Mary E. Gerritsen, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
San Mateo, CA. Former Chief Financial Officer, Orchid Conservation Alliance. Former Chair, San Francisco. Orchid Society Conservation Committee. Former President, Peninsula Orchid Society. Board Member, Orchid Digest. Member, Orchid Specialist Group, IUCN. Consulting Professor of Vascular Surgery, Stanford. Independent consultant to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Formerly in senior management at Exelixis, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Genentech and Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Author of several orchid books (Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World; Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species (1st and 2nd editions), A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and Their Culture, The American Orchid Society Guide to Orchids and Their Culture) with co-author and photographer, Ron Parsons. Orchid interests: cool and intermediate growing miniature orchids, preservation of orchid habitats.
Ron Kaufmann, Ph.D.
Director and Secretary
Steve Beckendorf, PH.D.
Berkeley, CA. Member, Orchid Specialist Group, IUCN. Former Member, American Orchid Society Conservation Committee. Former Board Member, The Orchid Digest Corporation. Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Orchid interests: Orchids of the Andes, especially Odontoglossums, Cyrtochilums, Masdevallias; preservation of orchid-rich cloud forests.
Chief Financial Officer and Membership Chair
Costa Mesa CA. Fascination of Orchids International Show co-chair 1995-current. Active board member and officer of multiple orchid societies. Retired database administrator and business systems analyst. Orchid interests: Growing orchids, particularly species, with an emphasis on identifying and studying those that can grow outdoors in coastal southern California.
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