Board of Directors 2017

George Brookbank, Director Emeritus
GeorgGBphotoe founded the Community Gardens of Tucson in 1990 and has been a Tucson resident for 40 years. As an Extension Agent for Urban Horticulture with the U of A Extension Service, George spent 12 years training Master Gardeners and managing the program until his retirement in 1995. George started CGT with the establishment of 4 community gardens in partnership with homeowners as well as the Community Food Bank. George served as Education Director for CGT for 20 years. His popular books include: “Desert Gardening: Fruits and Vegetables”, “Desert Gardening Calendar”, and “Desert Landscaping”.



AnneFoBAnne Hunt, Board Member-at-Large, Chair of the Outreach Committee 





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Susanne Kaplan, Co-Chair of the Board, Interim Communications and Outreach Coordinator,  Site Coordinator of Shay-Shay Garden
Susanne transplanted to Tucson in 1991 from the Northeast. Instantly charmed by the Sonoran desert, she never looked back. Susanne has had a lifelong interest in plants: academically, personally and professionally, using plants as a landscape designer, an educator and more recently, as a gardener. Susanne considers gardening a metaphor for life, appreciating her challenges as much as her successes.



Tony Navarro, Board Member-at-Large, Co-coordinator at Ventana Vista Garden



Paul Oman, Treasurer, Chair of the Oversight Committee



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Bruce Plenk, Co-Chair of the Board, Chair of the Garden Operations Committee, Co-Coordinator of Gregory School Garden

Bruce lives in a house with solar electricity and solar hot water and has worked as a solar advocate for the City of Tucson for the past 6 years. He has been the Gregory School Garden co-garden coordinator with Patti Hartmann for several years and continually tries to understand why some plants do well and others don’t in our garden!


Darlene Schacht, Co-founder
Darlene is a 40-year Tucson resident and worked with George to found the Community Gardens of Tucson in 1990. She acted as President of the original CGT Steering Committee for 10 years, treasurer of the organization for many years and has been on the Board since it began. Darlene was a Master Gardener ans has served on many homeowner and church boards. She is presently active with the Old Fort Lowell Live-at-Home Program. She is retired from American Airlines.


Elizabeth Smith, Secretary



kittyKathleen (Kitty) TobinBoard Member-at-Large, Site Coordinator of Homer Davis Garden





Rocky Yosek, Board Member-at-Large Rocky