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We are the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum Memorial Fund, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation dedicated to telling the story of America’s Father of Modern Horticulture, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Jr. The Museum is maintained by the City of South Haven and is governed by the Board of Trustees.


Mr. Daniel Williamson, Chair
Previously company co-founder, President, CEO & Chair Retired Environmental Entrepreneur - Municipal & Industrial Wastewater, Agricultural & Fundraising


Ms. Joan Hiddema, Treasurer

Retired Dental Office Manager and Computer programmer/support, Network Analyst, Master Naturalist

Ms. Wendi Onuki, City of South Haven Representative

Wendi Onuki has a background in journalism and communications and previously worked as an English-as-a-second-language teacher in Japan. Executive director of the Mitten Children's Museum

Ms. Cheyenne Sloan, Board Member

Cheyenne serves District 13 as the Michigan State University Extension Blueberry and Small Fruit Educator. Her interests include: soil health, soil organic matter, perennial crop system soil management, and small fruit fertility

Ms. Beth Clawson, Board Member
MSU Ext Educator, MI Environmentalist & Naturalist Program Coordinator, Master Gardener


Ms. Carrie Sauter, Board Member
Elementary School Educator, Science Center Parent Enrichment Council President and School Beautification Committee Co-Chair

Ms. Lia Will, Board Member

Administrative Associate Van Buren Conservation District, Deputy Clerk Almena Township, Master Gardener

Ms. Robin Reva, Board Member

Retired teacher primary and secondary education, artist.

Robin Reva on Behance

Robin Reva (@robinreva) • Instagram photos and videos

Ms. Sondra Sutton, Board Member

Former SHPS/VBISD Lead Teacher for the Ram Start Preschool pilot program. Former Educational Programming /Bailey's Budding Naturalists Coordinator.

Museum Staff

Jennifer Lersten, Administrative Assistant


Ashleigh Bomgaars, Local Social Media Contractor

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum board focuses upon its mission: To educate others about Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey, and in doing so, celebrate his life, his work, his philosophy, and his legacy.

This mission is realized through a variety of programs that honor Dr. Bailey’s significant works as a rural sociologist, educator, scientist, author, nature advocate, world traveler and horticulturist. The museum also houses a large collection of Bailey’s written works, personal papers and ephemera that is available for research.

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