Two Great Locations, One Organization

Jack Sustic

Jack Sustic’s interest in bonsai began in the mid 1980’s while serving in the Military in South Korea.  In 1996 Jack was selected as the first intern at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC and in 2002 was appointed Museum...

Tony Kolenic

Tony Kolenic joined Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum as Director in March 2021. Tony returns to the University of Michigan after serving as Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Digital Arts + Sciences at...

Michele Walthall

Michele’s hospitality background includes previous work in hotel sales and event coordination for over 10 years – where she also managed hotel weddings, events, and room blocks. Michele is most passionate about the wonderful people she meets while being involved in...

Nicole Frizzell

Nicole joined Matthaei-Nichols in February 2020. She has a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and has been working at the University of Michigan since 2006 in administrative assistant and research administration roles. Outside of work she enjoys...

Chad Machinski

Chad is currently a caretaker at Nichols Arboretum. Previously he has been both a student intern and a staff member at Matthaei-Nichols. Outside of work his passions include running, hiking, herpetology, birding, and writing.    

Andy Traugh

Andy joins Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum following 15 years working in specialty retail in and around Ann Arbor. A graduate of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, he is a native of southwest Michigan and grew up enjoying the...

Christine Chessler-Stull

Christine joined Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum in September 2018. Since moving to Ann Arbor in 2010, she has enjoyed working with the community in outreach, volunteer, and environmental education positions for the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area...

Alexis Ford

Alexis’ passion is creating fun and exciting events for all. She has previously worked on projects throughout southeast Michigan including the Kensington Metropark Art Fair, Belle Isle Art Fair, Ypsilanti Festival of the Honeybee, DIYpsi Summer Festival and many more....