I have been volunteer coordinator for special events at the nursery for about 7 years. In the meantime I have become a member of the board of directors and joined the Nursery Planning Committee. As a result, I decided to seek a new volunteer coordinator. I am very happy to announce that Ruth Ann Pearsons has stepped up to the plate. I have met twice with Ruth Ann and she is very enthusiastic and eager to get started. I asked her for a brief bio and this is what she told me:

Ruth Ann Pearsons is a native plant garden enthusiast, iPhonographer, blogger and credentialed Child Development Master Teacher. She currently volunteers with the curation department at UC Botanical Garden and serves as a garden ambassador.

She received her bachelors degree in botany from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for Mt. Diablo Interpretive Association and created and edited the Mt. Diablo Review. As VIP Coordinator for Mt. Diablo State Park she staffed and managed the visitor center and developed the State Park Volunteers in Parks Manual.

Ruth Ann enjoys camping and road cycling. She is married and has two adult daughters.

She is thrilled to have found an opportunity where she can support the East Bay Chapter CNPS and Native Here Nursery, using her knowledge of California native plants and skills for working with people.

Ruth Ann can be reached at rapearsons1@mac.com

Steve Toby