Miles S. Sax Ph.D.

Charles and Sarah P. Becker ’27 Arboretum Director

Miles Schwartz Sax joined the Arboretum in 2019 serving as the institution’s fifth Director since its establishment in 1931. He is responsible for advancing the mission of the Arboretum through strategic planning, landscape management, teaching, research, curation and fundraising. Miles manages the Arboretums operations, facilities, staff and 750-acre landscape which encompasses natural areas, greenhouses, specialty gardens and plant collections. 

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Maggie Redfern, Connecticut College Arboretum Assistant Director

Maggie Redfern

Associate Director

Maggie joined the Arboretum staff in November 2014. Her primary responsibility is to coordinate the design and implementation of education programs for the College and community. She also leads tours, teaches classes and oversees the volunteer program. In 2020 Maggie worked with a group of community members to establish New London Trees, a non-profit organization with a mission to increase the city's tree population through community planting and care, education, and advocacy.

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Brian Gibbons

Director of Horticulture

Brian joined the Arboretum staff in August 2021 as the inaugural Director of Horticulture. The newly created position oversees and manages Connecticut College’s 750 acres of diverse landscapes, gardens and natural areas by providing leadership to the Horticulture team. Brian joins us after serving most recently as the Director of Gardens and Glasshouses at Holden Forest & Gardens in Cleveland OH.  

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Mary Villa

Curator/ Information Resource Manager

Mary joined the Arboretum staff in July 2004 in the new position of curator/ information resource manager. Her duties include conducting inventories, evaluating plants and keeping maps and plant records up-to-date. She also manages the accessions database and the Arboretum library of books, periodicals, plans and images.

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Lew Bowker

Lewis Bowker

Senior Groundskeeper

Lew joined Connecticut College in January 2005.  He has maintained and planted our greenscape where he thrives outdoors with his team.  Prior to Connecticut College, Lew attended Eastern CT State University and majored in Environmental Studies.  He has held supervisory pest and arborist certifications along with wildlife-DEEP training.  Lew is an avid outdoorsman happiest when he is salt water and freshwater fishing, kayaking, and playing the guitar.  He enjoys maintaining Tempel Green and looks forward to learning more about the Arboretum’s history and archeological structures.

Geoffrey Burdick

Groundsperson

Geoff joined Connecticut College as a Groundsperson in November 2015. He is responsible for maintaining the appearance and functionality of the campus's outdoor environment. Some duties he performs include maintaining flowerbeds and lawns; caring for and cultivating foliage; ensuring outdoor spaces and structures are safe; snow removal; and operating and maintaining landscape equipment.  He gained knowledge of landscape apparatus, operations, and safety procedures to ensure outdoor spaces were well maintained through his work at two local landscape companies prior to joining our team.  Geoff’s hobbies include stock car racing, fishing and hunting and shares his passions surrounded by family and friends. 

Mike Campagna

Michael Campagna

Groundskeeper

Mike brought his supervisory experience from Mashapequot Landscaping with him to Connecticut College in September 2005.  His landscaping and public works experience serve him well as he continues to excel in landscape maintenance here at Conn.  While at Foxwoods, Mike took several management and supervisory courses along with learning pruning techniques.  Always ready to help, Mike enjoys the diversity of his daily tasks and looks forward to learning more about arboriculture with his new department.  Mike is a family man who enjoys hunting and fishing when he is not working. 

Kraig Clark

Kraig Clark

Groundsperson

Kraig joined the Arboretum staff in November 2013. Previously, Kraig worked in the Facilities Management Department as a groundskeeper. His background in residential and commercial lawn care and maintenance is extensive due to his time spent working for his family business in the lawn care industry. In his spare time Kraig enjoys fishing, kayaking and spending time with his family and friends, including his dog Bridget, an Australian Shepherd.

Madison Holland

Horticulturist

Madison joined the Arboretum staff as a Horticulturist in January 2022. Her main responsibility is to support the maintenance of the Native Plant Collection, Caroline Black Garden and campus plantings. She brings her passion for organic and intentional pest, disease and invasive plant management from her experience in residential maintenance and design. Prior to her work in the residential sector, she excelled in the horticulture world at the Kinney Azalea Gardens. Madison will be pursuing further education in pest and ecological land management. She completed a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island in 2020. When she is not reading up on the plants and animals in the landscapes she tends, she can be found exploring New England with her fiancé, Justin, and her two dogs, Sage and Oslo.

Kevin Marshall

Kevin Marshall

Groundsperson

Kevin joined Connecticut College in 2010.  He began his career with New London County Landscape and participated in numerous trade and home shows where he showcased his landscape design skills.  He is interested in ecology and landscape topography and looks forward to enhancing the landscape and revitalizing portions of the core campus.  Kevin plans to pursue coursework with the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association.  Stonewalls and meadows are areas where he wants to enhance his knowledge.  On his days off, you will find Kevin hiking in the great outdoors.

Nicholas McCarthy

Groundsperson

A new team member since March 2021, Nick brings his strong desire to learn everything he can about arboriculture to his daily responsibilities.  Working at Harkness Memorial State Park for multiple seasons began his passion for creating a long-term impact on the environment.  His fondness of the Native Plant Collection, Glasshouse and Caroline Black Garden are evident in the care he takes maintaining these areas.  He is CT Deep Diversity certified and Wildfire and Ranger trained.  In addition to his Natural Resources Economics courses, he is continuing his education with the CT Nursery and Landscape Association and CT Tree Protective Association.  He enjoys retro electronic game collecting, hiking, kayaking, traveling and Sci-Fi.

Tom Nazarko

Tomas Nazarko

Groundskeeper

Joe Serwinksi

Joseph Serwinski

Senior Groundskeeper

Cindy Tosone

Cindy Tosone

Department Coordinator

Cindy joined the Arboretum staff in August 2019 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations in the office as well as the marketing and promotion of educational and membership events.  She manages the website, membership and the financial accounting for the department.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction.  Cindy is passionate about the great outdoors and looks forward to helping others enjoy the many benefits of the Arboretum.  

Retired Staff

Glenn D. Dreyer

Charles and Sarah P. Becker ’27 Arboretum Director Emeritus

Glenn served as the first full time Arboretum director from 1988 to 2018. He oversaw all department functions including planning, land management, public education, collection curation, research, and fundraising. Mr. Dreyer reported to the Provost/Dean of the Faculty, and worked closely with faculty and students to facilitate the use of the Arboretum as an academic resource.

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Senior Groundsperson

Bryan Goulet

Senior Groundsperson

Bryan Goulet retired in June 2020.  Bryan had joined the Arboretum staff in March 2005 as an Arboretum groundsperson, transferring from the Facilities Management Department of the College where he had worked since 1999. He received his degree in Arboriculture from the University of Massachusetts in 1981, bringing with him a valuable background in tree care. Bryan and his wife Christie enjoy motorcycling, traveling and hiking. He has one grown daughter, Chelsea.

Leigh S. Knuttel

Horticulturist

Leigh Knuttel retired in July 2021 and served the Arboretum for over twelve years providing leadership and guidance to the Arboretum team.  She was responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the Arboretum and the greenhouse. She also worked with the Botany Department faculty and supervised the horticultural staff and student workers. Leigh attended Connecticut College with a major in botany and her past work includes growing of specialty annuals, perennials and woody ornamental plants, grounds and garden design as well as garden writing.  Leigh became well known to the Arboretum community offering popular workshops such as wreath making and invasive plant eradication.  In retirement, Leigh will continue to be a community volunteer and enjoy sailing adventures with her family.