Committees and Staff

To contact someone by email, use the links below. If you are unable to contact someone by email, you may contact the Society’s ombudsman, Susan Grose.

Committee Chairpersons

  • Awards of Appreciation: Molly Schneider
  • Bylaws: Stuart Hammer
  • Chapters and Affiliates: Karyn Cichocki
  • Conservation: Stephen Maciejewski and Dr. Jeremy Keene, Co-Chairs
  • Conventions: Jo Anne Martinez
  • Development: Austin Grevious
  • Elvin McDonald Research Endowment Fund: Dr. Alain Chautems
  • Finance: Michael Riley
  • Frances Batcheller Endowment Fund: Tom Bruning
  • Gesneriad Hybridizers Association (GHA): Dale Martens; Membership – Martha Lacy
  • Gesneriad Registrar: Irina Nicholson
  • Historian: Elizabeth Varley
  • Insurance: Barbara Festenstein
  • Internet Communications: Julie Mavity-Hudson; Webmaster – Hung Nguyen; Events – Karyn Cichocki
  • Membership Promotion: Dale Martens; Exchange Ads – Hung Nguyen; Gleanings – Mel Grice
  • Merchandise: Hung Nguyen
  • Nellie D. Sleeth Scholarship Endowment Fund: Dr. Eric Roalson
  • Nominating: Laura Buckner
  • Ombudsman: Susan Grose
  • Photography: Julie Mavity-Hudson
  • Properties: Austin Grevious
  • Publications: Dave Zaitlin
  • Review: Julie Mavity-Hudson
  • Seed Fund: Carolyn Ripps (Species); Gussie Farrice (Hybrids)
  • Shows and Judging: Arleen Dewell; Awards – Paul Susi; Appraisal Subscriptions – Jill Fischer; Appraisal Editor – Mel Grice
  • Standing Rules: Paul Susi
  • Students and Speakers Convention Fund: Jo Anne Martinez
  • Student Convention Grants: Jeanne Katzenstein and Stephen Maciejewski, Co-Chairs

Appointed Staff

  • Membership Secretary: Bob Clark
  • Parliamentarian: Stuart Hammer


  • Gesneriads Journal: Editor Peter – Shalit; Business Manager – Michael Riley; Advertising Manager – Tom Bruning; Events – Ray Coyle and Karyn Cichocki
  • Gleanings E-Zine: Editor – Mel Grice
  • Appraisal Judges Interest Group Newsletter: Editor – Mel Grice; Subscriptions – Jill Fischer
  • CrossWords Gesneriad Hydridizers Association Newsletter: Editor – Jay Sespico; Subscriptions – Martha Lacy

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