Staff

Susanne Kaplan
Executive Director

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 third generation Tucsonan whose love of gardening started when she was a little girl helping her grandmother in the garden. Jessica has been the garden technician for the Community Gardens of Tucson for almost three years. Whether she is fixing leaks, building fences or raised beds, leading volunteers and interns, working with community partners, or teaching classes to children, she facilitates the functioning of the gardens with enthusiasm and joy. If you have a need in the garden, Jessica does her best to fulfill it.

 

Cara Ryan
Bookkeeper

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.