National Ornamentals Research Committees

Executive Committee

The Executive committee is ultimately responsible for implementing the activities that occur at the NORS-DUC. The research that occurs here will have national and international implications and the limited resources available at NORS-DUC will be strategically managed. 

The Executive committee will review the recommendations from the NORS-DUC steering committee on research projects and site management and make management decisions for the NORS-DUC. These decisions will take into account the short, intermediate, and long-term goals of the National Ornamentals Research Site.  

NORS-DUC Executive Committee

  • Gregory Parra, USDA APHIS PPQ Representative and ADODR
  • Aurelio Posadas, NPB Representative

Steering Committee

The purpose of the Steering Committee is to work with Executive Committee to establish overall priorities and provide general direction and management by identifying and implementing research that supports the general purpose of the project. The primary role is to identify and prioritize research proposals and confirm conformity to safeguards and permit requirements.

The Steering Committee will provide recommendations for the oversight and direction of the site and will work in concert with the Research Committee. The Research Committee will suggest experimental design, review experiments and guarantee a broad national research support base. The participants on the committee will represent regulatory agencies, the nursery industry and P. ramorum research scientists.

NORS-DUC Steering Committee

The Steering committee consists of representatives of the nursery industry, forestry, regulatory and research which represents the NORS-DUC governance structure. It is encumbent upon them to meet with their peers in their respective fields to obtain input and guidance regarding NORS-DUC direction.

  • Kathy Kosta,  Steering Committee Chair
  • Susan Frankel, USDA Forest Service
  • Craig J. Regelbrugge, ANLA, Chair of Nursery and Floriculture Committee
  • Karen Suslow, NORS Program Manager