Meet the Candidates!

It’s that time of year! Elections for HCMGA board positions will be held during the October membership meeting. Remember that the position of Past President is not an elected position. So, we are pleased to say that Michelle Arfman will serve as HCMGA’s 2019 Past President.

Here are your candidates for the 2018 Board:

Jennifer Lambert
Liza Frydenlund
David Richey
Anna Scarlavai
Debbie Donahue
Stephanie Daugherty
Susan Allen
Kim Chmielewski
Sue Gregg
Alice Overton

Thank you for supporting HCMGA,
The Nominating Committee

CANDIDATE POSITION:
PRESIDENT: 
JENNIFER LAMBERT
Year you joined HCMGA: 2012 (Bronze)
Other MG groups you’ve belonged to (county and state): None
MG committees in which you’ve been involved: Plant sale, Veggie bed, Herb bed, Greens Workshop, Membership, Mentorship, Master Propagators.
MG leadership positions (current/previous): Vice President, Co-Chair Greens Committee; Co-Chair Seeds Committee
Other organizations you’ve been involved with; positions held: Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Jaycees, Junior League, Carmel Green Team, Third Phase, WAD – World Association of Detectives, NALI (National Association of Legal Investigators), Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
Greatest strengths you’d bring to the MG position: Optimism, Enthusiasm and Passion. Not afraid to work hard, get my hands dirty or try something new. I love collaborative projects, problem-solving, helping others, and most of all gardening

CANDIDATE POSITION:
VICE PRESIDENT
LIZA FRYDENLUND
Year you joined HCMGA: 2010 (?)
Other MG groups you’ve belonged to (county and state): None
MG committees in which you’ve been involved: AAS Veggie Bed, Parson’s Patch, Third Phase, Seeds of Knowledge, Master Propagators
MG leadership positions (current/previous): Currently co-chair of Mentorship subcommittee (Membership Committee); currently Officer at Large
Other organizations you’ve been involved with; positions held: Owner of Garden Grace Landscape Design; formerly Operations Manager and Plant Manager with Honeywell International, DuPont, and ICI; Girl Scout leader
Greatest strengths you’d bring to the MG position: Organization, problem solving, negotiation, helping people, leadership, listening skills, conflict resolution, public speaking, love of gardening, and enjoyment of HCMGA as an organization.

CANDIDATE POSITION:
TREASURER
DAVID RICHEY
Year you joined HCMGA: 2012 (Bronze)
Other MG groups you’ve belonged to (county and state): None
MG committees in which you’ve been involved: Seeds of Knowledge; Plant Sale, Daylily Sale
MG leadership positions (current/previous): Treasurer
Other organizations you’ve been involved with; positions held: Fishers United Methodist Church—Stewardship (Finance) Committee Chair, Boy Scout Pack 109 Financial Secretary, Come to Me Food Pantry (Fishers), Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association (Advisor). Prevail (Noblesville) Mothers’ Time Out Program (Advocate).
Greatest strengths you’d bring to the MG position: I owned my own mortgage banking company for 20+ years where we use the QuickBooks Accounting System. I also believe that volunteering is one of the greatest gifts we can give back to society.

 

CANDIDATE POSITION:
ASSISTANT TREASURER
ANNA SCARLAVAI
Year you joined HCMGA: 2013 (moved to IL in 2/2014-3/2016)
Other MG groups you’ve belonged to (county and state): None
MG committees in which you’ve been involved: Daylily & Iris bed, herb garden and garden store
MG leadership positions (current/previous): Assistant Treasurer
Other organizations you’ve been involved with; positions held:  At one of our previous churches, I was co-chair for the Inter-faith Hospitality Network. Also volunteered at several church functions as well as work-sponsored events.
Greatest strengths you’d bring to the MG position: I am a very detailed person as well as dependable. In one of my prior positions in the medical billing field I posted patient co-pays and payments into the system. I also balanced and reconciled patient payments from 4 different office sites and made deposits at the bank. I love working with numbers and making sure everything balances.

CANDIDATE POSITION:
SECRETARY
DEBBIE DONAHUE
Year you joined HCMGA: 2017
Other MG groups you’ve belonged to (county and state): None
MG committees in which you’ve been involved: 4H Wildflowers, 4H Day Camp, Volunteered with plant sale and plots to plates
MG leadership positions (current/previous): None
Other organizations you’ve been involved with; positions held: I have 26 years of management experience. I have held leadership positions at church, with boy and girl scouts and am a CASA advocate. I have not previously worked on a board but work with a United Way advisory board.
Greatest strengths you’d bring to the MG position: I am organized, committed and dependable. I have strong analytical, achievement and strategic skills. I am a self-starter and can work independently but enjoy working with others.

CANDIDATE POSITION:
OFFICER-AT-LARGE
STEPHANIE DAUGHERTY
Year you joined HCMGA: 2012
Other MG groups you’ve belonged to (county and state): NA
MG committees in which you’ve been involved:  30th Anniversary Planning Committee, HCMGA By-Laws Committee, Program Committee Co-chair; Seeds of Knowledge, Serenity Garden, Rose Garden,
Westfield Heirloom Plant Sale Food Committee
MG positions previously held: HCMGA Board Secretary, 2015 & 2016, Officerat-Large
Other organizations you’ve been involved with; positions held: Elementary School Principal in Virginia, retired; Newsletter editor and secretary for Noblesville Newcomers; currently a Coach/Consultant for the National Association of Elementary School Principals, President of PEO Chapter EH and member of the North Harbour Garden Club.
Greatest strengths you’d bring to the MG position:  I maintain a strong commitment to personal growth and development reaching out daily to learn from others. I believe strongly in collaboration and communication, the importance of involving all in decision making, respecting those who hold differing views, and reaching out to find common ground. My intent is to support the goals for the good of the organization.
I was born and raised in Anderson, IN. Three years after graduation from I.U. and working as a journalist for the Indianapolis Star, I moved to the East Coast with my husband and son. It was when we moved from Boston to the Washington, D.C., area, Falls Church, Virginia, that I built my school administration career. Upon retirement in 2009, my husband and I moved “home” and reside on Morse reservoir in Noblesville with our cat, Eli. My garden is now central to my life as I’ve worked countless hours to transform what was a “clay playground” under the trees into a fertile landscape for native plants. For two years I worked to amend the soil, digging, planting, pruning, dividing; then I discovered the Hamilton County Master Gardeners Association. It was one of the best things that could have happened to my garden and to me. The intern class provided inspiration, offered me educational opportunities to learn, and introduced me to many of the members of this Association with whom I have shoveled and exchanged treasured moments. Like my fellow gardeners, I am propelled ever forward, always in motion, with the goal of growing new ideas for the good of the Association and its members. Like our gardens, we are never finished.

CANDIDATE POSITION:
OFFICER-AT-LARGE
SUSAN ALLEN
Year you joined HCMGA: 2003
Other MG groups you’ve belonged to (county and state): None
MG committees in which you’ve been involved: Greens Workshop, Picket Fence Herb Bed, State Conference food committee, Master Propagators, AAS Flower Bed, Iris/Daylilies, Seed starting.
MG leadership positions (current/previous): Picket Fence Herb Bed Committee Chair, Greens Workshop Chair, Officer at Large (inaugural year)
Other organizations you’ve been involved with; positions held:  Association of Operating Room Nurses professional organization—President, newsletter, board member. Trinity Wesleyan Church—local board of administration, board of trustees, 4-H—member, junior leader.
Greatest strengths you’d bring to the MG position: Working well with others, willingness to share what I have learned, networking to facilitate common goals.

CANDIDATE POSITION:
OFFICER-AT-LARGE
KIM CHMIELEWSKI
Year you joined HCMGA: Fall 2012 Master Gardener Class
Other MG groups you’ve belonged to (county and state): None
MG committees in which you’ve been involved: 4-H Day Camp and Wildflower Programs, Greens Workshop, HSE High School Horticulture Class (2013), Junior Master Gardener, Seeds of Knowledge, and Tree Stewards; Coxhall Gardens, Ritchey Woods, Third Phase, Janus and Westfield Heirloom; Daylilies/Iris Beds, Rose Garden, Veggie Bed Sensory Garden, and Native Plant Bed; Plant Sale, Master Propagators
MG leadership positions (current/previous): Officer at Large (current)
Other organizations you’ve been involved with; positions held: Fishers Junior High Gardening Gang Club; co-advisor; East Lyme Garden Club, East Lyme, Connecticut; Secretary and Publicity Chairman; Vacation Bible School, Scenery Committee; co-chair, Holy Cross LC Indy; Director, CLC, East Lyme, CT; Crafts Chair, Grace LC, Northbrook, IL; Girl Scouts of the USA; Troop Leader Volunteer 1994-2012 and assorted positions, including Junior and Cadette Consultant, Service Unit Manager, National Delegate, and Council Strategic Planning Task Force Member; Smart Smockers, a Smocking Arts Guild of America Chapter; Secretary, By-Laws Committee member Greatest strengths you’d bring to the MG position: Various group experiences, Good team player, communicates well with others, makes connections with people and experiences. Biologist by training with university and industry experience and a 15 year support educator of at risk children ages 6-15, and life-long volunteer educator. Life long learner with a love for the earth and its future protection and nurture through ecology and sustainable and beautiful gardening.

CANDIDATE POSITION:
OFFICER-AT-LARGE
SUE GREGG
Year you joined HCMGA: 2002
Other MG groups you’ve belonged to (county and state): None
MG committees in which you’ve been involved: Co-Coach of Sponsorship Team for 2020 State Conference, Co-chair and volunteer of Veggie Bed and Produce Patch, Seed Swap Committee – volunteer – created the Program for 1st Annual Hamilton County Seed Swap, found vendors for the event and created floral arrangements., Plant Sale Team – volunteer, Ritchie Woods – volunteer
MG leadership positions (current/previous):  Co-Chair of Veggie Bed with Debra Lloyd and Ray Fitzpatrick
Other organizations you’ve been involved with; positions held:  Master Naturalist Program – completed classes, Indiana Wildlife Federation – member, and completed Habitat Steward training, INPAWS member, Midwest Native Plant Conference in Dayton Ohio – attended last 3 years, Amos Butler Audubon Society- member, Indiana Audubon Society – member
Greatest strengths you’d bring to the MG position: I love gardening and am very enthusiastic about our organization. Willingness to work hard and very dependable. Leadership skills – in my last 2 positions (Assistant Manager at Wild Birds Unlimited and Office Manager for a Medical Practice) I was in the management role, I have creative ideas and great attention to detail.  I embrace change and am willing to try something new. I love to keep learning – whether it be new gardening ideas or new computer skills.

CANDIDATE POSITION:
OFFICER-AT-LARGE
ALICE OVERTON
Year you joined HCMGA: 1996
Other MG groups you’ve belonged to (county and state): None
MG committees in which you’ve been involved: Publicity, Plant Sale , Nominating, Greens Workshop, Programs, State Conferences
MG leadership positions (current/previous): Publicity Chair: (10 yrs or more) Programs Co-Chair: 4 years, Nominating Co- Chair : 3 years, co-chair first year Plant Sale
Other organizations you’ve been involved with; positions held: No other non-profit
Greatest strengths you’d bring to the MG position: Over 20 years experience with HCMGA. Attended multiple leadership training workshops, have volunteered and served on many of the HCMGA committees over the past years. My knowledge of the various committees goals and responsibilities. My personal goal is to treat all fellow MG with respect and kindness.

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