New Trustee and Overseers

This summer, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden welcomed three new members to the trustee and overseer boards.

Elin Dowd has been appointed to the Board of Trustees

Elin R. Dowd has filed the trustee seat vacated by Tony LaFetra. Dowd is the president of Monrovia Nursery Co. She has been with Monrovia for 13 years and has served as president since 2006. A human resources professional with 20 years of experience, she previously served as the vice president of human resources and as a member of the executive management team. Prior to Monrovia, Dowd worked for many years in the services industry, including banking and insurance. She has held board and staff positions at several non-profits. Dowd grew up in New York and received a B.A. in psychology from Drew University. In 2007, she received her master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University.

She has served on the RSABG Board of Overseers as well as the Citrus College Foundation Board. She is a member of the Young President’s Organization, the Society for Human Resources and the Professionals in Human Resources Association. She lives in Claremont with her husband Marcus and two children Jonah (15) and Emma (11).

Sean Gallagher and Larry Grill have joined the Board of Overseers.

Gallagher is the vice president and chief technology officer for UVP, Inc. He has been with UVP, a manufacturer of life science laboratory research products, since 2003. Gallagher was previously with Ionian Tech, a molecular diagnostics products company for emerging and infectious diseases, located in Claremont. He received his A.B. from Claremont McKenna College, Ph.D. from University of California, Riverside, and was a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford University. Gallagher has published extensively; his editorial activities include working with Emily Wiley, associate professor of biology, Claremont McKenna College, on “Current Protocols: Essential Laboratory Techniques,” (John Wiley and Sons) published 2008 with an online version updated quarterly. He was awarded the Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence in Biology and Life Sciences in 2008. The Claremont resident is a professional member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Engineering Education and Sigma Xi.

Grill is the director of the Vaccine Development Institute at Pitzer College and a visiting professor of biology with The Claremont Colleges Joint Science Department. Prior to his appointment at Pitzer, Grill was an adviser at University of California, Riverside’s Natural and Agricultural College. He was a founding scientist at the Large Scale Biology Corp., (formerly Biosource Technologies, Inc.). He received his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Fullerton and his Ph.D. from University of California, Riverside. He has authored many publications including the chapters Use of Plant Viruses for Production of Plant-Derived Vaccines in “Critical Reviews in Plant Science” (2005) and Production of Pharmaceutical Proteins using Viral Vectors in “Handbook of Plant Biotechnology, Vol 2” (2004),