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.

Board Member
Ron Beane, Chair
Retired Educator
Caldwell County
Martha Whitfield, Vice Chair
Martha Whitfield, Vice Chair
Environment/Education Advocate & Writer
Burke County
Mecklenburg County
Board Member
Sallie Craig, Treasurer
Certified Public Accountant
Cleveland County
Board Member
Mike Tanner, Secretary
Tanner Companies
Rutherford County
Board Member
Ann Costello
Retired Businesswoman
McDowell County
Board Member
Margaret “Peg” Broyhill
SVP – Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Caldwell County
Forest Farrell
Forrest Ferrell
Retired Judge/Attorney
Catawba County
Board Member
Meg Nealon
Landscape Architect/Land Use Planner
Catawba County
Board Member
Allen Fullwood
Retired, NC Div. of Mental Health
Burke County
Board Member
Jim Goldsmith
Attorney
McDowell County
Board Member
Randy Loftis
Attorney
Burke County
Jim Sain
Jim Sain
Retired NC Courts Administrator
McDowell County
J. Gordon Scott
J. Gordon Scott, III
Retired Businessman
Rutherford County
Board Member
Robin Brackett
Business Owner
Cleveland County
Board Member
Michelle Garey
Senior VP, Trust Investment Officer, Bank of the Ozarks
Cleveland County
Board Member
Andrew Blumenthal
Real Estate Broker
McDowell County
Mecklenburg County
Susan Powers
Susan Powers
Retired Geologist & Teacher
Caldwell County

Jeff MacKinney
Retired Consultant
Burke County
Andrew Kota, Ex Officio
Ex-Officio
Andrew Kota
Executive Director