Board of Directors

T.L.C. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that sets policy directions and budget priorities for the organization. Board members are nominated by T.L.C.’s Board Development Committee and elected by the general membership. They serve three-year terms and serve no more than two consecutive terms.

T.L.C.’s Board Officers include a chair, vice-chair, president, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Board Officers are elected from among the Board of Directors. The chair presides at all Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings and is the organization’s chief executive officer responsible for the management of T.L.C. The vice-chair acts in place of the chair as needed. The Treasurer controls the organization’s funds, ensures that the books are kept properly, and prepares or causes 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 T.L.C. 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. T.L.C. also has a Stewardship Advisory Council.

Current Board Members

 
Will Morgan, Board Chair at TLC

Will Morgan, Chair

Will Morgan is a partner at Manning, Fulton, & Skinner, where he is the co-chair of the firm’s Government Relations practice group. He has experience representing clients at the federal, state, and local level, but his current practice is primarily focused on representing clients at the North Carolina General Assembly and before state administrative agencies. Will represents many clients, including national trade associations, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and nonprofits. Before joining Manning, Fulton, & Skinner, Will served as the Director of Government Relations for the North Carolina chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and he is proud to continue to advocate for conservation groups through his representation of Land for Tomorrow, a state-wide coalition of the state’s leading conservation groups. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Will and his wife Janie live in Raleigh with their son, daughter, and yellow lab.

 

 

 

 

 

Marlena Byrne, Vice Chair of the Board at TLC

Marlena Byrne, Vice Chair

Marlena Byrne is a Deputy Chief Resilience Officer with the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency. Marlena advises on long-term disaster recovery and coordinates state, federal, and local agencies, as well as nongovernmental partners, in helping North Carolina mitigate and prepare for the effects of climate change. Marlena is an environmental and land-use lawyer. Marlena earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. Before moving to North Carolina, Marlena was a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco for over ten years, advising city officials and departments on all aspects of urban planning, land use, and environmental law. She lives with her husband, three stepsons, and rescue mutt in Durham. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toni Wyche Jones, Secretary of the Board at TLC

Toni Wyche Jones, Secretary

Toni grew up in rural eastern North Carolina, where she developed a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it at an early age. Toni took a brief hiatus to pursue entrepreneurship after serving as an Environmental Engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009. She served as an Environmental Engineer with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “With the threat of rising sea levels, animal habitats disappearing, and changes in weather patterns, I want to be a part of protecting public health and natural resources. I am excited about the opportunity to work alongside individuals with a common interest and passion.” Toni holds a master’s degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Balter

Rebecca Balter grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, the ancestral lands of the Tuscarora people. Rebecca’s interest and commitment to conservation and philanthropy were fostered through many generations of a family dedicated to enjoying and preserving our environment. She believes strongly in environmental justice and is significantly invested in the role that a land trust can play in amplifying the conversations about who has access to nature while acknowledging the complex history of land use and ownership in this country. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Columbia University and then received a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although trained as a scientist, she left the lab to support social justice movements through donor organizing. For the last decade, she has been an active member of Resource Generation. This group organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the United States who are working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power. As a donor organizer, she was a founding member of the Funding Queerly giving circle and helped launch FrontPorch. This organization brings together young, progressive political funders to move money to 501-c4 nonprofits, building political power in marginalized communities in North Carolina. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Triangle Community Foundation.

 

 

 

Jack Blackmer

Jack has had a lifelong interest in nature and the environment, exploring woodlands, streams, and ponds while growing up in Michigan. Jack’s last position before retirement was Senior Manager, Quality, Environment, Health & Safety at Novozymes North America – Franklinton, NC. His responsibilities included environmental compliance assurance and conducting E.H.S. due diligence for mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. and Canada. “I am excited for the opportunity to help shape T.L.C.’s policies and procedures to continue our focus on the four public benefits of conservation as our main mission. I feel especially passionate about conserving and protecting important natural areas, and I appreciate working with others on the Board and T.L.C. staff that share that passion.” Jack holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Mateer

Patrick believes that everyone deserves access to healthy, locally grown fo d. As an undergraduate at UNC-CH, he founded Seal the Seasons in 2014 to upend the status quo of globalized frozen food supply chains and pioneer a new locally grown, locally frozen, locally sold mod l. Through partnerships with over 50 local family farms, ten frozen facilities, and $7.5MM in equity capital raised, Seal the Seasons now serves over 4,000 US grocery stores and sells millions of pounds of locally grown food annual y. As C.E.O., Patrick brings expertise in fundraising, sales, and storytelling. Patrick received recognition for his work by being awarded the Forbes 30 under 30 awards in 2018 and the Specialty Food Association Leadership Award for Vision in 20 9. He was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece, U.N.C.’s top honorary society, in 20 4. Outside work, Patrick serves as Treasurer on the Board for The Refugee Community Partnership, a social justice organization serving refugees in Chapel Hill and Durham. In his free time, Patrick enjoys hiking, live music, activism, and spending time with his cat, Toby.

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Bo

Jenny Bo is a Senior Account Executive at PrecisionLender, where she works with large financial institutions to transform the commercial banking experience, strengthen their client relationships, and build stronger communities. Since graduating from Duke with a degree in Economics, she has ten plus years of client development and sales experience in banking and technology startups.

She grew up in Cary, North Carolina, and has a long-abiding love for the Triangle and its natural resources. Jenny has also served on the North Carolina School of Science and Math Alumni Association Board of Directors. Jenny and her spouse, Chris, live in Apex and enjoy hiking, rock climbing, cooking, and traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Nicolette L. Cagle

Dr. Nicolette L. Cagle is Faculty in Environmental Science and Policy in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Director of the Communications Studio in the Nicholas School. Dr. Cagle has a background in ecology, natural history, environmental education, and environmental communication. She has experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in environmental fields. She has also served on the board of the Schoolhouse of Wonder and the Forest History Society. She lives in Durham with her husband, son, and three dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TLC Board member, Connor Jarvis

Connor Jarvis

Connor Jarvis is a Senior Environmental Health and Safety Associate at the Pfizer Sanford facility. He is the environmental management system lead and the global biotech chair of Pfizer’s waste minimization team. He has professional experience in environmental regulations and permitting, spanning the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, stormwater, and spill response. Connor serves on Lee County’s Joint Environmental Affairs Board, which advises local government boards on policy, regulatory changes, and emerging issues, and conducts studies on environmental topics. He is a volunteer program coordinator for Adopt a Highway and manages Pfizer Sanford’s “Wildlife and Industry Together” (WAIT) N.C. Wildlife Federation certification, in which a portion of the facility’s land is set aside to provide habitat for wildlife and foster biodiversity. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently completing his Masters in Sustainable Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He enjoys mountain biking, reading, and cooking and is an amateur beekeeper in his free time. Connor and his wife, Sarah Evelyn, live in Sanford.

 

 

 

 

 

Bert Fisher

Bert Fisher’s professional career included over 35 years in nonprofit management. His last role was as President & C.E.O. of Community Partnerships, Inc., a private, nonprofit agency providing direct services across five counties in eastern North Carolina to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health or substance abuse issues, and economically disadvantaged youth. Prior to his role at Community Partnerships, Bert served as Vice President of Development for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. A graduate of Duke University, Bert also worked for over 20 years in various roles in Alumni Affairs and Development at Duke. His strengths include strategic planning, nonprofit/organizational management, personnel development, fundraising, and communications. Bert has extensive leadership experience in organizations with operating budgets of over $6 million. He understands the critical need for sound fiscal responsibility and works hard to ensure that all agencies and organizations with which he is involved manage their finances with integrity, transparency, and accountability. A native of North Carolina, Bert grew up with a strong interest in and great appreciation for nature, wildlife, and the outdoors. His hobbies include birding and bird photography.

 

 

 

 

 


Mavis Gragg

Mavis Gragg is a seasoned attorney and conservation professional with nearly two decades of experience in real estate, conflict resolution, estate planning, and probate. Mavis serves as the Director of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project. Before this role, Mavis also founded the Gragg Law Firm, PLLC, where she assisted her clients in estate planning, estate administration, and heirs’ property matters. Mavis serves as the ex officio Chair of the Board of Directors for Triangle Land Conservancy and is a member of the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority. Mavis co-founded Black Women Drone and the Gragg Family Fund with her sister. A native of Black Mountain, North Carolina, Mavis is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., Industrial Relations) and Pepperdine University School of Law (Juris Doctor and Master of Dispute Resolution).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anupama Joshi

Anupama Joshi is an accomplished nonprofit and social sector leader in the United States and abroad. As Executive Director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, she facilitates connections, communications, and collaboration among funders supporting environmental literacy and efforts to connect people with nature. She co-founded and led the National Farm to School Network for over a decade, building a movement to incorporate local food procurement, gardens, and food and farm education in schools and early care sites across the United States. She has excelled in developing policies, programs, and partnerships; fundraising; and managing organizations through phases of growth and change. She is co-author of Food Justice (M.I.T. Press, 2010) and several peer-reviewed and popular media articles on the topic. Anupama currently serves on the board of directors for the Farmers Market Coalition and has previously served on the FoodCorps and the Community Alliance with Family Farmer’s boards. Since 2018, she has mentored more than a dozen emerging leaders through the Community Food Systems Mentorship Program. She is a mom, loves traveling and cooking, and currently lives in Cary, North Carolina. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay McLeod

Jay McLeod has been professionally engaged in land use-related work for over a decade, including public and private sector employment related to planning and urban design. Drawn initially to biology before pursuing planning, he has advanced degrees in both ecology and urban & regional planning. Jay’s focus in recent years has been on generating place-sensitive, adaptive local solutions, and awareness of climate-related land use challenges. Most of this work is for small- to mid-sized local towns and counties across the state. A lifelong love of the outdoors led him to join T.L.C. in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David E. Morris

David is the managing attorney of the Forrest Firm’s Durham office. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, general corporate matters, and business succession planning. He received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Duke University and earned his M.B.A. in Finance and General Management at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. Active in his community, David previously served as Board Chair of the LIFE Skills Foundation, which provides services to at-risk, homeless adolescents and young adults. Currently, he serves on the board of First Tee of the Triangle, which uses the game of golf to promote character development and teach life-enhancing values to youth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cindy Pachianna

Cindy is a mom to five teenagers and serves as a court-appointed advocate for abused and neglected children through the Guardian ad Litem program. Cindy is passionate about children and education and feels that connecting kids to nature is critical in the face of the virtual worlds they live in. Cindy is a firm believer in the value of land conservation as well as the importance of spending time outdoors for both mental and physical health.    She holds a Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Cincinnati and previously worked in clinical trials research. Cindy has also served on the Durham Crisis Response Center board, was president of the parent organization at Duke School, helped raise funds and build the Turnip Patch Park in Hillsborough, and served on the Development Committee at Durham Academy. In addition to T.L.C., Cindy and her husband, Gregg, are longtime supporters of the Hillsborough Arts Council and the Fresh Air Fund in N.Y.C., a program that supports accessible, outdoor summer adventures for children from low-income communities.   They are also engaged in the community by owning local businesses and properties in Orange and Durham counties. Cindy is an avid trail runner and enjoys biking, swimming, and climbing mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

Clarenda “Cee” Stanley

Clarenda “Cee” Stanley works with environmental philanthropists and grows medicinal plants at her family farm out of love for people and the planet. She currently works as a Global Director of Development for the World Office of The Nature Conservancy. In this role, she is responsible for growing and expanding the donor prospect pipeline from nontraditional donor groups and managing a portfolio of prospective donors. Cee is also a fifth-generation farmer. While she did not set out with her marketing and education degrees to follow in her family’s agricultural path, in 2017, she returned to her roots as the C.E.O. of Green Heffa Farms. An organic medicinal plants farm that produces botanical teas is also a model teaching farm with aims to decrease the inequities that exist for BIPOC womxn farmers.  Cee has been active in the Triangle community for many years. She served seven years as President of the Triangle Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a current Board Member for V.A.E. (Visual Art Exchange) in Raleigh. She spent two years as a Board Member for Cary Visual Art and was a member of the Public Art Advisory Board for the Town of Cary for almost five years. Clarenda is a sought-over speaker who has received several accolades, including being selected by her peers as the 2016 Fundraiser of the Year and the recipient of the 2017 C-Suite Awa d. Clarenda lives in Cary, NC, with her 17-year-old son, Asher Bleu, and her three unsuccessful farm dogs — Chewie, Solo, and Th o. She has two adult daughters, Arionna and Amira, and three grandchildren. She loves to travel, raise orchids, and hunt for antique and vintage treasures in her spare time.  

 

 

 

Sean L Wilson

Sean is the Chief Executive Optimist of Durham’s Fullsteam Brewery. He founded and led Pop The Cap and Permit Beer, two beer lobbying organizations that have opened up economic markets to North Carolina’s craft beer industry. Sean holds an M.B.A. and Master of Public Policy from Duke Universi y. He is a four-time James Beard Foundation semi-finalist in the Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional category. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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