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

Joslin & Sedberry, LLP (retired)

Board Vice Chair

Dale Threatt-Taylor

Director, Wake County Soil & Water Conservation District

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Board Treasurer

Scott Payne

Director, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

Board Secretary

Laura G. Robinson

Lead Botanist, NC Natural Heritage Program



Kevin Brice

Southeast US Director,  Land Trust Alliance

Martin Brinkley

Dean, University of North Carolina School of Law

Charlotte Jones-Roe

Director of Development and Conservation, NC Botanical Garden, (retired)


Thomas McCormick

Raleigh City Attorney, (retired)


Louis Wilkerson, Jr.

Realtor®, The Jim Allen Group


Trustee (EmeritUS)

Charles Meeker


Partner, Parker Poe, Attorneys and Counselors at Law


Diane Sauer

Director, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (retired)



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

Executive Director

Chris Heagarty

Chris Heagarty is an attorney and professional executive with over fifteen years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management. 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 Times change, and though many of the areas where he played as a child have been replaced by suburban shopping centers, apartment complexes, and new higher-density neighborhoods, he and his family now live adjoining the Capital Area Greenway System,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.