Cleveland Botanical Garden Instructor Information
Hannah Morris, Academic Programs Coordinator, began working in the Education Department at Holden Forests & Gardens as a Growing Students in Science instructor in 2014. She now coordinates school groups at the Cleveland Botanical Garden campus, where students from Pre-K to college can participate in hands-on educational programs. She received her B.S. in Education from the University of Cincinnati.
Jane Mason is a well-known, award-winning watercolor artist, art historian, storyteller and content expert. Mason has taught art for over 15 years and has established deep-rooted relationships with artists, art schools and museums across the United States and Italy. Her ability to weave art history and other fascinating tidbits about artists, techniques, materials and processes fluidly into her teaching creates a unique and rewarding environment for her students. In addition to her work as an artist and art teacher, Ms. Mason has been working for three decades as a marketing professional and writer for both profit and non-profit enterprises. Her previous experience, as well as her years of teaching, allows her to be undaunted at the idea of LIVE painting classes. Lastly, Ms. Mason has written, produced, directed and starred in numerous videos, films and commercials. Her voice has also been used and sought after for video and film products.
Cynthia Druckenbrod, Director of Horticultural Exhibits and Communications, has managed special exhibits at the Cleveland Botanical Garden campus for almost 18 years and has overseen the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse since its creation in 2003. She has a BA in Biology from CWRU and a MS in Entomology from Auburn.
Mark Druckenbrod, President of the Board for the Lake View Cemetery Foundation, is the former Deputy Director of Cleveland Botanical Garden from 1985-2005. He holds degrees in Floriculture and Horticulture from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Non-Profit Business from the Mandel Center at CWRU.
Gary Esmonde, Library Director, has worked in libraries for over 20 years. Esmonde earned his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and his Masterís in Library Science at Kent State University. He has worked at various public libraries as well as manager of the Willowick Public Library for six years.
Lori Diemer is a native of Northeast Ohio. She is a freelance professional photographer who's work has been published, awarded and exhibited throughout the region. Recently, her work has been selected for the permanent collection of TriPoint Hospital in Concord, OH. She photographs special events and portraits, but her true passion lies in nature and travel imagery. Lori is an active member of the Western Reserve Photographic Society, the North American Nature Photography Association, and is an Artist Member of the Red Dot Project in Cleveland, OH. Lori's work can be viewed at www.loridiemer.com
Sifu Rikk Mayr, Director of The Neijia Academy, has studied martial arts, Taoism and Buddhism for 18 years. Sifu Rikk holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Chinese Boxing and the title of High Instructor from Grandmaster