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.

John Wares

John Wares was trained in Zoology at the University of Oklahoma, Duke University, and the Friday Harbor Laboratories, with a focus of his research on marine dispersal and connectivity.

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.

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.


Emily Carr


Board Members

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

Christine Ahern

Jennifer Cruse-Sanders

Heidi Davison

John DesRosier

Mary Freeman

Carolyn Hally

Rick Hoebeke

Beth Lewis

Robert Matthews

James Porter

Cecil Smith

J. Bruce Wallace

Arlena Wartell

Robert Wyatt