Jim Longwell ~ President

Jim Longwell has decades of experience growing and showing orchids, and has received dozens of AOS awards for flower quality. While he specializes in growing many unusual genera, his Vandas are truly exceptional and are his “passion.” Jim is a GREAT speaker, and his...

Lori Van Buskirk ~ Immediate Past President

Lori Van Buskirk grew up in a suburb of Boston where her father had made their backyard into beautiful gardens. This is where she got her love of flowers and gardening. Lori actually got married in this perfect setting. Lori and her husband settled into their house in...

Elaine Gates ~ First Vice President, Programs

Elaine Gates says she grows orchids “to have beautiful blooming plants in my house at all times!” Over decades she has learned how to be successful in growing, mounting, and showing all kinds of orchids; and she loves sharing her expertise with others. Her love of...

Rae Jean Walker ~ Second Vice President, Membership

Rae Jean Walker lived and worked in Joliet, Illinois all of her life until 2013 when she and her husband moved full-time to Naples.  They had been coming to Naples part-time since 2004.  Rae Jean has been married to her wonderful husband, Perry Walker, for thirty-four...

Bill Thomas ~ Secretary

Bill Thomas lived in Granville, Ohio which is just east of Columbus. In 1985, he moved to Florida, beginning his career on Sanibel Island and then relocating to Naples after six months.  In 1985, he received his Florida real estate license and in 1994, received his...

Rosalyn Cassar ~ Treasurer

Rosalyn Cassar was born in New Jersey and lived more than twenty years in Long Island, New York.  Her undergraduate studies were completed at Rutgers University in N.J..  She has a Master’s degree in Social Work Administration from Hunter School of Social Work in New...