We’re passionate about plants
The staff members at SFA gardens come from a wide range of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: They truly love plants. Our staff members are passionate about East Texas plant life, and they love sharing their knowledge through education and community outreach events such as lectures, plant sales and gardening workshops for kids and adults.
Dr. David Creech
Professor Emeritus and Director of SFA Gardens
Dr. Dave Creech received his Bachelor of Science in horticulture from Texas A&M University, his Master of Science in horticulture from Colorado State University and his doctorate in horticulture from Texas A&M University.
Creech’s research interests include blueberry germplasm evaluation and horticultural studies, alternative crop/alternative technology work, crop nutrition studies, new plant introductions for the ornamental horticulture industry, endangered plant rescue, research and reintroduction and finding sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. He is the author of several scholarly and trade articles, and he has accumulated a long list of international consultancies since 1981 to Pakistan, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Israel and China. Dr. Creech has served as president of the Native Plant Society of Texas and the Southern Region American Society of Horticulture Science.
SFA Gardens Greenhouse Technician
Jordan Cunningham received her Bachelor of Science in horticulture from SFA. She also worked as a student assistant at the SFA Gardens. As an undergraduate, she received impressive summer internships with Moore Farms Botanical Garden in Lake City, South Carolina, and with Disney Horticulture, Orlando, Florida. After earning her degree, Cunningham worked as a garden supervisor at the Dallas Arboretum in the Paseo de Flores. Her current responsibilities include maintaining the greenhouse and nursery areas along with contributing to the design and planting in the landscapes of the SFA Gardens.
Assistant Environmental Education Program Coordinator
Jocelyn Moore joined the SFA Gardens education program in the summer of 2014 as a counselor for the award-winning Pinewoods Summer Camp. In October 2016, Jocelyn joined the SFA Gardens as Assistant Education Coordinator. She coordinates the children’s after-school program Nacogdoches Naturally, as well as hands-on workshops and community outreach programs for adults.
SFA Gardens Technician
Duke Pittman joined the SFA gardens staff in October 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from SFA, and he runs his own landscape company, Blooms, Sweat and Shears. His primary duties at SFA gardens involve the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden.
Elyce Rodewald holds a Bachelor of Science in zoology from Purdue University. Over the years, she has worked as a zookeeper and educator at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Minnesota State Zoo and the Houston Zoo. She has been certified to teach several environmental education curricula, and she attended the Teachers’ Conservation Institute in 2007. She is a board member of Texas Environmental Education Partnership, a founding member of the Laughing Women’s Institute, and a member of National Association for Interpretation and North American Association for Environmental Education.
Research Associate, Mast Arboretum
Dawn Stover earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from West Texas A&M and her Master of Science in agriculture from SFA. As part of her research responsibilities, Dawn trials a wide range of herbaceous and woody plant materials and disseminates information within the horticulture industry as well as the gardening public. She currently maintains the herbaceous plant collections within the SFA Mast Arboretum and Pineywoods Native Plant Center, and she is responsible for the horticulture greenhouse facilities.
Research Associate SFA Gardens Program
Anne Adams holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from SFA. She spent 30 years as a public school teacher before joining the staff at SFA Gardens.
SFA Gardens Technician
Malcolm Turner’s responsibilities include taking care of the blueberry, fig, muscadine and kiwifruit plantings at SFA Gardens. He is also responsible for the Moody Gardens Research project. Malcolm started out as a volunteer for SFA Gardens before he was hired in March 2017 as a garden technician.