Regina Wilson -- AOS TrusteeRegina
was introduced to orchids in the 1960s by her
husband, Kenneth.Early in their marriage, they decided that they wanted to do something together."What better way to strengthen a union than to share the intrigue and challenge of orchids!"says Regina
As a Purdue University
botany student, Regina
received a National Science Foundation research grant.Later, as a graduate student assistant, she
husband received a research grant from Purdue University and the American Orchid Society
.The grant was for the study of "The Morphological Structure and Development of the Pollinaria, Pollinia and Pollen within the Orchidaceae."An Accredited Judge since 1977, Regina was secretary of the Mid-America Orchid Congress and the Great Lakes Judging Center.She has enjoyed serving on numerous AOS committees, including those of Education, Affiliated Societies, Outreach, Volunteer and Information.Regina is a Life Member of AOS, and currently a Trustee and Chair of the Society's Technology Committee.Most of Regina's professional career was spent in the Chicago area working for Amoco Oil.She was a Laboratory Manager providing leadership to a staff of 93 professional, clerical and administrative employees.
The staff of exempt and non-exempt reported directly to her
was responsible for analyzing, planning and overseeing an annual budget averaging more than $10 million.Regina was later named Manager of Marketing and Quality, and transferred to Texas in 1998.Orchids
from two greenhouses were shipped by her
company in a large refrigerated truck to their new home.Regina retired from Amoco Oil and now pursues a career as a Senior Management Consultant and a Realtor with RE/MAX Space Center in Houston.She
conducts seminars in career management for various companies, provides career counseling, and facilitates team building.
"It has been and continues to be an honor to be a part of the American Orchid Society
," says Regina