Lynn Ann Short, President, has more than thirty years of experience in health and human services in the private, government and non-profit sectors. In 2012, Lynn moved to Reno from Boston, Massachusetts via Mammoth Lakes, California. She also serves on the Executive Boards of both national and international organizations. Lynn holds a graduate degree in public health and has expertise in planning and implementing community-based initiatives and workforce development and policy. She enjoys gardening, especially growing herbs and flowers, and completed the Master Gardener training program sponsored by UNR’s Cooperative Extension.
Susan Mullen, Vice President, spent almost three decades at the Reno Gazette-Journal as a features writer covering arts and culture as well as some home and garden news. After retiring in late 2015 and sharing her love of gardening and landscaping, she began volunteering at the arboretum. Before moving to Reno in 1988, she lived in both Nebraska and Colorado. Susan had been married for nearly 25 years to former Gazette-Journal investigative reporter, Frank Mullen.
Rod Dimmitt, Treasurer, is currently retired and living in Carson City. He is a former Facility Manager for a 3rd party logistics provider, and the former owner of 2 The UPS Stores, in Carson City and Dayton. He has been a cactus and succulent fan for years, with his front yard dominated by cactus, yuccas and agaves. Rod became involved with the May Arboretum as a volunteer last March, typically working in the gardens 2 days a week. His goal is to help the Arboretum complete the perimeter fencing and to get a start on developing a “Native Nevada Succulent” within the gardens that will be incorporated into the Arboretum’s Master Plan.
Susan Campau, Secretary, moved to Reno from New Mexico with her family in 1988. A native of Wisconsin, she has been a volunteer at the arboretum for five years. Prior to that she worked for a local garden center and nursery. Susan is also a Master Gardener. In addition to her work in the arboretum and with the Society, Susan enjoys working in her own garden, taking care of her grandchildren and working for her husband's business, which they have owned for the past 36 years. Susan has also served as Secretary of the May Arboretum Society.
Valerie Ellis is a Reno native that loves gardening and especially growing flowers. She has periodically lived in Arizona and Oregon. Recently retired from Saint Mary's Hospital after 25 years of service. When not gardening, Valerie can be found hiking or working with textiles - felting and weaving. Valerie also serves as Membership Chair.
Lenita Powers spent 43 years in journalism, working at the Reno Gazette-Journal as a reporter, columnist and assistant city editor and also as a reporter for Advertising Age and USA TODAY. She grew up in Reno and Sparks and is a graduate of the University of Nevada. A volunteer who enjoys working in arboretum, Lenita also has served on the board of directors for the Committee to Aid Abused Women.
Catherine Allin Tollstrup has been volunteering at the May Arboretum and Botanical Garden and actively involved in the May Arboretum Society for the past two years, working with the Plant Sale Committee, at Lavender Day and ART & Nature in the Arboretum. Catherine has a professional background in environmental science focusing on water quality. She has served in leadership positions on committees and boards in California, at both the state and local level including the California Water Environment Association and the Bay Area Pollution Prevention Group.
Bill Carlos, Endowment Fund Committee Chair, is the horticulturist for Washoe County Community Services Department and has managed the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden for over 10 years. Over the last two years, the Arboretum achieved Level II Accreditation though the national Morton Arboretum Arbet Program under Bill's leadership. He is also responsible for establishing the Arboretum Society's Endowment Fund, an Arboretum's Horticulture Volunteer Training Program, and completing an assessment of the condition and value of the Arboretum. Before coming to the Arboretum, Bill served for 21 years as the Horticulture Program Coordinator for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension