LEADERSHIP

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

STAFF MEMBERS

Dave Cable, 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]

BOARD MEMBERS

Gordon Clark
President

Gordon 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 founded and co-leads TreesDavidson, which has planted hundreds of trees in Davidson over the past 6+ years. Among many volunteer positions, he has served on the Town’s Livability Board and is deeply involved at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, particularly with the Global Missions Committee and Kenya partnership. He also serves on the Mecklenburg County Greenway / Trails Advisory Council.

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
Secretary

Janet, now retired from 30 years in the manufacturing business, lives in the Runneymede neighborhood in Davidson’s rural area. She has served on the Runneymede HOA Board for the last five years, including as Vice-President and President. Janet has volunteered for DLC’s Run for Green and also volunteers as a caregiver peer mentor for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Janet brings a love for nature and conservation and leads the Conservancy’s stewardship efforts in addition to serving as Secretary. Janet is the proud recipient of DLC’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2020 for her outstanding leadership of the Conservancy’s Stewardship functions and enthusiastic contribution to conservation and DLC’s operation.

Tom Watson

Tom Watson
Treasurer

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. Currently Tom co-owns with his wife of 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 / Trails Advisory Council, Tom brings both his legal and land expertise to the DLC Board. Tom serves on DLC’s Land Acquisition Committee.

Pam Hay

Pam Hay

Pam is a retired Davidson College biology professor who is currently the chair of the DLC Outreach Committee. She has served on the DLC board previously and is keen to come back in a leadership capacity. 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. 

Heather Seagle

Heather Seagle

Heather is an urban planner and public health professional who thinks walking and biking should be as normal and accessible in every community as any other mode of transportation. With a background in biology and public health, 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 protect our water systems from the negative effects of development. She is instrumental in DLC’s education efforts about the benefits of conservation.  

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.

John Griffith

John is a retired educator having served as Dean of Admissions at Davidson College followed by 9 years as President at Lyon College and 15 years at Presbyterian College. He received a B.A. from Dickinson College, an M.Div from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D from Syracuse University. In 2012, he began consulting in higher education focusing on strategic planning, executive coaching, and campaign design. He is the cofounder of Ballentine Consulting Partners, LLC. John enjoys watercolor painting, gardening, walking and biking the greenways, swimming, and traveling with his, author wife, Nancy.

Tom Shandley

Tom retired from Davidson College in 2017 after spending 23 years as the Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs. He failed retirement and accepted a position as the Dean of Student Affairs for the inaugural undergraduate class at Duke Kunshan University in China.

Tom is an avid outdoorsman having hiked, biked or walked the greenways all over the area. He is excited to play a role in preserving and expanding the public land use options in the area. He has been married to Anne for 40 years and they have 3 grown children (and three grandchildren!) who love in the Charlotte area.

Brent Evans

Brent is a financial technologist spending over 25 years working as a business analyst, developer and IT manager in the banking sector. He serves on the Town of Davidson Livability Board as Secretary, is a Volunteer Coordinator for TreesDavidson and is involved with the Queens University of Charlotte Parent’s Council. His passion for trees and urban canopies comes from his father, who owned multiple wholesale tree nurseries in Southern California. He and his wife, Kristy have 2 college and high school aged daughters and a yellow lab that loves the Davidson greenways. Brent enjoys traveling, running, hiking and listening to podcasts.

Scott Tew

Scott serves as vice-president of sustainability and co-founder of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Trane Technologies (CEES) and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives aimed at transitioning to more efficient and climate-friendly solutions, and minimizing resource use within company facilities. He serves as a thought leader in linking public policy, economic impacts and a value-stream approach to sustainability. Most recently, the company received the World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for Sustainable Development.
Scott holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Corporate Eco Forum; as the board chair of the World Environment Center; as the chair of the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD); and on the North Carolina Energy Policy Council.