Boards and Committees

The officers of the North American Rock Garden Society consist of a president, a vice-president, a recording secretary, and a treasurer. The officers are elected by the membership.

The Board of Directors of NARGS consists of the four above-name officers, the immediate past president of NARGS, nine elected directors, and NARGS  chapter chairs.  Chapter chairs are required to be NARGS members by NARGS by-laws.

The affairs of NARGS are administered by an Administrative Committee (called AdCom) consisting of the president, vice-president, recording secretary, treasurer, and one director who is selected annually by the NARGS officers from among the nine elected directors.


Administrative Committee

Matt Mattus President Contact
Elizabeth "Betty" A. Spar Vice President Contact
Richard Lane Treasurer Contact
Elisabeth B. Zander Recording Secretary Contact
Julie Caroff Director At Large Contact

Board of Directors

Brian Carson 2014-2017 Contact
Panayoti Kelaidis 2014-2017 Contact
David White 2014-2017 Contact
Anna Leggatt 2015-2018 Contact
Mike Kintgen 2015-2018 Contact
Joanna Payne 2015-2018 Contact
Verna E. Pratt 2016-2019 Contact
Julie Caroff 2016-2019 Contact
Dave Brastow 2016-2019 Contact
Peter George Past President Contact


Wendy Sellars Advertising Contact
Malcolm McGregor Editor - Rock Garden Quarterly Contact
Bobby J. Ward Executive Secretary Contact
David Collura NARGS Book Sales Contact
Laura Serowicz Seed Exchange - Intake Manager Contact
Joyce Fingerut Seed Exchange Manager, Government Liaison Contact
Panayoti Kelaidis Speakers Tour Contact
James Dronenburg Speakers Tour Contact

Awards Committee

See the Nargs Awards page for nominations procedures, previous awards, and more.

Panayoti Kelaidis Contact

By-Laws Committee

View NARGS By-Laws

Dave Brastow Contact

Development Committee

Ellen Weinberg Co-Chair Contact
Marguerite M. Bennett Contact
Bobby J. Ward Contact
Robin Magowan Contact

Investment Committee

David White Contact
Edward Spar Contact
Richard Lane Contact

Membership Strategy Committee

Janet Novak Contact
Elizabeth "Betty" A. Spar Contact

Nominating Committee

Elizabeth "Betty" A. Spar
  • Chair
Bobby J. Ward Contact
Mrs. John H. (Thelma) Hewitt Contact
Judith Brown Contact
Brendan Kenney Contact
Mary Jane McGary Contact
Mike Bone Contact
Sarah Strickler Contact

Norman Singer Endowment Fund Committee

Anne Spiegel Contact
Catherine King Contact
Phyllis Gustafson Contact
David White Chair Contact
Linda Nishikawa Contact

Speakers Tour Committee

Panayoti Kelaidis Contact
James Dronenburg Contact

Tours and Expeditions

Malcolm McGregor Co-Chair Contact
Joanna Payne Co-Chair Contact

Web Site Committee

Elisabeth B. Zander Contact
Joyce Fingerut Contact
Bobby J. Ward Contact
Dave Brastow Contact
Laura Serowicz Contact
Mark McDonough Contact

Web Site Roles

Elisabeth B. Zander Contact
Laura Serowicz Contact
Todd Boland Contact
Bobby J. Ward Contact
Mark McDonough Contact
Steven M. Whitesell Contact