Foundation Board


Ed Hayes

Brice Hayes

Pat Mayer

Ron McDaniel

Dick Smith

Bob McClure

John Sayre

Tom Hayes

Chris Gilbert

David McClure

Catherine Hurd

Caroline Hayes

David Rodgers

Ann Herrman

Betsy Hayes

Executive Director, PLA, LEED AP, CFRM, ISA Certified Arborist

Stephen Hayes Jr

Stephen Hayes Jr., a licensed Professional Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional, is the Executive Director of Hayes Arboretum.  He is a 2003 graduate from the University of Georgia with a degree in Landscape Architecture.  Stephen practiced Landscape Architecture in Virginia and Maryland prior to moving to Richmond, Indiana in 2010.  He is currently active at the board level with the Wayne County Cardinal Greenway, Soil & Water Conservation District, Richmond Rose Garden, and Purdue Extension.   Stephen enjoys promoting environmental awareness and strengthening the community’s connection with our natural world.  Stephen and his wife Amy enjoy jogging with their terrier-mix dog, Georgia. 

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President of the Stanley W. Hayes Research Foundation, Inc

Stephen Hayes Sr.

Stephen H. Hayes, Sr. is the President of Stanley W. Hayes Research Foundation Inc, the operating foundation that funds Hayes Arboretum. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University & an MBA in Marketing from Georgia State University. He has been active with the Foundation & Arboretum since 1973 serving in Foundation Board and Executive Capacities.  In the late 90’s, he spearheaded plans for a Hayes History Museum on site for the benefit of our visitors to showcase the storied history of the founder of Hayes Arboretum.  A complimentary guided tour of the Hayes Museum is yours for the asking! He has 4 children, all of whom carry an active interest in the organization: Catherine Hayes Hurd, Stephen H. Hayes, Jr., Caroline S. Hayes & Brice E. Hayes, II as well as 3 grandchildren.

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Naturalist, Program Coordinator, Certified Interpretive Guide

Jenilee Braun

Jenilee Braun, a 2016 graduate from Indiana University East, is the Naturalist and Program Coordinator at Hayes Arboretum. She obtained her BS in Biology with minors in Environmental Science, Chemistry, and Anthropology along with graduating with Honors and Highest Distinction in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. Jenilee interned and volunteered at Hayes Arboretum before being officially hired in August 2017. Her love of connecting nature with community extends to her volunteer work at Wolf Creek Habitat and Rescue. Jenilee is certified as an Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation. She continues her education through conferences, including Nature Explore Programs focusing on infants & toddlers, Climate Change in Indiana sessions., and Environmental Education Association of Indiana conferences.  

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Grounds Superintendent

Marty Roman

Marty Roman, a lifelong resident of Richmond, is the Grounds Superintendent. Starting as a volunteer in 2011, he eventually became an intern in 2012. Marty graduated from Ivy Tech in 2013 with his Associate degree in Agriculture and was offered a position here at the Arboretum. Currently he is studying for his Associate's in General Studies, along with a certificate in HVAC/R and Aquaculture. Marty enjoys spending time with his wife Terri and his three labs - Bear, Willow, and Bella.

Advisory Board

Ann Herrman

Carol Owen-Clark

Judi Willett

Nancy Sartain

Rick Pegg

Cindy Johnson

Tim Clark

Carla Griffin

Ben Willett

Cody Short