Board of Trustees
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
- Emily WalshChairEmily Walsh is the Publisher with Observer Media Group, a family-owned multimedia company that publishes ten weekly newspapers, two quarterly glossy magazines, six web sites and multiple social and video channels in Florida. Previously, Emily served as the Observer’s Social Editor for eight years. Emily also was a professional ballerina with the Sarasota Ballet from 1995 to 2000. Emily serves as the Chair of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Board of Trustees, Chair of the Local Media Association Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center Board of Directors and Ringling College Library Association Board of Directors as 2018 Town Hall Chair. She also is member of Leadership Florida Class XXXIV and the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota. Emily’s awards and achievements include winning Girls Inc.’s “She Knows Where She’s Going” award in 2005, being named one of Sarasota Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People” in Sarasota in 2007, Editor & Publisher’s “25 Under 35: The Next Generation of Publishing Leaders” in 2012 and First Step of Sarasota’s “Caring Heart of the Year” in 2012. Emily's most proud achievement is her six-year old son, Rhys Parry.
- Dr. Kelvin CooperVice-ChairDr. Kelvin Cooper is a semi-retired executive of the pharmaceutical industry with 37 years of experience across most aspects of pharmaceuticals including drug discovery research, drug development, research technologies, pharmaceutical sciences, manufacturing and commercial business development. Key areas of strength include leadership of large diverse organizations, strong science and technology background, strategic planning and execution, change management, building organizations and solving large complex operational and organizational problems. Currently, Kelvin is an independent consultant with KC Pharma Consulting. Kelvin was awarded a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK in 1982 and won the Captain Black Award for Science. He earned his bachelors degree in chemistry from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979, graduating with top honors. He has 46 publications, 34 patents and is a Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Member of the American Chemical Society.
- Michael J. Wilson, Esq.SecretaryMike Wilson is a tax and business attorney at Williams Parker where he serves on the firm’s management committee and is the firm’s treasurer. He is certified as a tax specialist by the Florida Bar and handles sophisticated international, federal and state tax matters, including representing clients in connection with audits, administrative appeals, private ruling requests, and US Tax Court matters. Mike also advises corporate clients on their most significant business transactions including mergers/acquisitions, joint ventures, capital raises, and financings. He regularly serves as outside general counsel to businesses of all sizes. Mike and his wife, Jena, were married at Selby Gardens in 2003.
- J. Allison Archbold, Esq.TreasurerJ. Allison Archbold developed a love for orchids while she was stationed on Okinawa as a Marine Corps judge advocate and was immediately drawn to Selby Gardens when she moved to Sarasota in 2007. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Estate Planning from the University of Miami. She is board certified by The Florida Bar in wills, trusts and estates law and practices with Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A. in downtown Sarasota. In addition to serving on the Gardens’ Board of Trustees, she is involved with the following local organizations: the Marie Selby Gardens Associates, the Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee, the Sarasota County Bar Association and the Military Officers Association of Sarasota.
- Teri A HansenTrusteeTeri A Hansen manages the daily work of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation as its president and CEO. Teri has more than 25 years of experience in philanthropic leadership. Prior to joining the Barancik Foundation, she was president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. During her 13-year tenure the foundation awarded nearly $200 million in grants and initiatives. She was vice president for gift planning and donor relations at The Cleveland Foundation, the oldest and one of the largest community foundations in the United States. Teri volunteers her leadership nationally, statewide, and regionally. Currently, she serves on the Ringling College of Art and Design board and its trustee committee, the Florida Philanthropic Network board, where she is secretary/treasurer, and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce board.
- Stephen HazeltineTrusteeStephen Hazeltine is the founder and chief executive officer of Hazeltine Nurseries. He is a licensed, certified landscape contractor and designer. He established his landscape design business in 1983 as a wholesale nursery operation which included specimen tree specialties. Later he expanded the business to include hardscape, irrigation and lighting. He is a member of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association and the Home Builders Association of Sarasota County. Hazeltine is currently serving on the Children’s Rainforest Development Committee as well as serving as a Board Trustee.
- Pauline Wamsler JoergerTrusteePauline Joerger was born in Munich, Germany, but has lived in the United States since 1987 and is a graduate of the St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. After frequently visiting family in Osprey throughout her childhood she moved to Sarasota in 2003 to raise her two daughters closer to her family roots. Pauline helped found, establish and accomplish accreditation for the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, which strives to protect the environment, character, and biodiversity of bays, beaches and barrier islands. The Conservation Foundation has protected 25 properties totaling more than 8,000 acres since its inception. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation; the Board of Advisors of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and Forty Carrots Family Center. She is a Member of the Corporation of the New York Botanical Garden. Additionally, she is a Member the Board of Managers of Thorndale Farms, LLC, which is an entity that oversees the investment of family assets. After graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration with a focus in Real Estate and Finance, Pauline worked in New York and New Jersey for a large commercial real estate owner on their large assets transaction team. She likes to spend her free time with her daughters, gardening, cooking, traveling, reading, and active in the out-of-doors.
- Nora JohnsonTrusteeNora’s family has been in Sarasota for three generations. She and her husband Billy, two children Mackenzie & McIntyre have made Sarasota their full-time home for the last nine years. Since moving to Sarasota originally, Casey Key and now Oyster Bay she has worked at Michael Saunders as a realtor for 9 years. Since returning to Sarasota, Nora has been vigilant about her community service work, serving on the education committee at Out of Door Academy, chaired ODA’s Extravaganza twice, Trustee on Forty Carrots Family Center, and chaired there first-ever fundraiser for the parenting center, Wine Woman and Shoes twice. She is currently serving as Selby Gardens Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees and has served for three previous years. Nora has also chaired two Orchid Balls. She is also involved in the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Conservation Foundation and the American Cancer Society. She chaired last year’s Asolo Theatres 50th Anniversary Gala and this year’s YMCA Element AU Ball.
- Thomas B. Luzier, Esq.TrusteeTom Luzier is a native Sarasotan. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Emory University in 1988 and a Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law in 1991. Mr. Luzier was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991, and is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association. He is a Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Mr. Luzier's civic affiliations include membership on the Board of Directors of the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and the Florida Real Estate Commission, to which he was appointed in 2015 by Governor Rick Scott. Mr. Luzier is a graduate of Leadership Florida, and among numerous community involvements has served as the Chair of the City of Sarasota's Historic Preservation Board, as well as a member of the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council, and the Super Bowl XLIII Host Committee Board of Directors. Mr. Luzier's comments on Sarasota's history, economy, and real estate market have appeared in such diverse publications as the Gulf Coast Business Review, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, SRQ, New York Social Diary, and Metropolis Magazine.
- Marina MazzarantaniTrustee & CYD Start StudentA Senior at Riverview High School, Marina founded the Riverview Italian Club as a freshman and remains co-president. She is part of the Papillon Club, Future Business Leaders of America and Key Club, as well as a Highland Dancer in the Riverview High School Kiltie Band. Marina have served on the Young Professionals Group of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, as the Community Youth Development (CYD) High School Representative. She first got involved in Community Youth Development (CYD) her ninth grade year when she completed STAR Leadership Academy. She has since become a CYD Ambassador and a Student Trainer for two sessions of SRQVolunteen. Interested in Real Estate, Marina plans to come back home to Sarasota after college and stay actively involved in the community.
- Sandy RedererTrusteeMr. Rederer moved to Sarasota in 2005. His late wife Patricia loved gardening and the Selby Gardens, inspiring Mr. Rederer to join our Board. He has been an advocate for increasing access to Selby Gardens for underserved children. Mr. Rederer was involved in domestic and international airline deregulation as a government official and later headed strategic planning at TWA into the late 1980s. Since 1990, Sandy has been a consultant for airlines, airports, government agencies, investors and manufacturers across the globe, working independently and for OAG Aviation Consulting in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Hamilton College and earned an M.A. in Economics at the University of California – Berkeley. Before college, he had the honor of being twice selected Soldier of the Month for the Third Infantry Division while stationed in Germany.
- Wayne RollinsTrusteeWayne Rollins and his wife Mindy own Black Bird Home Gallery, an interior design shop located in downtown Sarasota. Rollins earned a degree in Psychology from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He and his wife relocated to Sarasota in 2006 from Los Angeles, CA. The couple have a baby girl and a preschool-age son. They actively participate with Forty Carrots Family Center and co-chair the Children First Foundation’s annual fundraising gala.
- Dr. Laurey T. StrykerTrusteeDr. Laurey T. Stryker is an education consultant. She was the former Chief Executive Officer of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus. She retired in 2007 after a 25 year education career which included serving as the USF system Chief Financial Officer. She continues to teach in the higher education leadership program at USF. Prior to her university tenure, she was Florida’s Deputy Commissioner of Education and Florida’s Deputy Labor Secretary. Dr. Stryker earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science and her Ed.D. in Higher Education management, all from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
- Sharyn WeinerTrusteeBefore moving to Sarasota in 1995, Sharyn lived in Northeast Vermont where she wrote for the local newspaper, sang in a madrigal group, summer theater and the North Country Chorus, raised and showed Morgan horses, and was very active organizing fundraisers for school PTAs. She maintained a strong affinity for the earth, enjoying the many acres surrounding her home and her huge garden. Since living in Sarasota, Sharyn has served successfully on several not for profit boards, including the Ballet, and is currently on the executive committees of the Film Festival, Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinsons, and the Van Wezel Foundation. She is also Vice President of the Amicus Foundation, Inc. Sharyn has been married to her husband Leigh since 1971, and they have 2 children, David and Tracy, and 4 granddaughters.
- Arthur WoodTrusteeArthur Wood retired in May of 2009 after 34 years at Northern Trust, including 12 years between 1987 and 1999 as CEO of the bank's operations in Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. A native of Chicago, Art received his B.A. From Princeton in 1972 and his M.B.A. from Northwestern in 1975. Art and his wife Peggy split time between homes in Lake Forest, Illinois and Sarasota. Among numerous civic activities, Art has served on the board of the Chicago Botanic Garden for the past 11 years.
- Jennifer O. RominieckiPresident & CEOJennifer O. Rominiecki possesses twenty years of varied and senior-level management experience at major, audience-driven, and complex New York City cultural institutions with educational missions and historic preservation aspects. Rominiecki served The New York Botanical Garden for 15 years in increasing roles of responsibility. Earlier in her career, Rominiecki held key positions at The Metropolitan Opera and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Art History. Rominiecki also completed the Women's Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School in June 2017 and has been selected to participate in Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVI. She is joined here in Sarasota by her husband, Robert, and their two boys. Currently, Rominiecki serves on the Boards of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and the Science and Environmental Council of Southwest Florida. She has also received the SRQ Magazine’s Women in Business “Hear Me Roar” Leadership Award in 2016.