The Foundation is governed by our council of trustees. Their primary purpose is to promote the Foundation, uphold our vision, protect our assets and funds and ensure that we comply with legislation and regulation.


Board Chair

Nell Joslin

Partner, Joslin Sedberry LLP
4006 Barrett Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609

Board Vice Chair

Dale Threatt-Taylor

Director, Wake County Soil & Water Conservation District
4001D Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610

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Board Treasurer

Susan Wyatt

Farmer (Retired), Kellam-Wyatt Farm
731 N. Rogers Lane, Raleigh, NC 27610

Board Secretary

Diane Sauer

Director, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
222 West Hargett Street, Suite 608, Raleigh, NC 27601

Foundation Vice President

Louis Wilkerson, Jr.

Realtor®, The Jim Allen Group
5000 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27609


Charles Meeker

Partner, Parker Poe, Attorneys and Counselors at Law
PNC Plaza, 301 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1400, Raleigh, NC 27601


Carter Worthy

President, Carter Worthy Commercial, Inc.
228 Fayetteville Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601


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Kevin Brice

Southeast US Director at the Land Trust Alliance
PO Box 33355, Raleigh, NC 27636



Our staff, lead by Executive Director Chris Heagarty, manages the Foundation on a day-to-day basis.

Executive Director

Chris Heagarty

Chris Heagarty is a professional executive with over ten years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management. Prior to the City of Oaks Foundation, Chris led the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission and the NC Center for Voter Education as Executive Director.  In private legal practice, he represented local governments and private citizens around North Carolina, helping them navigate effectively through complex state and federal regulations.

He is a long-time supporter of conservation and environmental protection in the region, and has been an effective problem-solver and advocate working with business leaders, and federal, state, and local governments to bring people together to reach effective public policy solutions.

Chris grew up in the Leesville area of northwest Wake County, before it was within the city limits of Raleigh and when it was a community of mostly low-density neighborhoods, farms, and vast areas of green-space. Times change, and though many of the areas where he played as a child have been replaced by suburban shopping centers, apartment complexes, and new higher-density neighborhoods, he and his family now live adjoining the Capital Area Greenway System, where his children enjoy hiking, biking, and playing at Raleigh’s Lake Lynn Park.

Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University and his juris doctorate degree from North Carolina Central University’s School of Law. Chris served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2009-2010. He is a past board member and officer of the Raleigh Public Record and the Hunter Elementary PTA, and is currently on the board of Wake County Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education.