President – Rosemary Mix

Rosemary Mix President of Wild Ones Capital Region New York Leadership
Rosemary Mix President of Wild Ones Capital Region New York favorite native plant, Wild Columbine Aquilegia canadensis

Joined Wild Ones: January 2021
Location: Schoharie County
About: In her professional life Rosemary served as a speech-language pathologist. She and her husband purchased 17 acres of land and built a home nearly 40 years ago.  The interconnectedness of life became apparent when her husband started an organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. Since turning the project over to friends on a nearby farm, she continued as a volunteer for both the CSA and their Family Farm 4H program. Rosemary initiated the Capital Region NY chapter in May of 2021 and has focused her efforts on forming a regional chapter including collaboration with like-minded organizations, networking with other chapters, developing resources, and building a thriving Wild Ones community. 
What inspired me to become involved with Wild Ones:
When our land was no longer being used for agriculture, we let the fields grow throughout the season to accommodate ground-nesting wildlife. I’ve been slowly forming a “picture” of how to maintain and develop our fields, woodlot, and hedgerows using native plants. After getting involved with Wild Ones, I realized I can do so much more than just move my personal mission forward. I truly believe we can help to save our environment one yard/one project at a time! The Capital Region NY chapter invites you to join our growing network of diverse members and our efforts to network & educate, eradicate unwelcome invasive species, and incorporate native plants into our daily lives.

Vice President – Genoveffa Vitale

Genoveffa Vitale Vice President of Wild Ones Capital Region New York favorite native plant Lobelia inflata

Joined Wild Ones: November 2022
Location: Schoharie County
About:As a music teacher, Gen spent the summers working on an organic flower and vegetable farm, learning how impactful the ecosystem is and how it connects with human nutrition. After purchasing her first home she planted an apricot tree which inexplicably died, so did the next tree the following year. The culprit was Balck Walnut trees which led to learning about resistant plants and the pandemic brought the time to learn and grow. This lead to just how important the Soil Food Web is for both agriculture and our local ecosystems. This new found knowledge lead to bountiful vegetable gardens and massive flower beds on an almost one acre property.
What inspired me to become involved with Wild Ones: In November of 2022, I visited a seed exchange at Thacher State Park and discovered a small community of knowledgeable Wild Ones members. I wanted to immerse myself in situations where I could learn from locals that were incorporating native plants and restoring ecosystems. I signed up immediately and it has only been uphill from there.

Secretary – Jan Silverman-Pollow

photo of leader Jan Silverman-Pollow serving as Wild Ones Capital Region New York as Secretary.
Jan Silverman-Pollow Secretary of Wild Ones Capital Region New York favorite native plant Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa

Joined Wild Ones: February 2021
Location: Albany County
About: Jan joined the master gardener program through Cornell Cooperative Extension in 2012, after she retired from a career as a social. She has found gardening to be an educative and meditative experience and has enjoyed working with adolescents in a greenhouse setting to share this experience. She still gets excited watching seeds sprout and seeing perennials return to the garden. During the pandemic, she read Douglas W. Tallamy’s Book, Natures Best Hope, and promoted his ideas by learning more about how to use native plants to encourage biodiversity in the landscape through the master gardener program and Wild Ones.
What inspired you to become involved with Wild Ones: Another master gardener had a photo of a Wild Ones sign that intrigued me and I researched the origin of the placard to discover the Wild Ones organization. l felt it was in perfect tune with what we’d been reading about and wanting to promote in our community. I contacted the National Wild Ones group to learn about how to start a chapter in our region and was thrilled to find other like-minded souls excited about starting this project, as well.

Treasurer – Tammy Krisher

Tammy Krisher Treasurer of Wild Ones Capital Region New York favorite native plant Spotted Beebalm Monarda punctata

Joined Wild Ones: January 2022
Location: Schenectady County
About: Tammy has always loved to garden but had never really heard of Native plants until she read Doug Tallamy. It was like a light bulb went off over her head. With a love of birds, she has always gardened around their needs and stopped using pesticides. What she didn’t realize was birds need to feed caterpillars to their young. It was amazing to see the life that existed around the native plants that she began to introduce into her garden in comparison to other non-native flowers. Professionally Tammy is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor and she loves to help organizations with understanding their books. She has retired from her position as President of Pattersonville Telephone Company and that has allowed her to spend much more time outside in her evolving garden. With just a few changes she is already seeing more butterflies, caterpillars, moths, and Baby Birds!
What inspired you to become involved with Wild Ones: First, I loved the name! Second, I like the idea of meeting with like-minded people and learning and growing more. I’ve learned so much from this group, I’m especially excited about Winter Sowing of seeds. I had never heard of the concept until our November Seed Swap and I’m excited to see what I will have next Spring!

Co-Membership Chair – Laura Davis

Laura Davis Co-Membership Chair Wild Ones Capital Region NY favorite native plant Prairie Smoke Geum triflorum

Joined Wild Ones: April 2023
Location: Albany County
About: Decades ago, Laura joined the Earthkeepers Club in high school, and ever since, she has been active in organizations that seek to protect our environment, like the Hudson-Mohawk Sierra Club, and Pollinator Partnership. In 2019, with the help of her family, she began transforming their suburban lawn into a native garden, and it’s been quite a learning experience. She founded Capital District Pollinator Allies on Facebook to find like-minded people and share gardening tips. In 2023, she earned her Pollinator Steward Certification from Pollinator Partnership.
What inspired you to become involved with Wild Ones:
I joined Wild Ones primarily to interact in person with other local people who love native plants and learn more together. I became Membership Co-Chair to help introduce others to the joy of feeling empowered to help our ecosystem.

Co-Membership Chair and Development & Communications – Kristi Shepler

Photo of leader Kristi Shepler for Wild Ones Capital Region New York as Vice President.
Kristi Shepler Vice President of Wild Ones Capital Region New York Leadership favorite native plant Sharp-lobed Hepatica Hepatica acutiloba

Joined Wild Ones: January 2020
Location: Schenectady County
About: Kristi learned about gardening from a young age from her family, her first job was working at a school community garden. However, it wasn’t until her photography of nature that she started to realize, not all of her learned gardening habits were the best for our local ecosystems. While she still finds joy behind the camera her attention has now been focused on bringing home biodiversity! Kristi has a wide range of experiences that include sales, marketing, graphic design, strategy, and leadership/management. Currently, she is excited to be working in the nonprofit sector in development and fundraising.   
What inspired you to become involved with Wild Ones:
When I moved back to my home town Toledo, Ohio I began volunteering at the award-winning Metroparks. There I learned about the globally rare Oak Openings Region and was introduced to many organizations, but Wild Ones really stood out. When my husband’s career had us relocate it was time to put down roots yet again. Wild Ones being a national organization meant that no matter where our new home ended up there was a chapter waiting, or a chapter waiting to be formed!


Speakers Bureau – Donna Lee

Master Gardener Intern, volunteer trail naturalist and program assistant at Albany Pine Bush, volunteer with Vegetable Project.
What inspired you to become involved with Wild Ones:
“I went to a community presentation on pollinator plants and met an active, enthusiastic Wild Ones member. Looked like it might be my tribe.”

Albany County Liaison – Open Position

Columbia County Liaison – Open Position

Greene County Liaison – Open Position

Rensselaer County Liaison – Open Position

Saratoga County Liaison – Jennifer Michelle

Helps municipalities, solar developers, and health systems become pollinator-friendly through GreenTown Consulting
What inspired you to become involved with Wild Ones:
“The people have been really welcoming and it’s nice to have others to geek out with on native plants and pollinators.”

Schenectady County Liaison – Open Position

Schoharie County Liaison – Open Position

Other Open Positions

Social Media Chair – We already have established social media channels we are just looking for someone to create Facebook Events, share informative posts, and respond to comments.
Newsletter Editor – Currently we use Mailchimp and templates have already been created. The Editor would be in charge of a deadline schedule in case any stakeholders want to add anything to the newsletter. Since templates are already made the editor just needs to input the new content and keep the subscribers list current.
Volunteer Coordinator – Will work to ensure we have members volunteer for upcoming events be it educational-based or community outreach events. Will need to build relationships with members to know their preferences including how much time they have to commit. Maybe asked to help with the nomination process and growing our leadership team.
Events Coordinator – Build partnerships with other local organizations to see if they have any upcoming events we could attend. Assist with chapter-planned and organized events such as the Native Plant Celebration, Volunteer Appreciation, and others as we grow. This may include securing locations and any technology needed such as setting up zoom meetings through our established accounts.

Leadership Meetings

Meetings are typically held on zoom please use the contact form if you would like to attend any of the 2024 Leadership Meetings.
Every month on the Second Wednesday at 6:30 pm:
Jan 10th – Quarterly Membership Meeting
Feb 14th
Mar 13th
Apr 10th – Quarterly Membership Meeting
May 8th
Jun 12th
Jul 10th – Quarterly Membership Meeting
Aug 14th
Sep 11th
Oct 9th – Quarterly Membership Meeting
Nov 13th
Dec 11th

Topics typically include upcoming events, approval of finances, plant propagation and sales outlets, volunteer opportunities, and other typical leadership topics. If you would like to attend and see the upcoming agenda please use the following form.

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