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

President – Rodger Flotta, Greensboro; Abbey View Farm, LLC; ex-officio member of all committees
Vice-President – Marsh Letson, Sparta; Covey Rise Tree Farm; Education, Grounds/Facilities committees
Secretary – Sherrill Jones, Milledgeville; retired educator; Chair, Rose Hill committee; Finance/Investment, Development committees
Treasurer – Kathy Chandler, Milledgeville; retired educator; Chair, Education committee; Finance/Investment, Development, Rose Hill committees

• Nicholas Beadles, II, PhD, Milledgeville; Professor, Georgia College & State University; Development, Finance/Investment, Grounds/Facilities committees
• John Darity, Sandersville; retired, Imerys Performance Minerals; Chair, Development committee
• Ian McMullen, Milledgeville; attorney; Rose Hill, Grounds/Facilities Committees
• Sandy Mercer, Sandersville; retired, Georgia DOT; Education, Rose Hill committees
• Bob Miller, Milledgeville; retired Vocational-Agriculture Educator & retired GCSU Grounds Foreman; Development, Grounds/Facilities committees
• Dick Mueller, Milledgeville; retired, Central State Hospital; Finance/Investment, Grounds/Facilities committees
• Doug R. Oetter, PhD, Milledgeville; Professor, Georgia College & State University; Education, Grounds/Facilities Committees
• Joe Sama, Greensboro; Landscape Director, Reynolds Lake Oconee; Chair, Grounds/Facilities committee; Development committee
• 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.

Debbie Foster, Director of Horticulture

Debbie joined the Lockerly staff in September 2015. Before moving to Milledgeville from Virginia, Debbie was an Agriculture Extension Agent for the state of North Carolina. She has a degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from North Carolina State University.

Shane Ruis,  Maintenance Technician

Shane joined the Lockerly staff in early December 2015. His work experience includes plumbing, construction and working as an electrician. He has also been a great addition to our event staff. Shane has been a lifelong resident of Milledgeville.