A native Ohioan, Tom S. Cooperrider is a botanist, an expert on Ohio flora, and a professor emeritus of biological sciences at Kent State University. He has authored and coauthored numerous research articles and five books in the field of botany, including Endangered and Threatened Plants of Ohio and Seventh Catalog of the Vascular Plants of Ohio. Cooprrider is a Fellow of AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hope Taft is the former First Lady of Ohio and founder of the Ohio Heritage Garden at the Governor's residence. David E. Boufford is senior scientist at the Harvard University Herbaria.