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Garden Club of Jacksonville
1005 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204


Denise M. Reagan

Executive Director

Denise spent 25 years in journalism as a writer, editor, designer, and manager of newspapers and websites across the country. She returned to Jacksonville to work at The Florida Times-Union, where she led the news, design, copy editing, graphics, photo, and video departments. As editor of Folio Weekly, she wrote regularly about politics, culture, and Downtown Jacksonville. As director of communications for the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, she oversaw all public relations, marketing, and social media. She later joined Brunet-García Advertising, where she communicated the agency’s messages externally and internally across all platforms. For five years, Denise served as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications where she taught a news design class. She is an experienced public speaker who has led seminars all over the United States and in Mexico, Canada, and China.

Gary DeSue

Campus Caretaker

Corinne Lightfoot

Marketing & Membership Manager

Sandy Keller

Events Manager

Stu Velky

Campus Operations Manager

Aaron Birch

Event Ambassador

Kat Christie

Event Ambassador

DeWitt Cooper

Event Ambassador

Karen Garcia

Event Ambassador

Christie Osuna

Event Ambassador

Shannon Sharpe

Event Ambassador

John Thomas

Event Ambassador

Eric Turner

Event Ambassador


Tiffany Davis

Board of Trustees

Marty Jones

First Vice President,
Board of Trustees

Julie Howard

Second Vice President,
Board of Trustees

Cathe Gray

Board of Trustees

Sonja Skinner Jones

Recording Secretary,
Board of Trustees

Susan Caton

Corresponding Secretary,
Board of Trustees

Lauren Baxter

Board of Trustees

Arthur Bides

Board of Trustees

John Burr

Board of Trustees

Susan Caven

Board of Trustees

Martha Collins Davis

Board of Trustees

Cora Hackley

Board of Trustees

JoAnne Krestul

Board of Trustees

Karen McCombs

Board of Trustees

Janet Reagor

Board of Trustees

Devon Richards

Board of Trustees

Catherine Rieman

Board of Trustees

Marianne Salas

Board of Trustees

Ann Sauer

Board of Trustees

Art Shad

Board of Trustees

Jan Sillik

Board of Trustees

Stephen Stanton

Board of Trustees

Shari Thanner

Board of Trustees

Michelle Villasenor

Board of Trustees

Irene Woodworth

Board of Trustees

Madiha Zahir

Board of Trustees


The Garden Club often seeks people to assist in executing successful events while creating an exceptional experience for all guests. If you are interested in joining the Garden Club team, please contact us.

Available Positions

The Garden Club of Jacksonville seeks a part-time event ambassador to assist in executing successful events while creating an exceptional experience for all guests.


  • Support the Garden Club’s mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellent customer service, collaboration, innovation, respect, and accountability.
  • Set-up and breakdown tables and chairs before and after events.
  • Welcome guests in an engaging manner as they arrive and depart.
  • Respond to guest needs in a cordial, efficient, and professional manner.
  • Ensure all event spaces are properly maintained, clean, and free of safety hazards. Maintain constant awareness of safety issues, (i.e. broken glass, spills, and leaks).
  • Maintain a professional appearance.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and skills

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • One year of customer service experience preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and with diplomacy when interacting with vendors, staff, members, volunteers, and the public.
  • Ability to accurately follow instructions, both verbally and written.
  • Ability to solve problems in a quick and efficient manner.
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, lift, reach, push, pull, twist, walk, crouch, and squat.
  • Valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that will include nights, weekends, and holidays.


Qualified applicants should call 904-355-4224 or email


The Garden Club offers internships all year long to college students who want to earn credit hours and get valuable hands-on experience. We have an opportunity for you, whether you’re pursuing a degree in communications, marketing, history, computer science, education, nonprofit management, sustainability, landscape architecture, or other areas.


The Garden Club provides many opportunities for members and the public to volunteer at events throughout the year, make improvements to our historic riverfront campus, and partner with other organizations on garden projects or clean-ups.

Community Service

The Garden Club provides a rewarding environment for high school students who want to volunteer. Your community service hours will satisfy the eligibility requirements for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and enhance your résumé for college applications and other scholarships. Please contact us for volunteer opportunities, such as beautification projects, sustainability projects, event management assistance, social media marketing, historic archiving, and more.