Board of Trustees

CMLC is grateful to our esteemed trustees. Their hard work and dedication provide CMLC with great expertise & guidance.

Thoughts from our Trustees

"We owe CMLC, its hard working and dedicated staff and many volunteers much more than we will ever know. Conservation truly is a once in our lifetime opportunity. It is so satisfying to be a part of an organization that truly believes that." David Efird
"I have enjoyed being part of an organization that functions so well to protect local and regional forests, rivers, and farmland while bringing smiles and tax advantages to those interested in land preservation." Bob Wald - past president and trustee
"I became involved in CMLC because I am a true believer in their work and their cause. In high school I spent most of my free time hiking, camping, & fishing in western North Carolina. I want to do all that I can to preserve what I had, for my children and their children." Mark Tooley
"If not for CMLC the beautiful woods, streams, and mountains around my home would not have been saved in its incomparably rich biodiversity and wildlife, and we would not have the scope of the amazing new state park of Hickory Nut Gorge, as well as several other magnificent nature preserves to be hiked and savored." Diana Richards


Ken Adams
President, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Amos Dawson III
Vice President, Attorney
David Humphrey
Treasurer, Retired, Corporate Business - Sales, Marketing
Mark Robson
Secretary, Retired, Fish & Wildlife Management
Lee Mulligan
Past President, Estate Planning Attorney, Strauss & Associates


Connie Backlund
Retired Park Superintendent, National Park Service
Chris Braund
Lake Lure Town Manager
Grant Bullard
Owner, Gwynn Valley Camp
Robert Cannon
Retired Academic Career - Computer Science
Ryan Cannon
Assistant Director, The Free Clinics
Tom Davis
Retired Cardiologist
David Efird
Real Estate Agent
Mary Jaegar-Gale
General Manager, Chimney Rock Management, LLC
Brenda Hillyer
Retired Nonprofit Development Professional
John Humphrey
Retired Engineer & CMLC Conservation Easement Landowner
Bernard Kitheka
Graduate Student, Clemson University
Rick Merrill
Realtor, Accredited Land Consultant
Bill Moyer
Retired Attorney,Former Henderson County Commissioner
Mary Jo Padgett
Consultant, Public Relations/Communications
Former Executive Director/Founder of ECO
Diana Richards
Clinical Psychologist
Hilliard Staton
Retired, Financial Investment Advisor
Mark B. Tooley
Manager, KEIR Manufacturing
Bob Wald, MD
Retired M.D., Psychiatry
Fred Weed
Retired College Administrator
Kent Wilcox
Retired, Research Scientist, Medical College of Wisconsin


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