About Us — Staff & Board


Director: Shane Smith, shane@​botanic.​org
Assistant Director: Allie Byrd Skaer allie@​botanic.​org
Development Director: unfilled
Education Director:
Aaron Sommers, aaron@​botanic.​org
Horticulturist: Tyler Mason, tyler@​botanic.​org
Assistant Education Director- unfilled
Education – Horticulture Assistant: Bailey Hallwachs, bailey@​botanic.​org
Executive Secretary: Trudy Fox, trudy@​botanic.​org

Part time staff:
Horticultural Assistant: Johnny Whiting

roseG 250x187 About Us   Staff & BoardWhy such a small staff?

Most public gardens this size and scope would have an average of 18 full time staff. The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens operates with a minimal staff, thanks in-​​part to its extensive use of community volunteers (primarily seniors, youth and handicapped individuals).

We do have internship opportunities each summer for individuals studying botany, horticulture, agriculture, horticultural therapy, or therapeutic sciences. Please contact Claus Johnson above.


Governance and Management

The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is a division of the City of Cheyenne Parks and Recreation Department. It is under the supervision of Director, Rick Parish.

The non-​​​​profit Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Foundation provides major funding for landscape planning and construction, staff education and volunteer support along with advocacy. It works to form a public/​private partnership to enable the Gardens to do more with less and functions as an advocate for the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. In addition, the Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens owns and operates this web site.

Click here to view mission and statistics of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.