Selby Gardens Announces Senior Leadership Promotions

June 20, 2018

Appointments unify the botanical garden’s operations, programs and outreach.

SARASOTA, Fla. – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has promoted five staff members in key leadership roles.

Mike McLaughlin has been promoted to senior vice president, overseeing horticulture, collections and facilities. Bruce Holst has been promoted to vice president of botany. Mischa Kirby, APR, has been named vice president of external relations, guiding marketing and public relations, membership and guest relations. Ann Logan is now vice president of development. Jeannie Perales has been named vice president of museum exhibitions, learning and engagement.

These promotions reflect the talents our team has, and their abilities to further enhance and expand the mission of our institution, both within our community and industry ,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President & CEO of Selby Gardens.

McLaughlin joined Selby Gardens 15 years ago from Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Coral Gables. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in horticulture. Holst is a 23-year veteran of Selby Gardens with a degree in botany from University of California, Davis. He is an internationally-recognized authority on bromeliads. Kirby joined Selby Gardens in 2015 as director of marketing and communications. She holds advanced accreditation in public relations and a degree in journalism from the University of Florida. Logan came to Selby Gardens 10 years ago, overseeing development and fundraising in various capacities. She is a past president of the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Perales joined Selby Gardens in 2010 and holds a Master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver.   A museum professional, she came to The Gardens from Ringling Museum of Art and prior to that, The Denver Art Museum.

Last month Selby Gardens also announced the appointment of Wendy Deming as Chief Operating Officer. She will assume her role on July 9 guiding the institution’s strategic operations.

Selby Gardens has marked significant growth in the last several years with double-digit percentage increases in admission, membership, donations and event and retail revenue. As the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the study of epiphytes, or air plants such as orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns, the research institution recently announced the creation of a master site plan that will redevelop its 15-acre bayfront property over the next 10 years.

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns and other tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas. Regular admission is $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens or visit for more information.


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