Board and Committee Members

Executive Board 2019 - 2020

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Greg Nowak

Before retiring in 2016, Greg worked for decades as a Human Resources Manager and Corporate Manager in manufacturing and technical center facilities of tier one automotive suppliers. His lifelong love of gardening began as a boy with planting lessons learned on his grandmother’s farm. Greg took the Master Gardener class in 2017, became an Advanced Master Gardener three months later, joined the MGWWC Board right after that, and passed 500 volunteer hours a year later. His volunteer hours have included the Canton Farmer’s Market, Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat, Canton Hoop House Gardens, Matthaei Botanical Gardens Docent, Facebook Gardening Group Administrator and more. As a longtime fan of University of Michigan athletics and football season ticket holder, it’s never a surprise to see him wearing something maize and blue.

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Vice President:

Terry Kamensky

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Julie Wellman

Julie attended the Master Gardener class of 2013 with her husband Don. Since then she has volunteered at the Canton Farmers Market, Make a Senior Smile Day, Children's Garden & became a Peony Ambassador at the Nichols Arboretum. She wrote the Thank You letters for the 2015 MG Banquet and became an Advanced Master Gardener in 2015. Currently employed at Victory Automotive Group as an Administrative Analyst. She loves craft shows, reading, kayaking & to collect old license plates.

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Nancy Smith

Nancy completed MGWWC Master Gardener classes in the fall of 2009 and now has more than 2000 volunteer hours and 400+ CE credits. She has taken the Smart Gardening and MSU’s Pollinator Champion certification as well. Nancy served as president of Taylor Garden Club 2013-2017 and will serve again beginning in June 2019. She volunteers as Pollinator Chair for Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. and will begin serving as Vice President of Gardening and Conservation in June. She has completed MGC’s Gardening School courses 1-2 and will be attending 3-4 at Hidden Gardens in Tipton MI.

Nancy retired from Taylor School District as a graphics technician 10 years ago. Living on five acres of solid golden sand in an area known as Oak Openings sparked her interest in native plants. She created a Native Plants patch for MGC featuring Michigan native wildflower Dwarf Lake Iris and a brochure called Why Go Native in Michigan?

Nancy is co-chair for the annual event Growing Great Gardens at Wayne County Community College each spring. Her Relay for Life team has been together for 19 years and has raised more than $12,000 for the American Cancer Society.


President Emeritus:
Gary Oswell

My experience as a gardener goes back to working in my backyard with my grandfather. Suffice it say that was a few years ago. My favorite gardening experiences have always been working with children. I wanted to pass on what I learned to future generations. Since my career choice was teaching, I was very fortunate to have several opportunities to garden with kids. This is my favorite thing to do. I joined the Master program to learn more about the world’s best hobby. I was not disappointed. There is always something new and exciting to learn from my fellow master gardeners. My strongest gardening talent is composting. I know that composting is the only way to maintain fertile soil for gardens while at the same time eliminating the use of fertilizer. Fertilizer kills microorganisms in the ground water and causes pollution in the soil. And it is expensive too. COMPOST IS FREE!!!!

Committee Chairs and Members

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Melissa DeLuka &

Julie Woldt

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Gary McMillin

In January 2015 I joined the Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association working for two seasons at Barson Greenhouse, inside Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat. There I met several folks that were Master Gardeners, Including Deirdre Hope. She encouraged me to take the upcoming Master Gardeners Course, I did, graduating in June 2017. By December of 2017, I became an Advanced Master Gardner. In August of 2018 I was certified as a MSU Smart Gardener.

Groups I’m a member of, Romulus Garden Club, SEMBA I help on the Habitat committee, MGWWC I am the current Hospitality Guy, also on the board as a committee person. Michigan Botanical Club, MGAWC, past member of Michigan Master Gardner, Have worked at 3 B’S Garden, DTE Community Garden, I enjoy traveling on my Honda Goldwing Motorcycle and was Chapter Director for my local Gold Wing Road Riders Association. In that group I’m a Senior Master Tour Rider. I enjoy raising Butterflies, and viewing the wonderment of Mother Nature.

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Cindy Grasinski

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Merchandise & Fundraising:

Martha Rotter

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Angela Lowry

Angela currently teaches American Sign Language (ASL) at the high school level. Since 2000 she has been working part time at Greenfield Village as a historical presenter with heirloom ways of gardening and farming methods. Angela took the Master Gardner class in the Fall of 2013, and volunteered hours with the Children's garden. Angela has also helped out the Board with Scholarships and a grant writing class in 2015. In her downtime, she enjoys curling up with a book and a cup of tea or puttering around in her garden, hiking, camping and baking. Angela has very fond memories of helping her grandparents in their garden so her love of growing her own food started young.

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VMS Coordinator:
Pat Johnson

Master Gardener Class 2013-F, Offered assistance with computer issues while still in class. Was drafted into VMS Ambassador and have been doing it continuously since June of 2014. He was a past member of SEMBA, MGAWC and MGWWC. Pat volunteers with the Canton Farmers Market in the summer and enjoys his self-watering container tomatoes.



Charisse D Nilles & Asha Carvalho

Charisse took the Master Gardener class in the Fall of 2015 and earned Advanced Master Gardener in 2018. and is currently taking a class to become a Master Rain Gardener.

Asha graduated from the Master Gardener class in April 2009 and earned Advanced Master Gardener the same year. She is also a certified Master Composter. The Canton Farmer’s Market, Nichols Arboretum, Matthaei Botanical Gardens , Make a Senior Smile Day are a few places at which Asha enjoys volunteering. She is currently employed at Ford Motor Company.


Facebook Administrators:

Rachelle Dempster-Sweet &

Charisse Nilles

Charisse is currently employed at Eastern Michigan University in the Department of Africology & African American Studies. She has worked at EMU since November 2005.