CGA Committees

Our working committees include members of the Central Gardens Association Board of Directors and other community representatives. We are always looking for volunteers to serve on these committees; you do not have to be a board member to join. Contact the chair of the committee that interests you--contact information is also available on this page.


Responsible for maintaining the Level III Accreditation for the Arboretum. 

Current chair

Lila Beth Burke*

Annual Meeting Committee

Responsible for planning and executing the Association’s Annual Meeting, which traditionally takes place the first Monday in May.

Current chairs

Andrea Sheehan and Lisa Courtney*

Green Spaces and Infrastructure Committee

Responsible for Tree Replacement Program and faciliating community action projects for alleys, sidewalks, medians, etc. Other special projects include the annual holiday wreath hanging. 

Current chair

Robbie Johnson Weinberg*

Wreath Hanging: Andrea Sheehan and Lisa Courtney*

Communications Committee

Timely communication of information and events is critical to enhancing a sense of community. To that end, we have a number of communication vehicles that reach multiple audiences, including a dynamic and current website and mobile site, quarterly newsletter, monthly e-news for subscribers, Facebook and Twitter pages, and the Central Gardens neighborhood app. All communications are coordinated by volunteers on the committee and through the communication style guide, which ensures consistency of message and design to promote and safeguard the Central Gardens brand.

Current chair

Sarah Blackburn*

Community Spirit (logistics)


Executive Committee

Responsible for leadership of the Association, long-range planning, and nomination of candidates to serve on the board.

Members include

Current president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and past presidents and pillar leaders for Community Building, Green Spaces/Infrastructure and Midtown Relationships.  

Finance Committee

Responsible for setting financial and budgetary objectives and monitoring budgets.

Current chair

Dan Reid*

Home Tour Committee

An annual event since 1976, the Home and Garden Tour is our neighborhood’s primary fundraising event. Proceeds collected through ticket sales and home sponsorships are used to fund all other Central Gardens Association events throughout the year.

The Home Tour Committee is responsible for planning and coordinating all aspects of the event, including advertising and publicity, historical research, securing docents to conduct the tours of each home, cashiers and ticket sales, flowers, printing and tour setup. All Central Gardens Association board members volunteer for the Home and Garden Tour, but many other volunteers are necessary to support this event each year.

Current chair

Barrie Simpson*

July 4th Parade Committee

A Central Gardens tradition for more than 30 years, this event attracts 300-400 attendees to the 1500 block of Carr Ave. (between Willett and Rozelle) on Independence Day morning for free refreshments, children’s and pets’ patriotic costume competitions, music, and door prizes. City police and fire departments are typically invited to participate as well.

Current chairs

Shantih Smythe and Holly Renken*

Landmarks, Zoning & Compliance Committee

Responsible for addressing issues related to the neighborhood’s architectural heritage and design guidelines, the Memphis Landmarks Commission, and compliance with current City of Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development and Construction Code Enforcement regulations.

Current chair

Barbara Sysak

Legal Committee

Responsible for advising the board and taking legal action in response to issues affecting the neighborhood.

Current chair

Alan Kleiman*

Membership Committee

Responsible for matters pertaining to membership, including coordination of annual membership renewal efforts, distributing newcomers’ packets to new residents, merchandising of CGA souvenir items, and activities of Membership Ambassador volunteers.

Current chair

Ellen Whitten*

Merchandise Committee

This committee is responsible for stocking, ordering and selling CGA merchandise. 

Current chair

Stephany Goodnight*

Safety Committee

Responsible for promoting awareness of neighborhood safety efforts, including dissemination of security tips to residents, working to strength the Association’s relationship with the Crump Station Police Precinct, sharing information with the Midtown Security Committee, and facilitating subscription to a private security patrol, Central Gardens Patrol. 

Current chair

Ginny Taylor

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