Dr. Kayri Havens-Young is Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Her research interests include reproductive ecology and conservation genetics of plant species. Her research focuses on invasive plant species and has worked with a team that developed the Chicago Botanic Garden's Invasive Plant Policy. Kay has worked with students from Northwestern University, Loyola University, and the University of Illinois Chicago. She leads work on conservation and restoration projects at University of Illinois Chicago in partnership with Chicago Botanic Garden.
Dr. Jennifer Schwarz Ballard is Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the Chicago Botanic Garden. As such, she supervises youth and teacher programs and citizen science initiatives at the Garden. Jennifer brings expertise in both formal and informal science education. Her areas of expertise include diversity studies, program design, and evaluation. Before joining the Garden she completed her graduate studies in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University.