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.



Jessica Paul
Garden Technician

Jessica is a 3rd generation Tucsonan whose love of gardening started in her grandmother’s garden when she was a little girl. Her passion for gardening was peaked after reading Brad Lancaster’s book, Rainwater Harvesting for the Drylands. She has spent the last 8 years cultivating that passion in her own garden and occasional volunteering with Brad Lancaster, Community Food Bank garden, Watershed Management Group and the garden class at Ha:san Preparatory. She also studied Environmental Science at Pima College and the University of Arizona for 2 years. Jessica is very excited to be a part of the Community Gardens and looks forward to meeting everyone. Johnny, Jessica’s budding 5 year-old gardener, is also looking forward to assisting his mom and meeting the CGT community.

Cara Ryan

Cara moved to Tucson from Illinois in 1980. Cara and her husband, Sean, enjoy gardening at their home and spending time with our two granddaughters. She is also active in animal rescue and currently foster dogs for several local rescues.