Friends Officers

The officers oversee the affairs of the Friends, promote the purposes and well-being of the Friends, and carry out the instructions and policies of the board.

Dac Crossley

is curator (emeritus) for mites and ticks in the Museum. This summer he’s given a lot of attention to chigger mites - itching to do a report on the chiggers of Georgia. He’s also reporter for the Newsletter - please contact Dac about events or accomplishments.


Terry Camp

Vice President
Terry is co-owner of The Globe tavern in downtown Athens. She is also the librarian at the UGA Odum School of Ecology Library.


Brad Sanders

Brad is a retired graphic arts teacher who taught for 25 years in the Clarke County School District. He is the author of Guide to William Bartram’s Travels and the art director for Tipularia, the journal of the Georgia Botanical Society.


Paige Cummings

Paige is Executive Director of the Athens Nurses Clinic, serving homeless and uninsured. She is also a local writer and organizer of Southern Scribes, a Southern writers group.


Board Members

The board is responsible for the management, policies, programs and fund-raising efforts of the Friends.

Lanie Barlow

is the owner of Georgetown Frames and has been designing custom frames for more than thirteen years. She also enjoys creating beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Alan Covich

obtained his doctorate at Yale University and is a professor at the Odum School of Ecology. His research includes the effects of urban growth and the intersections of road networks on river networks.

Kandy Duke

is a Ph.D. horticulturist turned personal trainer and fitness instructor. She is an avid proponent for landscaping with native plants and loves to recycle anything.

Mary Freeman

Gisela Gresham

is keen on the Friends long-term future.

Carolyn Hally

has been a practicing psychotherapist in Athens for over 40 years.

Rich Hoebeck

Lee Hubrich

is a retired orthopedic surgeon who was in practice for 34 years at Hawthorne Orthopedics. He has four children and eight grandchildren.

Philip Juras

is an independent artist and author who relies extensively on the study of natural history in his work. Philip’s paintings focus primarily on remnant natural landscapes that offer a glimpse of the Southeast before European settlement.

Stephen Kowalewsky

James Porter

is a Meigs Professor of Ecology at UGA and a Curator of Invertebrates in the Georgia Museum of Natural History.

Patricia Ruppersburg

is the owner of Aurum Studio, an artist and long-term supporter of Friends.

Cecil Smith

retired from UGA in 2011 as Assistant Curator and Collections Manager of the arthropods at the Museum.

Bruce Wallace

Robert Wyatt