Board of Trustees

CMLC is grateful to our esteemed trustees and advisors. 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


Lee Mulligan
President, Estate Planning Attorney
Chris Braund
Vice President, Lake Lure Town Manager
Genien Carlson
Treasurer, Retired Banking Professional
Ken Adams
Secretary, Financial Advisor
Lynn Carnes Pitts
Past President, President, Carnes & Associates, Inc.


Connie Backlund
Retired Park Superintendent, National Park Service
Grant Bullard
Owner, Gwynn Valley Camp
Robert Cannon
Retired Academic Career - Computer Science
Ryan Cannon
Assistant Director, The Free Clinics
Tom Davis
Retired Cardiologist
Amos Dawson
Environmental Attorney
David Efird
Real Estate Agent
Brenda Hillyer
Retired Non-profit Development Professional
David Humphrey
Retired, Corporate Business - Sales, Marketing
John Humphrey
Retired Engineer & CMLC Conservation Easement Landowner
Bernard Kitheka
Graduate Student, Clemson University
Rick Merrill
Realtor, Accredited Land Consultant
Bill Moyer
Former Henderson County Commissioner
Diana Richards
Clinical Psychologist
Mark Robson
Retired, Fish & Wildlife Management
Hilliard Staton
Retired, Financial Investment Advisor
Fred Weed
Retired College Administrator
Kent Wilcox
Retired, Research Scientist, Medical College of Wisconsin


Katie Breckheimer
Environmental Consultant
Beverly Burns
Retired Teacher
Bob Carter
Retired, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
David Keller
Healthcare Business Consultant & Financial Planner, Doctors Management
William Leatherwood
Certified Aborist & Owner, WNC-GIS
Chuck McGrady
Representative, NC House of Representatives District 117
Jim Neal
Retired, NASA Director of Procurement, Government Contract Consultant
Rev. Jim McKinley
Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville
Larry Ragsdale
Retired, Professor of Environmental Studies, Brevard College
Luther Smith
President, Luther E. Smith & Associates, P.A.
Bill Thomas
Retired, Dupont, Inc.
Bob Wald, MD
Retired, Psychiatrist
Anne Valentine
Landscape Architect
Bob Youngerman
Retired, Healthcare Administrator

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