FNGLA's professional staff of 11 keeps the state association running efficiently.

Executive Team

Ben Bolusky

Ben Bolusky
Chief Executive Officer

Ben has been with FNGLA since 1998. He serves as Executive Vice President and oversees Legislative & Regulatory Affairs. Ben is also FNGLA's Spokesperson and the liaison to FNGLA's Divisions. Ben is a graduate of The George Washington University where he earned a Masters in Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science. Ben is an avid Boston Red Sox baseball fan.

Linda Adams

Linda Adams
Chief Operating Officer

Linda started with FNGLA in 1984 and provides senior management of FNGLA's tradehows and convention. Born in Weisbaden, Germany and, as an Air Force brat, Linda lived in several different places until she was 10 years old. She then became a beach brat, growing up in Satellite Beach. Linda graduated from Florida Southern College. Linda is also a graduate of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute and enjoys traveling.

Eddie Singh

Eddie Singh
Chief Financial Officer

Eddie joined the FNGLA team in 1994 and manages FNGLA's financial operations. Raised in Guyana, South America, Eddie came to the U.S. in the 70's and attended high school and college in New York. Eddie enjoys gardening on the weekends.

Communications and Public Relations

Jennifer Nelis

Jennifer Nelis
Director of Communications and Public Relations

Jennifer began her FNGLA career in 1994 after graduating from UCF with a B.A. in Organizational Communications. Jennifer manages FNGLA's extensive communications, public relations, and marketing portfolios. A Florida native, Jennifer is an extrovert and a cat-aholic who enjoys four wheeling and all things related to nature.

Jennifer Nelis

Kate Clary
Strategic Engagement Specialist

Kate is FNGLA's most recent staff addition, beginning in August 2016. Kate manages FNGLA's social media profiles and works closely with FNGLA's Education and Career Development departments to strategically advance their efforts. Kate has an inquisitive, journalistic nature and lives in DeLand with her husband and two small children.


Continuing Education and Career Development

Merry Mott, FCHP
Director of Certifcations and Career Development

Merry joined the FNGLA family in 1994 and manages FNGLA's five professional certifications. Merry is a University of Florida graduate having earned her B.S. in Journalism. Merry is an excellent marksman and a foodie.

Linda Reindl
Director of Education

Linda joined FNGLA's staff in 1993. She manages FNGLA's development and delivery of educational programs and is the administrator for the National Foliage Foundation (NFF). Linda was born and raised in Wisconsin and earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Wisconsin.

Trade Shows

Sabrina Haines
Trade Show Exhibits Manager

Sabrina began her FNGLA career in 1986. She was born in Joplin, Missouri and is a graduate of Flagler College where she earned a B.A. in English. Sabrina works with FNGLA's tradeshow exhibitors. She enjoys sports, music and travel.

Billy Deal
Director of Association Services

A fifth-generation Central Floridian, Billy is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Marketing and Horticulture. Billy comes to FNGLA with a wealth of industry experience stemming back nearly 20 years as a foliage and woody grower and sales professional. Billy is tasked with managing FNGLA's relationships with members, exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers. In his off hours, Billy is a Cub Scout leader for his son's pack. On days he is not out at the local theme parks with his wife and two kids, he can be found in the kitchen or behind a grill.

Finance and Administration

Wayne Strauss, FCHP
Director of Information Technology

Wayne joined the FNGLA team in 2004. He is responsible for FNGLA's information technology operations. Wayne earned degrees in Electronics/Computer Technology and Business from Florida Technical College. Wayne enjoys edible gardening and is an excellent cook.

Toni Wise
Financial Accounts Coordinator

Toni started with FNGLA in 2005. Raised in Missouri, Toni graduated from Missouri Western State University with a B.S. in Management. She coordinates FNGLA's financial accounts and invoicing. Toni enjoys vacationing in the Hawaiian islands.