Meet the Staff

  • Martin Quigley

    Martin Quigley — Executive Director

    Phone: (831)502-2314
    Email: maquigle@ucsc.edu

    Martin Quigley, appointed as ED in May, 2016, has been employed as a nursery laborer, horticulturist, landscape architect, land planner, environmental consultant, field ecologist and researcher, and professor of botany. He has worked in New York, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Florida, as well as in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil, Uruguay, Turkey and Lebanon.

    Quigley attended Deep Springs College, and earned his B.A. in Comparative Literature at Cornell University, M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture at Utah State University, and Ph.D. in Plant Ecology at Louisiana State University.

  • Brett Hall  —  California Native Plant Program Director

    Brett Hall — California Native Plant Program Director

    Email:  brett@ucsc.edu  

    I was born and raised along the Central California coast, mostly in the Monterey Bay region. In the early 70s, I worked at my family's landscaping and garden design business. I was an undergrad at UCSC and worked at the Arboretum, graduating with a BA in Natural History and Biology. I started on the staff in October 1975 and became garden manager in 1976. My duties have evolved over the past 30 years into my current position. I oversee the horticultural staff and my role with that is increasingly as an advisor/coach, as well as working to get them the resources they need to succeed. I am continuing to play an active role in the development of many of our collections and have traveled overseas and throughout the West to accomplish this. I have been very fortunate to spend 30 years working in the Graden developing collections, planting gardens, and working with our wonderful group of staff, students and volunteers. My special interests include many of our collections but I plan on focusing considerable effort in the development of our native plant program and the California Province Gardens. I enjoy working with dedicated volunteers who have a genuine interest in botany and horticulture. [Brett is now President of the California Native Plant Society.]

  • Katie Cordes — Volunteer Program Coordinator

    Katie Cordes — Volunteer Program Coordinator

    Phone (831) 502-2300
    Email: cscordes@ucsc.edu

    After 3 years working elsewhere on campus I am thrilled to be back at the Garden with it's amazingly knowledgeable, talented and hardworking staff, volunteers, student workers, interns and dedicated, caring membership and of course, the wonderful plant collections.

    My love of plants began as a child in the garden and continued to grow as I did, leading me to obtain a B.A. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz with a fondness and deep interest in the conservation of Californian Ecological Communities. Two years ago I really enjoyed taking the California Naturalist Program here at the Garden and last year my children loved attending the Riekes Nature Awareness Program hosted here at the Garden.

  • Theresa Milam - Office Manager

    Theresa Milam - Office Manager

    Phone (831) 502-2306
    Email: tamilam@ucsc.edu

    As Office Manager, Theresa handles facility rentals, purchasing and supports the Norrie's Gift Shop.

    Since beginning at the Arboretum in 2015, she's been inspired to convert her garden into a succulent oasis and is incorporating more California natives and bird-attractors into the front yard.  
    In her time away form the Arboretum, she and her husband enjoy hiking, bird-watching and travel.
  • Amber Burke

    Amber Burke - Development Director

    Phone (831) 502-2303
    Email: aburke1@ucsc.edu

    Amber Burke enjoys connecting with plants, animals, and humans. In her free time she plans new explorations for her and her family. Currently this translates to visiting other arboretums, public gardens, wildlife refuges, and museums. Her 8 year old son keeps her busy on the weekends, chasing basketballs and riding electric scooters. Her education includes a Bachelors in Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management (2013), a grant writing certification (2016), and staying current with development trends through active memberships with Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Public Garden Association, and Society of Research Administrators. During the last 10 years, Amber has served in research development, finance management, event management and volunteer programming roles for mid to large-sized non-profits. She highly values creativity, connection, and celebration and is inspired by the Arboretum's community of passionate supporters.


  • Curatorial Staff

  • Helen Englesberg —  Nursery Manager

    Helen Englesberg — Nursery Manager

    Phone:(831) 502-2307
    Email: hpix @ ucsc.edu

    I graduated from UCSC in 1991 with a BA in Biology with an emphasis on plant sciences. I began working at the Arboretum in 1984 as a student employee. In 1989, I was hired to do propagation and manage the nursery. My responsibilities include propagating and raising plants for the gardens and collections, especially the Australian and South Africa Gardens. I work with a wonderful group of volunteers, propagating and growing plants sold at Norrie's and at Garden plant sales. I also coordinate volunteer work sessions in Ruth and Shirleys' Flower Garden, our cut flower garden.

  • Melinda Kralj —  Curator of Australian Collection

    Melinda Kralj — Curator of Australian Collection

    Phone: (831) 502-2309
    Email: mkralj @ ucsc.edu 

    I graduated from UCSC in 1978 with degrees in Biology & Art. I worked at San Lorenzo Garden Center for over a decade. While working at the nursery, I began volunteering at the Arboretum, and was hired in 1989. I take care of the Australian Collections. Most of my time is devoted to the Slosson Gardens and the Banksia Field. Our most-recent addition is the exciting and challenging Australian Rock Garden. In the future, I would like to devote more time and energy to give the Eucalyptus Grove the attention it deserves. Every Thursday morning, a dedicated, hard-working group of volunteers called the "Aussie Weeders" contribute their hard work and creativity to making the Australian garden more beautiful.
  • Tom Sauceda —  Curator New Zealand Collection

    Tom Sauceda — Curator New Zealand Collection

    Phone: (831) 502-2308
    Email: sauceda @ ucsc.edu 

    I received a Bachelor of Arts in the fields of Biology, and Environmental Studies, UCSC 1985; and subsequently studied Spanish at Cabrillo College. I began to work at the Arboretum as a student in 1981. I became the Curator of the New Zealand Collection in 1987. My work involves all aspects of the New Zealand collection, which includes the Ed Landel's New Zealand Garden. This involves anything from noxious weed removal to giving tours of the garden. I am also involved with the development and maintenance of the Chilean Collection. I have traveled to New Zealand and Chile to collect plants and to gain a better understanding of native plant communities. I oversee students and volunteers that work on garden maintenance—mowing, weeding, pruning, irrigation, plantings, and nursery work—potting, propagation, and more. I am very grateful for all their hard work and always welcome more help.
  • Rick Flores — Curator of California Natives Collection

    Rick Flores — Director of Horticulture

    Phone: (831) 502-2310
    Email: rflores @ ucsc.edu

    Rick Flores is a Horticulturist and Steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program (AMRP).  His professional experience at the Arboretum is with California native plants, but currently works in other gardens as well, helping to maintain displays of extraordinary plants.  As Steward of the AMRP, Rick fosters the relationship between the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the Arboretum, oversees educational programming, and helps develop displays of culturally important native plants.  In addition, Rick assists with fundraising and grant writing.

    When not at the Arboretum, Rick enjoys hiking, backpacking, fishing, mountain biking, bird watching, and just generally being outdoors, in addition to spending time with family and friends.

    Rick has worked at the Arboretum for over 20 years and holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Environmental Studies from UCSC.

     

  • Samantha Spurlin

    Samantha Spurlin-- Plant Inventory Specialist

    Email: sspurlin@ucsc.edu

    I grew up on the Central Coast of California with an affinity for the outdoors. I transferred from Cuesta College to UCSC in 2012 and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Biology. I began at the Arboretum in winter 2013 as an undergraduate working primarily with Brett Hall and Rick Flores in the California gardens. I was hired part-time as Plant Inventory Specialist in March 2016 and elevated to full-time staff in January 2018. In this position I assist with inventorying and maintaining data on our diverse collections working directly with the Curators, produce signage and interpretation, and assist the California Native Plant Director, Brett Hall. I’m excited to have started a Plant Inventory Internship and Volunteer opportunity in spring 2018 and look forward to sharing the wonders of the Arboretum with the world.