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 Finance 314
Shay Clements Accounting and Technology 317

Guest and Member Experience

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

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  Adult Programs Coordinator 338
 Amy Dagnall Education & Adult Programs 335
 Amanda Wells Volunteer Services 327
Jennifer Erving Director of Youth Education 350
Louise Bowling Youth Educator Coordinator WOW 461
Marcia Oubre Senior Youth Educator WOW 359

Gift Shop

Name Title Extension
Jo Hartsook Retail 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 457
Vickie Pepper Propagator 456
Charles Bland Assistant Propagator 456
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
Russel Fail Nursery Technician 456
Joe Foreman Grounds Manager 458
Jason Weaver Groundskeeper 454
Raymond McDevitt Senior 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 Information & Technology 310