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Horticulture Advisory Board

Full-time Horticulture faculty and staff at College of DuPage meet periodically with an advisory board made up of business professionals from many areas of the horticultural industry. Members of the Horticulture Program Advisory Board provide valuable input and feedback regarding the skills necessary for success in the industry. They also assist in the ongoing evaluation of COD’s Horticulture courses, certificates, and degrees programs. This evaluation helps to maintain the quality and professional relevance of the Horticulture program. 

  • Brian Clement, Coordinator and Associate Professor of Horticulture, College of DuPage
  • Scott Grams, Executive Director, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
  • Eric Gundersen, Nursery Manager, The Growing Place
  • Amy Hull, Greenhouse Supervisor, College of DuPage
  • Dr. Silvia Donatelli, Counselor, College of DuPage
  • Marty Bartz, Horticulture Lab Assistant, College of DuPage
  • Denise Walden, Owner, Walden Floral Design Company 
  • Kevin Goss, Golf Course Superintendent, Sugar Creek Golf Course
  • Richard Hentschel, Horticulture Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension 
  • Dino Castino, Sales Manager, Russo Power Equipment
  • Tom Lupfer, President, Lupfer Landscaping
  • Steve Clutter, Account Manager, Central Turf and Irrigation Supply
  • Jeannie Iseman, Executive Director, The Garden Works Project
  • Joe Pizzuto, Owner/Landscape Architect, Landworks, LTD
  • Teresa Dietz, Horticulture Program Specialist, College of DuPage
  • Frank Balestri, Horticulture Instructor, College of DuPage
  • Shannon McEnerny, Product Manager, Midwest Ground Covers
  • Natalie Deegan, Student Representative, College of DuPage
  • Kristen Eubanks, Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor, Rolling Meadows High School
  • Nolan Moss, Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor, Naperville Central High School
  • Rachel Prescott, Production and Operations Manager, Ball Horticulture
  • Zachary Rahn, Student Representative, College of DuPage


Contact Information

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Brian Clement, Program Chair/Associate Professor/Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1059
(630) 942-2526

Frank Balestri, Instructor/Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1058
(630) 942-3498

Amy Hull, Greenhouse Supervisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0026
(630) 942-3806

Martin Bartz, Horticulture Lab Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0025
(630) 942-3807

Emmett Billings, Laboratory Assistant, Urban Agriculture
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0025
(630) 942-3822

Teresa Dietz, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008
(630) 942-3997

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1041
(630) 942-2548

Molly Devine, Student Success Specialist - Navigator
Center for Student Success, SRC 1144
(630) 942-3559

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592