QBG welcomes new board chair, three members
by Patrick Kearns
Jan 25, 2017 | 1669 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is gearing up for a busy year with a new person at the helm. Last week, the Flushing cultural institution welcomed Pauline Huang as new board chair, along with three new board members.

“Huang is a bundle of energy, full of ideas, greatly committed and she knows lots of people,” said QBG executive director Susan Lacerte. “And that's exactly what you want in a board chair.”

Huang first came to the Queens Botanical Garden a few years ago during a celebration of the anniversary of the World's Fair.

At that time, Huang told Lacerte that Taiwan was the largest exporters of orchids in the world, and for the past three years Huang has run “Taiwan: A World of Orchids” at QBG.

“Chances are, we're doing it again,” Lacerte said.

Huang brings a business background to the volunteer position as president and marketing director for United Customer Service.

As she assumes the role, Huang knows she needs to get to work immediately on various initiatives.

“Our biggest job here in the garden right now is to make sure that we promote the garden's visibility to the local residents,” she said. “We need to create a lot of cultural programs for the people in Flushing.”

One of the main initiatives she'll work on is a $30 million children's center, which is approximately half funded at this point. They're hoping to break ground on the project in approximately two years.

“We hope and wish for more people to participate and give us some money,” she said. “We need donations to make the project happen. This is really important for our future, for the children.”

Joining Huang on the board are three new members, Debra Lodge, Bianca Ng and Jeanmarie Schlieler. Suzanne Brienza, Neil Fleischman and Michael Bronstein will continue to serve on the board.

The Queens Botanical Garden has a full schedule of events coming up for 2017. A gallery exhibition called “East of East River,” showcasing photographs by Vikram Dogra, runs through February 26.

In April they'll host the annual Arbor Fest and in October they'll have their annual Harvest Fest. The garden will be launching a new drop-off nature program for kids between 2 and 6, as well as various gardening programs for kids.

“Queens Botanical Garden is very important,” said Councilman Peter Koo said. “I was walking down from the library to here and it was so crowded up there, elbow-to-elbow. Then when I came in here, it was a relief because there was so much open space and fresh air.

“It's truly an oasis in downtown Flushing,” he added.
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