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, and nine elected directors.

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

Elizabeth "Betty" A. Spar President Contact
Don LaFond Vice President Contact
Richard Lane Treasurer Contact
Panayoti Kelaidis Director at Large Contact
Joyce Hemingson Recording Secretary Contact

Board of Directors

Julie Caroff 2016-2019 Contact
Dave Brastow 2016-2019 Contact
David White 2016-2019 Contact
Steven M. Whitesell 2017-2020 Contact
Panayoti Kelaidis 2017-2020 Contact
Marianne Kuchel 2017-2020 Contact
Judith Zatsick 2018-2021 Contact
Michael Guidi 2018-2021 Contact
Mariel Tribby 2018-2021 Contact
Matt Mattus Past President Contact


Joseph Tychonievich 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 Chair Contact
Barbara Cooper Contact
Anne Spiegel Contact
Bella Seiden Contact
Marguerite M. Bennett Contact

By-Laws Committee

View NARGS By-Laws

Judith O. Dumont Chair Contact
Dave Brastow Contact
David White 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

Marianne Kuchel
  • 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
Linda Nishikawa Contact
Randy Tatroe Chair Contact

Speakers Tour Committee

Panayoti Kelaidis Contact
James Dronenburg Contact
Barbara Cooper Contact
Bella Seiden Contact
Elisabeth B. Zander Contact

Tours and Expeditions

David White Chair Contact
Michael Guidi Contact
Mariel Tribby Contact

Web Site Committee

Elisabeth B. Zander Contact
Joyce Hemingson Contact
Joyce Fingerut Contact
Bobby J. Ward 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