Meet the dedicated staff members of Lake Wilderness Arboretum.
Susan Goodell, Arboretum Manager
I grew up loving the outdoors and nearly 20 years ago I caught the gardening bug as a young homeowner. Since then, I have earned a degree in landscape design, designed gardens for friends and family, created and maintained several of my own gardens and volunteered at LWA for five years. I am looking forward to bringing my landscape design training and work experience in marketing, communications and customer service to the thoughtful development and maintenance of the Arboretum.
Mike Heller, Property Manager
I have always loved the outdoors. In my childhood I explored the woods around my home, turning over rocks and logs, surprising the little inhabitants in their homes in order to see what they were up to. I never lost my sense of wonder at all of the fabulous natural creatures and plants. At School even though I was an engineer/architect at heart I would spend time learning about landscape architecture, plant physiology, hydrology, master gardening to name a few. Now after a long and devoted career in construction management I finally have the time to really explore my life long attachment and desire to understand and experience these great eco-systems. I have learned about, created and continue to implement a forest stewardship plan for my 5 acre woodland. I am slowly transforming my yard into a native landscape encouraging diversity. Working at the Arboretum helps me indulge my curiosities and enjoy what life has to offer.
Todd Tschimperle, Property Maintenance
Having been born and raised in Washington, I quickly developed a love for the outdoors. Recently, I’ve developed an interest in gardening and medicinal plant identification/use. Working at the LWA provides me with that opportunity every day. I hope that with my budding green thumb coupled with a background in construction maintenance I can help preserve the beauty of the Arboretum for everyone to enjoy.