Master Gardener Development Board
The Master Gardener Development Board is a team of Master Gardener Volunteers and UMaine Cooperative Extension staff who collaborate to raise awareness and funds to:
- Support and expand Master Gardener Volunteer community outreach on a statewide basis.
- Increase accessibility and opportunity for Master Gardener Volunteers to learn in a supportive environment.
- Board Membership Guidelines
- Board Member Job Description
- Board Member Application
- 2019 Purpose and Goals
- 2019 Grant Application: Closed
2019 Meeting Dates
- March 27, 9:30-12:30
- June 19, 9:30-12:30
- September 26, 9:30-12:30
- December 11, 9:30-12:30
Phoebe Call is a retired environmental consultant who lives in Otisfield with her husband Rick and dog, Sasha. Since completing her Master Gardener Volunteer training in Oxford County, she has been an active garden volunteer and supporter of the Maine Harvest for Hunger program. In addition to working in her vegetable and perennial gardens, Phoebe is an avid reader and also enjoys outdoor activities and travel.
Alice Elliott is a Maine native and began gardening at a young age. An early gardening memory has her serving tiny new potatoes baked in her Easy Bake Oven for Sunday dinner. Alice became a Master Gardener in 2010, and has been an active volunteer for the program ever since, giving talks on seed-starting, container and/small-space gardening, and season extension throughout Central Maine. She has served on the Master Gardener Development Board since 2012. When not talking about gardening, Alice can be found in her large backyard, working in the vegetable garden, a flowerbed, or communing with her flock of hens.
Caragh Fitzgerald is an Extension Educator for Agriculture, working primarily in Kennebec County. Her work includes production of vegetables, corn silage, and other forages as well as season extension and soil health. In Kennebec, she teaches and manages the Master Gardener Volunteers program and the Harvest for Hunger produce donation program.
Kate Garland serves as a horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Penobscot County where she helps gardeners improve efficiency and build horticultural skills through a number of educational avenues including workshops, newsletters, social media posts, one-on-one support, and volunteer engagement. Additionally, Kate works with school and community gardens to develop plans that will build sustainability and improve community impact.
Based in Clifton, Garland enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible with her husband and young daughters. Her favorite pursuits include: gardening, camping, biking, fly fishing, skiing, and baking bread.
Kathy Hopkins has worked for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in a variety of capacities from 1993 to the present. Since 1997, she has been an educator in the UMaine Cooperative Extension — Somerset County Office and has been responsible for Agriculture and Natural Resources programming in her county and statewide. As part of her responsibilities, Kathy serves as a statewide resource for the Maine maple syrup industry and coordinates UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Renewable Resources Extension Act. She coordinates and presents trainings and workshops; authors educational material and conducts research on maple syrup sap and syrup production issues. She is one of the creators of the IMSI Maple Grading School that has been presented annually since 2004.
Reg Perry was the founder and senior director of an 18 person CPA firm that he began in 1984. In June of 2017 he retired from the firm and formed Perry Valuation & Forensics, engaged exclusively with performing business valuations, providing expert testimony, and consulting with a diverse group of new and long-time clients. He is also an associate business broker with the Portland firm, Maine Business Brokers, which sells Maine-based businesses.
Reg has served as a director, Trustee, and board member for numerous Central Maine non-profits including Maine General Health, Spectrum Generations, United Way of Mid-Maine, the Central Maine Growth Council, and many others. He lives on the River Road in Clinton with his spouse Julia and their two West Highland terriers, an exotic cat, and ten laying hens.
Ivonne Vazquez grew up on Manhattan island in New York City, dreaming of someday having a large garden. After moving to southernmost Maine in 1989 and steadily moving northward, she now resides in Penobscot County where she grows vegetables, perennials, grapes, herbs, fruits, and berries surrounded by woods, bears, owls, and deer along with her husband and youngest son. Ivonne’s Master Gardener training took place in 2012 at the UMaine Extension Penobscot County office. When not thinking, planning, speaking, photographing, and sharing her knowledge and passion for gardening and the Master Gardener Program, Ivonne can be found blacksmithing or on the air at a local community radio station.