Board & Staff

Coming Together

Our board and staff members are a collaboration of committed individuals dedicated to engaging our visitors in learning about plants and preserving Thelma and Charles Mercer’s legacy.

The 2016-2017 Board, representing nearly 500 members, is made up of a dedicated team of individuals profoundly dedicated to fulfilling The Mercer Society’s mission. We are committed to excellence, good management and fiscal responsibility.

Because Mercer Botanic Gardens is younger than many of the nation’s botanic gardens and arbiters, there is still considerable room for growth and development of the Gardens as well as its research and education efforts. The Board collectively invites you to join our mission by becoming a member of The Member Society.  Detailed information on the levels and benefits of membership is located on our membership page.

The Mercer Society office, located in the Visitor Center at Mercer Botanic Gardens, is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for your convenience,

Board of Directors

  • Executive Officers
  • Maryanne M. EsserPresident
  • Katherine BurnsidesVice President
  • David KleinTreasurer
  • Carol ScraperSecretary
  • Charlyn BrownAssistant Secretary
  • Sue Botts
  • Patrick M. Callaghan
  • Phil Graiff
  • Mimi Kerr
  • Jon Lindsay
  • Catherine Powers
  • Alan Raymond
  • Darrin DulingDirector - Mercer Botanic Gardens


  • Jane JentoftOffice Manager
  • Rebecca MillsGrower
  • Ashley RodriguezGift & Plant Shoppe Manager