People

  • Board Member

    Brenda Esch is the Head of School at Friends School of Wilmington, an independent PK-8 school in Wilmington. She is a Trustee on the Board of Friends Council on Education (Philadelphia PA), an umbrella organization for over 80...

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    Christopher Fikry, M.D., serves as executive vice president of PPD® Laboratories. In this role, he oversees the company’s global lab business, which includes central, bioanalytical, biomarker, vaccine and GMP labs and more than...

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    Doc Jarden is an independent television producer and writer whose work has appeared on PBS, CBS, The History Channel, Discovery, and elsewhere.  Prior to moving to Wilmington from New York City in 2000, he served as VP and head...

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    Fran Scarlett is the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) Director of programs and services and business growth advisor. She specializes in helping  a member network of 150+ news organizations understand and leverage their value...

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    All my life I have been vitally interested in education and community. I spent 25 years as an Instructor of English at the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis, where I taught undergraduate courses in writing and literature.   ...

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    JC Smith’s passion for public radio can be traced back to his youth spending countless hours building and listening to shortwave radio with his father.  He has supported public radio for decades serving in various volunteer...

  • Chair

    Jeff Barnes Jeff Barnes moved to Wilmington in August, 2015, after a career that allowed him to live and work in 8 US states and 3 foreign countries-Budapest, Hungary; Shanghai, China and Abu Dhabi, U.A. E.

    Jeff grew up...

  • Ex-officio

    Jeff Smith and his wife, Laura, moved to Wallace, NC from Richmond, Virginia in 2012. Jeff has served in a leading financial role in four family-owned businesses throughout his career. Currently, he serves as chief financial...

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    Jon McLamb and his wife, Elizabeth, have been happy to live in Wilmington since 2005.  Jon was raised in Raleigh until graduating from North Carolina State University with a chemical engineering degree. He then joined the Navy to become a...

  • Vice Chair

    Kathleen Berkeley was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended UCLA, earning a B.A.; M.A.; and Ph.D in History. In 1981, she and her spouse, Harry Tuchmayer, moved to Wilmington, NC to work, raise a family, and...

  • Kristine Moore has been coming to the Wilmington / Topsail area, a place she’s long considered to be a “little slice of heaven,” for over 45 years. In 2016 she enthusiastically made Hampstead her permanent home after a 30+ year...

  • Nicolas Montoya is originally from Bogota, Colombia. He developed his passion for travel and the hospitality industry through first hand experiences. While attending high school at the American School in London, he travelled through...

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    Rob Zapple is a licensed General Contractor and is active as both a residential and commercial builder throughout New Hanover County.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Michele, have been married...

  • Secretary

    Robert Waxman has had a longtime interest in media and Judaica. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio he moved to NYC and received his BA from Columbia University, School of General Studies and BHL from the Jewish Theological...

  • Treasurer

    Stephen Fortlouis was born and educated in Rhode Island and spent his early career as an English Instructor at the University of Rhode Island and at Oregon State University, transitioning to the world of Public Relations and...

  • Tim and wife Kim Nelson have lived in Wilmington since 2005.  Tim has worked for 30 years in Pharmaceutical R&D for companies from small biotech to large multinational pharma companies. His focus is inventing, scaling, and...

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    Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind Than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy, all available from William Morrow/HarperCollins. He is writer-in-residence at the...