Staff

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Brian Buzby, Executive Director
Brian joined the NC Conservation Network in 1999. He 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, the NC Center for Public Policy Research 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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Jamie Cole, Policy Advocate
Jamie joined the NC Conservation Network in August 2015. Jamie holds a Juris Doctor degree from NCCU School of Law (2012) and a BA in Political Science from Spelman College (2009). Before joining the NC Conservation Network, she worked for the North Carolina NAACP as the Public Policy and Legal Coordinator and while in school was a Fellow in Washington, DC in the office of Former U.S. Representative Mel Watt. In January 2014 she received the NC NAACP’s “Humanitarian of the Year” award. Jamie is a licensed NC Attorney and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Achievement Academy of Durham. jamie[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 113
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Tameka Davis, Administrative Coordinator
Tameka joined the NC Conservation Network in April 2016. She received her B.S. in Business Administration/Management from North Carolina A&T University in December 2006. Prior to coming to the NC Conservation Network, she held a Retail Management position with Walgreens. She later joined the Wake County Courthouse as a Bookkeeper, and specialized in helping victims of crime receive restitution funds due to them. Tameka is a former volunteer with Lucy Daniels Center and the North Carolina Food Bank. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. tameka[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 115
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Rachael Estes, Policy Analyst
Rachael joined the NC Conservation Network in April 2015. She 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 House 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. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Arick Morton and their two vizslas, Penelope and Piper.  rachael[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 107
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Kate Fulbright, Coal Ash Organizer
Kate  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 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 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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Caroline Ketcham, Public Outreach Organizer
Caroline joined the staff at NC Conservation Network in June 2016. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies from UNC Asheville in 2014. While at UNC Asheville, Caroline worked as an intern for the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center, assisted a local food research project, and volunteered with the Environmental Quality Institute to monitor stream health in western NC. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps member and volunteer program associate at Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and worked as an educator at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. Caroline enjoys trying new pie recipes and hiking around the Triangle with her puppy, Scout. caroline[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 104
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Grady McCallie, Policy Director
Grady 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 joined the NC Conservation Network in May 2015.  Molly 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.  She currently serves on the board of Oaks and Spokes, a local cycling organization, as the secretary of her Citizens Advisory Council here in Raleigh, and as a member of the Young Alumni Council at her alma mater. molly[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 110
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Brian Powell, Communications Director
Brian joined the NC Conservation Network in April 2016. Brian holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law (2009) and a BA in Journalism and Political Science from Miami University (2004). Previously, Brian worked in Washington, DC, as Associate Research Director for Media Matters for America, where he also led a successful effort to unionize the staff. His experience includes serving as the press secretary for a congressional campaign, and as Communications Director for the Vail Chamber & Business Association in Colorado. Brian is a licensed NC Attorney, an award-winning photographer, and an avid writer of fiction and poetry. powell[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 109
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Stephanie Schweickert, Affiliate Organizer
Stephanie 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 worked as the Outreach Coordinator at Sound Rivers (formerly Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation) and served an AmeriCorps term working at a rural homeless shelter. Stephanie currently serves on the Board of the Beehive Collective, a giving circle in Raleigh. In her free time she enjoys hiking and exploring North Carolina with her family. stephanie[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 103
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Nicole Stewart, Development Director
Nicole 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. Nicole served as our Affiliate Organizer for seven years and then transitioned to become our Development Director in 2011. She’s passionate about fundraising for the causes she cares about and helping other organizations succeed in their own fundraising efforts. Nicole helped form the Raleigh women’s giving circle, The Beehive Collective. nicole[at]ncconservationnetwork.org, 919.857.4699 x 105
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Peter Walz, Organizing Director
Peter 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