Greenwich Botanical Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation, and the arts.
Greenwich Botanical Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation, and the arts.
Greenwich Botanical Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation, and the arts.
Greenwich Botanical Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation, and the arts.

GBC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Founded in 1957, by local citizens, our vision has been to provide horticulture education for the community.

Elizabeth Peyton, President - Elizabeth Peyton has over fifteen years of experience in strategic management and fundraising in the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as the Director of Annual Giving at Christ Church Greenwich, and has worked at Mothers for Others, the Port Chester Carver Center, and the Breast Cancer Alliance throughout her career. In addition to her professional and volunteer work in the nonprofit sector, Elizabeth developed expertise in strategy, business development, and client relations during her time at Bridgewater Associates and Greenwich Associates.

Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Boston College, where she graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program. She is a member of the Junior League of Greenwich and served as its President from 2018-2019. Additionally, she is a member and active volunteer at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich and past Parent’s Association Executive Board member at Sacred Heart Greenwich. She lives in Cos Cob and enjoys tending to her small backyard garden with her husband and daughter.

 

Kimberly Conte, Vice President - Kim is a 3rd generation Greenwich Resident, growing up in Cos Cob and as a child joyfully rode horseback through the trails of Pomerance & Pinetum. Kim has a degree in business administration from The Berkley School. She is Vice President of her family’s 3rd generation construction company and managing director of her family’s landscape architecture and civil engineering firm. She believes in passing on knowledge to her clients, helping them to achieve a sustainable, eco-friendly landscape. She has a deep love of gardening and is always happy to meet a new plant type!  Kim enjoys spending time with husband, two sons and daughter-in-law and her three grandchildren, and loves boating, vegetable gardening, keeping chickens and cooking.

 

Johnna Yeskey, Secretary - Johnna Yeskey has been an educator for over 52 years both as a teacher and an administrator.  49 of those years have been at The Greenwich Country Day School where she was Head of the Lower School for 30 years and most recently has served as Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs. Johnna is a member of the Commission on Membership and Accreditation for the Connecticut Association of Independent School, serving as Chair for 10 years. She is also a long time of Junior League of Greenwich since 1981 and currently serves as a member of the Sustainer Advisory Board, serving as Secretary and Chair of the Children Giving Shop for TEF. Johnna has been a member of the Greenwich Botanical Center Board since 2015, serving on various committees and member of the Executive Board since 2017 as Secretary. She is a former member of the United Way Community Advisory Board and Nominating Committee. Johnna has been a resident of Greenwich since 1974, and lives on Londonderry Drive with husband, Dennis.  Her two grown children were born and raised in Greenwich, and she now enjoys visiting her 3 Grandchildren. Johnna received her BS and MS degrees in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and her EdM in Educational Administration from Teacher's College, Columbia University.

 

Lori Gyesky, Treasurer - Lori joined the GBC Board in 2022, taking the seat of her mother-in-law, who was a long time board member.  Lori feels passionate about the importance of nature being a part of children's lives and her kids have been active participants in the Forest Days program since its inception.  Lori has a BA in Economics from McGill University and spent her career working in finance.  She lives in Cos Cob with her husband, four children, two dogs and a cat.

 

Jennifer Butler - Jennifer Butler grew up in Greenwich and is an attorney turned stay-at-home mom to three young girls.  Her dream to help bring a forest-based program for preschool aged children to Greenwich began during the countless hours that she spent outdoors with her toddlers.  After researching and discovering the vast benefits of outdoor play, she took her idea to the Greenwich Botanical Center where she sits on the Board and previously served as the co-founder and Director of Forest Days. Jennifer earned her J.D. from Pace University School of Law and B.A. from St. Joseph’s University. In addition to sitting on the Board of Greenwich Botanical Center, Jennifer is an active volunteer at Christ Church Greenwich and Greenwich Academy.  She lives in central Greenwich with her husband Barron, their three daughters where she enjoys cooking, gardening and playing tennis.

 

Allie Kurd - Allie joined the board in 2022, eager to contribute to the community-driven mission of the GBC. Allie is a financial sales executive at Google, managing the American Express global portfolio, and is also a trained facilitator and active advocate for Google’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion IAR program. Prior to joining Google, she managed a sales team at a data tech firm after starting her sales career at Martha Stewart in Chicago. Allie graduated with honors from Miami University & is enrolled in the CME Executive program at Harvard Business School. Her professional experience extends into the nonprofit sector as well, having helped launch & manage the Make-A-Wish Chicago Classic Foundation. Allie lives in Greenwich with her husband and two sons (future GBC Little Rangers!). In addition to her love of flowers & horticulture, Allie loves traveling, reading, running, and spending time with her family exploring the beautiful Greenwich outdoors, the Pinetum especially! One of her favorite aspects of the GBC is the educational & enriching programming that her whole family enjoys- ranging from youth-oriented outdoor sensory classes to gardening, designing & even composting workshops!

 

Leah Marmon - Leah Marmon’s community involvement spans three decades and multiple organizations, and in 2015, she was recognized for her dedication to the community with the “Spirit of Greenwich “Award. In addition to her role on the Board at the Greenwich Botanical Center, Leah is currently a member of the Junior League of Greenwich, Board member of RiverHouse, Board member of Women’s Fellowship of Second Congregational Church and Deacon of the church, and a Sole Sister of the Greenwich United Way. She has also served on boards and committees for Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich Library Friends’ Board, ABILIS, and the Greenwich Arts Council. She moved to Greenwich 39 years ago, and lives in Cos Cob with her husband. She is also a member of the English-Speaking Union, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, NYU Alumni Association, Skidmore College Alumni Association, and the American Nurses Association.

 

Sandra Marr - Sandra considers herself lucky to be a nearly lifelong resident of Greenwich. She has been on the board of GBC since 2021 and currently serves on the Executive Committee as VP of Governance. The bulk of her professional career has been developing and leading Human Resources departments in the financial services sector.  After leaving the corporate sector, Sandra runs her own HR consulting and Executive Coaching business.  She is passionate about her work in which she helps to coach and develop teams and emerging leaders at all levels in publicly and privately held businesses as well as non-profit organizations. Sandra earned her MS in Organizational Management and Human Resource Development at Manhattanville College, and her Coaching Certification from Columbia University.  She is also an active member of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes Parish, serving on several committees. She happily enjoys free time with her husband, two married sons and four young grandsons and loves gardening, golf, cooking, lifelong learning and spending quality time with family and friends.

 

Kathy McCormack - Kathy McCormack has her BA in History from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in International Finance and East Asian Studies from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She began her career in International Economic Research at Morgan Stanley and is the co-author of 101 Trends Every Investor Should Know About the Global Economy. She moved to Riverside in 2000 and began focusing on her strong interest in sustainability and public libraries. She was both a long-time member and Co-Chair of the Greenwich Public Schools Green Schools Committee and is currently Board President of Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich.  She is also a member of the Greenwich Reads Together Committee, Greenwich Library’s town-wide reading initiative that engages the community around a single book. Kathy is the Co-Founder of Anna’s Hummingbird, a handmade table linens business that sells in markets and shops in both CT & NJ. She has 4 children and lives in Riverside with her husband.

 

Moira Napolitano - Moira Napolitano has been a long-time resident of Greenwich CT and has called the Glenville section of town home for over 25 years.  Always a dedicated volunteer in town, Moira’s community involvement spans to being on local school boards specializing in marketing/PR and event planning to District Leader for the Republican Town Committee (RTC) to volunteering at Neighbor to Neighbor and with the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). 

Moira started her career in New York City and spent many years managing events for Fortune 100 companies like Pfizer and IBM.  Transitioning to work locally, she took a position in the private equity division of a family office before being promoted to managing the office operationally. She has also worked alongside her husband in his local law practice that specialized in land use and zoning, which led her to create her own real estate consulting practice helping clients with land use research and town hall processing of permits.

Moira attended the University of Arizona and SUNY Oneonta and has a background in Business Economics and Nutrition.  She enjoys life with her husband Frank and their daughter Claire.  Besides being an avid gardener, she loves to cook and entertain family and friends and she enjoys all things nature, whether it being hiking in the woods or time at the beach. 

 

Caitlin O’Hara - Caitlin O'Hara has two decades of professional experience in event planning, design and production. For the past fifteen years, her boutique event firm has impressed NYC luminaries with its design and production of high-profile events in the entertainment, tech, fashion, art, and design industries. Caitlin's client list includes many of New York's renowned organizations such as the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Arts and Design and Dia Art Foundation. 

 Flowers and plants are integral to the work Caitlin does. As such, both her knowledge of and lifelong passion for the same has grown throughout the years. Since her move from New York City to Greenwich, Caitlin has enjoyed exploring and observing the GBC and Pinetum grounds across all four seasons, through nature walks and fondly with her two daughters as part of the GBC Forest Days program. 

 

Rachel Simon - Rachel Simon has been VP of Horticulture since 2020 after spending many hours volunteering in the greenhouse.  She discovered Greenwich Botanical Center following years of walking through Montgomery Pinetum and always admiring the geraniums in the greenhouse.  Born and raised in Greenwich, CT, she studied architecture at the University of San Francisco and then graduated with a BFA in Interior Design from New York School of Interior Design.  She is the principal designer at Rachel Simon Interiors and resides in Greenwich with her husband, two sons and their two dogs.  Rachel grew up gardening with her family and now enjoys sharing this passion at GBC as well as with her own children.  Her fondness of plants, travel, entertaining and cooking translate into her planning of interiors, green spaces, and events.  Rachel is grateful to be serving the community she has been lucky enough to call home her entire life.

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Greenwich Botanical Center
130 Bible Street, P.O. Box 1600
Cos Cob, Connecticut 06807
+1 203-869-9242
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Mon - Fri :  9:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday : Closed
Sunday : Closed