Meet Our Team
Over the past 40 years, we have worked with dozens of partners to complete over 500 local projects worth millions of dollars!
As Executive Director for Southwestern NC RC&D Council, Lynn works to form partnerships in order to solve natural resource problems to improve our environment and economy. As the Director of Agricultural Development for Polk County, Lynn worked to find new ways to grow the local agriculture economy. Lynn has also worked in Delaware, New York, and Raleigh, North Carolina heading up programs for soil and water conservation districts. Lynn holds degrees in forestry, wildlife biology, marine studies, and environmental education.
CFO and Office Administrator
Anita D. Powell is our Office Administer and CFO. She coordinates office activities and operations to ensure the smooth running of our office. She has an A.A degree in Business Administration from Mars Hill University and a B.S. degree in Interior Design from Western Carolina University.
Forestry and Natural Resources Project Manager
Laurel Kays is our Forestry and Natural Resources Project Manager. She provides assistance with the Firewise program as well as other forestry projects. Previously, Laurel worked for the National Park Service at locations including Great Smoky Mountains National Park before working with North Carolina Forestry Extension while earning her masters in forestry at North Carolina State University.
Agricultural and High Tunnel Specialist
Christina Newhouse is our Agricultural and High Tunnel Specialist. She provides conventional and organic agricultural education, marketing, and production assistance to farmers in the Western and Piedmont regions of North Carolina. Additionally, Christina provides fresh produce food safety assistance. She specializes in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) guidelines and regulations.
Conservation Program and Outreach Coordinator
Jessica Kervin is our Conservation Program and Outreach Coordinator. She provides assistance with energy programs like Rural Energy Assistance Program (REAP), TVA, and Tobacco Trust Fund, writes articles for our website, and coordinates outreach for our organization.
Ready to work with a Partner on Your Project?
Whether you are looking at a pass-thru grant or a large Grant project, we can help.