LEADERSHIP TEAM

Stephanie Jutila
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Stephanie joined the Toronto Botanical Garden in January 2022 to support the Garden through its transformational growth. Her career spans more than 23 years in non-profit and cultural organizations. Stephanie brings unique experiences and perspectives in planning, program delivery, community engagement, non-profit administration, and the essential work we must continue to do around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access.

As a seasoned public garden leader, she focuses on inspiring a passion, curiosity, and awe of the natural world, in people of all ages, while fostering care and stewardship of ecosystems. This dedication is based in the awareness that public gardens and parks are one of the greatest tools to engage and connect our communities with nature while elevating a community's health, well-being, and prosperity.

Before joining the Botanical Garden, Stephanie served as the first President and CEO for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. During her tenure, Stephanie led the public/private partnership with the City of Des Moines, Iowa, transforming the former municipally operated facility into a vibrant public garden. Her work experience also includes positions at the American Horticultural Society, Smithsonian Institution, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Additionally, she has served on local and national boards of arts, environmental, and cultural organizations, including the American Public Garden Association, and the Garden Club of America.

Stephanie received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota, where she also studied non-profit management and museum studies. In 2021 she completed the George Washington University— Center for Public Leadership Excellence's e-Co Leadership Coaching Certification. Beyond her professional experience, Stephanie is a nature enthusiast. She grew up surrounded by inspiring nature, just 20-miles from the shores of Lake Superior in Cloquet, Minnesota.

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Glenn Davidson
RETAIL SHOP MANAGER

Glenn joined TBG in December 2019. Glenn has worked in the retail sector for more than 20 years including the last 15 with the LCBO holding various positions including retail training consultant, manager and most recently as a product consultant.

Glenn brings with him a passion for horticulture. He was already a TBG member prior to joining as Shop Manager and has attended many TBG events including Canada Blooms and the Holiday Market. Glenn previously owned his own landscape design company which furthered his love for plants and nature. His other passions include hockey and volunteering. He has been a hockey coach for over 30 years and has held executive positions with various hockey associations.

Roger Gettig
DIRECTOR OF HORTICULTURE

Roger joined the garden in September 2021 and was formerly employed at Holden Forests & Gardens in Kirtland, Ohio. He served many roles at Holden over the last 25 years, including VP of Horticulture & Conservation, and Curator of Living Collections & Land Assets. He played a key role in planning and managing gardens, as well as conducting public outreach in horticulture. He has a B.Sc. in horticulture from The Ohio State University and an M.Sc. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He blends his understanding of ornamental horticulture and native plant communities to come up with innovative solutions to landscape problems.

Mark Hirowatari
FRACTIONAL CFO

Mark joined TBG in February 2020. A seasoned finance executive, Mark brings a focused knowledge to the organization, distilling high-level strategy into goals and objectives. Prior to joining TBG, Mark spent the past seven years in the not-for-profit sector including two and a half years as the Interim CFO for the Royal Ontario Museum. Prior to joining the ROM, he worked in Tokyo for approximately 10 years for large multinational companies including Avon Products and Oracle Corporation as country CFO. During his time in Tokyo, Mark managed teams in other parts of Asia, including China, India and Australia while reporting into headquarters located in the U.S. and Europe.

Mark started his career at PwC. He graduated from the University of Toronto and is currently a member of CPA Ontario holding CPA, CA.

Alison Kenn
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Alison joined TBG in November 2019. With more than 25 years of fundraising and special event experience in the not-for-profit sector, she has worked in education, healthcare, politics and the arts. Organizations that she has worked for include the University of Toronto, the Ontario PC Party, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, JAZZ.FM91 and Easter Seals Ontario.

Alison has an interest in our natural heritage and horticulture, and spent many years working in a Scarborough nursery while she was in high school and university. An enthusiastic birder, Alison continues to increase her knowledge of our local flora and fauna. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Jenny Rhodenizer
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Jenny has worked in the charitable sector for over 25 years with educational institutions serving elementary and university students as well as life-long learners. She has been leading the brand stewardship, public relations, event management, and marketing efforts at the Botanical Garden since 2002.  Jenny is a creative thinker, building visual and compelling stories for the Garden while forging sustainable strategic partnerships and creating fun, engaging (and delicious) public events.

Jenny is an active member of the Toronto Attractions Council, and the Marketing Chair of the executive committee. She is an enthusiastic home gardener - growing plants for DIY projects, supporting pollinators, and sharing with neighbours and friends.

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Mark Vitelli
FACILITY OPERATIONS MANAGER

Mark joined TBG in August 2021. He brings with him over 20 years of experience in operations and facilities. His most recent position was Maintenance Manager for Toronto Pinewood Studios, the country’s premier film and television studio where he was heavily involved in two building expansions that will add over 200,000 sq ft of stage and support space to Hollywood North.

Mark has created and executed many small fundraisers and looks forward to rolling up his sleeves and pitching in where needed. Mark’s experience as an entrepreneur in the service and logistics industry has fueled his passion for optimizing value, visitor experience and safety.