MANTS 2019

January 9 - 11, 2019
Baltimore Convention Center

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Listed below are all of the speakers Chessie is proud to bring in for 2019! Check back for bios, as they will be posted as received.  

Ms. Marianna Batie
Law Office of Marianna Batie 

Chris Beytes
GrowerTalks/Green Profit/Acres Online
Chris Beytes is editor of GrowerTalks and Green Profit magazines and author of the widely read weekly e-newsletter Acres Online, which reaches more than 23,000 horticulture industry folks in 66 countries. Chris is a graduate of the University of Florida, with a degree in journalism and a minor in ornamental horticulture. A former greenhouse owner with his wife, Laurie, Chris has been with Ball Publishing since 1993. In that position, Chris travels the U.S. and the world to stay current on the latest horticultural production, marketing and retailing technologies and trends. Highlights of his career (thus far) including interviewing King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, and emceeing (four times) the International Grower of the Year awards in Germany.
Ms. Kelly Billing
Water Becomes a Garden
Ms. Victoria Bolden
North Creek Nurseries
Mr. Terry Burns
Mahan Rykiel
Terry Burns is a Senior Associate at Mahan Rykiel Associates in Baltimore, MD.   With over 17 years of experience, Terry specializes in planting and garden design with projects that range from university and heath care to retail and transportation sectors.  He holds a bachelor’s in landscape architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park and is an ISA Certified Arborist.
Mr. Steve Castorani
North Creek Nurseries
Dr. David Clement
University of Maryland Extension
Mr. Tal Coley
Ms. Margery Daughtrey
Cornell University Extension
Margery Daughtrey is a Senior Extension Associate with the Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology of Cornell University. She has conducted a research and extension program on the management of diseases of ornamental plants since 1978, at Cornell’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center in Riverhead, NY. Daughtrey holds a B.S. degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from the University of Massachusetts. Daughtrey is coauthor of several books, including Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials and the Compendium of Flowering Potted Plant Diseases as well as the very new Compendium of Bedding Plant Diseases and Pests. She was named a Fellow of APS in 2012.
Mr. Justen Garrity
Veterans Compost
Mr. Stanton Gill
University of Maryland Extension
Stanton A. Gill is a tenured faculty of the University of Maryland Extension with a rank of principal Agent/Full professor. His faculty position is to work with the greenhouse, nursery and landscape industry in Maryland in the adoption of IPM practices. Stanton is a professor in the Landscape Technology Program at Montgomery College where he teaches two, 3 credit classes per year. He is the CEO and CFO of MacBride and Gill Falcon Ridge Farm, LLC., a 75-acre, three farm operation, that specializes in specialty fruit. Stanton works with the commercial horticulture industry in Maryland to improve IPM and entomology skills. He conducts funded field trials to evaluate low risk pesticides and biological control for the nursery (woody and herbaceous perennial industry), greenhouses, cut flower operations, arborist, landscape management companies and city foresters.
Ms. Beth Ginter
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
As Coordinator of the CBLP certification initiative since 2015, Ms. Ginter is responsible for overseeing all aspects this new program which aims to ensure consistent training and practice standards for landscape professionals working in the Chesapeake Bay region. CBLP is an advanced credential system and network of professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes. The credential emphasizes small-scale stormwater retrofit best management practices and conservation landscaping with native plants to benefit the environment.
Following a 15-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, where she directed global medical education and scientific communications programs, Ms. Ginter founded a landscape consulting and design firm, The Honeybee Group, in 2005 to provide sustainable design solutions for residential clients and schools in the Washington, DC area. Ms. Ginter holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Landscape Design from The George Washington University and a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Silver Spring, MD and enjoys spending time at her family’s retreat where the West River meets the Chesapeake Bay.
Mr. Paul Hartnett
Ms. Deborah Hayes
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Deb Hayes is a nursery inspector with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Brett Karp
Mr. David Kinderdine
Velvet Touch Rose Care
Ms. Suzanne Klick
University of Maryland Extension
Mr. Brian Kunkel
University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
Dr. Alexa Lamm
University of Georgia
Dr. Alexa Lamm is an Extension Evaluation Specialist in the Office of Learning and Organizational Development and an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication at the University of Georgia. She is considered a leader in the field of social science research as it relates to understanding how educational practice impacts the decision-making process and the ultimate adoption of new scientific technologies to advance agricultural production while maintaining a sustainable environment. Specifically, Dr. Lamm has done extensive research on why nursery and greenhouse growers do and do not adopt water conservation treatments and technologies. Dr. Lamm has received over $26.5 million in total contracts and grants and published over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles. She is also the managing editor of the Journal for International Agricultural and Extension Education and is currently serving as the national research committee chair for the American Association for Agricultural Education. Early in her career she was found to be a breakthrough scientist and was recognized by Vance Publishing as one of the “40 under 40” in Agriculture in 2014 and was made a fellow by the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education this past year.
Dr. John Lea-Cox
University of Maryland
Ms. Rebecca Lemos-Otero
City Blossoms
Ms. Mary Kay Malinoski
University of Maryland Extension
Mr. Russell Noratel
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Dr. Karen Rane
University of Maryland Extension
Ms. Kimberly Rice
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Mr. Geoff Rinehart
University of Maryland
Geoff Rinehart has 18 years’ experience in the turfgrass and landscape industry working in various parts of the country. He earned Bachelor’s degrees in Turfgrass Management and Landscape Contracting from Virginia Tech and a Master’s of Science in Turfgrass Science at Michigan State University. After graduating from Michigan State, Geoff spent 5 ½ years as a research technician conducting turfgrass science research at Washington State University and spent 4 years’ coordinating the Tacoma-Pierce County yard care program conducting outreach and education for homeowners and professionals in Pierce County, WA.   From Fall, 2013 until this summer Geoff was the full-time coordinator of the Arboretum’s ‘Grass Roots’ Initiative, which includes a 1.3- acre interactive turfgrass exhibit, a website, and ongoing homeowner lawn maintenance workshops in the spring and fall. His experience has also included working on golf courses and the landscape industry in Maryland, Colorado, Washington state, and Hawaii. Most recently, Geoff joined the University of Maryland as a Lecturer in the Institute of Applied Agriculture in July 2017. He currently continues as the Arboretum’s ‘Grass Roots’ coordinator in a part-time capacity while teaching turfgrass and landscape management courses on campus full-time
Dr. Andrew Ristvey
University of Maryland
Ms. Ginny Rosenkranz
University of Maryland Extension
Mr. Bennett Saunders
Saunders Brothers
Bennett grew up working in a boxwood nursery.  After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech in 1983, he came back to the family business to grow fruit and boxwood.  The discovery of Box Blight in the United States in 2011 directed his attention to varieties of boxwood which show tolerance. Today, in addition to continuing to manage the field crops, he is the Manager of Saunders Genetics which created the NewGen line of boxwood. These cultivars show better tolerance to box blight and boxwood leafminer than the most popular varieties on the market today.
Mr. Chuck Schuster
University of Maryland Extension
Dr. Paula Shrewsbury
University of Maryland
Paula is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Entomology at the University of Maryland in the Department of Entomology. Paula has conducted applied research and extension education programs to implement Integrated Pest Management for pests of ornamental plants and turfgrass for over 25 years. The overall focus of her program is to create sustainable landscapes, nurseries, and turf systems with an emphasis on biological control, conservation of beneficial arthropods, and management of invasive species.  Paula has given over three hundred presentations and has numerous publications on these topics. Paula recently received a national “Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension” recognizing her outstanding contributions to extension entomology.
Ms. Alice Sturm
Mahan Rykiel
Alice Sturm is a landscape designer at Mahan Rykiel Associates in Baltimore, MD. Her work in the institutional studio ranges from museums to university and hospital campuses. Before receiving her Masters in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, she worked as a vegetable farmer, and has published research on climate resilient coastal design.   
Ms. Emelie Swackhamer
Pennsylvania State University Extension
Emelie Swackhamer holds a MS degree in Plant Pathology from the North Carolina State University.  She has served as a horticulture Educator for Penn State Extension in southeastern Pennsylvania for 23 years.  Her primary programming focus is the commercial green industry and consumer horticulture audiences.  She has been on the educational front line of the spotted lanternfly invasion since its discovery in 2014 and is participating in several research projects to learn more about this unusual insect.  She has a lifetime of practical experience from working on her family's farm.  She is an avid vegetable gardener, loves edible landscaping crops like tree nuts and hardy persimmons, and in her spare time enjoys making wheel-thrown stoneware pottery. 
Ms. Jaime Tsambikos
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Ms. Tsambikos is a nursery inspector for the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Tom Turner
University of Maryland
Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp
University of Maryland
Dennis, an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, has a broad interest in pollinator health.  The focus of his current work involves the application of epidemiological approaches to understanding and (importantly) improving honey bee health. Dennis is the founding president of the Bee Informed Partnership ( which attempts to provide a platform to collect “big data” on the state of managed honey bee colony health. Analysis of these data is providing important insights into the role beekeeper management practices and environmental factors (such as landscape pesticides and climate) have on keeping colonies alive.    
Mr. Scott Vergara
Woodland Gardens
Mr. George Weigel
Garden House-Calls
George Weigel is a Pennsylvania garden writer, horticulturist, speaker, garden-tour leader, garden designer, and author of “Mid-Atlantic Month-by-Month Gardening” and four other gardening books. The Garden Writers Association honored the Patriot-News for having the nation’s best Home and Garden section in 2007 and named George’s column as one of America’s five best garden columns in 2008.  In 2016, National Garden Clubs Inc. awarded him a 2016 Award of Excellence, which is the highest honor the national network of garden clubs gives to non-club-members.  George’s articles also have appeared in such magazines as HorticulturePeople, Places and PlantsGreen ScenePennsylvania Gardener, and Central Pa. Magazine.
Mr. Phil Wescott
Key City Compost
Mr. Baldwin Williams
District Deparment of Energy and Environment