Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden Announces Three New Board Members

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Oct. 16, 2019 - PRLog -- (West Palm Beach, FL – October 16, 2019) Sandy Smith, President of Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County's oldest and largest public garden, today announced three new members of the nonprofit organization's Board of Directors:

+ Nancy Byrne has worked in both private sector firms, primarily in acquisitions, mergers and operations, and in municipal government at the Assistant Director and Director levels, reporting to the City Manager. Following an early retirement in 2015, her interests gravitated to the 'greener' side of her career. Graduating as a Master Gardener in December of 2016, she became more involved with Mounts Botanical Garden, first volunteering in the Nursery Guild, then expanding to Docent, Vintage Shop and Garden Shop, along with numerous special events and the Children's Educational programs. Named Volunteer of the Year in 2017, she also hosted a participating garden in the 2018 Connoisseurs Garden Tour and currently serves on the Finance Committee. Byrne also serves as the Board Secretary for the Tropical Orchid Society, appointed to the Board in October of 2018.

+ Scott Evans has been working for both the City of Riviera Beach and the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency for 18 years. Skilled at cultivating strategic relationships and achieving mutual goals with executive leadership, elected officials, and community leaders, he managed diverse multi-disciplinary teams towards operational excellence and completion of complex construction projects valued at over 30 million dollars. As CRA Director, Evans is responsible for on-going coordination with adjacent government agencies, and oversight of all projects and programs within the eleven million dollar annual budget. Recently the CRA has embarked upon creating community gardens throughout the City's neighborhoods.

+ Dorothy Jacks, CFA, AAS was elected as Palm Beach County's Property Appraiser in 2016 after a distinguished 28-year career in the office.  Among her most notable accomplishments is the creation of the award-winning Property Appraiser's Public Access (PAPA) website, the go-to tool for business, industry and government to access property data. It's free and it's available 24/7, as is PAPA Mobile, the browser-based tool for mobile devices.  In addition to her strong technical experience, Jacks brings to the office a reputation as a proven industry and community leader.  She is a board member of the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County and the Women's Foundation of Palm Beach County, and an active alumnus and former board member of Leadership Palm Beach County.

"All three of these extraordinary, talented, insightful community service professionals will be invaluable assets for Mounts Botanical Garden, as we continue to grow and attract new visitors," says Smith.

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