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
Melissa Mullins Executive Assistant/Grant Writer 322
Doug Ward Director of Finance 315
Lee Allen Moore Financial Assistant 314
Shay Clements Accounting and Technology Assistant 335


Donor Relations

Name Title Extension
Cathy Fitzgerald Director of Donor Relations 319
Ray Davis Development and Membership Manager 316
Emelie Zueger Membership & Gifts Coordinator 326


Education & Communications

Name Title Extension
Donna Krabill Director of Education & Communications 335
Jennifer Erving Youth Programs Manager 340
Kim Sabiston Environment Education Coordinator 341
Betty Ann Galway Lifelong Learning Manager 336
Kelly Welsh Public Relations Manager 346
Jessica Hintz Registrar 338
Daniel Kathalynas Public Programs Coordinator / Tour Operations 352
Barbara Miller Public Programs Coordinator: Outreach 347
Amy Dagnall Adult Education Specialist 312
Courtney Cornwell Adult Programs Coordinator 312
Marcia Oubre Senior Youth Programs 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
Matthew Gobla Curator of Woody Plants 455
Don Brown Senior Gardener 454
Bob Davis Senior Gardener 454
Tom Houser Senior Gardener 454
Linda Saunders Senior Gardener 454
Pat Sisson Senior Gardener 454
Moriah Difernando Groundskeeper 454
Angela Lay Gardener 454
Nicole Knudsen Gardener 454
Joelle Miller Gardener 454
Mark Moreno Gardener 454
Whitney Parker Gardener 454
Russel Fail Nursery Technician 456
Vickie Pepper Propagator 456
Joe Foreman Grounds Manager 458
Raymond McDevitt Groundskeeper 454
Meta Moore Groundskeeper 454
Jason Weaver Groundskeeper 454
David Foss Plant Recorder 457



Name Title Extension
Jay C. Miller Maintenance Manager 757-441-5826
David Brady Maintenance Technician 757-441-5826
Greg Jacock Maintenance Technician 757-441-5826
Don Sippel Maintenance Technician 757-441-5826
Susan Pergola Maintenance Technician 757-441-5826
Jim Alexander Security 757-441-5826
George Peele Security 757-441-5826


Visitor Services

Name Title Extension
Marcia Riley Director of Visitor Services & Special Events 311
David Powers Visitor Services Manager 380
Heather Fitzpatrick Group & Corporate Sales Coordinator 318
Amanda Hupp Events & Wedding Sales Coordinator 329
Brooke Gates Events & Wedding Sales Coordinator 328
Hazel Harvie Facility Supervisor 450


Volunteer Services

Name Title Extension
Amanda Wells Volunteer Services Manager 327