Meet the folks who give their support to leading Davidson Lands Conservancy as staff and board members. They’re likely your neighbors!


Dave Cable, Interim Executive Director

Dave Cable, Interim Executive Director

Dave Cable currently serves as Executive Director following two years as DLC’s volunteer land protection director. Previously, Dave has worked as Executive Director of the Catawba Lands Conservancy and the Carolina Thread Trail, and served as founding Executive Director of TreesCharlotte, an urban forestry initiative.  Dave holds an AB degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College, and an MS in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.  Dave notes, “I am passionate about conservation and care deeply about preserving our natural landscapes. I have been fortunate to have been involved in land conservation projects in the Charlotte region, and am delighted to apply my experience and passion right here in Davidson, a community I love.”

704-577-2004  |  [email protected]

Katie Noble, Program Director

Katie Noble, Program Director

Katie serves as DLC Director of community engagement, communications and programs.   She attended Auburn University and University of Florida focused on biology and ecology, and worked in outreach education at the Memphis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Gardens.    After more than eight years of teaching classroom science, Katie connects DLC with the community and is responsible for outreach and community engagement.

704-892-1910  |  [email protected]


Gordon Clark President

Gordon Clark

Gordon is newly retired, after a 25-year career as the owner and innkeeper of the Davidson Village Inn. Also known for his previous pedicab presence around town, he is a long time volunteer for DLC, WOW, and Run for Green. Gordon also leads  TreesDavidson, a DLC program to expand and care for our tree canopy.   Among many volunteer positions, he serves on the Mecklenburg County Greenway Advisory Committee and is deeply involved at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, particularly with the Global Missions Committee and Kenya partnership.

Paul Freestone–Vice President

Paul Freestone
Vice President

Paul is recently retired as VP of Mergers and Acquisitions with the Stryker Corporation. He is currently serving as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the North Meck Region and serves on the County Greenway Advisory Committee. He is passionate about improving safe infrastructure and access to natural areas for cyclists (road and MTB), runners, walkers and hikers. Paul volunteered with Run for Green and oversees the Run for Green events.  He has participated in local volunteer activities, such as a cycling fundraising event for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and serving on an advisory committee for WFAE.

Janet Andersen

Janet Andersen

Janet, now retired from 30 years in the manufacturing business, lives in the Runneymede neighborhood in Davidson’s rural area and is a strong advocate for conservation. She has served on the Runneymede HOA Board for the last five years, including as Vice-President and President. Janet has volunteered for Run for Greenand volunteers as a caregiver peer mentor for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Tom is a retired lawyer, with an extensive volunteer background at Catawba Lands Conservancy.  He has also been a Trailmaster for the Carolina Thread Trail.  Tom is owns and operates with his wife Susan, the Cedars Bed & Breakfast in Davidson.  Having served for 3 years on the Land Stewardship committee of CLC and on the Mecklenburg PRC’s Greenway Advisory Council, Tom brings legal, financial, and land expertise to the DLC Board.

Pam Hay

Pam Hay

Pam is a retired Davidson College biology professor who chairs DLC’s Outreach Committee. She served on the DLC board years ago, and brings deep knowledge of science, community, and organizational history to DLC.   Pam has a strong interest in native plants and preserving green spaces for future generations. She believes that in addition to supporting a healthy planet, greenspace is necessary to maintain the human spirit and to provide calm in a world of chaos.

Azella Markgraf

Azella Markgraf

Azella is a Senior at Davidson College, who is deeply passionate about issues related to sustainability, land use, conservation, and social equity and inclusion. From Granville, Ohio, she works in the Davidson College Sustainability Office. Azella has also served for two years as the Media Coordinator for Elephant Approved, a conservation-based branch of Petali Teas which focuses on mitigating Human-Elephant Conflict in tea-producing regions of Southeast India. 

Kristopher Pickler

Kristopher (“Kris”) Pickler

Kris has a Master’s in Environmental Management, as well a law degree. He has worked as a transactional attorney with roles having been in contract, real estate and environmental law in private practice for 5 years and corporate for the past almost 11 years. He has supported land trusts for over 2 decades, primarily on the NC & SC coasts. Having lived in and seen the changes in the Davidson and Lake Norman area over the past almost 11 years, he decided the time was right to start getting more involved in helping protect green spaces in the town he and his wife love.  In addition to serving on the DLC Board, Kris serves on the National Board of the Land Trust Alliance, and is a national leader in land conservation.

Heather Seagle

Heather Seagle

Heather is an urban planner who thinks walking and biking should be as normal and accessible in every community as any other mode of transportation. She is particularly interested in how opportunities for walking and biking impact the health of our communities. Heather holds a Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Public Health. Heather is interested in helping preserve sensitive ecosystems and our water systems from the negative effects of development. She is committed to sharing her passion of conservation with others and educating about the importance and benefits of conservation in Davidson. 

Ed Harris

Ed Harris

Ed is a long time resident of Davidson, a graduate of N.C. State University College of Engineering, served on the N.C. Advisory Committee for the Trust for Public Land and on the board as President of the Davidson Historical Society. He is now retired from Harris Associates, a real estate management and investment company. Prior to joining the DLC Board Ed served for the past three years on the DLC Land Acquisition Committee. He is a cyclist and hiker who believes passionately in the necessity of preserving land for the benefit of wildlife, climate change and a civil community. He and his wife, Liz established a wholesale tree farm on Kistler Farm Rd. in 1981. They built a home there, planted and grew specimen deciduous trees for local and regional landscaping companies for 25 years. They sold the farm in 2010 and moved into town where they now reside.