Green Bay Botanical Garden Appoints New Board Members

Published Monday, December 2, 2019

Green Bay Botanical Garden recently appointed four community leaders to sit on its board of directors.

“The strength of any nonprofit organization lies in its Board of Directors,” says Susan Garot, Executive Director. “Developing a strong and diverse board that is engaged in the organization’s mission is every CEO’s dream. I believe we have that board here at Green Bay Botanical Garden.”

The new members are:

LoisGrace Golde: A banking executive and community volunteer who currently sits on the Meyer Board. She has also served as treasurer and board member for the Women’s Fund and East High Fine Arts Institute. As a board member, Golde hopes to help show the community the value of having a botanical garden so close to home.

Ron Melchert: A landscape architect and planner with the Oneida Nation. In addition to serving on the board, he’s a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He’s also been involved in low income housing projects in the Twin Cities area where he owned his own Landscape Architectural firm. As part of the board, he desires to “foster a working relationship between the Oneida Nation and the Garden such that both entities develop an awareness and appreciation of each other and the resources each have to share.”

Murphy O’Hearn: Director of Product Analysis for Liberty Mutual. His goals on the Garden’s board include contributing to the nonprofit’s financial health by driving engagement with the community. He also looks to “learn from experts in their respective fields through volunteer activities and serve and connect with my community.” 

Nicole Polarek: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Nature’s Way. She serves on the boards of On the Mark Dyslexia Clinic and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and hopes her time with the Garden helps strengthen the community. 

“This board’s vision for the future, its ability to engage our community, and its fearless attitude has made the Garden the successful organization it is, and we’re not even 25 years old!” says Garot. “We’re excited for this new group of directors to dig in and help us continue to move the Garden forward.”

Returning board members are Dr. Laura Nelson, Jonie Paye and Michael Raymaker.