SAF Staff


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.

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Drew Gruenburg, Chief Operating Officer

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.


Jenester Corbin, Office Coordinator and SAF 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.

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Janice King, Accounting Assistant

Janice joined SAF in 2016, and most recently worked at Catholic Charities Archdiocese Washington as a client services representative. She also had a 10-year career with CACI International as a collections analyst and has had several other positions in finance and office management.

Content and Communications

Mary Westbrook, Editor in Chief of Floral Management

Mary oversees the content, design and editorial direction of Floral Management magazine. She also 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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Max Duchaine, Manager, Digital Strategy

Max joined SAF in 2016. Most recently, Max worked with the American Association for the Advancement of Science as its digital marketing associate. There, he managed the association’s social media campaigns, optimized its SEO and online advertising and managed its email marketing efforts. Prior to that he brought a family-owned technology company in Richmond, Virginia, into the digital age by establishing its web and social media presence. He graduated from Longwood University’s communications and marketing program.

Sheila Santiago,Director of Publishing and Digital Strategist

Sheila brings more than 20 years of experience to her position. She oversees the advertising sales Floral Management Magazine and directs the associations digital content. She joined SAF in 1992 as the Production Coordinator and was promoted to Director of Publishing and Digital Strategist in 2017. Sheila has an degree in Business Management with a focus in Social Media Marketing.

Government Relations

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Shawn McBurney, Senior Director, Government Relations

Shawn is a lobbyist and joined SAF in 2015. He has worked in the government relations arena since 1991 with positions on Capitol Hill, in the federal government, a non-profit and a trade association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).

Information Technology

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Joe Aldeguer, IT Director

Joe is responsible for the management, user support, strategy and execution of IT infrastructure for the organization. He graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate Degree in Networking Specialization. Joe joined SAF in 2000.


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Jennifer Sparks, Vice President, Marketing

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.

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Jenny Scala, Director, Marketing & Communications

Jenny manages the development and implementation of SAF’s consumer marketing materials, response to negative floral publicity and the activities of Professional Floral Communicators – International (PFCI). She joined SAF in 2000. Jenny holds a BA in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University

Meetings and Conventions

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Laura Weaver, Director, Meetings and Conventions

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.


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Krissy Doyle, Manager, Member and Data Services

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.

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