Advisory Board

Full-time Horticulture faculty and staff at College of DuPage meet periodically with an advisory board made up of business professionals from many areas of the horticultural industry. Members of the Horticulture Program Advisory Board provide valuable input and feedback regarding the skills necessary for success in the industry. They also assist in the ongoing evaluation of COD’s Horticulture courses, certificates, and degrees programs. This evaluation helps to maintain the quality and professional relevance of the Horticulture program. 

  • Brian Clement, Coordinator and Associate Professor of Horticulture, College of DuPage
  • Scott Grams, Executive Director, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
  • Eric Gundersen, Nursery Manager, The Growing Place
  • Amy Hull, Greenhouse Supervisor, College of DuPage
  • Margery Waters, Counselor, College of DuPage
  • Marty Bartz, Horticulture Lab Assistant, College of DuPage
  • Mike Rizzi, Horticultural Professional, Mayneland Farms
  • Denise Walden, Owner, Walden Floral Design Company 
  • Kevin Goss, Golf Course Superintendent, Sugar Creek Golf Course
  • Richard Hentschel, Horticulture Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension
  • Colby Gregg, Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor, Naperville Central High School  
  • Rafael Zavala, Student Representative, College of DuPage
  • Dino Castino, Sales Manager, Russo Power Equipment
  • Tom Lupfer, President, Lupfer Landscaping
  • Steve Clutter, Account Manager, Central Turf and Irrigation Supply
  • Jeannie Iseman, Executive Director, The Garden Works Project
  • Joe Pizzuto, Owner/Landscape Architect, Landworks, LTD
  • Monica Miller, Horticulture Program Specialist, College of DuPage
  • Frank Balestri, Horticulture Instructor, College of DuPage


Contact Information

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Brian Clement, Program Coordinator/Associate Professor/Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1059, (630) 942-2526

Frank Balestri, Instructor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1058, (630) 942-3498

Amy Hull, Greenhouse Supervisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0026, (630) 942-3806

Martin Bartz, Horticulture Lab Technician/Grower
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 0025, (630) 942-3807

Monica Miller, Program Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008, (630) 942-3074

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592


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