Barbara Kreski, M.H.S., OTR/L, HTR
Director, Horticultural Therapy Services
Barb Kreski supervises the Horticultural Therapy Services department at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Kreski's background spans a wide range of clinical settings including psychiatric hospitals, the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, skilled nursing facilities, public schools, and pediatric rehabilitation. She has incorporated plant- and nature-based interventions in her work in each of these settings. She holds a master's degree in health sciences with a concentration in neuroscience and an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy as well as voluntary registration as a horticultural therapist.
Alicia Green, M.A., NCC, HTR
Coordinator, Buehler Enabling Garden
Alicia Green is responsible for maintaining the Buehler Enabling Garden as a hands-on teaching garden and for delivering therapeutic horticulture programs. Green also manages a staff of 40 volunteers who assist with garden maintenance and promoting the mission of the Enabling Garden as a barrier-free garden. She has a B.A. in biology from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in ornamental horticulture and began her career at the Chicago Botanic Garden in 2000 as the nursery grower. She continued to gain experience in interior landscaping, exterior landscaping, high-end garden retail, and holiday design. She obtained a master's degree in counseling from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009 and is a national certified counselor as well as a registered horticultural therapist.
Vincent Barceló Gómez
Manager, Horticultural Therapy Services
Vincent Barceló Gómez serves as manager of Horticultural Therapy Services for the Chicago Botanic Garden. Gomez is responsible for the planning, promotion, and delivery of the evidence-based programs and consultation services that have positioned the Garden as a premier resource in horticultural therapy, barrier-free gardening, and people-plant wellness concepts. Gomez combines expertise in urban agriculture with experience facilitating nature-based programs in a clinical setting for diverse learners. A Chicago native, he holds a bachelor’s degree in botany from Miami University and is a graduate of the Horticultural Therapy Certificate program. He is currently working toward professional registration through the American Horticultural Therapy Association.
Off-site Coordinator, Horticultural Therapy Services
Kay Knight serves as the off-site coordinator of Horticultural Therapy Services at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is responsible for the planning and delivery of horticultural therapy services at sites throughout the greater Chicago area including residences for seniors, Chicago Public Schools, and veterans' hospitals. She also assists in the maintenance of the Buehler Enabling Garden at the Garden. Knight has bachelor’s degrees in psychology and political science from Boston University, and is working toward professional registration through the American Horticultural Therapy Association.