Newly elected Board Chair is first in 67-year history

For the first time in its 67-year history the North Carolina Wildlife Federation has elected a female chair of its board of directors.  Carol Buie Jackson of Matthews, NC, was installed as board chair in a unanimous vote on Saturday September 8, 2012, in a watershed moment for the state’s oldest and largest wildlife conservation organization.

“Carol has the respect of the entire board and staff,” stated Federation chief executive officer Tim Gestwicki. “Her enthusiasm and dedication to our mission is both contagious and unparalleled.”

Buie Jackson served two terms as the Federation’s treasurer and two terms as its vice-chair. Connecting kids with nature is a primary concern. “I hope that as we get more children involved and more people, sportsmen and non-sportsmen alike, involved with the organization, we can continue to grow and become a louder, unified voice for conservation issues in North Carolina.”

The Federation also elected 3 new members to its Board of Directors. They are:

  • Robert Brown, Ph.D. of Cary. Brown is recently retired dean of N.C. State University’s College of Natural Resources and Forestry.  He is a retired Lt. Col., U.S. Marine Corp Reserve and a past national president of the Wildlife Society. Brown is currently chair of the National Conservation Education Committee of the Boone and Crocket Club, is on the board of the Longleaf Alliance, and is High Adventure chairman for the Occoneechee council of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Jennifer Alligood of Pantego is a founding member and president of the No OLF organization that battled the U.S.  Navy in its ill-planned landing field in eastern North Carolina. She is also the founding president of the Friends of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Mary Patricia “Patti” Wheeler of Cornelius is the former executive vice president of programming & production, and executive producer of SPEED TV. She was recognized as one of “NASCAR’s Top 25 most powerful people” and as one of the “Top 25 Women in Business.”


The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to all NC wildlife and its habitat.

Logo courtesy North Carolina Wildlife Federation

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