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Arboretum staff

The Morton Arboretum's vibrant staff includes 190 full-time, 135 part-time, and 120 seasonal employees who work in areas such as plant collections and grounds, tree research, education, visitor services, and administration.  Employees come from diverse backgrounds but have in common a commitment to the mission of the Arboretum: to plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world.

The vision of The Morton Arboretum is to be the leading center of tree expertise, inspiring the world to plant and protect trees.

The management team leads the staff to achieve the pursuits of the Strategic Plan, which are related to Trees (enact science-based tree planting and conservation in a changing world), Climate (ensure resilient trees for the future at the Arboretum and in the Chicago region), Sustainability (enable a sustainable future for trees, people, and the Arboretum), and Inclusion (engage and reflect diverse audiences to serve the broader public good).

Senior staff of the Arboretum:

Gerard T. Donnelly, PhD

President and CEO

Kris Bachtell, MS

Vice President of Collections and Facilities

Murphy Westwood, PhD

Vice President of Science and Conservation

Preston Bautista, PhD

Vice President of Learning and Engagement

James Fawley, MBA

Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Kathleen Spiess, MPA, CFRE

Vice President of Development

Alicia LaVire

Vice President of Marketing and Communications