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Board of Visitors

The Institute is advised by a Board of Visitors (BOV) composed of distinguished Carolina alumni and friends with extensive environmental experience and/or networks. The BOV is critical to the Institute’s development work and in setting priorities for the organization. Individual board members support the Institute in a myriad of ways, such as establishing partnerships with external stakeholders and providing networking and professional development opportunities for students.

Brian Bednar

Brian Bednar

President, Birdseye Renewable Energy, A Dominion Energy Company
Charlotte, N.C.


Philip Blumenthal

Philip Blumenthal

Chairman, Blumenthal Foundation
Charlotte, N.C.


Bryan Brice

F. Bryan Brice, Jr.

Chair, UNC Institute for the Environment Board of Visitors
Attorney at Law, The Law Offices of F. Bryan Brice, Jr.
Raleigh, N.C


Stephanie Caddell

Stephanie Caddell 

Senior, UNC-Chapel Hill 
Major, Environmental Science 
Charlotte, N.C.


Ann Colley

Ann Colley

Director of Public Relations and Charitable Giving, Moore Capital Management, LP
New York, N.Y.


Chris Daggett

Christopher J. Daggett

Consultant
Morristown, N.J.


Thomas Darden

Thomas (Tom) F. Darden

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cherokee Fund
Raleigh, N.C.


William Eichbaum

Bill Eichbaum

Vice President, Marine and Arctic Policy, World Wildlife Fund
Washington, D.C.


Kendrick Fentress

Kendrick Fentress

Attorney, Director of Regulatory Strategy and Alignment, Duke Energy Corporation
Raleigh, N.C.


Amy Galey

Amy Galey

Attorney, Galey Law Firm
Burlington, N.C.


Marcus Ginyard

Marcus Ginyard 

Vice President, Medalist Capital
Raleigh, N.C.


Alec Guettel

Alexander (Alec) Guettel

Co-Founder and Chief Commercialization Officer, Knowable 
Mount Kisco, N.Y.


Chip Hagan

Charles T. Hagan III

Attorney at Law, Principal, Offit Kurman
Greensboro, N.C.


Bill Hollan

William (Bill) E. Hollan, Jr.

Manager, Hollan Properties, LLC
Winston-Salem, N.C.


Reggie Holley

Reginald (Reggie) Ronald Holley

Chair Emeritus, UNC Institute for the Environment Board of Visitors
Principal, The Longmire Group, LLC
Raleigh, N.C.


Mark Huang

Mark Huang

Co-founder, SeaAhead, Inc.
Chapel Hill, N.C.


Allen Ives

G. Allen Ives III

Chairman, Turnpike Properties, LLC
Rocky Mount, N.C.


Barrett Jenkins

Barrett Jenkins

Senior Project Manager, Restoration Systems
Raleigh, N.C.


James (Jim) Y. Kerr II

James Y. Kerr II

Vice Chair, UNC Institute for the Environment Board of Visitors; Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Company Gas
Atlanta, GA


Todd Miller

Todd Miller

Executive Director, NC Coastal Federation
Newport, N.C.


Pavel Molchanov

Pavel Molchanov

Senior Vice President and Equity Research Analyst, Raymond James & Associates
Charlotte, N.C.


Will Morgan

Will Morgan

Government Relations Attorney, Manning Fulton
Raleigh, N.C.


Natalie Murdock

Natalie Murdock

Principal and Chief Strategist, Murdock Anderson Consulting
Raleigh, N.C.


Photo of Michael Piehler

Michael F. Piehler

Director, UNC Institute for the Environment

mpiehler@email.unc.edu
(919) 966-6026
Billy Pizer

William (Billy) A. Pizer

Vice President for Research and Policy Engagement, Resources for the Future (RFF)
Washington, D.C.


J. Adam Riggsbee

J. Adam Riggsbee

President, Riverbank Ecosystems
Austin, Texas


Christopher Glenn Sawyer

Christopher (Chris) Glenn Sawyer

Chair Emeritus, UNC Institute for the Environment Board of Visitors; and Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird
Atlanta, GA


Frances Seymour

Frances Seymour

Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute
Washington, D.C.


John Szoka

John D. Szoka

CEO, Clean Energy Network (CEN)
Raleigh, N.C.


Chandra Taylor

Chandra Taylor-Sawyer

Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
Chapel Hill, N.C.


Raiford Trask

Raiford Trask III

President, Trask Land Company, Inc.
Wilmington, N.C.


Hawley Truax

Hawley Truax

Associate Vice President for State Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund
Raleigh, N.C.