Meet Our Team

- 2024 -

Tri State Foliage Staff

Dan Johnston

Tri State Foliage, Inc. was started in 1985. My goal was to supply quality tropical blooming and foliage plant material for the interiorscape market. Prior to starting Tri State Foliage, I worked for Delhi Flower & Garden Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 18 years, and learned much about tropical foliage. I started traveling to Florida to visit nurseries in 1968. Today, I travel to Florida to visit and hand tag plant material every other month. My philosophy is that going to the nursery on a frequent basis enables us to consistently choose the best plants.

Bryan Johnston
Vice President

Growing up in the family business, I have worked in the greenhouses from the time I was legally allowed to be put to work! My formal education includes a brief time at Ohio State University Horticulture program, and a degree with the University of Cincinnati. I have continued my education by staying active and involved with associations such as American Hort. I enjoy learning about others, and their business, to find ways to partner with each other for a successful relationship.

Alex Fraser
Greenhouse Manager

Alex developed his love for plants while working at a cut flower greenhouse in high school. During the years, he has worked in horticultural sales, written for several industry publications, and now owns a gardening store in Covington, KY. In his previous career as a musician and sound engineer, he worked with musical legends like George Clinton and Snoop Dogg. Alex lives in Ludlow, KY, with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.

Nichole Banks
Customer Service

Nichole is a recent graduate from Cincinnati State with a business degree in Sustainable Horticulture. Before graduating, Nichole was a general manager of a local bourbon bar and restaurant, but decided she wanted a big career change. She has always had a passion for plants and people and wanted to make a career out of the things she loved, which is how she found her way to Tri State Foliage.

Josh Godley
Operations Manager

Josh was born and raised in Louisiana where he grew up working on his father’s farm. He graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. After graduating, he started a small business running tropical plants from the southern most point of FL back to Louisiana for retail customers. He has worked in various positions throughout the green industry; from selling exotic plants, agricultural row crop farming, to landscaping and design work. Josh has a passion for working with plants, and collaborating with others. He currently lives in Bellevue, KY, with his wife, Bekah, and two cats, Bean and Olive. They enjoy playing music, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family.

Keith Daniel
Logistics Coordinator
Miya McNeal

Miya works primarily in our sales department while she additionally tends to the greenhouses, and manages our Saturday crew. She recently graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s in business administration. Miya is heavily involved in her church, where she is a mission leader. Miya is a major plant enthusiast, and loves spending time with her two dogs, Bronco and Roxy, family, and friends.

Anna Johnston
Human Resources

Anna is married to Bryan, and has been part of the business off and on for several years to help in the busy season. Recently she has taken a part time position in HR. She has a degree in nursing, and works as needed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She and Bryan have three kids, and she loves to spend time with them. She also loves to travel.

Nancy Burke
Accounts Receivable

Nancy has been at Tri State Foliage since February 1998. She currently resides in Bright, Indiana. Nancy enjoys spending time with her son, daughter and 5 grandchildren. Her pastimes include gardening, outdoor activities and reading.

Valerie Holmes
Accounts Payable & Vendor Relations

Valerie has been part time with TSF since Oct 2017. She graduated from Ohio University. She spends her time not at work with her husband and three kids at their many sporting events. She doesn’t have much of a green thumb, but luckily she works with paperwork in accounts payable.

Cathy Johnston
Administrative/Accounts Payable

Cathy is married to Dan, and has been with Tri State since 1985. She is in charge of accounts payable.
Cathy is a retired nurse. She has ten grandkids, and enjoys spending time with them and traveling with Dan.

Jessica Johnston

Jessica has been with Tri State Foliage since March 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications. Jessica lives in Hartwell with her husband Jason, dog, and two children.

Jacob Lung
Dock & Facility Manager

Jacob manages the loading dock and facility maintenance from boilers to head lights.

Carson Bender

Carson has 38 years of experience in the industry. In 1982, he received his degree in botany from Miami University of Ohio. He lives in Dillsboro, Indiana, with his wife and three children.

Rachel Achs
Foliage Maintenance

Rachel assists with the unpackaging of plants, and maintaining a healthy plant environment in our various greenhouses.

Konnie Curtis
Greenhouse Staff
Jessie Wurzelbacher
Greenhouse Staff

Jessie is married, and a mom of two amazing boys. She lives on a farm where she tends to various livestock, including cows, goats, and chickens. Jessie loves plants, especially the rare ones, and has a great plant collection in her home.

Janice Broerman
Foliage Maintenance

Janice is a retired lunch lady who has been full time with Tri State Foliage since 2018. She and her husband, Gene, live in Ross, Ohio. She enjoys spending time with her grandkids, cooking, gardening and hiking.

Weekend Crew
Unloading and Sorting

We have a great weekend crew that primarily consist of high school and college students, they handle all in bound shipments of plants that land to us over the weekend.

Phil Dryer

Phil does local and Dayton, OH, deliveries every week. He also helps unload and load plants on trucks every week.

Robert Moseley

Robert drives our southern route every week, and he’s been in logistics since graduating high school. He also played basketball in China.

Jim Anderson

Jim is a retired tractor trailer operator for UPS, or as he calls it BIG BROWN. Jim primarily delivers to the Nashville, TN, region, and occasionally pulls a trailer for TSF during the spring season.

Daniel Rucker

Dan’s primary route is PA- Philadelphia, NJ, D.C.

Tim Siener

Tim primarily delivers to Louisville, KY, and the Indianapolis / Bloomington, IN, areas.

Josh Richards

Josh’s primary route is Cleveland, OH, and Michigan.

Patrick Anderson

Pat’s primary route is Tennessee.

Beverly Dorenbusch

Bev’s primary route is Columbus, OH, but she also occasionally picks up other routes when needed.

Gary Angel

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