Staff

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Abby Bishop, Public Outreach Organizer
Abby Bishop joined the NC Conservation Network’s staff in January 2014. She received her degree in Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University in 2013. While attending ASU, Abby worked with Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, a local non-profit dedicated to strengthening the High Country’s local food system, and as a student researcher in the North Slope Borough of Alaska. In her free time Abby enjoys learning about urban gardening, playing the violin, and exploring new hiking and running spots. abby[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 104
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Brian Buzby, Executive Director
Brian Buzby joined the NC Conservation Network in July 1999. He sits on the Board of Directors of the NC Center for Public Policy Research and serves as an appointee to the Durham Planning Commission and the Durham Open Space and Trails Commission. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and numerous other nonprofits. Brian received his BA in Environmental Policy from Ithaca College and a certificate degree in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. He was also a 2006 American Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund. brian[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 100
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Rachael Estes, Policy Analyst
Rachael joined the North Carolina Conservation Network as a Policy Analyst in April 2015. Rachael holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Duke University (2015) and a BA in Journalism from UNC-Greensboro (2008). Prior to graduate school, Rachael worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide for US Representative Kathy Castor (FL-14), where she managed the Member’s Energy and Commerce Committee portfolio and served as the lead staffer for the Gulf Coast Caucus. During her time on Capitol Hill, Rachael also served on the Board of the Women’s Congressional Staff Association and as the Chair of the Community Service and Outreach Committee. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and her puppy, Penelope. rachael[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 107
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Kate Fulbright, Coal Ash Organizer
Kate Fulbright joined the NC Conservation Network in June 2014 as the Coal Ash Organizer. She received her BA in History at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT in 2011. Before joining the NC Conservation Network, she worked with her brother to produce a documentary film on climate change and people.  She also served on the coordinating committee of Charlotte Environmental Action, and worked closely with Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace. In her free time, Kate has been learning to mountain bike, and she enjoys camping, hiking, and gardening. kate[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 111
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Mindy Hiteshue, Business Manager
Mindy Hiteshue joined the NC Conservation Network full time in January of 2002 but has been working with the NC Conservation Network since May of 2000. Mindy graduated from NC State University (NCSU) in December of 2001 with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and a certification in Business Spanish. She received her certificate degree in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and served on the Board of Directors for Toxic Free North Carolina from December 2006 through December 2014. Mindy also has volunteered and completed committee service with other organizations including the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and El Pueblo. mindy[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 102
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Brittany Iery, Online Organizer
Brittany Iery joined the NC Conservation Network’s staff in August 2010. She received her BA in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) in December of 2006. Prior to coming to the NC Conservation Network, she spent two years with the New River Foundation as their Outreach Director under the highly successful Project Rainmakers program. While in college Brittany was an intern with Cape Fear River Watch where she planned an environmental education summer camp for youth and worked with fellow students to create a proposal on the effects of C8 contamination from a local manufacturing plant. brittany[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 108
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Grady McCallie, Policy Director
Grady McCallie started as the NC Conservation Network’s Policy Analyst in December 2000. Grady holds a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1993), and a BA in History and Economics from Yale University (1990). Before joining the NC Conservation Network, he worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (1994) in Annapolis and the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C. (1994-2000), as a wetlands policy analyst and lobbyist. He has also worked and written on agricultural conservation, water quality, and water quantity issues. grady[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 101
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Molly McKinley, Public Action Organizer
Molly McKinley joined the NC Conservation Network’s staff in May 2015. She received her BA in Biology and Political Science at Peace College in Raleigh, NC. During her time at Peace, Molly worked as an Outreach and Advocacy intern for the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and still continues to volunteer with the organization. In her free time, Molly enjoys running, kayaking, and exploring the triangle greenways on her bike. molly[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 110
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Stephanie Schweickert, Affiliate Organizer
Stephanie Schweickert joined NC Conservation Network’s staff in August 2011. She received a degree in sociology from Ohio University in 2007, where she also studied history and received a certificate in the Global Leadership Center program. Prior to joining NC Conservation Network, Stephanie served a summer AmeriCorps term at a shelter for the rural homeless and worked as the Outreach Coordinator at the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation, as part of Project Rainmakers. Stephanie also enjoys volunteering with local organizations and currently serves on the Board of the beehive collective, a giving circle in Raleigh. stephanie[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 103
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Nicole Stewart, Development Director
Nicole Stewart began working with the NC Conservation Network in September of 2003. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) in May of 2003 with a BA in Environmental Studies. While at UNCW, Nicole held a leadership role in the Environmental Concerns Organization and the Student Government Association. She recently served on the Board of the North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections and currently serves on the Board of the beehive collective, a giving circle in Raleigh. nicole[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 105
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Peter Walz, Organizing Director
Peter Walz joined the NC Conservation Network’s staff in December 2005. He received his degree in International Studies from Miami (Ohio) University in 1996. Prior to coming to the NC Conservation Network he spent almost seven years as a community organizer with Democracy North Carolina, organizing for campaign finance and voting rights issues in the state. He also spent two years working with at-risk youth as a counselor-teacher in an Eckerd Youth Alternatives wilderness camp in Surry County, North Carolina. peter[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 106
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Bridget Whelan, Communications Director
Bridget Whelan became the first Communications Director for the NC Conservation Network in October 2013. Bridget holds a degree in Journalism from Ohio University, where she also studied Spanish and did a four-month stint at the Associated Press Bureau in Bogotá, Colombia. Before joining the NC Conservation Network, Bridget worked for WRAL.com in Raleigh and WRAZ-TV in Durham on both online and television platforms. Bridget also volunteers at the Durham Literacy Center, teaching English to non-native speakers. bridget[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 109