Board of Directors


Beth Hollingsworth, 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.

George Hegeman, Ph.D., Vice President

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.

Judith Granbois, 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.

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.

Sarah DeWeese, Director

DeWeese currently serves as director of marketing/communications for Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, and her work has been awarded at the regional and national levels. She often volunteers graphic design work for local non-profit organizations. As a trail runner and hiker, she has a deep appreciation for the Bloomington outdoors, and believes all youth should be given opportunities to interact with nature, to encourage future stewardship of our natural areas.

Ramsay Harik, Director

Ramsay Harik is a teacher and writer specializing in Religious Studies.  A Master Gardener and Native Plant Steward, he owns Deep Roots Garden Center.  His gardening focus is on native plants and organic food production.  Ramsay is also the creator and patent-holder of The Deer Cage, a device for protecting trees and shrubs from deer predation.

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.

Michael Simmons, Ph.D., Director

A retired historian of religions, Dr. Simmons is a graduate of the first Master Gardener class held in Monroe County in 1988 and co-founder of the Monroe County Master Gardener Association.  He teaches a variety of classes in organic horticulture and is lead instructor and co-founder of the Grow Organic Educator Series.  He is the founder and lead instructor of the Certificate in the Management of Orchards class and the Master Composter Series.  He is co-founder of the Bloomington Community Orchard and currently serves on the Education Team of that organization.  An instructor for the Habitat Stewards Program, he consults regularly on wildlife habitat restoration and organic orchard management practices.