Board of Directors


Judith Granbois, President and Secretary

Ms. Granbois is a writer and editor who retired as Program Associate at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions at Indiana University. A lifelong student of natural history, she is a backyard birder and wildflower enthusiast. She currently focuses on native plants, rock gardens and shade plants, and is an active member of Bloomington Garden Club.

Beth Hollingsworth, Vice President

Also serving on the board of the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, Ms. Hollingsworth is a retired teacher of community health nursing at Ball State University. For ten years, she owned and operated Goods for Cooks, a kitchen emporium in Bloomington. Her gardening year is divided between Zones 5 and 10.

Arthur Jacques, Chief Financial Officer

Initially serving as a financial consultant and then retiring from a marketing position for a Fortune 100 firm, Mr. Jacques began researching and growing a wide range of heirloom vegetables. As an Eagle Scout Art learned early to appreciate the simple rewards of living in harmony with nature. He has built over 100 birdhouses on his property for a wide variety of species, including the Pileated Woodpecker and Barn Owl. Other passions include reading, history and traveling.

Tom Coleman, Director

An award-winning graphic designer, Mr. Coleman is a former chairman and retired faculty member of the Indiana University School of Fine Arts. He has served for years on the Bloomington Tree Commission as well as the Monroe County Tree Board. He is also a former board member of the Indiana State Urban Forest Council. He is the proud recipient of the Indiana Tree Steward of the Year Award.

George Hegeman, Director

A retired Professor of Microbiology at Indiana University, Mr Hegeman is an enthusiastic gardener, beekeeper, orchardist and tree farmer. He is a member of the Monroe County Health Board, the Bloomington Tree Commission and the League of Women Voters.

Nancy Martin, Director

Following a career as a Project Manager for Systems Development at various Fortune 100 firms, Ms. Martin currently teaches seventh and eighth grade science at Jackson Creek Middle School in Bloomington. She is an active member of Sassafras Audubon Society and the Bloomington Photography Club, and her interest in nature photography has inspired wildlife trips around the world. Her passion for gardening was inspired by her childhood years attending the Hilltop Youth Gardening program. She now specializes in growing double daffodils.

Nancy Miller, Director


Nancy taught in Monroe County Community Schools for 36 years before her recent retirement.  Always drawn to nature, she has been gardening since childhood and encouraged her kindergarten students to dig in the dirt, nurture plants and learn to garden.  An Advanced Master Gardener, she manages a showstopper garden of her own starring hydrangeas, clematis and specimen evergreens, along with a pond and a sand beach.  She is a member of Bloomington Garden Club and volunteers at WonderLab Children's Garden.

Kathy Ruesink, Director

Formerly a lab technician specializing in molecular biology at Harvard University before coming to IU and ending as an academic advisor.  Kathy has a deep love of the natural world and is an avid hiker.  She is also actively involved in gardening and birding activities that have taken her throughout the country.  Kathy loves helping young people to engage in gardening and develop a better understanding of the natural world.