Margaret Newbold, Interim Executive Director, (919) 828-4199 extension 11

Margaret NewboldMargaret joined CTNC in 1997.  She is primarily responsible for managing internal operations, land trust relations, land protection activities, and special projects including the diversity program and creative financing initiatives. She is deeply committed to making CTNC’s work more inclusive and relevant to all communities throughout the state. Margaret received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Masters degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. She was a fellow in NCSU’s Natural Resource Leadership Institute 1997 class, has her real estate license, and serves on the Wake County Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee. Prior to coming to CTNC, Margaret was the Associate Director of the Environmental Resource Program at UNC-CH where she focused on sustainable development issues. For more than a decade before entering non-profit work, Margaret worked in the private sector, publishing an international adventure travel magazine and managing and developing multipurpose athletic facilities throughout the state. She feels lucky to have been able to weave her three favorite passions – travel, fitness and nature – into her working world. Margaret spent time in Tibet and Nepal in 2002, trekking to Everest Base Camp and renewing her commitment to help protect North Carolina’s unique natural heritage and special places. She returned to Nepal in October 2009 and hiked the Annapurna circuit.

Caitlin Burke, Associate Director, (919) 828-4199 extension 18

Caitlin 3Caitlin joined CTNC in February, 2013.  Caitlin is a skilled professional in natural resource policy with experience in non-profit management and advocacy.  She has a PhD in Forestry from NC State University and a BS in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech. She has worked with a variety of non-profits including The Wildlife Society, Conservation International, and WakeUP Wake County. As a member of our Land Protection Team, she manages collaborative grants with numerous land trusts, including the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative and the Scenic Byways grant program, and participates in our farmland preservation work and land stewardship activities. Caitlin lives in Cary with her husband Cullen. In her free time Caitlin teaches cooking classes at Southern Season in Chapel Hill and enjoys hiking, bird-watching, and running, especially in the woods.

Alberto Alzamora, Staff Accountant, (919) 828-4199 extension 23

alberto-alzamora-187x300Alberto fills the full-time staff accounting position shared between CTNC and Triangle Land Conservancy. Alberto is a graduate of the University of Miami with 20 years of accounting experience.  Before moving to North Carolina with his family in 2006, Alberto was the director of accounting for the Miami Museum of Science.  Alberto was born in Cartagena, Colombia, and came to the United States when he was 10 months old. He spent his childhood in Maryland and then moved to Miami. He has traveled extensively throughout Central and South America, including Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica, secluded beaches in Venezuela, and all parts of Colombia. Alberto and his wife, Jaqueline, live in Raleigh with their daughter, Maria; their parakeet, Jack; and their dog, Lulu. Alberto enjoys reading, travel and movies when he is not doing land trust accounting work.

Nick DiColandrea, AmeriCorps Project Director 828-4199 extension 15

Nick DiColandrea joined CTNC in June 2015 as the new director of CTNC AmeriCorps. Before joining CTNC, Nick directed the MusicianCorps program in North Carolina, and worked as a community developer at Communities In Schools of NC. Nick holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from NC State University, and a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. Nick lives in Raleigh with his veterinarian wife Valerie, their daughter Kara, their twin sons Lucas and Benjamin, and two adopted shelter dogs.

Stephen Graddick, Interim Diversity and Equity Coordinator, (919) 828-4199 extension 24

Stephen is a journalist, host, speaker, and environmentalist with a passion for social entrepreneurship. A native of Charlotte, he is most well known for his work with Toyota Motor Sales as the host of the Toyota Green Initiative nationwide tour. Over the past 6 years, Green Seeds Network has helped develop dozens of sustainable startup companies around the country. His ultimate mission is to motivate others to discover their God-given purpose.


Mary Alice Holley, Communications and Marketing Director, (919) 828-4199 extension 17

ma-ctnc-headshotMary Alice joined CTNC in December 2016 as the Communications and Marketing Director. Before joining CTNC, she was the Media Relations Director for BC/DC Ideas leading promotional campaigns for numerous conservation clients including Audubon North Carolina and the North Carolina Coastal Federation. Mary Alice holds a B.A. degree in Mass Communications and Rhetorical Writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In her spare time, Mary Alice enjoys hiking with her dog, Hazel, and exploring North Carolina’s hidden treasures from her kayak.


Wendy Howard, Finance Director, (919) 828-4199 extension 19

Wendy HowardWendy joined CTNC in January 2004 and manages the financial affairs of the organization, overseeing CTNC’s fiscal records, accounting practices, and financial relationships with other conservation partners. Wendy is a CPA with more than 15 years’ experience working with non-profits in public accounting and industry. Wendy successfully completed the 2008 Conservation Finance Camp at Yale University, through Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment. In addition, Wendy has been awarded a Certificate in Effective Grants Administration from the North Carolina Office of State Auditor. A proud soccer/hockey/baseball mom, Wendy enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen, and their two sons, Jacob and Ian.

Bridget McMinn, Development Director, (919) 828-4199 extension 13
bridget1Bridget McMinn joined CTNC in October 2016 as the Development Director. Before joining CTNC, Bridget was Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Bridget lives in Cary with her husband Kim and her daughter Lily.





Edgar Miller, Government Relations Director, (336) 300 -8728

Edgar MillerEdgar represents North Carolina’s 24 land trusts before the North Carolina General Assembly and other state and federal agencies. Before joining CTNC, he worked as a lobbyist for the American Iron and Steel Institute in Washington, D.C., and also served as director of policy for the Washington-based National Recycling Coalition. Edgar began his public policy career with the North Carolina Governor’s Waste Management Board and holds a BA in Botany from Duke University and a Masters of Environmental Management from the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment. He led the successful effort to establish a Voluntary Agricultural District in Davidson County and is a member of the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee. He also serves as the president of the Davidson County Tourism and Recreation Investment Partnership (TRIP). He lives in Lexington with his wife, Kivi, and their daughters Ava and Jianna.

Rusty Painter, Land Protection Director, (919) 828-4199 extension 16

Rusty PainterRusty oversees collaborative projects that CTNC undertakes with other North Carolina land trusts, as well as CTNC’s land protection efforts along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rusty holds a Masters in Forestry and a Masters of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Wake Forest University. In his spare time, he enjoys activities with his wife, Carrie, and sons William and Benjamin including hiking, canoeing, and mountain biking. His passion for conservation stems from a lifelong enjoyment of outdoor activities like these.

Jan Pender, NC Youth Conservation Corps Project Director, (919) 828-4199 extension 10

Jan PenderJan joined CTNC in 2000 and is responsible for advancing the North Carolina Youth Conservation through partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies, local land trusts, and private and corporate interests. Prior to working at CTNC, Jan worked in foundation and corporate development at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and was Director of Education for Legacy, a statewide environmental education program in Alabama. Jan holds a B.S. degree in education from Kansas State University and a M.S. degree in geography from the University of Alabama. She also studied the European Union on a Rotary Club scholarship at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. Jan and her husband, Tom, have two daughters, Anne Ross and Abby.

Hannah Vet, Development and Administrative Associate, (919) 828-4199 extension 14

Hannah joined CTNC in February 2017 as the Development and Administrative Associate. Hannah graduated from Moody in Chicago, IL, in 2013. She has more than four years of experience in nonprofit management. Before moving to North Carolina in 2016, she worked on the development team at Grace Place for Children and Families in Naples, Florida. Hannah enjoys exploring North Carolina and camping with her husband and their dog.



Tracy Weidert, Emerging Leaders Program Assistant, (919) 828-4199 extension 21

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Tracy joined CTNC in January 2017 as the Emerging Leaders Program Assistant. Tracy holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and previously supported an AmeriCorps program for the NC Office of Environmental Education in 2013-2014. Tracy also serves as a garden consultant for the Poe Center for Health Education and spends most of her free time enjoying the outdoors.