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
PresidentRodger Flotta, Greensboro; Abbey View Farm, LLC; ex-officio member of all committees
Vice-PresidentJohn Darity, Sandersville; retired, Imerys Performance Minerals; Chair, Development Committee
SecretarySherrill Jones, Milledgeville; retired educator; Chair, Rose Hill committee; Finance/Investment, Development committees
Treasurer – Chuck Walsh, Eatonton; Retired, Commercial Real Estate Appraisal; Development and Finance Committees.

  • 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 Committee.
  • Sara Brantley, Milledgeville; Co-owner, Golf Cart City; Rose Hill Committee.
  • Barbie Colvin, Milledgeville; Retired, financial services industry; Development, Grounds/Facilities committees.
  • 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
  • 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.

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, Plant Loving team player to serve as our Horticulture Director.  The Arboretum is a 50 acre oasis located just a mile from downtown in the heart of Middle Georgia’s Lake Country.  We are 53 years old and were founded by a great lover of nature, Mr. Edward J. Grassmann.  We are a non-profit, 501(c)3 and are open to the public 6 days a week.

The ideal candidate will come to us as a degreed Horticulturist with public garden experience, a keen respect and appreciation for our current collections yet bring an enthusiasm, passion and vision for what is yet to come.  As Horticulture Director, you will have responsibility for all aspects of our plant collections, including planning, planting, maintenance & care, signage, accession records/data base management, coordination, motivation and management of our volunteer Dirt Diggers and orchestrating our annual Spring Plant Sale.  We are searching for someone who will love and care for our trees and plants as if Lockerly  is their own garden, anxious to make it better  and utilize their network of horticulture contacts when searching for best practices and ideas.

Lockerly Arboretum is a Level II accredited arboretum through ArbNet and we will be pursuing Level III accreditation over the next 3 years.  This person will be key in helping us achieve that status as well as playing a key role in setting a vision for future growth and development, implementing new initiatives, developing action plans, procedures and schedules to help take Lockerly to the next level.

For a full job description and application instructions, follow this link: HD job advertisement