Directors

Board of Directors

Officers

Lewis Ledford, Chair
Jim Buzzard, Past Chair
Hunter Jenkins
, Vice Chair
Lara Brown de Fuenmayor, President
Sam Cook,Vice President
Mary Peloquin-Dodd, Treasurer
Jill Tasaico, Assistant Treasurer
Vicki Hardee, Secretary

Directors

Lewis Ledford, Raleigh, NC
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Term: 2017
Committee: Audit and Finance
Executive Director, National Association of State Park Directors; B.S. in Biology, Appalachian State University in 1976; 2012 Alumni of the Year; Retired director of North Carolina State Parks and Recreation system; Lifetime Achievement Award 2009/2010 from Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, College of Natural Resources, NC State University.

Blas Arroyo, Charlotte, NC 
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Term: 2020
Committee: Audit and Finance  
Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Mr. Arroyo has been engaged in the field property litigation for over 30 years. He has been actively involved in various inter partes matters pertaining to intellectual property rights. He earned his B.S. degree in Pulp and Paper Science from NC State in 1978 and his JD from Washington and Lee University in 1981.

Elizabeth BiserElizabeth Biser, Raleigh, NC
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Term: 2021
Committee: Advancement
Government Relations Advisor with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey and Leonard, LLC. Master of Public Administration and BA in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has experience with the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Sierra Club, NC. Her experience includes environmental policy, strategies, marketing and business development activities, and special projects.

lou_boosLouis J. Boos, Atlanta, GA
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Term: 2019

Committee: Audit and Finance
President of Nordic Engineering, a supplier of equipment and technology for the pulp , paper and forest products industry. President of ChemTech Inc, a service and maintenance company for pulp mills. Active with TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) since the 1960’s and past Affiliate Chairman of PIMA (Paper Industry Management Association.) Past President of the the Pulp and Paper Foundation at NC State.

Jim Bowen, Ridgeway, SC
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Term: 2018
Committee: Audit and Finance
Graduated NC State University, 1972 with a B.S. in Pulp and Paper Technology; Duke University, 1996 with a MBA. Served Sonoco Products Company, Paper North America, Global Paper, Primary Materials Group.

Jim Buzzard, Past Chair, Richmond, VA
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Term: 2019
Committee: Advancement
MeadWestvaco Corporation, Retired. Graduated NC State University in 1976 with a B.S. in Pulp and Paper Science and Technology.

Chris DavidsonChris Davidson, Charlotte, NC
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Term: 2021
Committee: Forest Management
Director of Corporate Sustainability, WestRock Company. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Silviculture, Forest Ecology from Virginia Tech; a MS in Forestry and B.S. in Forest Management from NC State. He is a senior executive with extensive experience in the forest products industry, including sustainability, forest certification, environment, health and safety, environmental management systems, product stewardship, customer service, forest management, and research.

Hunter Jenkins, Richmond, VA
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Term: 2020
Committee: Advancement 
Mr. Hunter, Managing Director, The Forestland Group, LLC. , is one of two senior executives of the nation’s largest hardwood landowner, and holds a B. A. from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Management from North Carolina State University, with a focus in forest economics and timberland investments. He is a member of numerous conservation organizations and has served on the boards of various non-profit institutions.

Dick Ludington, Chapel Hill, NC
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Term: 2020
Committee: Advancement 

Senior Associate, The Conservation Fund, Retired. Mr. Ludington was the founder of the Heartland Group, the predecessor entity of the Forestland Group where he served as Vice President of Real Estate. Dick also served as the southeast regional director of land acquisitions for the Nature Conservancy and later became the Florida state director of the Nature Conservancy. As a Senior Associate of The Conservation Fund, he successfully negotiated the purchase and subsequent donation of 104,000-acres of prime wetland and wildlife habitat that created the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina. Dick is also Founder of La Foresta Plantacion, and Chair of Carbon Ceramics Company, LLC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American History and LLB from the School of Law, both from UNC Chapel Hill.

Charles MeekerCharles Meeker, Raleigh, NC
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Term: 2021
Committee: Forest Management
Partner, Park, Poe, Adams & Bernstein, LLP. Mr. Meeker earned a J.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Yale University. Member of the NC State Bar and District of Columbia Bar. He practices commercial litigation and regulatory and tax work. Mr. Meeker has ​ served​ the City of Raleigh as Mayor and on the Raleigh City Council, the Raleigh Parks and Greenway Commission and President of Boylan Heights Association.

Barbara McCutchan, Covington, VA
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Term: 2018
Committee: Forest Management 

Dr. McCutchan received her Ph.D. in Forestry and Statistics from NC State University, her M.S. in Forestry, NCSU and B.S. in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently teaching strategic sustainability in Arizona State University’s Master of Sustainability leadership program and consulting in several capacities at Sustainable & Responsible Solutions, LLC. Previously Dr. McCutchan was Director, Enterprise Stewardship and Sustainability for MeadWestvaco Corporation and a scientist with research areas in the genetics of loblolly pine for the purpose of increasing forest productivity in southeastern US and Brazil.

Mary Peloquin-Dodd, Board Treasurer, Raleigh, NC
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Term: N/A
Committee: Audit and Finance
Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business and University Treasurer, NC State University. Mary holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining NC State, Mary was a Managing Director at Standard & Poor’s in New York, and Senior Analytical Leader of the US Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Corporate Ratings Group.  Mary spent nearly 25 years at S&P, and became a widely known analyst in the field of higher education finance.

Dick Porterfield, Williamsburg, VA
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Term: 2019
Committee: Forest Management
Executive Vice President, Champion International Corp., Retired
Graduated NC State University in 1970 with an M.S. in Forestry (Economics.)

Phil Rea, Raleigh, NC
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Term: 2019
Committee: Advancement
Professor and Department Head Emeritus; Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; College of Natural Resources; NC State University (1978–2006). NC State University liaison and Director of two national training programs for parks and recreation professionals for the Revenue Development and Management School and the Directors School.

Harry Sideris, Saint Petersburg, FL
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Term: 2019
Committee: Advancement
Sr. Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety, Duke Energy.  MBA, Campbell University; BS, NCSU, Chemical Engineering; Joined Progress Energy in 1996 and previously served as vice president of NC and SC including coal-fired plants; all hydro generation assets; and combustion turbine plants; EPRI Environmental Executive Board Member and Council Member

Ron Terry, M.D., Athens, GA
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Term: 2020
Committee: Advancement
Athens Radiation Oncology, PC. Graduated NC State University in 1976 with a B.S. in Pulp & Paper Science and in 1977 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Genie Ussery, Bluffton, SC
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Term: 2019
Committee: Advancement
Administrative Associate at Ussery Group; B.S. with honors, Recreation and Parks Administration, NC State in 1975; Co-Captain of NC State Women’s Basketball ’74-’75; Former NC State Alumni Board of Directors President, NC State Board of Visitors, Natural Resources Foundation Board of Directors, NC State Arts Council Board of Directors; Former Member of Hilton Head Island Parks Commission; retired home educator.

Beth Wilson, Wilmington, NC
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Term: 2018
Committee: Audit and Finance
Emeritus University Alumni Distinguished Professor, NC State University. Associate Professor, Associate Department Head and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources, NC State University, retired. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from NC State and has research interests in programming and marketing for senior adults, environmental education and natural resources and historic interpretive services. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, former President of the NC Recreation and Park Society, President of NC Senior Games, Inc., 2000 Distinguished Woman of NC Award.

Non-Voting Directors

laraLara Brown de Fuenmayor, President, Raleigh, NC
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Term: N/A
Committee: Advancement
Assistant Dean for Advancement, College of Natural Resources, NC State University.Lara came to us after serving as Assistant Dean for External Relations in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Over the last ten years, she successfully led strategic planning for the school’s capital campaign, strengthened its communications, and tripled giving to the School’s strategic initiative including fellowships for PhD and Masters students. She earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in PA, and her MIE from SDS Bocconi School in Milan, Italy.

Mary C. Watzin, Raleigh, NC
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Term: N/A
Committee: Audit and Finance
Dean, College of Natural Resources, NC State University.  Mary came to North Carolina State University after spending 22 years in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, as Professor, and from 2009-2012, as Dean. She holds a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina.