People

  • Board Member

    Andre Brown is an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Wilmington Office.  His work involves advocating for racial equity and increased opportunities for businesses owned by people of color in 17 counties in southeastern North Carolina. ...

  • Secretary

    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...

  • Board Member

    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...

  • Chair of the Interim Advisory Committee

    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...

  • 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...

  • Board Member

    During his childhood in small town West Virginia, public radio first entered John’s consciousness as Morning Edition echoed from his parent’s radio before breakfast (esp. Bob Edwards) and All Things Considered filled their car or house in the...

  • Board Member

    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...

  • Board Member

    Joe Conway has been the Director of Health Equity and Human Experience at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) since September 2017.  “Health equity” refers to the social reality that not all patients have the same access to health care,...

  • 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...

  • BOARD MEMBER

    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...

  • BOARD MEMBER

    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...

  • Board Member

    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...

  • 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...

  • Board Member

     Samantha Dooies has served as the administrative assistant to District Attorney Ben David for over ten years. In this capacity she manages the office, serves as the DA public information officer, supervises the support staff, and coordinates...

  • 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...

  • BOARD MEMBER

    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...