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Directors

Board of Directors

Officers

Lewis Ledford, Chair
Hunter Jenkins, Vice Chair
Lara Brown de Fuenmayor, President
Sam Cook,Vice President
Mary Peloquin-Dodd, Treasurer
Erin Delehanty, Assistant Treasurer

Directors

Lewis Ledford

Lewis Ledford
Raleigh, NC
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Term: 2021
Committee: Audit and Finance
Executive Director, National Association of State Park Directors; BS 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.

Gary Allred

Gary Allred
Cartersville, GA
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Term: 2023
Committee: Forest Management
Experience Director Acquisition, Principal Cardinal Guidance LLC. Principal with timberland investment group. Mr. Allred’s experience includes 40+ years in the forest products and timberland investment management field. He earned an MBA from the University of North Florida and a BS in Forestry, and BS in Wildlife Biology from NC State University in 1978

Blas Arroyo

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 BS degree in Pulp and Paper Science from NC State University in 1978 and his JD from Washington and Lee University in 1981.

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Elizabeth Biser
Raleigh, NC
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Term: 2021
Committee: Advancement
Vice President of Public Affairs for The Recycling Partnership. 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.

Louis J. Boos

Louis J. Boos
Atlanta, GA
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Term: 2023
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 University.

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Jim Bowen
Ridgeway, SC
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Term: 2023
Committee: Audit and Finance
Graduated NC State University, 1972 with a BS in Pulp and Paper Technology; Duke University, 1996 with a MBA. Served Sonoco Products Company, Paper North America, Global Paper, Primary Materials Group.

Brian Dangler
Chapel Hill, NC
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Term: 2022
Forest Management Committee

Brian Dangler holds an MBA from Thomas College and is the director of The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund, where he directs the Fund’s sustainably managed forest operations and leads the strategy, financing and design of its portfolio of conservation-based timberland transactions across the United States. Having previously worked for International Paper and as a field forester with Boise Cascade in Maine, Brian brings more than 25 years of experience in forest management, pulp and paper operations and fiber supply. 

Tom Hines

Tom Hines
Raleigh, NC
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Term: 2023
Committee: Audit and Finance

Consulting Project Manager. Mr. Hines served seven years in the Navy, was the coordinator of the Centennial Campus Planning Team, project manager for ABB – the first private sector to occupy a research on Centennial Campus, and served on the NC State University Design School Advisory Board. He has strong family ties to NC State. He earned a BS in Recreation and Park Administration in 1963 from NC State, a MS in Recreation Administration from UNC in 1976, a MBA from UNC in 1976, and a MA from Duke University in 1995.

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Hunter Jenkins
Richmond, VA
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Term: 2020
Committee: Advancement
Managing Director, The Forestland Group, LLC. , is one of two senior executives of the nation’s largest hardwood landowner, and holds a BA 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.

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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.

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Charles Meeker
Raleigh, NC
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Term: 2021
Committee: Forest Management
Partner, Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein, LLP. Mr. Meeker earned a JD from Columbia University and a BA 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.

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Barbara McCutchan
Convington, VA
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Term: 2022
Committee: Forest Management
Dr. McCutchan received her PhD in Forestry and Statistics from NC State University, her MS in Forestry, NC State University 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.

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Mary Peloquin-Dodd
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 University, 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.

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Larry Perkins
Raleigh, NC
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Term: 2024
Committee: Advancement

Larry Perkins holds a BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is a 46-year veteran of the public assembly industry with a vast array of expertise in venue management. He served 24 years as vice president of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, AKA Meadowlands Sports Complex, home to the New York Football Giants, New York Jets, IZod Center and Meadowlands Racetrack. He is the author of “Buck Seventy-Two, A Destiny of Will,” “Crowd Safety and Survival” and “Eight Point Crowd and Event Planning Model,” and has written numerous articles for the IAVM Facility Manager Magazine and others.

Harry Sideris

Harry Sideris
Charlotte, NC
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Term: 2023
Committee: Advancement
Executive Vice President, Customer Experience, Solutions and Services, Duke Energy. MBA, Campbell University; BS, NC State University, 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.

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Genie Ussery
Bluffton, SC
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Term: 2022
Committee: Advancement
Administrative Associate at Ussery Group; BS with honors, Recreation and Parks Administration, NC State University in 1975; Co-Captain of NC State University Women’s Basketball ’74-’75; Former NC State University Alumni Board of Directors President, NC State University Board of Visitors, Natural Resources Foundation Board of Directors, NC State University Arts Council Board of Directors; Former Member of Hilton Head Island Parks Commission; retired home educator.

Non Voting Members

Lara Brown de Fuenmayor

Lara Brown de Fuenmayor
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 BA from Bryn Mawr College in PA, and her MIE from SDS Bocconi School in Milan, Italy.

Myron F. Floyd

Myron F. Floyd
Raleigh, NC
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Term: N/A
Committee: Audit and Finance
Dr. Myron F. Floyd currently serves as the Interim Dean of the College of Natural Resources at NC State University. Dr. Floyd first joined the college in 2005 as a Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. In 2010, he went on to become Director of Graduate Programs for the department, and in 2014, he became Department Head.