The North Carolina Arboretum Board of Directors*

Chair:  Ms. Cheryl McMurry Kaynard

Vice Chair:  Mr. Lee Thomason

Secretary: Dr. Undi Hoffler

Executive Committee:

  • Ms. Karen Tessier
  • Dr. Kimberly van Noort
  • Ms. Sadie Walters

Executive Director (ex officio, Executive Committee):

  • Mr. George Briggs, Executive Director

Honorary Life Board Members: 

  • Mr. Leslie (Bud) Baker, Jr.
  • Mr. William (Bill) C. Sword

Members At-Large:

  • Dr. Kelli Brown
  • Ms. Faith Doyle
  • Ms. Nancy Humphries
  • Ms. Janet Leath
  • Ms. Karen LeVert
  • Ms. Leah McGrath
  • Dr. Linda Martinson
  • Mr. Thomas Southard
  • Mr. Dana L. Stonestreet
  • Mr. Rodney Swink
  • Dr. Darin J. Waters

Board of Directors Meetings 2024

  • April 11, 2024
  • July 11, 2024
  • October 17, 2024

All meetings are held in the Education Center Library at 10:30 a.m.

The North Carolina Arboretum Society Board of Directors

Ex officio:  Drake Fowler, President

Ex officio:  George Briggs, Executive Director

Ex officio:  Cheryl McMurry Kaynard, Chair, The North Carolina Arboretum Board of Directors

Chair:  Faith Doyle

Vice Chair:  Jim Floyd

Treasurer:  Jess Benton

Secretary: Dr. Rebecca I. Ayres

  • Michael Tanner
  • Ashley Martin
  • Felix Laughlin
  • Steven Lee Johnson
  • Karen Stark
  • Brian Grossman
  • Francee Healy
  • Laura Nichols
  • Mary Rubin

Society Board of Directors Meetings 2024

  • April 25, 2024
  • July 18, 2024
  • October 24, 2024