NAJGA Board & Staff




Board President

Larry Rosensweig is president of LFR Consulting whose mission is building capacity for museums, gardens and other nonprofits. He was the founding Director of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, growing the organization from a startup to a $4 million annual budget, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and a $5 million endowment. As the Norton Museum of Art’s Director of Advancement, he raised $4-$6 million a year for operations and personally solicited and closed gifts from $100,000 to $3.5 million. Larry earned his BA and MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard and University of Michigan, respectively, and lived in Japan for two years. He periodically organizes and leads study tours of Japan.




With a background in non-profit management, Ms. Schelin assumed responsibility for managing the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden (EBMJG), California State University, Long Beach in 1995. With a staff of three full time employees, approximately 25 part time employees, and more than 500 volunteers, EBMJG’s mission is focused on cultural education for the CSULB campus and community. Under her direction EBMJG has been recognized by garden scholars as one of the most widely utilized and socially conscience gardens in North America. Amongst her academic and creative activities, Ms. Schelin serves as the editor of The Lantern, a CSULB publication that has won numerous awards and co-chaired the International Conference of Japanese Gardens held in Long Beach in March 2009. She is a founding member of the board of the North American Japanese Garden Association, currently serving as Vice President and serves on the CSULB Sustainability Task Force. The EBMJG was acknowledged for Excellence in Sustainability by the California Secretary of Natural Resources and the California Museums Association in 2018. Ms. Schelin is the recipient of the David Gray Leadership Award from CSULB. She serves on numerous boards and community committees including the Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association, The Museum of Teaching and Learning, and the Howard Asian Art Collection. 




Executive Director Japanese Friendship Garden Society San Diego, CA Luanne Kanzawa is Executive Director of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego.  Luanne’s extensive background in nonprofit leadership and management provides direction and support for the Japanese Friendship Garden Board and staff. With a passion for working with nonprofit organizations, and her enthusiasm for serving the community, Luanne currently serves on the board of Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Balboa Park Committee and California Association of Museums. Luanne holds degree in  B.S. in Psychology, certification in Professional Grant Writing, and a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from University of San Diego.

Luanne served as the 2018-2019  president of the North American Japanese Garden Association.




Don has never been associated with Japanese gardens in a professional capacity. He has loved gardens since he was very young, and decided early on that Japanese gardens are the most remarkable of all. He is a retired software engineer / project manager. He and his wife Akiko reside on acreage in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area, where they maintain a tea garden, a (koi) pond and hill garden, and a large pond that is a work in progress. Akiko is active in the Urasenke school,and hosts tea ceremonies in their home.



Secretary and Journal Editor

Professor Emeritus (Asian Studies), Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Brian has studied traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture, garden theory and practice in Kyoto and Tokyo, and is an ongoing speaker at seminars and conferences on historical and contemporary gardens and architecture. He is a member of the Nitobe Memorial Japanese Garden Advisory Committee and a former member of the Dr. Sun Yatsen Classical Chinese Garden Board of Trustees in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has also been a faculty member at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia teaching courses on Japanese and Chinese Gardens, Aesthetics, Historical and Contemporary Society, and International Relations.




Manager   (503) 222-1194

Marisa Rodriguez is Manager of NAJGA. Marisa joined the NAJGA team in 2018, first as a volunteer, then as a part-time employee. She is very excited to join NAJGA as a full-time staff member and help build on the work of her predecessors to grow the organization into a strong multi-national network of Japanese garden professionals and enthusiasts. 

Prior to joining the NAJGA Team, Marisa had been the Operations Assistant at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego from 2009-2019. Marisa holds a BA in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. 


K.T. Cannon-Eger
President, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens
Keaau HI

Benjamin Chu
Missouri Botanical Garden
St Louis MO

Bonnie Clark
Assoc. Prof. of Archeology University of Denver
Denver CO

Nick Esthus
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Fort Worth TX

Junko Liesfeld
Garden Designer, SE Region

Don Meiners
Grand Prairie, TX

Steven Pitsenbarger
Golden Gate Park Japanese Tea Garden
San Franscisco CA

Ayse Pogue
Senior Horticulturist, Malott Japanese Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago IL

John Powell
Landscape Artist, specializing in Japanese-style gardens, Weatherford TX

Louis Rinfret
Senior Horticulturist, Departement d’Horticulture
Montreal Botanical Garden

Karen Szyjka
Operations Support Manager, Chicago Parks District Department of Natural Resources

Daryl Toby
Principal – AguaFina Gardens International
Sylvan Lake MI

Sadafumi Uchiyama
Garden Curator, Portland Japanese Garden
Portland OR


ABQ BioPark Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Albuquerque, NM
Admiral Nimitz Foundation, Fredericksburg, TX
Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford, IL
Aesthetic Pruners Association, Oakland, CA
Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Mobile, AL
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, AL
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
Carleton College (Garden of Quiet Listening), Northfield, MN
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL
Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL
City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston, TX
Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO
Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, CA
Devonian Botanic Garden, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington, DC
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach,CA
Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum, Ontario, OR
Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth, TX
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI
Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, HI
Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara, CA
Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, Chicago, IL
Gresham Sister City Association/Tsuru Island, OR
Hakone Estate & Gardens, Saratoga, CA
Japanese Gardening Organization, Intl., San Antonio, TX
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
Jardin Botanique de Montréal, Montréal, QC
John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden, Mill Neck, NY
Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, NE
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
Manzanar National Historic Site, Reward Rd, CA
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, St. Paul, MN
Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis, TN
Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, FL
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Lethbridge, AB
Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, VA
Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Kykuit Garden), New York, NY
Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR
Rosecrance, Rockford, IL
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Seattle Japanese Garden Society, Seattle, WA
Shinzen Friendship Garden, Fresno, CA
Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Philadelphia, PA
SMG / Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena, CA
The Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA
The Dawes Arboretum, Newark, OH
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA
The Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego, San Diego, CA
The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Springfield, MO
UBC Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Japanese Gardeners Association, Barnaby, BC
Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, Tucson, AZ