About the CSSA

Our Mission

Table of Contents


General inquiries can be sent to:


Mailing Address
Cactus & Succulent Society of America, Inc.
PO Box 41187, Pasadena, CA 91114

Board Members

Officers Committee
Rod Haenni, President
Irwin Lightstone, Vice President
Nick Diomede, Treasurer
Roxie Esterle, Secretary
Jeff Pavlat, Past President

M.A. Bjarkman President
Jackson Burkholder
Dave Ferguson
Kimberly Gomez-Tong
Kelly Griffin
Ann Hopkinson
Phuc Huynh
John Martinez
Nick Renteria, Annual Show & Sale Chair
Art Scarpa
Vonn Watkins

Coming Soon

This page is just a placeholder. Please pardon our dust as we improve our website in the coming months.

Our History

Founded in 1929…

CSSA Archives can be found on a microsite here. These archives will eventually be a menu item/ page under ABOUT.

In the meantime, here are links two books, written by Chuck Staples and edited by Audrey Staples, A Historical Record of Authors of Cactus & Succulent Volume 1: Introduction & A-K and Volume 2: Book Reviews & L-Z.


CSSA 2024 Board of Directors
CSSA 2024 Board of Directors. Left to right: Jackson Burkholder, Dave Ferguson, John Martinez, Phuc Huynh, Vonn Watkins, Julie Taber (Business Manager), Nick Diomede (Treasurer), Ann Hopkinson, Jeff Pavlat (Past President/Advisor), Roxie Esterle (Secretary), Jeff Moore (Former Member), Kimberly Gomez-Tong, M. A. Bjarkman, Kelly Griffin, Irwin Lightstone (Vice President), Rod Haenni (President), Nick Renteria. Not shown: Art Scarpa.

Board elections are held in the fall of each year. Ballots are sent to members by mail.

We are in the process of adding more information to our website. Check back for more information about our staff and board, our bylaws and more.

Financial transparency: Download our most recent IRS form 990.