A former litigating and estate planning attorney, Broaddus works on land conservation, resource management initiatives and community service projects. An Elder of his Presbyterian church, he is also a disaster relief volunteer and coordinator. He has rehabbed homes in the eastern Kentucky coalfields with the Appalachia Service Project and has built Habitat homes in Virginia since 1987. Broaddus took his Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, studied International Law at Queens' College, Cambridge University, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond.
Gary Stewart is the former Chairman of the Board of Woolpert, Inc., a national design-geospatial-infrastructure consulting firm. He is a registered landscape architect and has spent the majority of his personal career planning and designing parks for federal, state, and local government agencies. He has served the National Park Service, and the Blue Ridge Parkway on past projects.
Journalist, retired associate editor, The Charlotte Observer
Jack retired in 2011 as associate editor of The Charlotte Observer after nearly 40 years in North Carolina journalism. He was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Director of Communications, School of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Michael Hobbs is Director of Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education. He has worked in journalism and higher education communications for more than 25 years, including stints at The Associated Press and The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C. He has worked as director of internal communications at UNC-Chapel Hill and as director of communications for Peace College in Raleigh.
Anne was born and raised in Shelby, NC and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a former teacher and has been a fashion consultant for couture women’s fashion for 30 years. She is active in Winston-Salem community affairs and volunteer organizations . Now retired, her special interests are master gardening, painting, cooking, hiking and golf with her husband , Norris, her children, Spencer and John, and 4 grandchildren.
Greg is retired from Virginia Tech where he served for twelve years as dean of the College of Natural Resources. He remains active with the national Society of American Foresters where he serves as co-chair of the Membership and Credentialing Task Force (which is developing a proposal to change the overall structure and scope of the Society to broaden its membership). He also serves on the steering committee of the Asheville chapter of FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Dave is the founder and owner of Combs Music, retired Chief Information Officer of US Dept of Agriculture, and retired Manager at AT&T Network Systems. In his spare time, he is an avid photographer and enjoys competitive table tennis.
Linda Combs is the former Controller of the United States Office of Management and Budget. She has held five Senate confirmed positions, including CFO and COO positions at the US Departments of Transportation, Treasury, Education, and EPA.
Brad is a health planning and management consultant. He is current Chair of the Finance Committee and has served in previous Foundation roles as Treasurer and Chair of the Marketing Committee. Like many, his Parkway story began when he convinced his future wife, Marcy, that hiking to Humpback Rocks counted as a date. They are now raising their children Walker and Hope to jump with joy whenever they hear “Let’s go to the Parkway!”
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Appalachian State University
Dr. Durham retired from Appalachian State University as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Emeritus and as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. During his 39 years at ASU, he worked primarily in the area of administration and held such positions as Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Provost, Executive Vice Chancellor and Interim Chancellor.
Senior Consultant, Health Affairs and Government Relations, Patton McDowell Associates
Olson is a semi-retired pediatrician and pediatric medical consultant to Mission Hospital in Asheville. He is a strong advocate for children's health and is active in the war on childhood obesity. He was instrumental in founding the "Kids in Parks" program.
Becky Anderson Consulting, Founder – Handmade in America
Becky Anderson of Becky Anderson Consulting, Inc. serves as a consultant for cultural and economic development projects related to The Creative Economy. Most recently she served as Founding Director of HandMade in America, a community development organization located in Western North Carolina.
Paul Bonesteel is the director and founder of Bonesteel Films, a full-service production company based in Asheville, North Carolina. His career spans documentary filmmaking and commercial production, with his tenth full-length documentary film, The Day Carl Sandburg Died, recently featured on the Emmy award-winning American Masters.
Chairman-President Emeritus, Old Salem, Inc.; National Park Service (retired)
Hobie served thirty-three years with the National Park Service in eight different assignments and was Superintendent of Independence National Historical Park (1971-1991) during the bicentennial era of the United States. After retirement from the National Park Service, he became President of Old Salem, Inc. in Winston-Salem (1991-2001). He is a past Chairman of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.
Bob began his association with the Parkway Foundation through his interest in the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park historically know as Flat Top Manor. He is an advocate on behalf of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway for historic interpretation and preservation
Dan has a law degree from UNC Chapel Hill, and practiced as a civil defense trial lawyer in Greensboro for 10 years, and then as a partner with Womble, Carlyle, Sandridgre and Rice in Winston-Salem from 1978 until 1990. In 1990 he went in-house with the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. as a Sr. Vice-President and managed lawsuits against Reynolds until his retirement in 2005.
Epley Consulting – Public Relations & Communication
A native of the North Carolina mountains, Joe's honors include North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, UNC’s School of Journalism Hall of fame, The Defense Information School’s Hall of Fame and the Gold Anvil, the highest recognition for lifetime achievement within the public relations profession. Joe is the past chair of the Polk County Economic Development Commission and serves on several boards.
Public and Community Relations, Cone Mills (retired)
Blowing Rock, NC
Frank has been active in numerous community organizations since retiring from Cone Mills, serving as president of the Rotary Club of Blowing Rock and on the boards of the Blowing Rock Historical Society, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation and two terms as trustee of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.
Ray is chairman of Forge Communications, a strategic communication and public relations consulting firm based in Raleigh, NC. . He is a founding board member of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Ray is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and is a past president of the Society’s North Carolina Chapter and national delegate to PRSA.
George Kegley is a retired business editor of The Roanoke Times and an active Roanoke Valley volunteer. He covered the Blue Ridge Parkway when its headquarters was in Roanoke in the mid-1900s and he formerly served on the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation board.
Phil Noblitt began his Parkway career in 1987 as a district ranger. He subsequently served for 10 years as the Parkway’s specialist for interpretation and education. For several years prior to his retirement in 2007, he worked as a management assistant, coordinating public information and serving as the Parkway’s liaison with the travel and tourism community. Phil is also author of Mansion in the Mountains, a history of Moses and Bertha Cone and Flat Top Manor.
Bob Shepherd was born and reared in Ashe County, N.C. Following a career which included the army, the US Dept of Agriculture, he began a career in regional planning and development, retiring in 2002. Since retiring, he has served as Interim Manager of Blowing Rock, Maggie Valley, Columbus and Tryon, and he currently chairs the Compensation Committee of the Home Trust Bank.
Deputy Secretary of the Faculty, Office of Faculty Governance; Adjunct Associate Professor of History and American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Anne Mitchell Whisnant is a university administrator and scholar who earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. In 2006, UNC Press published her Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History, the most extensive serious study to date of the development of the National Park Service’s most visited site and in 2010, Anne, along with her husband David, published a children’s book about the Parkway titled When the Parkway Came.