Pauline Wamsler 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 of 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.
Marianne D. McComb
Marianne D. McComb and her husband, Bill, moved to Sarasota three years ago from Princeton, New Jersey. Marianne has a B.A. in English from Miami University (Ohio), and a Master of Arts in Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. Following a career in children’s book publishing, Marianne returned to school to become a Rutgers University Master Gardener.
Katherine A. Martucci
Katherine A. Martucci and her husband, Frank, are avid art collectors. They collect 19th century American landscape paintings and have donated many of their art works to several major museums. Katherine has served on the Executive Committee of the Garden Club of America, as well as other philanthropic boards and not for profit organizations. Katherine is a graduate of William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa where she received a BA in Elementary Education and an honorary doctorate degree. She taught school for several years in Iowa and in New York City before retiring to raise her family. While raising her children she co-founded “The Country Life”, an antiques business focusing on American country furniture. She also continues with her volunteer commitments and serves on the Advisory Board of the Northeast Community Center in Millerton, NY, as well as the board of Children First in Sarasota, Florida. Katherine and her husband recently became Florida residents and they live on Longboat Key. Their summers are spent in upstate New York. Katherine enjoys gardening, travel, tennis and bridge and most especially her five beautiful grandchildren.
J. Allison Archbold, Esq.
J. 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 the Archbold Law Firm, P.A. in downtown Sarasota. In addition to serving on the Gardens’ Board of Trustees, she is involved with the following local organizations: the Friends of the Gardens-Selby Associates, the Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee, the Sarasota County Bar Association and the Military Officers Association of Sarasota.
Ariane Dart has been active at Selby Gardens since becoming a member in 2011. Her support was instrumental in building the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden. In addition, she has been a regular Orchid Ball sponsor, Series sponsor and chair for Lunch in the Gardens, and provided consistent support for all of the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Art Exhibition Series. A philanthropist in every sense of the word, Ariane supports and has served on the boards of Forty Carrots Family Center, Out-of-Door Academy, Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation, and other community organizations.
Norbert P. Donelly
Norbert P. Donelly is Chair of Tervis, a family-owned, local manufacturing company with which he has been associated since 1988. Prior to joining Tervis he worked for several New York-based firms in banking and finance, as well as real estate. “Norb”is a former board member of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and board member and/or supporter of many nonprofit organizations. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Economics.
Andrew M. Economos, Ph.D.
Andrew M. Economos, Ph.D., a native of the area, founded and led a highly successful software company, which he sold in 2005. He underwrites and has served on The New York Botanical Garden’s Science Committee and Corporation, and the Board and Science Committee of Westchester Community College. He and his wife, Judith, are sponsors of the Warhol exhibition.
Jean Weidner Goldstein
Jean Weidner Goldstein is a former principal dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet. A native of South Africa, Jean founded Sarasota Ballet and co-founded Designing Women Boutique. Jean and her late husband, Al, are major donors to the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden and the founders of the Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series. Jean helped found the Lunch in the Gardens series and served on the Selby Gardens Advisory Committee.
Teri A Hansen
Teri 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.
Marcy Klein and her husband, Michael, moved to Florida in 2010. Marcy directs her energy, with her family, through non-profit organizations focused on medical research, education, feeding the hungry, and the environment. She is passionate about nature, golf, crafting, and photography. Before moving to Florida, Marcy owned and operated a small business for 17 years.
Cornelia Matson moved to Sarasota with her husband, Dick, in 1983 after raising three children in New York City. She has a long history with Selby Gardens, serving as the 1984-5 Orchid Ball Chair and Patron Chair years following. She was a board member of the Associates and is a longtime Gardens member. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Cornelia earned her BA in Music at Sweet Briar College and had a career in fundraising prior to moving to Sarasota where she established a French furniture import shop and later a vineyard in France.
Dr. Joel Morganroth
Dr. Joel Morganroth has been a resident of Sarasota for 10 years residing on Siesta Key with his wife Gail and serves as a Trustee of the Ringling College of Art and Design and the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Foundation. Hailing from Philadelphia, he is an academic cardiologist with his primary research focus on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. He is a specialist in the field of cardiovascular drug development and currently serves as the Chief Cardiac Consultant for ERT, a global clinical research organization that determines the cardiac and pulmonary safety of new drugs as well as patient reported outcomes. Dr. Morganroth’s experience includes memberships on Data Monitoring Committees in clinical trials for the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration and several major Pharmaceutical companies. For over a decade he was a Medical Review Officer/Expert for the Food and Drug Administration and has also served in a similar capacity for Health Canada and has been an advisor to several European regulators. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, Councils of Clinical Cardiology and Atherosclerosis of the American Heart Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacology, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals. He has published more than 350 articles and over two dozen books.
Michael J. Wilson, Esq.
Mike 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.
Margaret Wise, a Mississippi native, is a cofounder of Designing Women Boutique and has served in leadership positions on numerous boards throughout Sarasota, along with her husband, Bill. Her service work includes leadership positions with the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Sarasota Opera, United Way, Asolo Theater, Historic Spanish Point and Suncoast Communities Blood Bank. Wise helped found the Lunch in the Gardens lecture series at Selby Gardens and has also received numerous awards for her community volunteerism. Awards include the Golden Gavel from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Girls Inc., “She Knows Where She is Going” award and she is a member of the Hall of Fame of the Sarasota Video Archives. Wise also served on the State of Florida’s arts council for eight years as appointed by the governor of Florida.
Jennifer O. Rominiecki
President & CEO
Jennifer O. Rominiecki began her tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in February 2015. Since she arrived, she repositioned the institution as The Living Museum ®, securing a trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Enacting this new operating model has yielded a 55% increase in admissions, a 67% increase in membership, and a 70% increase in overall earned revenues in just four years. Rominiecki has also overseen the creation and execution of a new five-year Strategic Plan for Selby Gardens, as well as the development of a new Master Site Plan, for which $35 million has been raised. In May 2020, she oversaw the adoption of Historic Spanish Point as a companion campus to Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota location to form one organization with two bayfront sanctuaries connecting people to air plants of the world, native nature, and regional history. She possesses twenty years of experience at major New York City cultural institutions. Rominiecki served The New York Botanical Garden for 15 years in increasing roles of responsibility. As the Garden’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Special Assistant to the President, she was involved in many aspects of the organization’s management, including oversight of the Garden’s seven-year campaign to raise $479 million. 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, is a member of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVI, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum Florida Suncoast Chapter. Currently, Rominiecki serves on the Boards of VISIT FLORIDA, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, and is also Chair of the Board of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida. In 2019, she was named a Businesswoman of the Year Honoree by Tampa Bay Business Journal. In 2017, she was honored with the AJC Civic Achievement Award and the Leadership Award for Arts Management from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. She has also received the SRQ Magazine’s Women in Business “Hear Me Roar” Leadership Award in 2016. Rominiecki lives in Sarasota with her husband, Robert, and their two boys.