Tom Karasek



Tom has 35 years as an electronic engineer and manager for the US Navy, took the Master Gardener training and was asked to work at a local large retail garden center which he then managed for five years. Since then, he taught greenhouse use for his city adult recreation program and built his own home, including a 7 X 24’ greenhouse. He has been married to Sherron for 53 years and they raised three successful daughters, have eight grandkids and a great granddaughter. Tom enjoys growing using hydroponics techniques and the many container and in-ground plantings. He is a 2000 hour instrument-rated private pilot but now he and Sherron enjoy travel by car and airline and have cruised 25 times so far.


Carol Stiff

Vice President


Carol has been involved with plant tissue culture research and education since 1977. She has attended and worked at 6 universities (Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, LSU, Idaho, SFASU, Washington State), and has degrees in bacteriology, horticulture, forestry, adult education, and is certified to teach K-12. Carol is a Master Gardener graduate (2011 – Clark County, WA) and has taught numerous plant tissue culture workshops around the U.S.  She is married to Charles (PhD forest biometrician) who is the real gardener in the family. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Besides running her own business, Kitchen Culture Kits, Inc. since 1998, Carol is treasurer for the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants (ACMAP) and a former president and CEO of the Home Tissue Culture Group. Carol and Chuck have a small 2 acre hobby farm in Brush Prairie, WA and like to spend time growing new plants in their demonstration orchard and learning how to use their new 25 foot greenhouse.


Tom Eckert

Treasurer/Publishing Director


Retired in 2011. Technical degree in electrical / electronics.

Working career spanned 44 years working for Westinghouse Defense Division, secret security clearance; to working 13 years for a defense contractor before joining API in 1980. During twenty-one years at API, I enjoyed learning and working on robotic equipment. In retirement I love working in our three greenhouses where we grow annual plants for springtime sales.


Donna Bocox



I have lived in Iowa for the last 12 years with my husband.  I manage the Purchasing Department for a Consumer Electronics Distributor, whom I have worked for 11 years.  I moved from California 12 years ago, where I raised cactus.  About 7 years ago, after moving to Iowa, we constructed a 10x15 greenhouse to allow me to raise the cactus inside a structure year round.


Richard Schreiber

Director of Membership &

Past President


Dick lives in Norwalk, Iowa with a Lord and Burnham greenhouse built in 1992.  He is a Master Gardener and is also involved in the Cactus and Succulent Society of America as a director.  Obviously cactus and succulents are his favorite plants.  He and his wife Cynde have been retired for several years.