Board members must be members, in good standing, of The Friends.  They participate in fund raising activities, including but not limited to raising the financial resources required to meet The Friends goals and objectives, as coordinated by the President, Vice-President and Director of the New Hanover County Extension Service, and establishing general fundraising policies and activities.

Meet the Officers of the Friends of the Arboretum

Officers must be members of the Board of Directors and members of The Friends.  Any person may hold two offices simultaneously, except that the President shall not also be Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer.

Kat Pohlman


Kat Polk

Vice President


Bob Fortiano


Carol Bales


Oversees The Friends board as a whole and provides resources for furthering the duties and success of fundraising; presides over all meetings of the membership, the Board and Executive Committee.

Performs the duties and exercises the responsibilities of the President in their absence or disability; joins in planning meetings and engages in other duties as assigned by the President. 

Responsible for oversight of all funds of The Friends, receipt and recording of contributions and monies due and payable to The Friends from any source, and the disbursement and depositing of all such monies in the name of The Friends. 

Responsible for and has oversight of the records of the proceedings of the Board and Executive Committee 

Meet the Board Members of the Friends of the Arboretum

Jaya Kandasamy

J T Fritsch




John Ranalli


Doug Thatcher


Valerie Smith

Special Events

Kat Pohlman

Gift Shop

Ken Wells

Kat Polk



Planned Giving

Ex-Officio Personnel

Angela Pearsall

Arboretum Staff Support

Lloyd Singleton

Director - New Hanover County Arboretum

Kathy East

(President - Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Association Representative)  

John Ranalli

Ex-Officio President

Development Coordinator

Bradley Carter


"Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403


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