The BAEE Board of Directors unanimously elected Eileen Malone-Brown to become its new President as of July 17, 2016, succeeding Judy Rodgers.
Judy has done a great job during her term, but for personal reasons is unable to continue, although she will remain active and on the Board of Directors.
Eileen's background shows her to be an ideal leader for BAEE:
A life-long gardener, Eileen began her pursuit of botanical art in 2007 at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, completing their Botanical Art and Illustration Course in 2010. The plants in her garden, many of which are native Mid-Atlantic specimens, inspire her art, since Eileen prefers to draw and paint what she can readily observe. She is particularly interested in the medicinal qualities of plants, as well as plant history and discovery. After serving in the United States Army Nurse Corps for 26 years and her subsequent retirement in 2004, Eileen remains an active healthcare consultant and research advisor in the field of healthcare facility design and construction, as a tool to help improve healthcare outcomes.
Eileen's works have been shown at the United States Botanic Garden, at their 2014 exhibition, American Botanical Paintings: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants, with one painting included in the companion book by the same title; The Delaware Museum&#e9;s 2012 exhibition, "Beyond Words: the Symbolic Language of Plants"; Monticello's Jefferson Library's 2009 exhibition, "Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks: Virginia Planter and Doctoress"; and other venues. Eileen is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region and Studio 155. She has served on the Board of Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment since 2014.