Steering Committee

Western North Carolina Alliance Steering Committee


Randall Boggs

Randall is a resident of Henderson County.  He has served previously on the Steering Committee.  In the interim, he was part of a special committee to update/revise the bylaws of the Western North Carolina Alliance.

Ellen Carr

Ellen Carr is a high yield bond portfolio manager. Her philanthropic interests in addition to conservation include education and mentoring below the poverty line and international advocacy. She lives in North Asheville with her partner, son, and Boykin spaniel.

Neva Duncan Tabb

Neva Duncan Tabb grew up in Clearwater, Fla., but spent summers hiking the mountains of North Carolina.  In 2007, she was finally able to persuade her Brooklyn-born husband to try mountain living in Haywood County for half the year. Her first job out of grad school involved running an environmental and energy education center for the city of Clearwater.  She also enjoyed many years as a broadcast meteorologist and as director of research for a recycling firm, but her favorite work to date has been in the classroom, convincing college and university students of the importance of wise environmental management.  Her appreciation of the great natural beauty of WNC and her concern for its future led her to join the Alliance in 2008.

Greg Kidd

Greg Kidd has working experience in both ecology as an entomologist for USDA and environmental policy as an attorney and professional environmental advocate. His collaboration with WNCA dates back to his move to Western North Carolina  in 2001 and his work on the North Shore Road issue, as well as other issues that impact the local national park units. He is currently the brewer at Bear Waters Brewing Co., in Waynesville.

Peter Krull

Peter Krull is president and founder of Krull & Company, a leading socially and environmentally responsible investment management firm. He has been an environmental advocate for years, serving on boards in coastal Georgia before moving to Asheville in 2011.

Julie Lehman

Julie Lehman is serving her second two-year term on the steering committee.  She is a development director at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa. She is involved in mobilizing people of faith for environmental stewardship education and advocacy, both nationally and locally through Presbyterians for Earth Care, the Green Congregations Network and the earth care task force at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville. Julie has degrees from Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary, where she studied environmental theology and ethics.  She is married to the Rev. Michael Poulos, associate pastor for youth and outreach at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville. They have two children, Nicholas, 16 and Sophie, 13.

Lee Anne Mangone

Originally from Pittsburgh, Lee Anne attended Dickinson College and Emory University Law School. After a career as a prosecutor in Atlanta, she and her family (husband Pete, children Robbie, Annalise & Elizabeth) moved to Asheville in 1999. While here, Lee Anne has been an instructor at AB-Tech in the Criminal Justice program and in the Sociology Department at UNC Asheville. She has also been a volunteer at her children’s schools and served on the boards of several area nonprofits.

Don Schjeldahl

Don has 35 years of professional experience in the development and implementation of corporate location strategies and site selection for commercial and industrial clients, 27 years with The Austin Company. In March 2012, Don left Austin to form the Don Schjeldahl Group, a new consulting practice that assists corporate clients in location selection for manufacturing.  Don is also working with Sierra Nevada Brewing on construction of a new 600,000 barrel per year brewery in Western North Carolina. Among his duties is working as a liaison between company and community around advanced programs for sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy that are now well established at Sierra Nevada’s other brewery in Chico, Calif.

Cynthia Strain

Cynthia Strain is a photographer who operates Mill Creek Gallery & Framing in Highlands. A resident of Highlands for more than 30 years, she has been active in environmental organizing for most of that time. Her community activities include: past chair of the Highlands chapter of WNCA;  serving on the WNCA steering committee for five years;being a founding member of Highlands Plateau Audubon; and being a 30- year member of the Art League of Highlands. She owned the Bird Barn for 10 years before selling it to pursue her other passion, photography. She is currently chair of WNCAs B.E.A.R. Task Force.

Linda Tatsapaugh

Linda Tatsapaugh is an educational consultant working with children and young adults on the autism spectrum.  She has run residential programs for students with autism and ADHD for the past 20 years.  Linda has served on the board of the National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping and in local PTOs.

Julie White

Julie White has been a member of WNCA for more than 15 years. She has served on the WNCA Steering Committee for 12 years and currently represent the Forest Task Force. She enjoys hiking, biking and being outdoors. She loves Western North Carolina and wants to see it preserved.

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During its 30-year history, WNCA has twice prevented logging in the Asheville Watershed, first in 1990 and again in 2004. Eventually the City of Asheville placed a conservation easement over 17,356 acres of the watershed.