Leadership and Staff

The Lockerly Arboretum Trustees are volunteers who share an appreciation for the diverse trees and plants that make up the Arboretum, as well as the research and education resources our grounds provide to students and the general public. Rose Hill, built in 1852, serves as the architectural anchor for the Arboretum, and the Trustees are committed to preserving the mansion, in addition to making it available to the public for special events including weddings, business meetings, and art and cultural activities. The Trustees are joined in their volunteer efforts by local gardening enthusiasts, Rose Hill docents, and those who support Lockerly as a cultural resource for the area.

Lockerly Trustees
PresidentJoe Sama, Greensboro; Landscape Director, Reynolds Lake Oconee
Vice-PresidentDoug R. Oetter, PhD, Milledgeville; Professor, Georgia College & State University; Chair, Education committee; and Grounds/Facilities committee.
SecretarySandy Mercer, Sandersville; Retired, Georgia DOT
Treasurer – Chuck Walsh, Eatonton; Retired, Commercial Real Estate Appraisal; Chair, Development  committee; and Finance/Investment committee.

  • Nicholas Beadles, II, PhD, Milledgeville; Professor, Georgia College & State University; Development, Finance/Investment, Grounds/Facilities committees
  • Carl Blount, Athens; Owner, Insurance Agency; Development and Finance/Investment committees.
  • Sara Brantley, Milledgeville; Co-owner, Golf Cart City; Rose Hill committee.
  • Tommy French, Milledgeville; Chair, Baldwin County Commissioners
  • Joy Godin, Milledgeville; Professor, Georgia College & State University
  • Sherrill Jones, Milledgeville; retired educator; Chair, Rose Hill committee; Finance/Investment, Development committees.
  • Angie Martin, Milledgeville; President and CEO, Milledgeville/Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ian McMullen, Milledgeville; Attorney; Rose Hill, Grounds/Facilities committees.
  • Bob Miller, Milledgeville; Retired Vocational-Agriculture Educator & retired GCSU Grounds Foreman; Development, Grounds/Facilities committees.
  • Harriett Whipple, PhD, Milledgeville; Professor Emeritus, Georgia College & State University; Education, Grounds/Facilities, Rose Hill committees.

Suzanne Engel, New Vernon, NJ

Lockerly Staff
Jennifer Pollard, Executive Director 

Jennifer Pollard, a 1995 GCSU graduate with a BA in History, assumed this leadership role in January  2017. Mrs. Pollard brings a wealth of experience (20 years to be exact) in fundraising, strategic planning and non-profit management, along with the professionally recognized CFRE (Certified FundRaising Executive) credential, which she has held since 2008.

Greg Eilers, Director of Education

Greg Eilers provides enriching horticultural, botanical, and environmental science education for our area school children, visitors, and the community through the use of programs, horticultural collections, and use of Rose Hill and the Oliver N. Worley Outdoor Education Center. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Education with a focus in Environmental Education from Georgia College & State University.

Vicki Folendore, Office Manager

Vicki Folendore manages the administrative functions for the Lockerly Arboretum Foundation. Vicki is a Milledgeville native, and before joining the Lockerly staff she worked at Georgia College & State University in University Advancement.

Neal Coffey, Maintenance Technician
Neal Coffey comes to Lockerly with 30 years of experience at Robins Air Force Base.  He has a broad range of skills in metal fabrication, general maintenance and repairs.


Employment Opportunities:

Lockerly Arboretum, is looking for an enthusiastic team player to serve as our Horticulturalist.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Duties involve weeding, watering, grooming, fertilizing, planting, debris removal, pruning and mulching. Additionally, the ideal candidate must possess the following knowledge and skills:

-Plant/tree knowledge
-Irrigation systems
-Plant record keeping
-Use of proper landscaping equipment
-Pest management
-Landscape project management
-Must be able to effectively supervise volunteers, and may occasionally be required to present lectures or write articles for publication.

Other Duties:
a. Assist when called upon for storm protection and recovery.
b. Occasionally provide labor for set-up and take-down of special events.
c. Work with and support volunteers in the planning and execution of our annual plant sales.
d. Occasionally serve on planning teams.
e. Participate in other Arboretum activities as requested.
f. Perform other duties as required from time to time.

Physical Demands:
-Must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
-While performing the duties of this job, the candidate may be required to use hands to handle, or feel plants, soil, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.

Education and Experience:

  • 2 or 4 year Degree in Horticulture or related discipline, with 1-3 years of hands-on experience at public gardens. Equivalent experience in lieu of a degree will be considered.
  • Required: proficiency in MS Office, greenhouse systems, accession records/database management.
  • Preferred but not required: knowledge of GIS, irrigation systems, grounds maintenance equipment.
  • Please send cover letter, resume and three references to searchcommittee@lockerly.org