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Garden Senior Staff & Board Members


Garden Leadership

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a Board of Directors and Board of Associates.

Senior staff include:

President and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson, President Emeritus
Frank has provided leadership to the Garden since 1992, first as Executive Director, then as President & CEO, and now as President Emeritus. Frank retires March 31, 2015; learn more about Frank's leadership and plans for the Garden's future.

Learn more about Frank Robinson.

Executive Director at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Shane TippettShane Tippett, Executive Director

Shane has served the Garden since 2004, first as Assistant Director for Finance and Operations and now as Executive Director. Shane is responsible for all daily operations, staffing and financial activity. Learn more about Shane Tippett.



Grace ChapmanGrace Chapman, Horticulture Director

Grace has a strong public gardens background with experience at premier gardens in the United States and United Kingdom. Most recently before coming to the Garden, Grace was horticulture supervisor at the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Learn more about Grace Chapman.




Randee HumphreyRandee Humphrey, Education Director

Randee Humphrey joined Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as Education Manager in 2004, and oversees all functions of the Education department, including public, school, and special audience programs, educational exhibits and interpretation, management of Library and herbarium collections, and community initiatives and partnerships.

Learn more about Randee Humphrey.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Kim Dove, Guest Services Director
Kim Dove began her career at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in 2005 in the Facility Events department where she coordinated the facility rental and sales business. She quickly moved up, and in 2010 became Manager of Guest Services, overseeing the Facility Events, Admissions, Operations and Security Departments. In her latest role as Director of Guest Services, effective January 2013, Kim added the Garden Shop and Maintenance Departments to her list of responsibilities. Learn more about Kim Dove.


Jennie Romero Jennie Romero, Acting Director of Development
Jennie is responsible for building beautiful gardens as well as a vibrant community through fundraising, business development, and special events. Prior to the Garden, she worked in institutional advancement at the Virginia Community College System and marketing at CarMax. Jennie has experience in annual giving, writing for the web, and nonprofit administration. She received her B.S. in technical and scientific communication from James Madison University, a post-baccalaureate certificate in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a 2010 graduate of the University of Richmond’s Summer Institute on Philanthropy. In 2013, she was named the Rising Star by the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives.
Learn more about Jennie Romero.


Beth Rilee MonroeBeth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director

Strategic public relations and marketing have helped propel Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden from “Richmond’s Best Kept Secret” to one of the region’s top destinations and national recognition. Beth Monroe has led these public relations and marketing efforts over the past 15 years as the Garden grows and brings people and plants together to improve our communities.

Learn more about Beth Monroe.




Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Board of Directors


John M.R. Reed, President

Kathleen Allen Luke, Vice President

James Starkey III, Treasurer

Deborah J. Wolenberg, Secretary

Dennis I. Belcher, Esq., General Counsel

President and CEO
Frank L. Robinson

Executive Director
Shane W. Tippett

Director Emerita

Mrs. Lora M. Robins*


Robin Baliles

Mrs. Samuel M. Bemiss

Mary Anne Burke

Michele K. Burke

Joelle Cosby

Janet C. Deskevich

Charles H. Foster, Jr.

Ann Parker H. Gottwald

Dr. Jill Bussey Harris

Thomas Huff, Ph.D

Donna Kelliher

Anne Leigh Kerr

William H. King, Jr

Steve Koprowski

Sr. Anne Marie Mack, CBS

Douglas N. Martin

Lawrence McKoy

Martha F. Moore

Paula H. Nachman

Hugh Newton

Helen R. Pinckney

Kee Sung Ro

Susan Robertson

Dennis Rudzinski, M.D.

Clare Schapiro

Martha R. Sherman

Carolyn Snow

Donald A. Steinbrugge

Sue Thompson

Peyton P. Wells

Susanne N. Wick

Dr. Charlotte B. Woodfin

Mary Denny Wray