Staff

Ever have a desire to discover? Ever have a desire to teach others what you've learned? We do - every day. By nature, that’s who we are. We’re the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, an international scientific research and learning center focused on conservation and knowledge sharing.

Executive

Edward Schneider, Ph.D.

President, Executive Director

Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium

Christie Eckler, LMSW, CFRE

Vice President for Advancement

Tracy Friday

VP of Education & Volunteers

Connie Johnson

Director of Administration & HR Business Partner

Angie Peeples

Manager of Human Resource and Risk Administrator

Volunteers

Montana Williams

Manager of Volunteer Services

Veronica Marquez

GROW Volunteer Coordinator

Research

Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium

Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Director of Research Programs

Tiana Franklin Rehman

Herbarium Collections Manager

Barney L. Lipscomb

Director of BRIT Press and Library, Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany

Brandy Watts

BRIT Librarian

Alejandra Vasco, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

Jason Best

Director of Biodiversity Informatics

Kimberly Shay

Press Coordinator and Assistant Editor

Kim Norton Taylor

Conservation Research Botanist

Manuela Dal Forno

Research Botanist

Morgan Gostel, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

GROWing Together

Tracy Friday

VP of Education & Volunteers

Cheryl Potemkin

Early Childhood Program Manager

Cameron Barlow

Garden Program Specialist

Herbarium

Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium

Tiana Franklin Rehman

Herbarium Collections Manager

Joe Lippert

Digitization Coordinator

Ashley Bordelon

Herbarium Collections Assistant

Natch Rodriguez

Digitization Technician

BRIT Press

Barney L. Lipscomb

Director of BRIT Press and Library, Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany

Kimberly Shay

Press Coordinator and Assistant Editor

Library

Barney L. Lipscomb

Director of BRIT Press and Library, Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany

Brandy Watts

BRIT Librarian

Education

Tracy Friday

VP of Education & Volunteers

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

Cheryl Potemkin

Early Childhood Program Manager

Kat Goldin

School Program Manager & Special Collection Librarian

Rachel Lincoln

Education Operations Specialist

Cameron Barlow

Garden Program Specialist

Michelle Schmidlkofer

GROW Administrative Assistant

Advancement

Christie Eckler, LMSW, CFRE

Vice President for Advancement

Sara Richardson

Director of Philanthropy

Chris Smith

Director of Marketing and Communications

Katherine Campbell

Director of Membership

Chris Chilton

Corporate Relations Manager

Christy Brammer

Membership Coordinator

Operations

Keri McNew Barfield

Controller

Abby Tolmachoff

Accounting Coordinator

Robert Reyes

Maintenance Assistant

Kimberly Whitlock

Event and Rental Manager

Greg Gunn

Facilities Manager

Events and Rentals

Kimberly Whitlock

Event and Rental Manager