The Gardens Team
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships
Cady Auckerman is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Parterships for Texas A&M AgriLife. She has been working with The Gardens since their inception and continues to provide leadership for The Gardens team and vision for future phases. Previously, she has served as Chief of Staff for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Director of Public Policy Internship Programs for Texas A&M University. Class of ’00, Cady’s degrees are both from Texas A&M University; a B.S. in Agricultural Leadership Development and a M.S. in Higher Education. Her favorite flowers are peonies, tulips and hydrangeas–none of which flourish naturally in Brazos County.
Joseph joined Texas A&M in July 2016 to oversee the garden’s construction, maintenance and management; and future phases that will inclusively restore, preserve, and develop nearly 27 acres into a variety of themed spaces for teaching, research, extension/outreach, and community involvement and enjoyment. He has been the director of horticulture with the 252-acre Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, TX since 2010. Previously, Joseph manage more than 50 acres of landscape gardens and 300 acres of campus as well as interior public spaces and satellite properties for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Joseph graduated from Texas A&M in 1988 with B.S. in Horticulture. He has a long affiliation with Texas Nursery & Landscape Association. Joseph is a Texas Master Certified Nurserymen and other licenses held include Texas Irrigator License and Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator License.
Alumni and Donor Relations Manager
Angel manages alumni and donor engagement for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M AgriLife. She is also the coordinator for the College of Agriculture Development Council. Angel graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism and in 2013 with a Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. Her favorite flower is a tulip.
Rebecca is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has been with Texas A&M AgriLife since 2014- first with the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and most recently the Vice Chancellor’s Office. She manages the event venues within The Gardens and loves the seasonal changes each garden offers. Her favorite flowers are magnolias and proteas.
Education Coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Associate
Michelle joined the team in 2019. Her mission as the Education Coordinator for The Gardens is to bring students of all ages outside to better understand and appreciate the world around them. A proud member of the Class of ’94, Michelle holds a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Conservation Biology emphasis. She was, is, and will always be a teacher. She taught 7th grade science at A&M Consolidated Middle School and Biology at Rudder High School where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2015. Sunflowers are her favorites, but she loves trees most of all.
SSC- Grounds Gardener III
Linda is a native of Falls Church, VA but has lived in Texas for over 22 years. She holds Master of Science degrees in forestry (NC State, 1992) and agronomy (TAMU, 2012). A former Peace Corps Volunteer, she is especially interested in organic methods for horticulture. Linda is crazy about cosmos!
SSC- Grounds Team Leader
Jeremy graduated from Texas A&M in 2008 with a B.S. in Horticulture. As a proud Aggie, he is honored to give back to the University using his gifts and education to spread knowledge of the outdoor world with others. In his spare time, Jeremy can be found researching statistics and data of pretty much anything, and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. Jeremy’s favorite plant is a plumeria.
Outreach and Program Development Graduate Assistant
Liz earned her B.S. in Zoology from Ohio State University, her M.S. from Southeastern Louisiana University, and is finishing her Ph.D in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. Her research studies science as leisure activities, a concept outlined at lizmarchio.com. Her favorite flower is Rafflesia arnoldii.
Content Marketing and Communications Graduate Assistant
Hannah is currently working toward her M.S. in Marketing at Mays Business School, and graduated with her B.A. in Communication from Texas A&M in May of 2018. She also serves as the Consulting Director for 180 Degrees Consulting, an on campus organization that provides volunteer consulting services to nonprofits. Hannah spends her free time trying new recipes or browsing the library. Her favorite flowers are peonies and zinnias.