Olbrich Botanic Gardens announced Monday that Tanya Zastrow has been hired as the new director.
Zastrow, a UW-Madison alumnus, will replace Roberta Sladky, who retired in June after 15 years in the post. Zastrow is expected to start his new role on November 1 with an annual salary of $ 90,200.
Zastrow has 18 years of experience in public gardens, most recently as Director of Programs at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
“Tanya is well positioned to lead the Olbrich team into the future due to her leadership skills, team approach, strategic planning background, focus on diversity and ability to develop authentic relationships, ”said Lisa Laschinger, deputy superintendent of the Madison Parks division. the announcement.
Zastrow has also worked with the United States National Arboretum and the Welty Environmental Center in Beloit, and has been a Peace Corps environmental education volunteer in Nicaragua. She received her undergraduate degree in Zoological and Biological Aspects of Conservation at UW-Madison and her Masters in Parks and Recreational Resource Management from Frostburg State University.
“The gardens are highly respected in the public garden world and loved by visitors from all over,” Zastrow said. “I look forward to joining the staff at Olbrich Botanic Gardens and being a part of the Madison community.”