OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JON PARSONS
BOARD CHAIR (EMERITUS)

Jon is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management at Fayetteville State University.

DANIEL DIMARIA
BOARD TREASURER (EMERITUS)

Daniel is an attorney with The Charleston Group in Fayetteville.

LINDSEY ALMOND
BOARD MEMBER

Lindsey is the Vice President of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Economic Development Corporation.

HEATHER BROWN
BOARD MEMBER

Heather is the Senior Strategic Sustainability Planner for the United States Army Reserve.

Heather joined the Board in July 2019. She is a lover of dirt (our natural environment), noise (great music) and fillers (scrumptious nibbles).

She is contracted to the Federal government and enjoys supporting our military communities.

Heather and her husband, Chris, have been married for 20 years and love to visit new places whenever they can. They are parents to two silly rescues – Gabe, a lovable Red Nose Pit Bull, and Laney, a German Short-Haired Pointer.

Heather’s sustainability interests include local food, pollinators, the arts and homelessness.

DR. JUAN MA
BOARD MEMBER

Juan is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at Fayetteville State University.

DR. IMAN MOORE
BOARD MEMBER

Iman is a professor and Chair of the Environmental and Occupational Management Department at Methodist University.

AARON KAPLAN
BOARD MEMBER AND PHILANTHROPIST

Aaron is the founder of PL4H (Peace and Love for Happiness) Creations.

By his own admission, Aaron has too many interests to list, but he has slimmed down his focus to include only activities that can benefit our world and its population: creating, performing, and promoting positive art; researching and implementing sustainable practices; and working on philanthropic projects.

Aaron’s sustainability interests include alternative and renewable energy sources, alternative vehicles, ocean pollution, air quality, permaculture and sustainable farming practices, recycling and more … the gamut!

JENNIFER SMITH
BOARD MEMBER AND ROAMING RANGER

Jennifer is the Head Ranger at Clark Park Nature Center, a gem of Fayetteville Cumberland County Parks and Recreation.

Jennifer joined the Board in July 2019.

Jennifer is an all-around nature lover with a deep interest in native and wild edible plants, moths, birds, toads and frogs. She enjoys developing environmental education programs and creating museum displays and exhibits. When Jennifer is not indulging in nature, she enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, reading, gardening and watching dramas such as Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones. Laughter on a daily basis is key in her world, and snarky comedies like The Office and Parks & Recreation provide comic relief.

She has two brothers in her long-distance nuclear family, but she cherishes her cousins and a handful of decades-long “friend-mily,” several of whom date to her days with Sustainable Fort Bragg and Cape Fear Botanical Garden. She says that the fine people who move through Fayetteville and the energy they bring with them are its finest assets!

Jennifer’s sustainability interests include the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative, farmer’s markets, pollinator gardening, native horticulture, green energy, composting, Greenway Trails and wild edible plants.
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