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

Elisabeth B. Zander President Contact
Panayoti Kelaidis Vice President Contact
Jeffrey B. Hurtig Treasurer Contact
Joyce Hemingson Recording Secretary Contact
Brendan Kenney Director-At-Large Contact

Board of Directors

Steven M. Whitesell 2017-2020 Contact
Marianne Kuchel 2017-2020 Contact
Valerie K. Myrick 2017-2020 Contact
Judith Zatsick 2018-2021 Contact
Michael Guidi 2018-2021 Contact
Mariel Tribby 2018-2021 Contact
Cynthia Cromwell 2019-2022 Contact
Brendan Kenney 2019-2022 Contact
Gerald B. Rifkin 2019-2022 Contact
Elizabeth "Betty" A. Spar Past President Contact


Joseph Tychonievich Editor -Rock Garden Quarterly Contact
Bobby J. Ward Executive Secretary Contact
David Collura NARGS Book Sales Contact
David White NARGS Tours Contact
Laura Serowicz Seed Exchange - Intake Manager Contact
Joyce Fingerut Seed Exchange Manager, Government Liaison Contact
Rosemary Monahan 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
Jeffrey B. Hurtig 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

Social Media Committee

Bobby J. Ward Chair Contact
Mariel Tribby Chair Contact

Speakers Tour Committee

Panayoti Kelaidis Contact
Cynthia Cromwell Contact
Rosemary Monahan Contact
Elisabeth B. Zander Contact
Barbara Cooper Contact
Bella Seiden 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