Friends of Biltmore Forest Committee

Join Us!

Do you enjoy planning events? Would you like to get more involved with your neighborhood?  Consider joining Friends of Biltmore Forest!  The committee is open to any resident of Biltmore Forest.  We meet once per month to plan regular activities for the town.   If you are interested in joining, please email Lauren Karlsson at .  New committee members are approved by the Board of Commissioners at their monthly meeting. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of Biltmore Forest (FOBF) Committee is to encourage efforts within the town to beautify properties and public spaces so they more harmoniously align with the vision of the Town's creation. The Committee shall assist Town staff in efforts to improve the appearance and quality of life in Biltmore Forest by conducting citizen outreach, community education on native landscapes and architectural design, and encouraging the use of these historic characteristics with new projects in the Town.

Purpose and Guiding Principles

The committee shall make recommendations to the Town Board of Commissioners for landscape and aesthetic improvements, recommend new programs or activities for the Town, and engage Biltmore Forest citizens in the history and traditions of the Town. The committee was formed in 2018 under Section 31.01 of the Town Code with initial appointments by the Mayor.

Current Members of the Committee
Lauren Karlsson, Chair (2023)
Elaine Goosmann
Cindy Holman
Shana Lopez
Merry Stephenson
Katie Valeika (Past Chair)
Diane Zimmerman

Fran Cogburn (ex-officio)

The FOBF committee is also the larger group overseeing the Town's Centennial Celebration. The Centennial Celebration Committee is chaired by Cindy Holman.