TLC Board

TLC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which sets policy directions and budget priorities for the organization. Board members are nominated by TLC's Board Development Committee and elected by the general membership. They serve three-year terms and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.

TLC's Board Officers include a chair, vice chair, president, treasurer and secretary. The Board Officers are selected from among the Board of Directors. The chair presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The vice chair acts in place of the chair, as needed. The president is the chief executive officer of the organization and is responsible for the management of TLC. The treasurer controls the funds of the organization, ensures that the books are kept properly and prepares or causes to have prepared financial reports. The secretary is responsible for recording the minutes of the Board meetings. Officers serve one-year terms.

TLC’s fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30. Read our bylaws here.

Board committees and members


Current Board Members:

John McAdams, Chair (Orange)
John is founder and President of the John R. McAdams Company, a land development consulting firm. John is a Raleigh native and graduate of Duke University. He served on the TLC board from 2001-2007, and as President from July 2004 – June 2006. He also served on the Land Committee, former Advocacy Committee, Board Development Committee, and the Our Water Our Land Campaign Committee.

Pam Hemminger, Vice-Chair (Orange)
Since moving to Chapel Hill in 1986, Pam has held various public offices, including holding elected office as a member and former chair of the CHCCS Board of Education. Pam served as Orange County Commissioner from 2008-2012 and served as Vice–Chair of the Board from 2011-2012. In that capacity she chaired the Upper Neuse River Basin Authority. Pam continues to Chair the Upper Neuse River Basin Authority and currently serves on the Orange Habitat and Rainbow Soccer Boards. Previous to her involvement in public service, Pam worked as a business manager in several industries (computer, real estate, venture capital). She has a strong background in financial accounting and budgeting and has served as a bookkeeper and financial planner for several local non-profit organizations. She lives with her husband in Chapel Hill. They have four children. Pam enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking, traveling, tennis, and being out of doors.

Christopher Hitt, Secretary (Orange)
Christopher has a BA in government (1972), and a MS in Public Health (1975), both from Harvard. He worked from 1976-1980 as a professional staff member on the US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, and then on the Nutrition Subcommittee of the US Senate Agriculture Committee. From 1981-1985 he was the Executive Director of the American Farm Foundation, a small nonprofit that promoted organic farming initiatives including local, small organic farms. Beginning in 1985, he helped grow Whole Foods Market from four stores and one region to 135 stores and eight regions by 2001 when he retired as the company-wide president. He has lived in Chapel Hill since 2000, and has been a member of TLC since 1992, when he established an easement with TLC on his property on the west side of Chapel Hill. Christopher is married to Carolyn Kay Briggs and has 2 children, Jess (age 22) and Caleb (age 31).

Mark Soticheck, Treasurer (Wake)
Mark joined Fidelity Bank, based in Fuquay-Varina, as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in August 2013 and oversees several operational departments, information technology and special projects.  Prior to this position, Mark worked for Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP for almost 10 years as a member of the financial institutions group.  He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of North Carolina since 2004.  Mark has served on TLC’s Finance & Investment Committee since 2008 and joined TLC’s Board in the fall of 2012.  Mark is currently serving on the following Boards:  as Treasurer for the North Carolina Association of CPAs, where he is also a past Board Member and Chair of the Financial Literacy Council; American Institute of CPAs, member of Council representing North Carolina, since 2013; and NC State University Poole College of Management, Accounting Department Advisory Board Member, since 2010.

Larry Tombaugh, Immediate Past Chair (Wake)
Larry served as dean of NC State’s College of Natural Resources from 1989 to 2001. He served as chairman and professor in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University (1978-1989). He also was the director of the National Science Foundation’s division of applied environmental research, which provides grants to environmental scientists nationwide, and was deeply involved in environmental science policy up to and including the White House. Larry is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of American Foresters, and served as chairman of the North Carolina Forestry Association Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006. Read A Land Ethic by Larry Tombaugh

Betsy Bennett (Orange)
Betsy joined CapDev in 2013, following her retirement as Director of North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences for 22 years. Prior to her tenure at the museum, she served as a consultant to the Triangle Children’s Museum and was an educator/scientist at Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC. Betsy currently serves as a board member on the North Carolina Botanical Garden and has served as a board member on the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, and the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park. Betsy academic training includes an undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics from Hollins University and a doctorate degree in science education from the University of Virginia. Her numerous awards include the Women in Business Award, Opening Doors Award, The John B. Ross Leadership Award, and, most notably, the 2011 Tar Heel of the Year Award.

Tom Bradshaw (Wake)
Tom is a champion for regional collaboration, especially its role in the implement of public transportation. Bradshaw recently retired as managing director and co-head of the Transportation Group at Citigroup Global Markets in New York. He got his start in newspapers, then in real estate. His election to the Raleigh City Council propelled him into the public arena. He became Raleigh’s Mayor in 1971 and spearheaded the Falls Lake project to provide the city’s long-term water supply. Governor Hunt appointed him as Secretary for Transportation and in that role he helped get I-40 funded to Wilmington. Watch an interview with Tom on UNC-TV's North Carolina People.

Patty Briguglio (Wake)
Patty is President of PFB Connect, a firm that works with companies in the areas of high level strategy, developing key connections, and business development. Patty was CEO of MMI Public Relations, which she sold in 2012. As a recognized expert in the public relations industry, Patty is a nationally sought-after media personality, speaker and business spokesperson who often addresses the topics of PR, crisis management and economic development issues. Patty sits on a number of civic and charitable boards including: the Research Triangle Regional Partnership Board, the Advanced Energy Board, to which she was appointed by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue; and the North Carolina Symphony Society. Among her many awards are the 2009 Woman Business Owner of the Year Award from the Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Small Business Champion for North Carolina by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Jack Clayton (Wake)
Jack Clayton is Regional President for Wells Fargo Triangle East Community Banking. He leads the bank’s broad sales, service, and growth strategies for retail, small business and business banking in the region. Clayton is also responsible for community involvement activities across Triangle East. Clayton joined Wachovia in the International Division, was the General Manager of the New York office, and managed the Latin American Group and the U.S. & Canadian Group. He relocated to Raleigh, where he ran Commercial, Real Estate, Business Banking, and Retail for Eastern North Carolina. He was also City Executive for Raleigh. Clayton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wake Forest University, his M.B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed a post graduate degree at NYU. An active member in the community, Clayton is Chair of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and serves on the board of North Carolina State University’s College of Management and the Research Triangle Service Center. He is a member of the Fifty Group and the Boy Scouts Executive Council. He is past Chair of the Greater Raleigh Chamber, WakeMed, and the YMCA We Build People Campaign, the Boy Scouts Occoneechee Council and the American Heart Association Start! Triangle Heart Walk.

Josephine “Josie” Scott Dorsett (Wake)
Josie is the founder and CEO of OrgAMI, LLC. a Raleigh-based company that makes residential and commercial kitchens more environmentally sound through appliances that de-water and package food residuals. OrgAMI facilitates the re-direction of food residuals to commercial composting, anaerobic digestion, and similar uses, thereby reducing the burden on waste water treatment facilities and extending the lives of landfills.  Josie is a Certified Autodesk Clean Tech Designer, a member of the Industrial Design Society of America and holds a US Composting Operators Training Certification. Josie has served on local and regional boards, including serving as a trustee of the Neuse River Foundation, and was founder/treasurer of the Trent Woods Preservation Society. Dorsett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Peace, War, and Defense from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters of Science in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University.

Alan Hughes (Wake)
Alan has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in information technology, including serving at some of the nation’s leading companies. He holds the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Alan has a strong record of helping global organizations make the most of information to meet financial, competitive and regulatory needs. His accomplishments have included integration of complex systems, improvement of customer Web capabilities and reduction of operating costs without sacrificing service. Alan has an MBA from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the State University of New York – Old Westbury.

Russell B. Killen (Wake)
Russell was elected mayor of the Town of Knightdale and sworn in on December 3, 2007. He previously served as a member of the Knightdale town council from 2003-2007. As a partner at Parker Poe, Russell represents clients in the areas of construction, contract negotiation, dispute resolution and zoning and land use issues. He has represented clients throughout the U.S. in both complex disputes and contract negotiations. Russell’s clients include public utilities, national homebuilders, architectural and engineering firms, universities, hospitals, municipalities, pharmaceutical companies, general contractors, national franchise chains, steel manufacturers, multi-national corporations, real estate developers and telecommunications companies.

Michael Mankowski (Orange)
Michael is a Sr. Director of Corporate Development at Quintiles Transnational, the world’s largest clinical research organization.  Michael has more than 16 years of leadership experience in financial roles at clinical research, investment advisory and technology firms in the Research Triangle, New York, and Asia.  He currently serves as the Board Treasurer of Chapel Hill non-profit Child Care Matters, and formerly served as Board Treasurer for the Triangle Land Conservancy from 2010-13.  Michael holds both a Masters of Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Sepideh Saidi (Wake)
Sepideh is president and owner of SEPI Engineering and Construction. Since founding SEPI 11 years ago, she has diversified focus from predominantly civil and roadway design, traffic engineering, and surveying services into environmental planning and permitting, water resources, and construction engineering inspection. Prior to forming SEPI, Sepideh worked with the North Carolina Department of Transportation in Highway Design and Traffic Engineering. Sepideh currently serves on the following boards: Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair of the Board of Directors; International Affairs Council, Past Chair of the Board; NC State University Board of Visitors; Duke-Raleigh Hospital Board of Advisors; TrustAtlantic Bank Board of Directors; NC State University Civil Engineering Advisory Board; Institute for Emerging Issues- National Advisory Board; and the Global Learner Consortium Steering Committee.

Delphine Sellars (Durham)
Delphine Sellars is the Director of the Durham Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Services which is supported by Durham County Government and the universities of NC State and NC Agricultural and Technical State. She has over 30 years’ experience in human services.

Dean Urban (Durham)
Dean Urban is Professor of Landscape Ecology and director of the Landscape Ecology Laboratory in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. His research focuses on devising innovative approaches to applications of immediate practical concern, especially large-scale conservation planning and ecosystem management.