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

Ennis Anderson

Vice President of Operations

Connie Johnson

Director of Administration

Angie Peeples

Manager of Human Resource and Risk Administrator

Library

Barney L. Lipscomb

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

Brandy Watts

BRIT Librarian

Research

Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium

Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Director of Research Programs

Jason Best

Director of Biodiversity Informatics

Barney L. Lipscomb

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

Tiana Franklin Rehman

Herbarium Collections Manager

Diego Barroso

TORCH TCN Project Manager

Ashley Bordelon

Digitization Technician

Rachel Carmickle

Herbarium Technician

Kelly Carroll

Digitization Technician

Manuela Dal Forno, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

Erin Flinchbaugh

Conservation Program Assistant

Morgan Gostel, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

Sydney Jackson

Conservation Technician & Herbarium Digitization Technician

Jessica Lane

Herbarium Assistant

Joe Lippert

Digitization Coordinator

Natch Rodriguez

Digitization Technician

Kimberly Shay

Press Coordinator and Assistant Editor

Kim Norton Taylor

Conservation Research Botanist

Alejandra Vasco, Ph.D.

Research Botanist

Brandy Watts

BRIT Librarian

Education

Tracy Friday

VP of Education & Volunteers

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

Cheryl Potemkin

Early Childhood Program Manager

Demekia Biscoe

Innovative Learning Manager

Kat Goldin

Education Manager & Library Media Resource Specialist

Cameron Barlow

School & Garden Education Program Manager

Michelle Schmidlkofer

GROW Administrative Specialist

Volunteers

Montana Williams

Director of Volunteer Services

Veronica Marquez

GROW Volunteer Coordinator

Advancement

Christie Eckler, LMSW, CFRE

Vice President for Advancement

Sara Richardson, CFRE

Director of Philanthropy

Chris Smith, MBA

Director of Marketing and Communications

Katherine Campbell

Director of Membership

Christy Brammer

Membership Coordinator

Finance & Accounting

Keri McNew Barfield

Director of Finance

Abby Tolmachoff

Accounting Coordinator

Operations

Ennis Anderson

Vice President of Operations

Robert Reyes

Maintenance Assistant

Greg Gunn

Facilities Manager

Lydia McConathy

Event and Rental Manager

Laura Rodriguez

Receptionist

Herbarium

Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium

Tiana Franklin Rehman

Herbarium Collections Manager

Diego Barroso

TORCH TCN Project Manager

Ashley Bordelon

Digitization Technician

Rachel Carmickle

Herbarium Technician

Kelly Carroll

Digitization Technician

Sydney Jackson

Conservation Technician & Herbarium Digitization Technician

Jessica Lane

Herbarium Assistant

Joe Lippert

Digitization Coordinator

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

GROWing Together

Tracy Friday

VP of Education & Volunteers

Cheryl Potemkin

Early Childhood Program Manager

Cameron Barlow

School & Garden Education Program Manager

Green Revolution

Demekia Biscoe

Innovative Learning Manager

Events and Rentals

Lydia McConathy

Event and Rental Manager