Nov 19, 2019
AmericanHort Welcomes Two New Staff Members

AmericanHort recently announced the addition of Holly Scoggins as director of educational programming and Nicolas Leas as digital web manager.

Holly Scoggins AmHort Director of Educational ProgrammingScoggins has a Ph.D. in horticultural science from North Carolina State University and has been a professor in the department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech since 1999. She has deep experience in areas that include undergraduate and graduate education, research, and extension/outreach. She has also led research and education programs in a variety of industry areas.

Leas was born in Belgium, lived in Switzerland for 11 years and grew up primarily in Dublin, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State with a degree in international relations and diplomacy and has more than 15 years of experience working in website design and development. His most recent role was with a Nicolas Leas AmHort Digital Web Managercompany in Korea where he designed, managed, and developed e-commerce websites in the beauty and pet product industries.


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