Captain Elena started this whole thing, which grew from her terrible frustration regarding the lack of good Tillandsia information online. Being from Canada, she knows they can be difficult to find and what its like growing in inhospitable conditions. She is sharp and ambitious, and her organization and leadership drives the ship.
James was the first person to jump on the ship, guided by his voracious passion for Tillandsia and his equally-terrible frustration regarding the lack of good Tillandsia information online. James is from Arizona and has a minor horticulture degree, but he's really more of a jack-of-all-trades type.