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SAF Staff

Kate Penn

Kate Penn

Executive Vice President/CEO

Drew Gruenburg

Drew Gruenburg

Chief Operating Officer

Jenni Sparks

Jenni Sparks

Vice President, Marketing

Joe Aldeguer

Joe Aldeguer

IT Director

Jenester A. Corbin

Jenester A. Corbin

Office Coordinator

Lynn Craig

Lynn Craig

Director of Finance and Administration

Krissy Doyle

Krissy Doyle

Manager, Member and Data Services

Kimberly Hay

Kimberly Hay

Membership Specialist

Shawn McBurney

Shawn McBurney

Senior Director, Government Relations

Claire Meskers

Claire Meskers

Member Services Coordinator

Sheila Santiago

Sheila Santiago

Director of Publishing and Digital Strategist

Jenny Scala

Jenny Scala

Director, Marketing and Communications

Laura Weaver, CMP

Laura Weaver, CMP

Director, Meetings and Conventions

Mary Westbrook

Mary Westbrook

Editor in Chief of Floral Management

Kate Penn

Executive Vice President/CEO

Kate leads, directs and manages day-to-day activities for SAF and is responsible for developing the overall strategic positioning for the organization. She joined SAF in 1987 as a writer and editor, and then held positions as editor-in-chief, publisher, vice president of publishing and communications, and chief content and publishing officer. Kate has a B.S. in journalism from Bowling Green State University.

Drew Gruenburg

Chief Operating Officer
Wholesalers Council Liaison

Drew supervises Government Relations and Member Services and oversees all internal staff operations. He joined SAF in 1981 and has a BA in American Studies from Washington College, a MA in Journalism from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Executive Development Program.

Jennifer Sparks

Vice President, Marketing
Consumer Joint Council Liaison

Jennifer directs the planning and development of SAF’s nationwide consumer marketing programs, research, websites and social media channels to promote the benefits of flowers and plants. She oversees the production of marketing materials and advice to help industry members promote their businesses locally, and manages the SAF Fund for Nationwide Public Relations, which supports all of SAF’s consumer programs. Jennifer has been with SAF since 1991. She holds a BS in Journalism from Radford University and a MS in PR/Corporate Communications from Boston University.

Joe Aldeguer

IT Director

Joe is responsible for the management, user support, strategy and execution of IT infrastructure for the organization. He manages the Operating Systems from Apple, Windows and Linux servers and workstations, and oversees the maintenance of SAF’s industry and consumer websites. Joe joined SAF in 2000. He graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate Degree in Networking Specialization.

Jenester A. Corbin

Office Coordinator
Awards Liaison

Jenester provides administrative support for SAF executives as well as other departments. She coordinates the day-to-day operations of the office and is the staff liaison to the Awards Committee. She brings with her more than 20 years of association experience working with boards, committees and councils while providing excellent customer service to its membership. Jenester joined SAF in 2014.

Lynn Craig

Director of Finance and Administration

Lynn Craig joined SAF in 2019. She brings more than two decades of experience in finance and human resources to SAF’s operations. Lynn is the former director of finance at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Prior to that, she was vice president of finance at the American Waterways Operators, and she’s had two separate stints as the controller for the finance department for a local Chamber of Commerce.

Krissy Doyle

Manager, Member and Data Services
Member Joint Council Liaison

Krissy oversees day-to-day maintenance and operation of the organizational database, manages input and updates of member data and fulfills data requests in support of SAF membership efforts. Krissy has been with SAF since 2000.

Kimberly Hay

Membership Specialist

Kimberly welcomes new SAF members and encourages prospective members to join, and she makes sure members get what they need, like quick answers to questions or new products and services. She joined SAF in 2019. She is the former membership retention manager at the American Bankruptcy Institute. She also worked as the member records coordinator for the Printing Industries of America. She holds the Certified Customer Service Professional designation from the International Customer Service Association. Kimberly earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Towson State University.

Shawn McBurney

Senior Director, Government Relations
Growers Council Liaison
Government Joint Council Liaison

Shawn is SAF’s lobbyist and joined SAF in 2015. He has an extensive background in Washington having worked for a member of Congress and served in a presidential administration. He also worked for a non-profit organization and another national trade organization prior to joining SAF. Shawn holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Claire Meskers

Member Services Coordinator

Claire joined SAF on a temporary basis in August 2018 to pitch in amidst a few staff departures and has proved to be an invaluable member of the team. As the member services coordinator, Claire supports member services and SAF’s events. Before SAF, she held posts as a project manager at Columbia Food Labs and research assistant at a law firm. Claire holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Gonzaga University.

Sheila Santiago

Director of Publishing and Digital Strategist

Sheila brings more than 20 years of experience to her position. She oversees the advertising sales of Floral Management Magazine and directs the associations digital content. She joined SAF in 1992. Sheila has a degree in Business Management with a focus in Social Media Marketing.

Jenny Scala

Director, Marketing and Communications
PFCI Liaison

Jenny joined SAF in 2000 as a writer/editor and now manages the association’s promotional print materials and emails as well as consumer marketing materials, response to negative floral publicity and the activities of Professional Floral Communicators – International (PFCI). Jenny holds a BA in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University.

Laura Weaver, CMP

Director, Meetings and Conventions
Convention Task Force Liaison

Laura plans and implements SAF meetings. She joined SAF in 2004 with 10 years of experience in meeting planning and management. A certified meeting professional, Laura has worked for the Consumer Bankers Association and the Precision Metalforming Association. She has a BA in History from Geneva College and also is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management.

Mary Westbrook

Editor in Chief of Floral Management

Mary oversees the content, design and editorial direction of Floral Management magazine. She is the lead editor for SAF’s Sales Wake Up and Wednesday E-Brief newsletters. Mary worked as a writer for the association and magazine from 2003 to 2006. In 2012, she rejoined SAF as a contributing writer and editor. She holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida and an MFA in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University.

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