Selby Gardens Announces New Trustees, Officers

August 29, 2018

Appointees guide the institution’s strategic plan


SARASOTA, Fla. – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has appointed new members to its governing board of trustees, which guides and oversees the organization’s strategic planning and operations, and elected new officers.

Joining the board under the direction of board chairman Michael J. Wilson, Esq. a tax and business attorney at Williams Parker, are Norbert P. Donelly, Marcy Klein, Cornelia Matson, Marianne D. McComb and Charlie Mueller. Each will serve a three-year term.

Pauline Wamsler Joerger continues in her role as vice chair. Newly appointed officers include Katherine A. Martucci, serving as secretary, and Andrew M. Economos, Ph.D. serving as treasurer. The one-year appointments begin immediately. Returning board members are J. Allison Archbold, Esq., Jean Weidner Goldstein, Teri A Hansen, Daniel M. McDonald (STAR Leadership Program), Sharyn Weiner and Margaret Wise. Longtime trustee and member of the institution’s founding board Dr. Carlyle A. Luer, serves as Trustee Emeritus.

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.


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.


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.



Charlie Mueller is the President of the West Florida Region for Northern Trust, overseeing advisement and client service in investment, banking and wealth planning. He holds the certifications of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) and the Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA). Charlie is an avid pilot and also enjoys fishing, sporting clays, kayaking and other outdoor pursuits. He is a past Trustee and Board Chair of The Nature Conservancy Illinois Chapter.

Since opening to the public in 1975, Selby Gardens has been internationally recognized for its focus as the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display of epiphytes. Selby Gardens is a living museum and its staff regularly travels throughout the Tropics of the Americas to conduct field research on plant diversity and distributions, which is key to conserving habitats and species in nature. More than 200,000 guests visit Selby Gardens annually.

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a living museum and the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns and other tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas. Regular admission is $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.


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