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Below is a list of frequently contacted Arboretum staff members as well as a list of our current trustees.  To contact a specific staff member, please call 740.323.2355, or email information@dawesarb.org and your message will be directed to the intended recipient.



Luke Messinger, Executive Director

David Brandenburg, Ph.D., Taxonomic Botanist

Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation

Shirley Drake, Human Resource Manager

Jill Holton Arrasmith, Marketing Manager

Richard Larson, Nursery Manager

Peter Lowe, Landscape Manager

Leigh Ann Miller, Director of Development

Gregory Payton, Plant Records Specialist

Brent Pickering, Director of Landscape Operations & Grounds

Beverly Telepchak, Business Director

Leslie Wagner, Historian



Our Trustees offer a wide range of skills that promote effective organizational management.  Some are even descendants of our founders, Beman & Bertie Dawes!

Henry Hauser, Chair

Ted Prasse, Secretary

David Trautman, Treasurer

Melissa Arch

Grant Douglass

Erich Hunker

Pablo Jourdan Ph.D.

Peter Mann

Gary Martz

Lee Smith

Colley Stowell

For more information on organizational leadership, priorities or finances, please contact development@dawesarb.org.