Our board members come from diverse backgrounds, with each individual bringing their expertise to the board in an effort to move forward the cause of preserving western North Carolina’s great outdoors.

Martha Whitfield, Vice Chair
Martha Whitfield, Chair
Environment/Education Advocate & Writer
Burke County
Mecklenburg County
Board Member
Robin Brackett, Vice Chair
Business Owner
Cleveland County
Board Member
Sallie Craig, Treasurer
Certified Public Accountant
Cleveland County
Board Member
Ann Costello, Secretary
Retired Businesswoman
McDowell County
Board Member
Christopher Aiken
Engineering & Software Development
Caldwell County
Board Member
Andrew Blumenthal
Real Estate Broker
McDowell County
Mecklenburg County
Board Member
Tom Foster
Retired Ophthalmologist
Catawba County
Board Member
Michelle Garey
Senior VP, Trust Investment Officer, Bank of the Ozarks
Cleveland County
Board Member
Jim Goldsmith
Attorney
McDowell County
Board Member
Kelly Hawkins
Homemaker & Former NGO Development Director
Burke County
Board Member
C. Lorance Henderson
Retired Superintendent, NC School for the Deaf
Burke County
David Icenhour
David Icenhour
Director, Alexander County Economic Development
Alexander County
Randy Loftis
Randy Loftis
Attorney
Burke County
Jeff MacKinney
Jeff MacKinney
Retired Consultant
Burke County
Betty McKesson
Betty McKesson
Retired Social Services Program Administrator
McDowell County
Board Member
Meg Nealon
Landscape Architect/Land Use Planner
Catawba County
Susan Powers
Susan Powers
Retired Geologist & Teacher
Caldwell County
Jim Sain
Jim Sain
Retired NC Courts Administrator
McDowell County
Andrew Kota, Ex Officio
Ex-Officio
Andrew Kota
Executive Director