The AHTA work teams, review boards, and committees conduct the business of the Association through the collaboration between the AHTA Board of Directors and the AHTA membership. AHTA welcomes and encourages membership participation. Please contact the AHTA office at [email protected] for more information. 

AHTA Magazine Work Team

The AHTA Magazine Work Team strives to keep the membership informed about the organization, the horticultural therapy profession, and related horticultural therapy information through soliciting, writing, and editing articles for the tri-annual AHTA News Magazine.

Team Lead: Debra Edwards, HTR


Awards Review Board

The Awards Review Board supports the Association by administering the AHTA Awards Program, reviewing the nominations, and selecting nominees. Awards are presented at the Awards Ceremony held annually at the AHTA Conference.

Board Chair: Jonathan Irish, HTR 


Certificate Program Accreditation Review Board

The Certificate Program Accreditation Review Board supports the Association by providing an objective review of Certification Program applications.

Board Chair: Erin Backus, CRC, HTR


Conference Work Team

The Conference Work Team assists in the planning and development of the AHTA Annual Conference. Work team members evaluate submissions, review programs, and assist onsite at each conference.

Team Lead: Laura Rumpf, HTR


Credentialing Work Team

The Credentialing Work Team is responsible for researching and identifying the necessary steps to pursue the professional credentialing of horticultural therapists.

Team Lead: Ciri Malamud, CRC, HTR 


Marketing Work Team

The Marketing Work Team expands the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Association through outreach, advertising, networking, and developing fundraising endeavors.

Team Lead: Tim Garland, RLA


Membership Work Team

The Membership Work Team is responsible for all aspects of the AHTA membership and for developing ideas and events to increase membership in the Association.

Team Lead: AHTA Board of Directors


Nominations and Elections Review Board

The Nominations and Elections Review Board supports the Association by providing an objective review of the nominee applications for the AHTA Board of Directors.

Board Chair: MaryAnne McMillan, HTR


Professional Education Work Team

The Professional Education Work Team facilitates communication with horticultural therapy educators, the AHTA membership, and potential students regarding academic and professional opportunities.

Team Lead: Gary Altman, CRC, HTR


Professional Registration Review Board

The Professional Registration Review Board supports the Association by providing an objective review of professional registration applications.

Board Chair: Leigh Anne Starling, LCPC, CRC, HTR


The AHTA Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture Editorial Review Board

The AHTA Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture Editorial Review Board facilitates the dissemination of horticultural therapy information, research, and professional practices through the publication of the bi-annual AHTA Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture.

Editor: Matthew Wichrowski, HTR 


The Charles Lewis Award Committee

The Charles Lewis Award Committee reviews and evaluates the research publications submitted for consideration and selects the Award nominee. The Award is presented at the Annual AHTA Conference.

Committee Chair: Gary Altman, CRC, HTR