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

Susan Wyatt

Farmer (Retired), Kellam-Wyatt Farm

Board Secretary

Diane Sauer

Director, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

Foundation Vice President

Louis Wilkerson, Jr.

Realtor®, The Jim Allen Group


Kevin Brice

Southeast US Director,  Land Trust Alliance


Thomas McGuire

Consultant, Nonprofit Management and Executive Leadership


Thomas McCormick

Attorney, Retired


Laura Gadd Robinson

Lead Botanist, NC Natural Heritage Program


Carter Worthy

President, Carter Worthy Commercial, Inc.

Trustee (EmeritUS)


Charles Meeker

Partner, Parker Poe, Attorneys and Counselors at Law



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 Times change, and though many of the areas where he played as a child have been replaced by suburban shopping centers, apartment complexes, and new higher-density neighborhoods, he and his family now live adjoining the Capital Area Greenway System,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.