Chris Canfield, Executive Director
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Chris joined CTNC in 2017. He leads the organization and its staff in protecting land along the Blue Ridge Parkway, assisting local land trusts, and connecting the diverse people of North Carolina to its diverse landscapes. Before joining CTNC, Chris worked with the National Audubon Society for 17 years as the executive director of Audubon North Carolina and the VP for the Gulf and Mississippi Flyway. Chris led Audubon’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill by successfully implementing Gulf-wide conservation efforts in concert with federal and state agencies, local communities, land trusts, and national funders. Chris also previously worked in development and communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a U.S. Air Force officer in the Pentagon, and as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Growing up in Louisiana and Alabama, Chris developed an appreciation and understanding of the importance of natural resources and the communities and wildlife they support. He is committed to conservation solutions that honor these complex relationships, balancing environmental and economic needs. Chris graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a B.A. in mathematics. He earned a M.Phil. in 20th-century English literature from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He served on the Advisory Board of the NC State University Natural Resources Leadership Institute and was a member of the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition Steering Committee in Asheville. He and his wife Kate Finlayson had a passion for nature and especially birds awakened in them when they moved to North Carolina more than 25 years ago. He also enjoys playing tennis, drumming and dancing in all forms.
Caitlin Burke, Associate Director
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Caitlin 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
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Alberto 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.
Victoria Chetty, Diversity and Equity Director
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Victoria joined CTNC in September 2017 as the Diversity and Equity Director. Before joining CTNC, she worked with the North Carolina Public Health Foundation as the Halifax County Catalyst for Healthy Eating and Active Living, creating environmental changes increasing accessibility to healthy choices for historically underserved communities. In addition to her professional background, Victoria loves volunteering in numerous capacities, working at the grassroots level to create vibrant and resilient communities. While Victoria holds a B.A. in Biology from Mills College, she is most proud to be a reigning Michael Jackson Trivia Queen. In her spare time, she enjoys murder mysteries and meticulously planned road trips.
Nick DiColandrea, AmeriCorps Project Director
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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.
Mary Alice Holley, Communications and Marketing Director
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Mary 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.
Edgar Miller, Government Relations Director
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Edgar 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.
Margaret Newbold, Senior Associate
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Margaret 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.
Rusty Painter, Land Protection Director
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Rusty 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
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Jan 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
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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
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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.