Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

News Release

Jacksonville, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2019) – Lindsay Starner and Kevin Blalock have been elected to the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens (JAG) Board of Directors.

Starner devoted more than 20 years of her career to JEA where she began as Environmental Scientist Senior for the company. She then took on various roles regarding the utility’s environmental permitting and compliance. Her responsibilities include providing overall direction for JEA’s solid waste and remediation projects, as well as their storm water, wetland and wildlife programs. Starner also participates in JEA’s ongoing research and development of new technologies to diversify the way JEA provides energy for the Jacksonville community.

“I’m very excited to have Lindsay Starner join our team,” said Arboretum Board President, Ron Whittington. “Her ongoing work is a shining example of how real-world solutions to our world’s energy demands can be designed with the environment in mind.”

Starner received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and Environmental Studies in 1998 from Jacksonville University.

Kevin Blalock, currently Senior Director of Business Development for IntersectENT, a Menlo Park based medical device firm, joined the Board in August, 2018, and adds to the diversified skillset of the Jacksonville Arboretum’s board of directors. With experience in various business and leadership positions in settings ranging from Fortune 100 to non-profit and consulting, Blalock’s flexibility and adaptability will be valuable to the JAG as it continues to transition from a board to a staff-driven organization.

Blalock completed his MBA at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Erskine College in South Carolina.

For more information, visit www.jacksonvillearboretum.org.

About the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, located at 1445 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 second Saturday of each month.

The arboretum’s mission is 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 primarily operated and maintained by board members and volunteers. Venue amenities include a paved parking area, an accessible lake loop with gardens and six 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 email info@jacksonvillearboretum.org.

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