MNLA has a number of active committees (listed at the bottom of this page) which implement the programs and services of the association. If you’re interested in joining an MNLA committee, click on the committee title below under Committee Information and reach out to the primary contact.
Apply to serve on a committee or task force: Although we have limited space on committees, we accept applications year-round and will contact you when space becomes available!
Write an article or contribute photos to the MNLA monthly magazine—Pro Grow News! If you enjoy writing or photography contact Rena Sumner to participate in this opportunity.
No time to participate, but want to ensure a strong future for the association? Consider a gift to the MNLA Foundation and/or being a scholarship sponsor & mentor.
Overall education program strategy and decision-making; develop new and valuable learning in conjunction with the MCH Board.
The Education & Research Committee organizes the educational courses that MNLA offers, such as the Summer Conference, Winter Forum and online webinar series. They find new topics and instructors for educational courses. They help to set up meeting rooms at hotels and other facilities for these courses, when help is needed.
Deborah Trickett, MCH — Board Liaison
The Captured Garden
Make MNLA a critical information hub in areas such as business trends, marketing expertise and consumer insight; increase the value of MNLA's member communication resources; and spur greater social media activity among MNLA members. Tools currently available to this committee website, all social media platforms and Zoom. Tangible programs are eblasts, newsletters, Pro Grow News magazine.
Justin Mortensen — Chair
Farm Credit East
The Finance Committee monitors the MNLA portfolio of investments, and advises the Board during the annual budget process.
Steve Corrigan, MCH — Chair
Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc.
Chuck Baker, MCH — Vice Chair
Deliberate and recommend policy positions; set and implement strategy; and represent the collective interests of MNLA members in legislative and regulatory affairs.
The Government Relations Committee coordinates the government affairs program of the association with the appointed MNLA Lobbyist, organizes attendance at Mass Ag Day, and spearheads the MNLA Environmental Leadership Award each year.
Peter Mezitt, MCH — Chair
Weston Nurseries, Inc.
The History Committee is charged with developing a historical narrative through research, interviews and written articles about significant individuals or events in the nursery or landscape industry. It is also responsible for preserving, cataloging and archiving historical materials.
Philip Boucher, MCH — Chair
Elysian Garden Designs
Skott Rebello, MCH — Vice Chair
This Board’s purpose is to seek educational opportunities to strengthen the knowledge and professionalism of MCHs, and to reach out to the consumer regarding the MCH Program and the value of working with a MA certified horticulturist. They also proctor the exam 2x year; and facilitate the Plant Geek Day educational event.
Corinne Jean, MCH — Chair
Wisteria & Rose, Inc.
Hands-on outreach to members and prospective members via phone calls and in-person visits.
The Membership Committee serves as the association ambassadors for new members. This committee also assists in finding new member services and affinity programs to bring added value to members. This committee assists in the planning and implementation of the MNLA Annual Directory and marketing to professionals within our industry the value of membership in conjunction with all of the Association’s Committees.
David Ahronian, MCH — Chair
Ahronian Landscape & Design, Inc.
Plant Something MA is a project of MNLA which includes professional environmental horticulturists—people who grow, care for, design and install plantings and landscapes in your community.
Growing Wild helps reverse the loss of biological diversity, foster and protect endangered species and add to the natural beauty of our Commonwealth—right in your own backyard.
MNLA provides access to green industry speakers on the cutting-edge and up-to-date information. Our dynamic community is made up of folks from all walks of life. Colleagues share advice and insights. Passion for the betterment of our community drives member participation in MNLA. Individual contribution is valued. Get involved! Join a committee or volunteer at an event. Make our industry—and your business—better!