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Board of Directors- Friends of Wake SWCD

    Jeff Essic, Chair
    Jeff earned a BS in Conservation in 1994 and an MS in Natural Resources/GIS in 1997, both from NC State University. He has worked since 2002 for NC State as a GIS and Data Librarian.
    Donald Belk, Secretary
    Don is a land planner with over 30 years of experience in conservation planning and farmland preservation.
    Chad Chandler, Treasurer
    Chad is a retired architect and president of South Wake Conservationists – NCWF.
    Robin Hammond, Advisor and Founder
    Robin is an attorney retired from the public and private practice of law where she often advocated for local government and environmental groups and causes. Robin is one of the founders of Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District. She served as the first board chair and now serves as an adviser.
     Marilyn Grolitzer, Advisor
    Talmage Brown
    Talmage is a Professor Emeritus of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, NC State. Following retirement in 2008, Talmage has worked on rebuilding an 1818 plantation house at his legacy farm, manages a 100 acre certified tree farm, and serves as a member of a team sponsoring a Burmese refugee sustainable farming project on a 2.5 acre field at his farm.
    Heather Szaro
    Heather serves on the board as our liasion with the Triangle Land Conservancy.

Wake SWCD Supervisors    Wake SWCD website

  • Thomas Dean, Chair
  • Scott Lassiter, Vice Chair
  • Ryan Broadwell
  • Beth Pugh Farrell
  • Jenna Wadsworth

Wake SWCD Staff Liaison   Wake SWCD website

  • Teresa Furr
  • Winifred Dorer
  • Alex Heinemann
  • Leah Purvis​

Past Friends of Wake SWCD Board and Honorary Members

  • Stewart Adcock
  • Kay Adcock
  • Patrick Beggs*
  • Richard Braham
  • Caitlin Burke
  • Matthew Cronheim*
  • Chris Dillon
  • Amy Edge*
  • Rebecca Grzesik
  • Leigh Ann Hammerbacher*
  • Elizabeth Lawdley
  • Grace Lawrence*
  • Susan Matthews*
  • Sharon Moe*
  • Hilary Morris
  • Dr. B.C. Raynor
  • John Rogers*
  • Jon Scott*
  • Randy Senzig*
  • Dale Threatt-Taylor
  • Rick Wellington*
  • Manly Wilder
  • Donny Woodlief

* denotes Founding Directors; Last Updated: September 24, 2022