Who We Are

In addition to our outstanding and passionate group of members and volunteers, we have a dedicated staff and board of directors who are committed to our mission and the future of the Arboretum.We all have one goal in common – to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to share the beauty and knowledge to be found at the U.S. National Arboretum.

FONA Staff

Tom McGuire, Executive Director
Claire Broderick, Membership and Grants Coordinator
Susan Chapin, Office Manager
Cathy Kerkam, Director of Philanthropy

Washingon Youth Garden Staff

Nadia Mercer, Program Director
Jake Dacks, Garden Manager
Thea Klein-Mayer, Garden Educator>
Brianne Studer, Education Manager
Crystal Williams, Communications and Events Manager


Barbara Shea, Casey Trees, Irvine Nature Center
Board Chair

Bill Matuszeski, Center for Watershed Protection
Vice Chair

Lynne Church, Consultant & Landscape Designer

Jerry Slominski, Consultant

Holly Shimizu, Former Director of US Botanic Garden
Assistant Secretary

Robert Bartlett Jr., The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co.
Suzanne Bissell, Bissell Philanthropy Services
Deborah E. Bowles, Abravanel & Bowles Wealth Management Group, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Nancy Bryson, Holland and Hart LLP
Katherine Stark Bull, Retired
Carolyn Cheney, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
Zandra Chestnut, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Martha van Dale, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Liz Dugan, MD, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Marsha A. Echols, Howard University School of Law
Charles Findlay, Department of Justice, Retired
Linda Findlay, Consultant
Chandler Goule, National Association of Wheat Growers
Jennifer Hatcher, Food Marketing Institute
Douglas Jemal, Douglas Development
Grant Leslie, Glover Park Group
Anne MacMillan, Heather Podesta + Partners
Kevin McIntosh, PhD, retired
Scot Medbury, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Paul Meyer, Morris Arboretum
Esther Mitchell, Master Gardener Coordinator, UMD Extension
Tim Petri, Former U.S. Representative, Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District, Retired
Pamela Raymont-Simpson, The Garden Club of America
J. Landon Reeve, Chapel Valley Landscape Company
Lou Slade, Gorove/Slade Associates
Michael Stevens, Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District
Peggy Strand, Retired
Ann Wrobleski, Retired