Staff Directory


Damon Waitt, Director, North Carolina Botanical Garden
Lindsay Durango, Executive Assistant

Business Operations

Beth Peloquin, Director of Business Operations, 919-962-9459
Tyler Dietz, Facilities & Events Manager, 919-537-3819
Lisa Levin, Business Services Coordinator, 919-962-2231
Julie Schibler, Garden Shop Manager, 919-962-3065

Communications & Visitor Experience

Jennifer Peterson, Director of Communications & Visitor Experience, 919-962-9457
Emily Oglesby, Communications & Exhibits Coordinator, 919-962-2233


Michael Kunz, Director of Conservation Programs, 919-962-2378
Neville Handel, Natural Areas Manager, 919-962-2380
Ben Heuser, Natural Areas Steward, 919-962-2394
Ali Touloupas, Conservation Grower, 919-962-2394
Brandon Wheeler, Conservation Ecologist, 919-962-2380


Stephen Keith, Director of Development, 919-962-9458
Allison Essen, Membership Coordinator & Donor Stewardship, 919-962-0642
Kristen Hironimus, Associate Director of Development, 919-843-2411
Anna Lorenz, Development Associate, 919-445-0072
Patti Smith, Development Assistant, 919-962-2234


Alan Weakley, Director of Herbarium, 919-619-1101
Michael Lee, Data Scientist
Carol Ann McCormick, Curator of Herbarium, 919-962-6931
Shanna Oberreiter, Herbarium Assistant, 919-962-6931
Derick Poindexter, Plant Systematics Researcher
Scott Ward, Research Botanist


Dan Stern, Director of Horticulture, 919-962-2411
Ainsley Briggs, Curator, Herb Garden and Plant Families Garden, 919-962-2391
Cody Britton, Horticultural Technician, Coker Arboretum
Matt Daley, Horticultural Technician, 919-962-2409
Matt Gocke, Greenhouse & Nursery Manager, 919-962-2390
Shakita Holloway, Horticultural Technician, 919-962-2409
Chris Liloia, Curator, Habitat Gardens, 919-962-2391
Katherine Meehan, Greenhouse & Nursery Assistant, 919-962-2390
Geoffrey Neal, Curator, Coker Arboretum
Kayleigh Pacion, Greenhouse & Nursery Assistant, 919-962-2390
Heather Summer, Collections Manager & Seed Program Coordinator, 919-962-2394
Becca Wait, Curator, Allen Education Center & Entryway Landscapes, 919-962-2278

Learning & Community Engagement

Joanna Massey Lelekacs, Director of Learning & Community Engagement, 919-962-9460
Cindy Furey, Youth Environmental Education Specialist
Lauren Greene, Youth Environmental Education Specialist, 919-962-2887
Sally Haskett, Horticultural Therapy Educator, 919-962-2413
Claire Lorch, Carolina Community Garden Program Manager, 919-360-5369
David Michaud, Program & Engagement Coordinator, 919-962-4882
Kyle Parker, Edible Campus UNC Coordinator, 919-289-2961
Sarah Tanke, Therapeutic Horticulture Community Engagement Specialist
Elisha Taylor, Youth Education Program Manager, 919-537-3770
Emilee Weaver, Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager, 919-962-2413

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