Melissa Kennedy

August 17, 2023

What is your role at TLC? As the Land Protection Associate, I work with conservation-minded landowners to protect properties through easements and acquisitions. I primarily work in Lee and Johnston counties and support other land protection staff. Favorite TLC Preserve? Although it’s hard to pick, I would say my favorite is the Bailey and Sarah Williamson preserve. […]

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Cara Lewis

July 27, 2023

What is your role at TLC? As Senior Communications Manager, I’m dedicated to ensuring TLC’s marketing, communications, and public outreach efforts directly support our mission to create a healthier and more vibrant Triangle region. I work with the entire TLC team to implement our strategic action plan and share our stories so that we attract and […]

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Chloe Ochocki

July 19, 2023

What is your role at TLC? As a Conservation Planner, I support our Land Protection and Stewardship staff to develop regional conservation planning initiatives informed by our strategic goals. Much of this work relies on analyzing environmental data with geographic information systems (GIS). Favorite TLC Preserve? Brumley North! I’ve spent a great deal of time at this […]

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Katia Griffin-Jakymec

June 20, 2023

What is your role at TLC? As Donor Engagement Associate, I ensure gifts received by TLC are processed accurately and promptly, making sure our members’ support can make the greatest impact. I also help advance TLC’s fundraising campaigns and donor stewardship strategy. Favorite TLC Preserve? Swift Creek Bluffs Preserve is a deceptively unassuming slice of […]

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Sonya Spruill

November 17, 2022

What is your role at TLC? I am the administrative associate for TLC. I provide administrative support to the Director of Finance * Administration, Executive Director, leadership team and organization as a whole. Favorite TLC Preserve? Williamson Preserve! Sonya joined TLC in November 2022 as the Administrative Associate. Sonya is native to the military town of Fayetteville, […]

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Meera Butalia

October 20, 2022

Meera is currently a student at N.C. State University working towards a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society, with minors in Creative Writing and Environmental Education. She grew up in Pittsboro, North Carolina and spent time in AmeriCorps NCCC, supporting conservation and community development projects on the west coasts, before coming back to NC for […]

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Olivia Garcia

September 16, 2022

What is your role at TLC? My job is to help our community learn, understand, and care about TLC’s work and our local natural spaces. I wear many hats in my role sharing the stories of our organization, including managing our social media accounts, writing for our blog, putting together e-newsletters, and assisting with print publications, graphic […]

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Pallavi Sukhia

September 7, 2022

What is your role at TLC? As part of the Philanthropy team, I am responsible for prospect research and development as well as implementing a moves management system to support donor cultivation and solicitation. I also work in our planned giving program to promote and educate our constituents about the power and potential of legacy gifts. […]

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Katie Seiz

June 3, 2022

What is your role at TLC? As the Annual Fund Manager, I focus on supporting TLC’s comprehensive individual giving program. I collaborate with the Advancement team and other staff to help TLC reach annual fundraising goals through the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual donors through a variety of outreach methods. I’m very excited to make […]

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Laura Warman

May 24, 2022

Laura grew up in Mexico and, despite living in a city of 25 million people, she developed a passion for plants and being outdoors early on, especially in tropical rainforests. After getting an undergraduate degree in Biology at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), she went on to grad school in New Zealand and Australia, […]

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