Friends of DuPont Forest announce new board members

Press release from Friends of DuPont Forest:

At its Annual Meeting on April 6, 2021, Friends of DuPont Forest welcomed seven new board members: Al Beers, Amanda Fox-McGlashan, Jonas Lichty,  Carolyn Morrisroe, Walter Perry, Miriam Pflug and Michael Stewart. These new board members will provide strategic direction for continued growth around Friends of DuPont Forest’s mission: to care for the trails, protect the natural resources and inspire love for DuPont State Recreational Forest.

“We are very excited to welcome our new board members,” said Lucia Gerdes, President of the Friends of DuPont Forest Board. “They each bring with them a host of talent and experience to help us meet our 2021 goals and beyond.”

Al Beers spent most of his career in St. Louis with Anheuser-Busch. Leading the development of installation of environmental technologies, he was able to bring the company a range of renewable energy projects. Although only recently moving to WNC upon his retirement, Al started visiting the area in 1988 when his parents retired there. So, when DuPont opened its doors 20 years ago, Al made it a regular stop. “I was fortunate to watch the Forest mature from its inception, and I’m now excited to play a small part to help shape the future.”

Amanda Fox-McGlashan is the director of Adventure Treks, an outdoor adventure program for teenagers, where she combines her passion for teaching, communications and being outdoors. Amanda is a wilderness first responder and can be found trail running, mountain biking, and cycling in the beautiful western NC mountains in her spare time.

Jonas Lichty brings with him experience in corporate finance and healthcare to the Friends of DuPont Board of Directors. Additionally, he is trained in the Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodologies, working with both large health systems and non profit organizations. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.

Carolyn Morrisroe is the Deputy Press Secretary for the Living Economy program at the Sierra Club, working on federal policy to tackle climate change and toxic pollution, create good jobs, and fight racial, economic and gender inequity. She also serves on the board of directors for Girls on the Run of WNC and as a leader of Trail Sisters WNC. Carolyn tries to be outside as much as possible, and her spare hours often find her training for trail ultramarathons and hiking with her rescue pup Jack.

Before relocating to Brevard a few years ago, Walter Perry ran an association management company in New Hampshire where he provided business and administrative services to nonprofit associations. Prior to that, he had an extensive career in publishing.

Miriam Pflug began her career with Farm Credit in 1977 and was employed in various capacities, including finance, policy development, implementation and marketing. In addition to her work, Miriam was very involved in civic and professional organizations. She previously served as President of North Spartanburg Rotary Club, Credit Professional International, SC Cooperative Council, SC Ag Council and numerous other supporting roles in local and statewide organizations. She is a graduate of Leadership Spartanburg.

Mike Stewart came to Greenville, South Carolina from Massachusetts through a transfer opportunity with his position at TD Bank as a credit analyst. He also holds an elected seat on the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District Commission, and last year the Commission elected him to the South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts board. He volunteers with Upstate Forever, Friends of the Reedy River, Save Our Saluda and now Friends of DuPont Forest.

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