What is your role at TLC? As Director of Advancement, I am responsible for accelerating land conservation by inspiring community engagement and philanthropy. I ensure oversight, planning, execution and growth of TLC’s Annual Fund, foundation and corporate grants, sponsorship, and planned gifts; communications and marketing; and volunteer and community engagement programs in collaboration with our talented and hardworking Communications, Development, and Community Engagement team. I strive to establish long-term relationships with donors and local business partners who value the benefits of conserved land and the opportunity to get involved, make a difference, and support TLC’s mission.
Favorite TLC Preserve: Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve. This special preserve nestled in an otherwise busy area of Cary provides a unique opportunity to walk through an impressive stand of majestic beech trees. As you climb the Stairway to Heaven and rest at the ridge you feel transported to areas more in keeping with our western mountains. This urban preserve offers family friendly hiking and is a great place to take kids to explore and connect with nature.
Christine comes to TLC from Three Rivers Land Trust (formerly the Land Trust for Central North Carolina.) As a dedicated conservationist, Christine also has a broad set of experiences in historic preservation having built a long relationship with the non-profit Historic Salisbury Foundation. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina with a degree in Biology and spent 13 years in the Triangle area before partnering with her husband to thru-hike the 2, 172 mile Appalachian Trail in 2005. They spent 172 days hiking from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahadin, Maine on an adventure of a lifetime. Together with their two elementary school-aged daughters, Claire and Sadie, they are proud to be members of several conservation organizations.