Board of Directors

An all-volunteer Board of Directors leads the North Carolina Community Garden Partners, and serves as NCCGP’s governing body. It is a wonderful opportunity to advance the cause of community gardening throughout North Carolina. Members range widely, from extension, health and academic professionals to entrepreneurs to artists to rank-and-file community gardeners. They share in common a passion for community gardening, and find strength, creativity and friendship through their diversity. You will find the current Board listed below.

Consensus is the primary method of decision-making on the Board and at all levels of NCCGP governance.

If you’re interested in serving on our Board of Directors, please contact a board member. We invite you to join a growing organization and a fun group of people passionate about supporting community gardens in North Carolina. We need your ideas, your expertise, your time, and your passion to make our work even more successful and meaningful. 

Serving on the Board is a non-paying, volunteer activity.

About The Board

Application and election timeline

          Oct/Nov: Deadline for all applications/nominations
          mid-Nov: Electronic voting begins
          mid-Dec: Voting closed
          mid/late Dec: Release of voting results
          Jan 1st: New board member terms begin

From our Bylaws: The Board shall consist of the Officers of the Board (President, Secretary, Treasurer) and the chairpersons of any standing committees. The BoD consists of at least 7 and not more than 21 Directors.  The representation on the Board should be at least one Director from each of the 3 primary regions of North Carolina (Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal).

Please read the Board of Directors Job Description and Board of Directors Candidate Application for more information.

Members:

Label Name Email Location Title
2016 Co-Chair, 2015 Maria Hitt .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Chapel Hill, Orange County Project Manager, Orange County Partnership for Young Children; Past Director, GROW, 2014-15
2016 Co-Chair, 2015 Brett Sheppard .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Orange/Durham Counties SNAP-Ed Project Manager, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
2016-2017 Jordyn Appel .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) New Hanover County FoodCorps, New Hanover County
2015-2016 Elin Amundson .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Decorah, Iowa (serving remotely) former FoodCorps Service Member, Feast Down East / Brunswick County Cooperative Extension
2015-2016 (Co-Vice Chair) Don Boekelheide .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mecklenburg County Reedy Creek Park Community Garden, Charlotte
2015-2016, 2013-2014 (Past Chair, 2014-15) Mary Jac Brennan .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Winston-Salem, Forsyth County Extension Associate for Community Gardens, NC Cooperative Extension, Forsyth Center
2016-2017 Steven Capobianco .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mecklenburg/Union Counties Horticulture Agent, NC Cooperative Extension
2016-2017 Helen Herrera .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Wake County Nutrition and Outreach Associate, Voices into Action
2015-2016 (Treasurer) Stephane LeBlanc .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Raleigh/Durham CPA, Finance Manager
2016-2017 Martha Prysucha .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Carteret County Master Gardener Intern, Farmers Market Master
2016-2017 (Secretary) Alex Rike .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Polk County Polk County Community Foundation
2016-2017 Aisha Sanders .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Durham County President, SEEDS Community Garden Program
2015-2016, 2013-2014 Connie Schultz .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Johnston County Master Gardener/Composter, Grant Writer, Extension Social Media & Blog writer
2016-2017 Brittany Taggart .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) New Hanover/Brunswick Counties Feast Down East Food Hub Coordinator
2016-2017 Lorenzo Wilkins .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Nash County President, Chairman and CEO, Compass Youth Center
2015-2016 (Co-Vice Chair) Chester Williams .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Halifax County Executive Director, A Better Chance, A Better Community

Leadership Committees

Please contact us if you’d like to join a committee!

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