Division welcomes three new staff members
During the past several months, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has welcomed three new employees including two members of the Horticulture Team and an addition to the staff of the Buena Vista conference/event center. Following are profiles of these newest members of the division family.
As members of the Horticulture Team, Scott Chambers and George Pardee provide landscape support-services at division sites, helping to maintain a beautiful and safe natural environment that complements the historic nature of the individual properties.
A native of Philadelphia where he graduated from Olney High School, Chambers now lives in Milford, Del. Prior to joining the division staff, he worked for the Delaware Department of Transportation where he exhibited a wide variety of horticultural and landscape-maintenance skills.
A lifelong resident of Kent County, Del. and graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, Pardee worked for several years for a private landscaping company before joining the division staff. Earlier in his career, he worked in television repair and as an electrician in his father’s business. As part of his work with the division, he has enjoyed researching historical horticultural practices and heirloom plants.
Executive housekeeper Tammy Pack works hard to ensure that Buena Vista is clean and ready for the many visitors that attend events at the site. In addition to the upkeep of the house, her varied responsibilities include assisting with the set-up and break-down of events, food service, hospitality, customer relations and inventory management. The lifelong Newark, Del. resident comes to Buena Vista after a 10-year stint in which she operated her own home-cleaning business. Prior to that, she worked for 11 years as the head of plant operations for the University of Delaware.