The People Behind the Mission

We're fortunate to have an incredible team who embody our passion to restore and conserve land with high-quality aquatic resources

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clark harris

Clark Harris

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Christine Pickens
Science Director

michael scisco

Michael Scisco
Conservation Director

natalie davis

Natalie Davis
Conservation Specialist

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sam warnock

Sam Warnock
Aquatic Resources Manager

nathan phillips

Nathan Phillips
Program Manager

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Spencer Tuttle

Board Chair

Spencer is a corporate strategy and finance professional who predominantly focuses on executing various capital market initiatives along with the buy-side of middle-market to large scale M&A transactions.  He is currently the Senior Director of Corporate Finance for Curia Global - a PE owned contract development and manufacturing company within the pharmaceutical industry.  Spencer obtained a Chemical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University and earned an MBA with a focus in finance from Wake Forest School of Business. Spencer and his wife Kendell currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina and just recently welcomed their daughter Collins into the world. 



Lee Kane


Lee is President and co-owner of Trinity Design/Build in Durham, NC. His company focuses on historic preservation and new construction, through sustainable practices in design and construction. Prior to Trinity, Lee spent 7 years working with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Durham and Jacksonville, FL. Lee has a Masters in Divinity degree from Duke University and a B.A. from Wake Forest. A life-long North Carolinian, Lee has a passion for thoughtful, eco-friendly development and protecting the natural beauty of the places he loves. Merging the growing need for housing and development with respect for the land we steward is the model he strives to follow. 



Mason Williams


Mason Williams has enjoyed a long career as a real estate developer, investor, and construction executive. He became a licensed real estate broker in 1977 and licensed general contractor in 1978. Mason has founded two companies, Mason Williams Construction and Williams Russell Building, earning awards from the city of Raleigh, NC and the American Builders and Contractors Association for contributing to the enhancement of the beauty of the city of Raleigh and excellence in construction, respectively. He is a former chair and member of the Wake County, NC planning board and former President of the Raleigh/Wake Homebuilders Association. He has freely given his time and expertise to a number of area organizations as a director and advisor, including the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, the Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Triangle Community Coalition, Montessori School of Raleigh, Contractors Professional Network, and the American Cancer Society Leadership Council. 



Joanna Baker


Joanna Baker leads Resonant Realty, a Western North Carolina-based, value-driven real estate brand at Patton Allen Real Estate. Since beginning her real estate career in 2013, she's helped over 200 folks buy or sell property in Western North Carolina. She approaches each transaction with the enthusiasm of a first-time home buyer, but with the knowledge of a long-time investor. Her clients appreciate her step-by-step process and feel cared for from beginning to end. Joanna strives to approach each client and transaction with the values of Resonant Realty: Ease, Joy, Clarity (through Curiosity) and Connection. Joanna's lived in Asheville since 2004. Before real estate, she helped other businesses grow through public relations and grass-roots connections and started a premium hard cider company. She and her family live in West Asheville. 



Michael Phelan


Michael Phelan is a marketing veteran, technology whiz, and all-around outdoor lover! As a board member of Unique Places, Michael brings over two decades of experience in marketing and communication roles to the table. He's all about creating, scaling, and optimizing marketing for competitive environments, and his data-driven approach is known for driving results. But don't let all that marketing jargon fool you - Michael is a down-to-earth guy who loves challenging himself outdoors and spending quality time with friends and family. With a career spanning the real estate industry, non-profit work, and higher education, Michael enjoys applying himself in various professional environments. He graduated from Western New England College with a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Education from Springfield College in Recreation Management. After living in Western North Carolina for 20 years, he returned to New England with his wife and daughter. 

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