Board of Directors and Staff
2013 Volunteer Board of Directors
Non-profit and volunteer-run, the Chesapeake Arboretum depends upon volunteers for the majority of its programs, administration and oversight of the 50+/- acre site which was donated to the City of Chesapeake in 1994. The Arboretum preserves accessible urban forest for enjoyment and education at the site of its c. 1760′s farmstead. Its volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for the Arboretum’s financial accountability and integrity as well as for strategic planning and policy decisions.
Jeff Cavanaugh owner, Ever-Green Landscaping & Lawncare
Linwood Nelms retired vice president, Bank of Hampton Roads
Andy Merchant financial advisor, CFP ®, CRPC ®
Waddell-Reed & Associates
Barbara Brumbaugh Environmental Quality Coordinator, City of Chesapeake
Secretary, Elizabeth River Project RiverStar Team Leader
Andrea Davis, Member
Donna Henkle, Member
Justin Jacks, Member
Machelle Kerr, Member
Miklos Lestyan, Member
Matt Sheipe, Member
Lydia Wade, Member
Charlie Inquinto, Member
Mike Andruczyk Chesapeake Horticultural Extension Agent
Homestead Grounds Landscape Design Team Leader
Miklos Lestyan (ex-officio) retired urban forester
founding Arboretum member
Jan Proctor (ex-officio) deputy city attorney, City of Chesapeake
It is NOT a municipally-run city park. It is maintained and managed by VOLUNTEERS!
Bob Fountain, Coordinator
Education & Volunteer Coordinator/Tree Propagation Nursery Manager
Ofc. S. Garrett
CPD Security Liaison
ARTICLE VII(ByLaws excerpt)
Board of Directors
Section 1.The Board of Directors shall consist of no more than thirteen (13) directors, five (5) of which shall be Officers and one (1) of which may be the immediate past President.
Section 2.Each Director shall be a member in good standing.
Section 3.The Directors shall be elected so that there are three (3) classes of directors having staggered terms, so that the terms of approximately one third of the Directors will expire each year.Directors shall hold office for a term of three (3) years, except that, when necessary, the terms of some directors shall be shortened in order to establish the aforementioned classes of directors.
Section 4.The Board of Directors shall determine the policies and activities of the organization, approve the budget, approve all Treasurer’s reports, take counsel with committees, and exercise general management over the affairs of the CHESAPEAKE ARBORETUM.
Section 5.The Board of Directors shall meet regularly at least once each month and at the call of the President, or by call of a majority of the Board of Directors.At the discretion of the Board, committee chairpersons shall meet with the Board of Directors in joint session.
Section 6.A quorum of the Board of Directors shall be one third of the Directors.
Section 7.Any member of the Board who is absent from three consecutive Board of Director meetings without being excused may be found guilty of neglect of duty and removed from office by the majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Section 8.The President may appoint ex officio members to the Board of Directors in recognition of significant contributions, talents and expertise of the honorary member.Ex officio members shall not have voting power but may participate in all meetings and serve on committees.