Staff List

To reach a staff member, please call (757) 441-5830 + extension listed below (unless otherwise noted)


Name Title Extension
Michael P. Desplaines President & CEO 322
Cathy Fitzgerald Vice President of Operations & Development 319
Kelly Welsh Marketing and Communications Director 346
Doug Ward Director of Finance 315
Melissa Mullins Executive Assistant/Grant Writer 322
Lee Allen Moore Financial Assistant 314
Shay Clements Accounting and Technology Assistant 317

Guest and Member Experience

Name Title Extension
Ray Davis Director of Member Experience 316
Jessica Hintz Guest Services & Group Sales Coordinator 311
Emelie Zueger Membership & Gifts Coordinator 326
Daniel Kathalynas Public Tours 352
Barbara Miller Tour Operations, Marketing Outreach 347

Weddings & Special Events

Name Title Extension
Rodyan Quinonez Wedding Director 328
David Powers Director of Special Events 380
Kristina Avera Lead Wedding Coordinator 339
Crystal Almodovar Corporate & Social Events 318
Liz Le Wedding Coordinator 318


Name Title Extension
Courtney Cornwell Director of Adult Programs 312
Meredith Zadd Coordinator of Adult Programs 338
 Amanda Wells Volunteer Services Coordinator 327
Jennifer Erving Director of Youth Education 350
Kim Sabiston Environment Education Coordinator 461
Amy Dagnall Adult Education Specialist 312
Marcia Oubre Senior Youth Educator – WOW 359

Gift Shop

Name Title Extension
Lynn Clark Gift Shop Manager 329/330
Jo Hartsook Assistant Manager 329/330


Name Title Extension
Brian O’Neil Director of Horticulture 451
Theresa Augustin Curator of Natural Areas 453
Les Parks Curator of Herbaceous Plants 452
Renee Frith Curator of Woody Plants 455
David Foss Plant Recorder & Technology Coordinator 457
Tom Houser Senior Horticulturist 454
Linda Saunders Senior Horticulturist 454
Pat Sisson Senior Horticulturist 454
Angela Lay Horticulturist 454
Nicole Knudson Horticulturist 454
Joelle Miller Horticulturist 454
Mark Moreno Horticulturist 454
Candace Hawkins Horticulturist 454
Alexandra Cantwell Horticulturist 454
Carl Simmons Horticulturist 454
Monique Darling Rosarian 454
Brock Spencer Assistant Horticulturist 454
Danette Blevins Assistant Horticulturist 454
Stephen Biela Assistant Horticulturist 454
Vickie Pepper Propagator 456
Charles Bland Assistant Propagator 456
Russel Fail Nursery Technician 456
Joe Foreman Grounds Manager 458
Raymond McDevitt Senior Groundskeeper 454
Jason Weaver Groundskeeper 454
Meta Moore Groundskeeper 454


Name Title Extension
Don Brown Facilities Director 459
Hazel Harvie Facility Supervisor 757-441-5826
Don Sippel Facility Supervisor 757-441-5826
Doug Miller Facility Supervisor 757-441-5826
David Brady Facility Technician 757-441-5826
Vina Stump Facility Technician 757-441-5826
Kellen Smith Facility Technician 757-441-5826
Susan Pergola Facility Technician 757-441-5826
Eleanor Dela Cruz Facility Technician 757-441-5826
George Peele Facility Technician 757-441-5826
Shelly Snyder Facility Technician 757-441-5826
Bryan Breeden Facility Technician 757-441-5826
Dean Reesey Facility Technician 757-441-5826
Travis Abeyta Technology Assistant 310