2018 Member Ballot to Elect TLC Board Members

This ballot requires a yes or no vote for each of the nominees for Board membership.

Triangle Land Conservancy’s charter and by-laws state that members shall elect the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying a slate of candidates for Board membership. The Nominating Committee submits the slate of candidates to the TLC Board for its approval.

The Board approved slate is now presented to the membership for a vote, which will be conducted online. This ballot requires a yes or no vote for each of the nominees for Board membership by October 6, 2018.

TLC staff will count the votes and announce the results on TLC’s website on October 7, 2018. If any candidate fails to receive a majority of votes cast there will be an additional mail ballot to fill any vacancies.

We would like to extend thanks to Dean Urban, Delphine Sellars, John McAdams, Chris Hitt, and the late Phail Wynn, whose terms concluded June 30, 2018, for their service and leadership to Triangle Land Conservancy.

Below is a list of first term nominees. Please cast your vote by October 6, 2018.

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First Term Nominees

Jack Blackmer (Wake)

  1. Educational background: I have a BS in Chemical Engineering – Michigan State University and several continuing education training classes in environmental management and auditing
  2. Brief career highlights: I held several professional and managerial positions in production, maintenance and environmental compliance at The Upjohn Company – Kalamazoo Michigan (site is now a part of Pfizer).  My last position with Upjohn was Director, Environmental Affairs.  After moving to NC I joined a consulting firm where I became a certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Auditor and Instructor.  My last position before retirement was Senior Manager, Quality, Environment, Health & Safety at Novozymes North America – Franklinton, NC.  My responsibilities included environmental compliance assurance and conducting EHS due diligence for mergers and acquisitions in the US and Canada.
  3. What is your interest in and experience with land conservation?: I have had a lifelong interest in nature and the environment including exploring woodlands, streams and ponds near my home while growing up in Michigan.  During my career at Upjohn I took a leadership position in improving environmental compliance and stewardship.  I led implementation of a Certified ISO 14001 Certified Environmental Management System at Novozymes which included initiatives to reduce environmental impact and establish local outreach.
  4. What excites you most about serving on TLC’s board?: I am excited for the opportunity to help shape TLC’s policies and procedures to continue our focus on the (4) public benefits of conservation as our main mission.  I feel especially passionate about the importance of conserving and protecting important natural areas and I appreciate working with others on the Board and TLC staff that share that passion.
  5. What activities, pursuits, hobbies, etc. do you enjoy when not working or volunteering? I feel very close to God when I am in out in His beautiful creation, which I try to do as often as possible on TLC preserves and other natural areas.  I also do some volunteer work at my church and enjoy landscape gardening, walking greenways with my wife, and continuing education classes.

Sam Cook (Wake)

  1. Educational background: BS in Forest Management from NC State University and AS from Tuskegee University in Forestry
  1. Brief career highlights:
  • Forester for USDA Forest Service Intermountain Range Forest and Range Experimental Station
  • 9 years as Distribution and Right a Way for Duke Power, now DEP;
  • 15 years working multiple positions (Forester/Supv./Lumber Mill Manager and Regional Wood Procurement Manager) for International Paper Company Forest Products Division;
  • Consultant Forester since 2007 (Registered Forester and USDA Technical Service Provider in NC and SC)
  • Currently employed at NC State Univ. in the College of Natural Resources as the Executive Director of Forest Assets since June. 2016.
  1. What is your interest in and experience with land conservation?:
  • Love protecting our natural resources and working with a group of diverse people
  • Served on the NC Coastal Land Trust for two three year terms
  • Worked in the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation in partnership with the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, USDA Forest Services, the Natural Resources Conservation Services (Lowcountry South Carolina) for 3 plus years) – Focusing on preservation, land protection, resolving land tenure issues and introducing land management tools to minority landowners.
  • Practicing as a Forester since 1980
  1. What excites you most about serving on TLC’s board?:
  • Helping landowners to understand the importance of protecting our Natural Resources.
  1. What activities, pursuits, hobbies, etc. do you enjoy when not working or volunteering?
  • Cooking, networking with other people, hiking, camping, and my job

Toni Wyche Jones (Wake)

  1. Educational background:
  • Highschool: North Carolina School of Science and Math (Diploma)
  • Undergraduate: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (BS degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering)
  • Graduate: North Carolina State University (Masters degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering)
  1. Brief career highlights:
  • Environmental Engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency since 2009
  • 2016 Recipient of the EPA Administrator’s Award of Excellence
  • Served as the project lead in the fast-paced development of the Clean Power Plan as well as other Clean Air Act regulations for new and existing sources
  • Three Bronze Medal Awards for extraordinary leadership and initiative
  • From 2003-2009, worked as an Environmental Engineer with the NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resource (now the Department of Environmental Quality) in the Ecosystems Enhancement Program, the Division of Waste Management Solid Waste Section, and the Division of Water Quality Aquifer Protection Section
  1. What is your interest in and experience with land conservation?
  • Growing up in rural, eastern North Carolina, I developed a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it at a very early age.
  • Served as the maintenance engineer for stream restoration and wetland mitigation projects, overseeing all phases of repair, including vegetation planting and protection
  1. What excites you most about serving on TLC’s board?
  • With the threat of rising sea levels, animal habitats disappearing, and changes in weather patterns, I would like to direct my career path in a way that protects public health and natural resources.  I am excited about the opportunity to work alongside individuals that have a common interest and passion.
  1. What activities, pursuits, hobbies, etc do you enjoy when not working or volunteering?
  • Spending time with my husband and two sons
  • Traveling and vacationing
  • Exercise

David Morris (Durham)

David Morris draws from a deep well of experience as an attorney, M&A strategic advisor, commercial banker, educator, entrepreneur/founder, and investor.

Mr. Morris focuses on commercial transactions/banking work, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. In addition to his corporate practice, David also practices in the areas of estate/succession planning and commercial real estate.

David Morris began his career as a commercial banker at a predecessor firm of JP Morgan Chase providing business development assistance and financial analyses to senior real estate and private equity bankers. He subsequently worked as an assistant vice president for Regions Bank, supervising a team responsible for underwriting corporate banking loans for a four-state territory.

Mr. Morris later joined the global investment bank, UBS Warburg, where he assisted multinational clients in analyzing, structuring, and executing mergers and acquisitions from the firm’s New York and Tokyo offices. He spent 10 years as managing director and general counsel at Oracle Capital Partners, a Midwest-based private equity firm. At OCP, he targeted companies operating in the manufacturing, commercial services, technology, and healthcare sectors.

A seasoned legal and business educator, David has developed course content and taught at Duke University, North Carolina Central University and Tulane University on topics related to mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

Mr. Morris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from Duke University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. He earned his Juris Doctor degree, with concentrations in commercial transactions and corporate reorganization, from the Duke University School of Law, where he served as a teaching assistant for the Corporate Restructuring and Corporate Finance courses.

Sean Wilson (Chatham)

  1. Educational background:
    B.A., Wheaton College (IL)
    M.P.P. (Master of Public Policy), Duke University
    M.B.A., Duke University
  2. Brief career highlights: Founder and CEO of Fullsteam Brewery, Durham, N.C.Three-time James Beard semi-finalist (beer, wine, spirits professional)
  3. What is your interest in and experience with land conservation?: Active promoter of TLC through our Farm’s Edge: Brumley Forest beer. Forager, wanderer, father who raised two kids to do to the same…including TLC properties like Johnston Mill and White Pines
  4. What excites you most about serving on TLC’s board?: The opportunity to give back to an organization who has forever shaped my family’s life and well-being. A desire to protect land for technology-free wandering and discovery. An appreciation for families and trusts who place land preservation and environmental health over unbridled commercial development.
  5. What activities, pursuits, hobbies, etc do you enjoy when not working or volunteering? Foraging, hiking, gardening, craft beer, golf.


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