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Mandy Leifheit

Sales Manager

Mandy’s main focus at Pizzo Native Plant Nursery is to develop new customer connections in addition to providing excellent customer service to existing customers and vendors. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm of native plants and how to best execute successful and beautiful native plantings.  


Mandy started her career in the Landscape Industry in 2001 as a Landscape Designer where she worked for both landscape contractors and growers. Mandy joined the Pizzo Nursery Team in 2015 and continues to strengthen her knowledge of horticultural and ecological applications of native plants and functional landscape systems.

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Haleigh Cummings

Sales Representative

Haleigh joined the Pizzo Native Plant Nursery Team in 2020. She grew up on a local farm and entered the horticulture industry in 2014. Haleigh has always enjoyed nature, gardening, & growing plants, which naturally lead to a Certificate in Horticulture from Kishwaukee College. Earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Northern Illinois University furthers her ability to share her interest and knowledge of plants with others.


Haleigh comes with experience and a strong background in green industry customer service. She enjoys working closely with all customers, developing resilient relationships through clear, consistent and reliable communication. Through all her pursuits she continues to expand her knowledge of horticulture and native plants.


Kyle Banas

Nursery Manager


Jan Sorensen

Inventory Coordinator

Kyle brings over 20 years of diverse greenhouse and nursery experience to the Pizzo Native Plant Nursery team. His main responsibilities include staffing, budgeting, business development and production scheduling. Kyle leads the Pizzo Native Plant Nursery team to shape and realize their mission and vision statements as well as foster a productive, engaging and passionate company culture

Jan joined the Pizzo Nursery team in 2017 and brings over 30 years of knowledge and expertise in native plant production and nursery management.  She is responsible for all crop inventory and availability management facilitating the link between production and sales. Jan also plays a pivotal role in assisting our Nursery Manager in the day to day management of nursery operations.


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Susan Booker

Nursery Propagator

David has been with Pizzo Native Plant Nursery since 2011. He has been working professionally with native plants since 2004, although he has been playing with plants for over 30 years. He enjoys sharing knowledge with the many other nature and plant enthusiasts that make up the Pizzo Nursery team. He also supports stewardship of native plant communities by volunteering with area organizations and helping others to use native plants in their projects and gardens. 

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Tyler Morahn
Production Manager

Susan has been in the green industry for over 20 years and has been with Pizzo since 2014.  From collecting to sowing, she considers herself “all things seed.”  Her passion for learning is fueled daily here at the nursery and she is consistently amazed at even the smallest things(she has an incredible collection to prove it!).  With her awesome photography skills and her insatiable desire to teach everyone something, she keeps our ‘followers’ and ‘friends’ updated on social media. 

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Cassidy Gawne
Order Fulfillment Manager

Tyler joined Pizzo Nursery in 2023. A graduate of Kishwaukee College and Northern Illinois University, Tyler brings 10 years of agriculture and production experience to the nursery. He oversees the production process and coordinates all activities to ensure the nursery has the inventory that is needed. Tyler is an avid sports fan and is always cheering on the Chicago Cubs. Along with sports, he is very passionate about all plants and the Pizzo Native Plant Nursery’s mission to build ecologically balanced communities through education, promotion, cultivation, and trade of top-quality native plants. 

Cassidy first joined PNPN in 2020 as a Seasonal Nursery Tech. After graduating from Illinois State University in 2021 with a B.S. in Horticulture and Landscape Management she joined the team full-time. Cassidy’s main focus is to understand each customers unique needs prior to fulfilling their order and get it out the door in a timely manner. She leads the shipping department as well as coordinates the flow of logistics. Cassidy hopes to continue expanding her knowledge in both native plants and in the green industry through Pizzo Native Plant Nursery. 

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Scott Hines
Assistant Grower

Scott has over 10 years of experience in the green industry and has recently graduated from Kishwaukee Community College with an A.S. in Greenhouse Management and a certificate in Sustainable Gardening. He is passionate about helping people and the environment through the use of plants and to spread awareness of the numerous uses of Illinois natives. He is happy to be working with such a kind and generous crew here at Pizzo Native Plant Nursery

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Sarah Ehrhart
Production Assistant

Sarah joined our team five years ago as Seasonal Nursery Tech. With her attention to detail and excellent observational skills she has moved into the role of Production Assistant, supervising transplanting, and training seasonal team members.  Additionally, she is responsible for training our rodent control team and has become known as the ‘Cat Wrangler.’ Sarah’s practical and simple approach to problem solving helps improve the everyday processes of PNPN.

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Nathan Dettman
Project Fulfillment Coordinator

Nathan brings over 13 years of experience in the green industry as he returns to PNPN. He has worked as an organic fruit and vegetable farmer, a community gardening educator, and as a nursery tech for PNPN in 2017. As part of the order fulfillment team, Nathan currently focuses on special projects and large customer orders. He communicates with our partners and coordinates the order fulfillment and shipping for the account. Nathan is a lifelong lover of nature and plants. He enjoys learning about native plants and is passionate about conservation and restoration.  

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