What is your role at TLC? As Executive Director, I know a little about what everyone on staff is doing and all the work of the organization. However, I don’t know everything in quite the detail I’d like since there is so much good work being done. I have especially enjoyed learning more about TLC’s conservation and stewardship work since becoming ED. I also get to work with our partner organizations, which is a lot of fun.
Favorite TLC Preserve: Brumley Forest Nature Preserve because it’s beautiful forests, open spaces, and pond. I find the history of the people connected to the property so interesting – the Brumley’s were such strong conservationists and philanthropists, it’s a powerful tribute to all three generations. I also think it’s representative of how TLC is able to protect land and watersheds by working with a lot of partners. In the case of Brumley, the Brumley family’s foundation, the Zeist Foundation, sold it at about half of its full value. Funds to purchase the property came from a variety of sources, including the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the City of Raleigh, the Warner Foundation, and individual donors to TLC’s Our Water Our Land Campaign.
Sandy joined TLC in July of 2013 as Director of Development and became the Executive Director in April 2015. She carries over 25 years of nonprofit experience, 15 of those years in Durham. Sandy has experience working in conservation from her prior capacity as associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, NC Chapter. Drawing on a deep well of experience founding and managing two nonprofit startups, she is adept at developing effective strategies for identifying, cultivating and soliciting support from a wide range of community members. As the development officer for the Durham County Library, she led the effort to establish the Durham Library Foundation, which raised over $2.5 million in private funds for the public library system in its first five years. Sandy holds a degree in political science from Earlham College.