Our Team of Experts
Rachel Conley – Sales ManagerContact Me
Rachel started work at Broken Arrow in the spring of 2019 taking on responsibility as a key member of both the sales department and container production team. She has been a quick study in both roles and has demonstrated a willingness to jump into tasks with excitement and an eagerness to learn (with the exception of writing this bio). This year, Rachel took the lead in sales and has propelled us through this challenging spring with our curbside pickup program. During the few remaining hours of the day she devotes energy to family, friends and deep discussion with her favorite plants.
Giancarlo Bonilla – Sales AssociateContact Me
"Plants plants plants, I love plants" will be written on Giancarlo's gravestone one day! His life revolves around his garden and the many wonderful plants that he has collected. Once a native New Yorker, Giancarlo now resides in central Connecticut where he builds the garden of his dreams. With his passion for horticulture and his strong people skills, he is a perfect fit for our sales team.
Carl Galanter – Perennial Products Lead HorticulturistContact Me
Carl started as an intern at Broken Arrow while completing his degree program in "Horticulture and Landscaping" at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Carl loves propagating and growing perennials; the more unusual, the better, particularly selections of Arisaema, Disporum, Helleborus, and Polygonatum.
Jim Louey – Horticulturist
The roots of my love affair with trees are in south central Pennsylvania near Gettysburg. Growing up, my late father raised all kinds of trees and picking fruit was a natural part of my life. Coming to Connecticut after graduate school at the University of Delaware, I was involved in chemical education for two decades at the high school and college level. My wife Kim and I raise trees, flowers, and two beloved house cats. We love to travel and learn about the history of the places we visit. At Broken Arrow I am expanding my horticulture knowledge while working in container production where I help to nurture and care for trees and shrubs at various stages of development. This dovetails nicely with my current UCONN Master Gardener Internship. One of the best things about my work is to experience the diversity of plants we offer. There is a wonderful array of colors, sizes, and textures for any size yard. I am also grateful to be a part of an ensemble of dedicated colleagues who are passionate about the work they do each and every day.
Burton Jaynes – General ManagerContact Me
After 19 years as a Ph.D. chemist and senior director at Pfizer, Inc., Burton started working with Sally as business manager and with Dick overseeing Christmas tree operations, as well as helping out wherever needed around the nursery. With Andy Brand's move to Maine in 2018, he took over as general manager, where he is more appreciative than ever for the nursery's strong production and sales staff. He's been with the nursery since 2007 and is a CNLA Accredited Nursery Professional.
Linda Jaynes – Webmaster & Sales Associate
When Linda is not busy updating the website, she loves helping customers in the sales yard. She is a CNLA Accredited Nursery Professional, CT Master Gardener and volunteers at a community soup kitchen garden in her spare time. She's been involved with her family's nursery since she was old enough to tie bundles of Christmas greens.
Michael Calhoun – Woody Products Lead Horticulturist
Around the nursery, Michael takes on every task with a ready smile and skillful hands. "Working at Broken Arrow is one those great jobs where the duties match what I enjoy doing best and the team that I work with is of such high caliber. You just can't beat it!" Michael lives in the neighboring town of Bethany with his wife, Mary, where, not surprisingly, he is an avid gardener. Here at the nursery, he digs, divides, sticks, steps-up, prunes and ships and has taken a lead role in our Pest Management program.
Steven Frappier – Horticulturist & Sales Associate
Steve is new to Broken Arrow this year as a member of our sales and production teams. While studying biology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, Steve worked as a research assistant and assisted with numerous large-scale habitat restoration projects along the coast of Long Island Sound. After completing his degree in 2017, Steve began working as an ecologist in Fairfield at a nursery specializing in native plants. In sales he enjoys teaching people about the importance of integrating plants with habitat value into their backyard ecosystems, and while in production, he enjoys learning about the various techniques used to generate nursery stock. When not working, Steve enjoys building computers, fencing, and playing piano.
Chloe Girouard-Martel – Sales Associate
Chloe is a retired tattooer, a UConn certified Master Gardener, and a full time student in NVCC’s Horticultural Degree Program. When not at school and not at Broken Arrow, Chloe is the horticulturalist at OEC Brewing in Oxford, CT where she takes care of their various fruit trees, shrubs, and brambles. Other than plants and art, she enjoys comics, sci-fi, movies, cats, beer, podcasts, dinosaurs, and vintage trash.
Adam Wheeler – Container Production & Horticulture Manager
Adam started playing with plants at Broken Arrow in 2004 after completing his BS degree in Urban Forestry and Landscape Horticulture at the University of Vermont. His favorite responsibilities at the nursery include plant propagation and the acquisition and development of new plants. He is a past recipient of the Young Nursery Professional Award from the New England Nursery Association and is the current Vice President of the North American Maple Society. He loves to share his passion for plants through photography and educational outreach. As a result, he lectures widely on a variety of subjects and is also an adjunct lecturer at Naugatuck Valley Community College and the Berkshire Botantical Garden. With his spare time he enjoys cultivating his eclectic collection of rare and unusual plants, rock climbing and competitive giant pumpkin growing!
Louise Harter – Mail Order Shipping Coordinator & Horticulturist
2018 marks Louise's 10th season at Broken Arrow Nursery. She assists with all facets of container production and is a big part of the behind-the-scenes efforts to tend your plants from their infancy as cuttings, new grafts, and seeds. She leads the mail order shipping department. Interests include: making maple syrup, edible landscaping, foraging, and humanure composting. She also maintains a pottery studio in Bethany, CT.
Angel Hernandez – Field Production Senior Assistant
In 2004 we were blessed with the addition of Angel to our team, and we will never be the same. The only things that outweigh his immense physical strength are his quick-witted sense of humor and tree knowledge. If we ever need a big tree planted, transplanted, pruned, loaded, or unloaded; he is our guy. If we ever need a good laugh on a cold, wet, windy day; he is our guy.
Fiona Cosham – Sales Associate
Fiona was raised around plants as her father has always been an obsessed amateur gardener, enrolling her as his laborer. With an extensive customer service background, she is now learning the inner workings of plant life. When not at work, Fiona is a keen ultra runner and loves to be outside with nature.
Jonathan Steinbiser – Field Production ManagerContact Me
Jonathan is a recent transplant from Oklahoma and brings with him a lifetime of agricultural experience. He has helped his family manage a small farm for 15 years, and in 2018 he completed his degree in agriculture at Connor’s State College. After completing his degree, Jonathan began working as the Facility Manager for a botanical garden and arboretum in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where his love for all things tree related truly flourished. Outside of the nursery he maintains a large personal collection of carnivorous plants and orchids, many of them obscure and difficult to cultivate. Jonathan also enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities with his children in his spare time.
Richard Jaynes – Founder
Dick has always enjoyed growing plants. Our acres of Christmas tree fields trace back to a couple hundred spruce seedlings planted by Dick as part of a 4-H project in 1947. A graduate from Wesleyan University (BA) and Yale (Ph.D.), he worked at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for 25 years as a plant breeder and horticulturist with specialties in chestnut and mountain laurel. He has received numerous awards for his research and edited the reference book Nut Tree Culture in North America and authored Kalmia: Mountain Laurel and Related Species. He retired from the Experiment Station in 1984 to start Broken Arrow Nursery.
Sally Jaynes – Founder
Sally's been managing the office since 1984, doing everything from paying bills to baking chocolate chip cookies for birthdays.
Judi Freudenburg – Sales Associate
Judi hails from the great state of Montana and has had the good fortune to live and learn among talented gardeners from many parts of the US. Judi has completed the UCONN Advanced Master Gardener program and the National Garden Club Garden Study Course. She is a retired educator who enjoys fiber arts, playing the piano, home improvement projects, and traveling to places that are “off the beaten path.”
Dan Denski – Field Production Assistant
Dan's obsession with edible and medicinal plants has led him to the nursery in order to expand both his horticultural knowledge and his garden's diversity. When not obsessing over plants, Dan enjoys hiking and soccer.