Sarah is a landscape designer with expertise in southern Appalachian plants. She is especially interested
in assisting SAHC with their Stewardship and Land Management activities.
Mary works with Eastman and served on SAHC’s board from 2001 to 2007. She is passionate about the Highlands of Roan and has been a continued leader of conservation. Mary is also closely involved in Girl Scouts.
Janet retired from Asheville Radiology Associates after practicing for 27 years. She and her family moved to Asheville in 1990. Janet enjoys her grandchildren, traveling, and gardening. She loves being outdoors in nature and feels privileged to live in this community where she can play outside every day.
Miranda (Randy) Hunter
Randy is a long-time, active member of the French Broad River Garden Club, and enjoys studying horticulture and applying the science to her garden. On behalf of the French Broad River Garden Club, Randy helped assemble and coordinate the nomination of SAHC for the 2020 Garden Club of America’s national Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal, a rewarding process that secured the award on SAHC’s behalf.
John is a retired business and real estate attorney from Greensboro, NC. He has served on the Board of Directors, Land Protection Committee, and Land Management Committee of Piedmont Land Conservancy, and on the planning committee for the Greensboro Downtown Greenway. Before practicing law in Greensboro, John worked for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. John and his wife, Connie, became involved with SAHC through a hike in the Roan Highlands about ten years ago, and since then they have been supporters of SAHC’s Roan Stewardship program. John is looking forward to serving on SAHC’s Land Protection Committee.
Larry (Pender) Pender
Pender retired from NYU, where he served as an administrator. He and his wife, Tanya Marie founded Pathways to Parks a couple of years ago to encourage and support inclusivity and access for all people, especially people of color; to enjoy hiking and outdoor recreation. He enjoys many outdoor activities including cycling, hiking and tennis. Pender has been a dedicated member and looks forward to supporting SAHC’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative
Rich served two years as SAHC’s Americorps Member for Public Education and Outreach. He earned a Masters in Environmental Education from Antioch University in New Hampshire and is currently a Youth Education Associate with the NC Arboretum. Rich is enthusiastic about our Connecting People with Land program and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative.
Chris retired as senior editor and content manager with the Land Trust Alliance after 17 years, where she managed the award-winning quarterly magazine, Saving Land. Before the Alliance, Chris managed publications at the Wildlife Habitat Council and American Farmland Trust. She and her husband are dedicated participants in SAHC events and outings and are active with the East Tennessee birding community.