2017 PLANT WNY Board of Directors
2018 Executive Board
President – Teresa Buchanan, CNLP
Teresa graduated from the University of Buffalo with a BA in Spanish and MA in Geography (International Trade). Following her passion, she decided on a career change in 1991 and returned to NCCC to obtain a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Gaining experience in tropical houseplants at Menne Nursery, she moved on to work in greenhouse production, tree and shrubs sales, and managing a satellite location for Wanakah Landscaping. With the closing of that location in 1995, she started working for Lockwood’s Greenhouses and became Garden Center Manager in 2006. Teresa has been a CNLP since 1996.
Vice President – Sue Frank
As the office manager/landscape technician, Sue is the oil for the machine known as Chevalier Outdoor Living. She started back in 1994 by landscaping, snowplowing, and managing the office. She continues to do all this and more. Sue’s degree in Business Administration, on-the-job experience and her continued business education keeps her atop her game. Favorite quote: “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” –Simon Sinek
Treasurer – Phil Tripi
As the founder of Tripi’s Landscaping Phil’s success story begins over twelve years ago with a truck and an idea. From that moment Tripi’s Landscaping has grown into a full service landscaping outdoor living and maintenance company. Phil continues to focus on both his positions as a businessman, landscape designer, entrepreneur, and father. A continuous drive to educate himself on the latest and greatest landscaping techniques has kept him on the forefront of the Industry. His accomplishments can be attributed to his ability to adapt and reinvent old ideas.
Secretary - Jeanetta Hanlon, CNLP
Jeanetta graduated from Harper College with degrees in Horticulture and Parks & Grounds Management in 1987. Locally she owned her own landscaping company from 1989-1997. Jeanetta then moved into estate management gaining further experience in greenhouse growing, tropical plants, and interior plantscaping. During that time, she became a CNLP and 3A Certified Pesticide Technician. Since 2015 Jeanetta has been working for Dore Landscaping and Akron Tree Farm.
Director – Tara Perrin
Tara started her career over 14 years ago as a field laborer at Murray Bros. Nurseries Inc. She quickly moved up in ranks to Assistant Manager and has dabbled in every aspect of the company. From bookkeeping, landscape design, and customer care, to mowing, mulching and watering fields. She currently resides in West Falls with her husband Kevin, son Louie and daughter Arlo.
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