote the plants carried and educate the gardening public about how our various plant might be used in gardens. Tanya currently is a small business consultant for gardeners.
Anne has extensive experience in marketing, having served at Seattle City Light for many years. Her last position was the Marketing Manager for the residential energy conservation programs. Anne has begun her own gardening business in retirement and is also a member of the Dunn Gardens Docent Program.
In 1983 Susan was invited to a party at the home of Ginna Dunn and her son, Patrick, who she had met a few weeks earlier. She and Patrick married in 1986 and purchased the property from Ginna in March 1991. She enjoyed living next to Uncle Ed Dunn during the last six months of his life. The rest is history.
Susan served in the 10-99 Foundation and Behind the Badge Foundation as Board Member and Treasurer. She chaired the Construction Committee for the Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol campus in Olympia. She was an advisor/staff director for many state level boards while in state service.
She co-owned two small retail businesses in the 1970s and early 1980s while also employed in state government. She held management or staff consultant roles from Olympia headquarters for 25 of her 30 years in state government before she retired in 2001. Since then she has served as Vice-President of the public affairs consulting firm she owns with Pat Dunn.
Charlanne Dunn McGinnis, President, has been involved with the Dunn Gardens all her life as a member of the Dunn family. Char attended Cornish School of Fine Arts, studying voice, dance and drama. She studied Psychology and Business at Seattle Community College.
Char began her career in non-profit organizations at the age of four, when she worked with her mother on the Mayor’s Seattle Hospitality Committee. She has volunteered with the Denver Women's Shelter and as a Guardian Ad Litem in a Pilot Program with King County Juvenile Court. Char has also served on the Board of Maryhill Museum for 9 years, on the Maryhill Development Committee, and Nominations Committee as Member at Large. She is President of The Arthur G. Dunn Guild for Maryhill Museum.
She managed dental clinics throughout her career: the University of Washington Orthodontic Clinic working with Masters Students, a dental clinic in Denver and opened and managed her husband’s dental clinic in Everett. She is the Manager and Partner of Dunn Investment Group LLC and Partner in CCA LLC.
Gigi Gilman grew up in Woodway Park. She was introduced to the Dunn Gardens Board by a fellow Board member. The skills, expertise and interests she brings to the Dunn Gardens Board include administration and management, nonprofit experience, community service, public relations and communications, outreach and advocacy, fundraising, special events, policy development, and education and instruction.
After graduating with a BA in English and Journalism from Santa Clara University, including a year as a student in Florence, Italy, she went to work for the Seattle Weekly. She started Law School at Hastings in San Francisco, but transferred to Seattle U Law School when she became engaged to Tom Gilman, who had a law practice in Seattle. After graduating law school Gigi clerked for the Washington Supreme Court for Justice Dolliver and then spent five years as a Deputy Prosecutor in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She returned to school in to complete a Masters of Laws in Taxation (in 2005). In 2006, she joined the Seattle City Attorney’s office as a tax lawyer.
Ruth Kagi’s mother was a good friend of Dort Bailey, whose home she now lives in. She remembers coming to the garden with her mom and spending time with Pat Dunn. Ruth is a member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing the 32nd district. She holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MPA from Syracuse University.
Ruth served as the Chair of the Center for Human Services Board in Shoreline; Vice-President of the League of Women Voters of Washington, Chair of the Washington Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Chair of the Seattle Commission on Children and Youth. She also served on the Boards of Treehouse, the Shoreline Community College Foundation, and numerous other local human services commissions and boards. Prior to running for the legislature Ruth operated her own public policy consulting business. She also owns and manages a commercial property in Lynnwood.
Mitch is an architect by training and works primarily in planning, designing and constructing educational facilities throughout Western Washington; supporting clients and assisting with the realization of all types of projects. Mitch has served on the Boards of the Country Day School and the Counceil for Educational and Facilities Planners International as a member and in leadership positions. He brings strategic planning skills as well of those of design and construction to the Board.
Peg Marckworth, Vice-President for Board Operations & Strategic Planning, learned about the Dunn Gardens from a friend who was on the Board, invited her to events, and then asked her to join the Board. She has served on non-profit boards throughout her career, including Billings Middle School, North Cascades Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, The Association for Creative Business Writing, Northern Lights Northwest and advisory boards including Next Stage Dance, Cascade Symphony Orchestra and University Cooperative School.
Peg is the President of Marckworth Associates a marketing and identity development firm that works with companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies throughout the United States and Canada. In her career she has co-owned an award-winning public relations firm, worked as a child welfare administrator, Washington State lobbyist and family therapist. She is the author of Competition is Irrelevant. The Essential Workbook for Creating a Stand-Out Brand. Peg holds a Master of Social Work and a BA in Psychology.
Dot taught high school German, English and ESL and upon retirement worked for five years as a church administrator and ten years as the EB Dunn Historic Trust administrator.
Dot has served on numerous educational leadership committees, as a department chair and has also served on church vestries and call committees. She brings an extensive knowledge of the Gardens as well as her administrative and relationship skills to the Board.
Bill learned of the Gardens from Linda Breiwick, a current docent and former board member. Bill and his wife came to Dunn events for many years before he became a board member. He loves the Gardens, its mission and being involved in the plant community. Bill is an avid gardener, especially interested in the horticulture events in our community. He volunteered for over 10 years at the Huntington Botanical Garden.
Bill has served on boards previously as Treasurer: Northwest Enological Society, and Seattle Weekly. He brings considerable work experience and understanding of financial issues to his role as Treasurer on the Dunn Gardens Board; CFO for St. Michelle Winery in its early days, five years at Ernst & Ernst (CPA) firm, currently Ernst & Whinney, owner of Marge Carson (a high end furniture mfg.); CFO for Puget Sound Freight Lines, Inc.; and Controller for GES in San Diego. Bill holds a BA in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance.
Langdon Miller, learned about the Dunn Gardens when he and his wife joined the Dunn Gardens tour of New Zealand where they got to know members of the Dunn Garden community. Langdon's appreciation of plants and gardens dates to his adolescence His principal avocational interest remains gardening and he is delighting in the opportunity to learn new plants and a new climate zone in Seattle where he moved with his wife in 2010. Langdon was born in the Midwest, spent his early childhood in the Washington, DC area, and has been educated at institutions across the US and in the UK. His past work positions have taken him to Maryland, Michigan, and New Jersey. Langdon, a physician, has worked as a pharmaceutical drug developer designing clinical trials for new therapies to treat cancer and genetic disorders. In the course of his work he has held senior leadership or company officer positions in government and in large and small biopharmaceutical companies. Currently, he consults for several biotechnology and venture capital companies. He has authored multiple regulatory documents, scientific publications, promotional presentations, and grant applications.
Chuck attended several Northwest Horticultural Society (NHS) events at the Dunn Gardens. During a Dunn Garden organized garden trip to New Zealand he met and got to know several Dunn Gardens board and staff members. Upon his return they recruited him to the Board.
Chuck has also been on the NHS Board for about 5 years. He currently serves as a Vice President and Chairperson for 3 committees including Finance and Budget, Plant Sale, and Board Development/Nominating.
Chuck's career included Research Scientist and Laboratory Management in the University Of Washington Department Of Pathology for 32 years. Significant responsibilities included research project development and execution, grant writing and management of staff and laboratories for the study of the genetics and cell biology of aging and Alzheimer's disease. Chuck holds a. B.S in Microbiology, B.S. in Botany, and M.S. in Pathology all from University of Washington.
Alan Rowberg’s, interest in Dunn Gardens started in 2010, when he found the gardens on a map close to his sister-in-law’s house and asked about it. After attending a few Dunn Gardens events, he was hooked and has enjoyed many events each year since then. With a background in technology, he is interested in how Dunn Gardens can continue to increase the value of its webpages and electronic and print communications, as well as continuing the tradition of conducting superb social and educational events for our community.
Alan received a B.S. in biology from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, M.S. in computer science from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and an M.D. in medicine from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. After three years in the Army he spent 5 years with GE in the CT Scanner group, involved with advanced applications and marketing. He served on the faculty in Radiology at the University of Washington from 1982 to 1998, where he did research in image data compression, in addition to research into more general areas of Picture Archiving and Communications Systems, including workstation design, user interface evaluation, and patient databases. He then spent seven years as an independent consultant before joining Northwest Hospital, where he manages the computer system in Radiology.
Alan has been active in the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology (SCAR), including serving as its President, and is also involved in several healthcare informatics societies. He is Chair of Working Group 4 (Compression) of the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) Committee.
Doug Woods was introduced to the Dunn Gardens by a current Board member. A passionate gardener, he was easily convinced to join the Board. The skills, expertise and interests he brings to the Dunn Gardens Board include finance and accounting, administration and management, public relations and communications, nonprofit experience and community service.
Doug currently is owner of two collision repair shops with 60+ employees. A CPA who worked with a large CPA firm before becoming CFO of Kadel’s Auto Body Doug also worked as an analyst for a stock brokerage company.