Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Board of Trustees

  • Cathy Layton
    Cathy Layton, a resident of Sarasota since 1970, has spent her working years in the commercial real estate and development business.  She and her husband, Pete Russell, are owners of several assisted living facilities in Florida and Texas.  Newly retired from her professional work, Layton now enjoys expanding her service to worthwhile organizations and causes.  She serves as Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Commerce, Secretary of the Field Club, and is a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee.  Prior service includes Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Chairman of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, Sarasota County's Charter Review Board and Planning Commission.  Her greatest enjoyment is being among her own collection of orchids and bromeliads, to which she tends regularly.
  • Emily Walsh
    Vice Chair
    Emily Walsh is the Chief Digital Officer with the Observer Media Group. Previously, Emily served as The Observer’s Social Editor for eight years. Emily also was a professional ballerina with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida from 1995 to 2000. Serving on numerous fundraiser committees, Emily chaired the Orchid Ball for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for two years and also chaired events for organizations such as Cancer Support Community, Community AIDS Network, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota Ballet and Sunshine from Darkness. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the International Mental Health Research Organization. Emily’s awards and achievements include winning Girls Inc.’s “She Knows Where She’s Going” award in 2005, being named one of Sarasota Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People” in Sarasota County in 2007, First Step of Sarasota’s “Caring Heart of the Year” in 2012 and Editor & Publisher’s “25 Under 35: The Next Generation of Publishing Leaders” in 2012.
  • Sandy Rederer

    Mr. Rederer moved to Sarasota in 2005.  His late wife Patricia loved gardening and the Selby Gardens, inspiring Mr. Rederer to join our Board.  He has been an advocate for increasing access to Selby Gardens for underserved children.  Mr. Rederer was involved in domestic and international airline deregulation as a government official and later headed strategic planning at TWA into the late 1980s.  Since 1990, Sandy has been a consultant for airlines, airports, government agencies, investors and manufacturers across the globe, working independently and for OAG Aviation Consulting in Washington, D.C.  He graduated from Hamilton College and earned an M.A. in Economics at the University of California – Berkeley.  Before college, he had the honor of being twice selected Soldier of the Month for the Third Infantry Division while stationed in Germany.

  • Dr. Kelvin Cooper

    Dr. Kelvin Cooper is a semi-retired executive of the pharmaceutical industry with 37 years of experience across most aspects of pharmaceuticals including drug discovery research, drug development, research technologies, pharmaceutical sciences, manufacturing and commercial business development. Key areas of strength include leadership of large diverse organizations, strong science and technology background, strategic planning and execution, change management, building organizations and solving large complex operational and organizational problems. Currently, Kelvin is an independent consultant with KC Pharma Consulting. Kelvin was awarded a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, UK in 1982 and won the Captain Black Award for Science. He earned his bachelors degree in chemistry from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979, graduating with top honors. He has 46 publications, 34 patents and is a Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Member of the American Chemical Society.

  • Chris Romine
    Immediate Past Chair

    Romine is a long time Manatee county resident with nearly 30 years of banking experience in our community. He graduated from the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee campus with a B.A. in Business Administration and was awarded a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. His first bank assignment with Barnett Bank progressed to a 18 year career with Barnett Bank, Gold Bank, and M&I Bank. Romine is currently Senior Vice President – Managing Director of Northern Trust's Lakewood Ranch office. Romine has served on the board of the Manatee County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Bradenton Sertoma and has co-chaired the Ringling Museum’s UnGala Gala. He also served on the board of the Manatee County Humane Society.

  • J. Allison Archbold, Esquire

    J. Allison Archbold developed a love for orchids while she was stationed on Okinawa as a Marine Corps judge advocate and was immediately drawn to Selby Gardens when she moved to Sarasota in 2007.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Estate Planning from the University of Miami.  She is board certified by The Florida Bar in wills, trusts and estates law and practices with Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A. in downtown Sarasota.  In addition to serving on the Gardens’ Board of Trustees, she is involved with the following local organizations:  the Marie Selby Gardens Associates, the Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Military Officers Association of Sarasota and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

  • Stephen Hazeltine
    Stephen Hazeltine is the founder and chief executive officer of Hazeltine Nurseries. He is a licensed, certified landscape contractor and designer. He established his landscape design business in 1983 as a wholesale nursery operation which included specimen tree specialties. Later he expanded the business to include hardscape, irrigation and lighting. He is a member of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association and the Home Builders Association of Sarasota County. Hazeltine is currently serving on the Children’s Rainforest Development Committee as well as serving as a Board Trustee.
  • Nora Johnson
    Nora’s family has been in Sarasota for three generations. She and her husband Billy, two children Mackenzie & McIntyre have made Sarasota there full-time home for the last nine years. Since moving to Sarasota originally, Casey Key and now Oyster Bay she has worked at Michael Saunders as a realtor for 9 years. Since returning to Sarasota, Nora has been vigilant about her community service work, serving on the education committee at Out of Door Academy, chaired ODA’s Extravaganza twice, Trustee on Forty Carrots Family Center, and chaired there first-ever fundraiser for the parenting center, Wine Woman and Shoes twice. She is currently serving as Selby Gardens Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees and has served for three previous years. Nora has also chaired two Orchid Balls. She is also involved in the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Conservation Foundation and the American Cancer Society. She chaired last year’s Asolo Theatres 50th Anniversary Gala and this year’s YMCA Element AU Ball.
  • Thomas B. Luzier, Esq.
    Luzier is a native Sarasotan. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Emory University in 1988 and a Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law in 1991. Luzier was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991, and is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. His civic affiliations include membership on the Board of Directors of the Greater Sarasota Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and the 2009 Super Bowl Host Committee Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida, and is a member of the WUSF Partners Board. His law practice includes: Real Property Law, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Title Insurance, Business Transactions, and Corporate Law.
  • Alice Rau

    Alice W. Rau is a Director of the Sandusky Newspapers Inc., a five-generation, privately-held company of twelve newspapers in four states and ten AM/FM radio stations in Seattle and Phoenix. She is a retired publisher of the Grand Haven Tribune in Grand Haven, Michigan and past President of the Board of Trustees of Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, Firelands Branch.  Mrs. Rau has served as past President of the New College Library Association of USF, Board Treasurer of the Hospice Foundation of Southwest Florida, the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County Board, and on the Board of G.WIZ Gulf Coast World of Science and Technology.  She is a recent Past Chair of the John and Mable Ringling Museum and presently serves on the Boards of the Salvation Army of Sarasota County, the Library Foundation for Sarasota County.  Mrs. Rau is a graduate of Smith College.

  • Dr. Laurey T. Stryker
    Dr. Laurey T. Stryker is an education consultant. She was the former Chief Executive Officer of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus.  She retired in 2007 after a 25 year education career which included serving as the USF system Chief Financial Officer. She continues to teach in the higher education leadership program at USF. Prior to her university tenure, she was Florida’s Deputy Commissioner of Education and Florida’s Deputy Labor Secretary. Dr. Stryker earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science and her Ed.D. in Higher Education management, all from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Michael Saunders

    With principal offices in Sarasota, Florida, Michael Saunders, Founder and CEO, presides over a prestigious independent real estate brokerage—comprised of more than 500 sales associates—now ranked 48th among the top 100 U.S. real estate companies and 35th among the most influential Realtors in luxury real estate.
    Saunders recently completed her third year as Chair of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.  The firm she founded in 1976 has been recognized as one of the “Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses” by Working Woman magazine and as “Best International Real Estate Agency” at the 2006 International Property Awards in London, England.  In 2004, Ernst & Young honored Saunders with statewide recognition as “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
    An avid philanthropist, Michael serves on numerous charitable boards. She has one son, Drayton, who joined the company in 2002 and currently serves as President.

  • Arthur Wood

    Arthur Wood retired in May of 2009 after 34 years at Northern Trust, including 12 years between 1987 and 1999 as CEO of the bank's operations in Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.  A native of Chicago, Art received his B.A. From Princeton in 1972 and his M.B.A. from Northwestern in 1975.  Art and his wife Peggy split time between homes in Lake Forest, Illinois and Sarasota.  Among numerous civic activities, Art has served on the board of the Chicago Botanic Garden for the past 11 years.

  • Wayne Rollins

    Wayne Rollins and his wife Mindy own Black Bird Home Gallery, an interior design shop located in downtown Sarasota. Rollins earned a degree in Psychology from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He and his wife relocated to Sarasota in 2006 from Los Angeles, CA. The couple have a baby girl and a preschool-age son. They actively participate with Forty Carrots Family Center and co-chair the Children First Foundation’s annual fundraising gala.

  • Michael J. Wilson

    Mike Wilson is a tax and business attorney at Williams Parker where he serves on the firm’s management committee and is the firm’s treasurer. He is certified as a tax specialist by the Florida Bar and handles sophisticated international, federal and state tax matters, including representing clients in connection with audits, administrative appeals, private ruling requests, and US Tax Court matters. Mike also advises corporate clients on their most significant business transactions including mergers/acquisitions, joint ventures, capital raises, and financings. He regularly serves as outside general counsel to businesses of all sizes. Mike and his wife, Jena, where married at Selby Gardens in 2003.

  • Thomas Buchter
    CEO, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Trustee

    Tom Buchter joined Marie Selby Botanical Gardens as its CEO in 2009.  He is a proven leader with more than 30 years of botanical garden experience at organizations such as Winterthur Museum & Country Estate and Holden Arboretum.  Tom is skilled in financial and personnel management, fundraising, plant collection development, garden expansion and rehabilitation.  He is a working director who understands the elements of leader-constituent interactions with emphasis on vision, values and motivation.

    As the CEO of Selby Gardens, Tom has accepted the challenge to create a children’s garden and lead the Gardens to financial strength. He is also focusing on actively reinforcing the organization’s reputation as a leader in plant research and display.