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Anne Skalka

Anne is a retired CPA whose love for orchids started after finding the Central Jersey Orchid Society nearly 15 years ago. She maintains a 200 square-foot greenhouse at her home in Ewing, NJ, and loves presenting her class 'Orchid Basics' to the Princeton Adult School and various garden and civic associations.

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Vice President

Jaymie Santiago

Jaymie is a passionate lover of orchids and a self-taught plant enthusiast. He has been growing and maintaining a vast orchid collection around his house for over a decade, and loves connecting people to plants, and to one another.

Jaymie also runs a premier not-for-profit, social impact organization in the city of New Brunswick, NJ - 'Making a difference in the lives of people'.

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Matthew Pagano

Matthew is an avid windowsill grower of several different species of orchid. Though he struggled to keep them alive early on, he’s now getting the hang of it and has had success with some more temperamental species. CJOS has been a great way for him to learn more about the art and science of caring for these beautiful plants. Matthew is a Market Research Director and serves on the Alumni Association Board of his alma mater, Lafayette College.

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Corresponding/Recording Secretary

Tobie Parnett

Tobie's passion for orchids began with a visit to Selby Botanical Gardens (Sarasota, FL). Since then, she has been attempting to grow orchids for the past 6 years and credits the CJOS for their help and tips along the way. Her collection consists mainly of Dendrobiums and Cattleyas (utilizing LED lighting).
She also teaches ESL classes at the Princeton Public Library.

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Editor Newsletter

Ed Frankel

Ed is the lead editor for the CJOS Newsletter and other information. He has been growing orchids for more than a decade. As a valuable member of CJOS, it is his job to compile all of our meeting and event information into a friendly newsletter.

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Website Administrator

George Wallace

George is an IT employee by day and an avid orchid grower by night. He has been growing orchids for 7+ years and has a strong focus on indoor growing. He enjoys the challenges of growing plants and sharing his knowledge with others in the orchid community. [ *YouTube Channel: 'LGW3 Orchids & Exotics' ]

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Jeff Tryon

Jeff is currently Art Director for Witherspoon Media Group; publishers of Princeton Magazine, Urban Agenda Magazine, and the Town Topics Newspaper. Working in the architecture and design industries since 2003 has provided Jeff the unique opportunity to work alongside and acquire innovative photography techniques from notable architectural photographers. Personal interests are many — including botany, growing orchids, cacti, succulents, tropical and carnivorous plants; landscape design; gardening; Bonsai; tropical fish and corals; snorkeling, fine arts, photography, hiking and travel; cooking ethnic foods; collecting guitars, basses, drums and world instruments.

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