Staff List

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

Contact the Garden by email – click here 


Name Title Extension
Michael P. Desplaines President & CEO 321
Cathy Fitzgerald Vice President of Operations & Development 319
Kelly Welsh Marketing and Communications Director 346
Doug Ward Director of Finance 315
Amanda Wells Human Resources Manager 347

Guest and Member Experience

Name Title Extension
Ray Davis Director of Member Experience 316
Audrey Fussell Guest Services 342
Emelie Zueger Membership & Gifts 326
Daniel Kathalynas Tour Operations 352

Weddings & Special Events

Name Title Extension
Jessica Hintz Wedding Director 328
David Powers Director of Special Events 380
Ashley Nardiello Venue Coordinator 339
Lena March Venue Coordinator 318
Chris Barco Event Assistant 311


Name Title Extension
Theresa Augustin Director of Environmental Engagement & Outreach 453
Jennifer Erving Director of Youth Education 350
Courtney Cornwell Director of Adult Programs 312
Meredith Zadd Adult Programs Coordinator 338
Amy Dagnall Education & Adult Programs 335
Phong Luu Volunteer Coordinator 327
Amber Rauch Youth Programs Coordinator – School Programs 463
Beverly Albright Youth Programs Coordinator 463

Gift Shop

Name Title Extension
Jo Hartsook Retail Manager 329/330


Name Title Extension
Brian O’Neil Director of Living Landscapes 451
Les Parks Director of Horticulture 452
Renee Frith Curator of Woody Plants 455
Bradley Roberts Curator of Herbaceous Plants 468
David Pincus Plant Recorder 460
Julie Finn Greenhouse Manager 456
Joe Foreman Grounds Manager 458


Name Title Extension
Don Brown Facilities Director 459
Hazel Harvie Facilities Supervisor 360
Doug Miller Facilities Supervisor 360
Kellen Smith Facilities Lead 360
David Foss IT Manager 457