Jacksonville, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2018) – Jacksonville residents John Burr and Anne Lewellen have been elected to the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Board of Directors.
Burr formerly served as executive editor with the Jacksonville Business Journal and in several editorial positions with the Florida Times-Union, winning numerous awards over the course of his journalism career.
“Jacksonville needs the arboretum and gardens, and I’m excited to join the board to take part in the effort to make it one of the city’s best public amenities,” Burr said.
In addition to serving on the arboretum board, Burr also volunteers as a business analyst for WJCT-FM, serves as vice-chairman for nonprofit Groundwork Jacksonville and is on the finance committee for St. Johns Cathedral.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from New York University
Lewellen is currently the museum curator at the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve and has received numerous Star Awards and On-the-Spot Awards from the National Park Service during her tenure with the government organization.
“I live near the arboretum, have enjoyed walking there since it opened and, in the past few years, I’ve been impressed with the growth of the trail system and the increased programming,” said Lewellen, who previously worked as a volunteer with the arboretum’s conservation group beginning in 2017.
Lewellen other nonprofit activities include serving as secretary for the Nassau Community Band, and previously serving as vice-president of the Brookwood Forest V Home Owners Association.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and received a Master of Arts in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma.
For more information, visit www.jacksonvillearboretum.org.
About the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, located at 1440 Millcoe Rd., is open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – with extended summer hours to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays – and offers a free, guided nature walk at 9:30 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month.
The arboretum opened in Nov. 2008 with a mission to cultivate a unique environment for recreation, education and inspiration for residents and visitors to the Jacksonville area. Located on 120 acres of scenic property, the venue is totally operated and maintained by board members and volunteers. Venue amenities include a paved parking area, an accessible Lake Loop with gardens, Jones Creek, Ravine, and five other maintained trails, benches, boardwalks, scenic overlooks and picnic tables – all built by board members and volunteers. For more information, visit www.jacksonvillearboretum.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.