Board of Directors

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. Read our bylaws here.

The TLC Board also has several standing and ad hoc committees: Conservation Strategies, Development, Executive, Finance & Investment, Governance & Human Relations, and Nominating. The Board often invites experts from the community to serve on appropriate committees. TLC also has a Stewardship Advisory Council. View the current rosters for these committees.

2015 Board Committee Roster

Current Board Members

Russell Killen, Chair (Wake)

Pam Hemminger, Vice-Chair (Orange)

Josie Scott Dorsett, Secretary (Wake)

John McAdams, Treasurer (Orange)

Betsy Bennett (Wake)

Tom Bradshaw (Wake)

Jack Clayton (Wake)

Norris Cotton (Durham)

Chris Hitt (Orange)

Alan Hughes (Wake)

Delphine Sellars (Durham)

Danielle Spurlock (Orange)

Dean Urban (Durham)

Phail Wynn (Durham)

 

Current Board Members:

Russell B. Killen, Chair (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.

Pam Hemminger, Vice-Chair (Orange)

Since moving to Chapel Hill in 1986, Pam has held various public offices, including holding elected office as the Mayor of Chapel Hill and 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.

Josephine “Josie” Scott Dorsett, Secretary (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 redirection of food residuals to commercial composting, anaerobic digestion, and similar uses, thereby reducing the burden on wastewater 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.

John McAdams, Treasurer (Orange)

John is founder and President of the 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 former land and advocacy committees, Nominating and Development committees, and the Our Water Our Land Campaign committee.

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, 2011 Tar Heel of the Year Award, and, most notably, the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor the State of North Carolina can bestow.

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.

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 postgraduate 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.

Norris Cotton (Durham)

Norris is a Financial Advisor in Durham, NC. He is a Certified Financial Planner®, a Certified Investment Management Analyst® and First Vice President with a national firm.  He grew up fishing and water skiing on the Mississippi River and adjacent Delta lakes. After college, he joined the US Marine Corps, serving 20 years and retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Norris is a member and past president of the Durham/Orange Estate Planning Council. He is also past President of Durham’s Genesis Home Board of Directors and remains active with the organization, which provides transitional housing and services for homeless families. He is past-President of the Forest Hills Neighborhood Association.  Norris currently serves on Clean Jordan Lake Board as well as on the Durham Veterans Administration Hospital’s Institutional Review Board. An alumnus of Mississippi State University, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and a Master of Business Administration (management/insurance emphasis). He also holds a Master of Business Administration (finance emphasis) from The George Washington University. Norris and his partner, Tracy Mancini, live in Durham with their wire-haired pointing griffon, Mudge. They enjoy sailing their Shannon 43 sloop Solstice, biking, kayaking, and continental and international travel.

Christopher Hitt (Orange)

Christopher has a BA in government (1972), and an 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 two children, Jess and Caleb.

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 is the former 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.

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.

Danielle Spurlock (Orange)

Danielle is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology at Stanford University and her M.P.H, M.R.P., and Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her specialization is land use and environmental planning and she teaches in the areas of environmental policy and development dispute resolution. Danielle’s research investigates the land development process from stakeholder engagement to the on-the-ground implementation of policies, programs, and projects.

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.

 

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