Leadership

Carol McCullough. president
After a career in education as a teacher, administrator, and curriculum specialist, I started a consulting business training teachers and working with program development in school systems around Atlanta. I served as educational advisor for the Southern Center for International Studies, Metro Atlanta Regional Educational Service Agency, Art in History, and The Museum School of Avondale Estates. I published curriculum for a number of organizations, including defense attorney J. Tom Morgan, InspirED Company, the Georgia Juvenile Justice System, and The World in Transition, as well as book reviews for a variety of publications.
My husband and I left my family’s historic home in the middle of the city and traded it in for a house here in the woods. We like it for so many reasons, not the least of which is that we are closer to our grandchildren!
Kirk Friedland, vice president
The mountains started calling me during boyhood summer visits to my southern Appalachian kinfolk. I have trod forest and mountain trails ever since, discovering the wondrous red eft, and the elusive green salamander. After Boy Scout jamborees, tramping about the Green and White Mountains of New England and skiing the Rockies, I practiced law for 45 years in Palm Beach County, Florida. Sometimes I was successful in putting things right. Sometimes I persuaded hurricanes to spin elsewhere. My most satisfying work was serving as counsel for non-profits. Now I am rusticating amidst the rhododendron and laurel on the Blue Ridge, happy to be helping out the Sherwood Forest Friends.
Libby Brown,secretary
I was born and grew up in Nashville before it became the cool place everybody wants to move to. After graduating from Auburn University and receiving a MLS from Peabody College, I worked in public, university, and high school libraries and particularly enjoyed my interactions with teenagers. My husband, Jerry, and I raised two daughters and have lived in college or university towns in Tennessee, Virginia, New Hampshire, Alabama, and Montana. However, our long-term goal was to retire to this area where we’ve discovered the pleasures of living in a small mountain community.
Linda McGehee, treasurer
I was born and raised in Marianna, Florida, a small town in the panhandle. My love of nat began there as I spent time exploring the gulf coast and inland treasures. I attended high school and college in Atlanta receiving an undergraduate degree and MN in nursing at Emory University and a PhD in Community Nursing at Georgia State University. My career spanned 21 years of teaching nursing at GSU; co-founding and serving as executive director of a non-profit organization, the Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative; and working 13 years in global health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation. My work in programs and program management at the CDC Foundation took me across the US and world, primarily Africa.
My partner, Caroline Joe, and I were introduced to Sherwood Forest by friends in 2001. We live in Atlanta and are part-time residents, but I look forward to spending more time in the Forest since I retired recently. Sherwood Forest is a very special place, and I am excited to serve on the board and to contribute to the mission of Sherwood Forest Friends.
Caroline Chambers, director
Caroline Chambers is a recent resident and lifelong visitor to Cedar Mountain. She brings her diverse experience in technology, law, and business to the area to help with a number of projects to make the community a better place for her family and for others who love the mountains. With an international masters in business from the Moore School and a juris doctorate, Caroline has spent most of her career as a problem solver, using her skills to help governmental agencies, medium and Fortune 500 businesses, non-profits, technology start-up companies, and individuals accomplish their unique goals. She currently serves as manager and a member of the senior management team for a number of small- and medium-sized businesses and law firms helping them put in place and maintain good business processes. She is the mother of two children and enjoys reading, hiking in the mountains, and traveling.

Gwenne Hayes-Stewart, director
After art school and grad. school, I was a watercolor painter represented by galleries with museums acquiring my work. I volunteered for a domestic violence shelter and a women’s clinic and served on numerous boards. Then it was brushes down when my husband, architect Dave Hayes, died in 1991, leaving our 5 -year old son and I alone. The Iowa City community embraced us and I shifted from being a volunteer to a fundraising professional and grant writer. Along came Gary Stewart, Dave’s best friend from high school and it was off to St. Louis and a new life. I became the ED of a small non-profit supporting community gardens and urban farms on abandoned, inner-city lots. The timing was perfect with the grow-your-own movement and Gateway Greening grew into the second largest greening org. in the US, right behind Philadelphia Green. It was a great 15-year gig! Retirement did not sit well and I restarted my grant writing business in 2011, took up hiking and spending more time in Sherwood Forest. I enjoy the trails both in the Forest and surrounding areas and love foraging for mushrooms and wild plants. Gary joins me when weather precludes golf. I nag myself about making art but I will get there!
Clint Owings, director
I was born in Greenville, SC and both sides of my family go back seven generations in the upstate of SC. Forty-seven years ago, I met Beth Lee, my wife whose family goes back six generations in Cedar Mountain… so you might say our families have been here for a long long time. We moved to Cedar Mountain ten years ago and have never looked back. I spent thirty-seven years in the Engineering & Construction industry managing design and construction projects across the US and a few jobs overseas. Now we spend our time with three children and their spouses and seven grandkids, our church, and the community.



Diane Rago, director
After 43 years of working as a RN in woman's healthcare and high risk obstetrics my husband and I decided to pick up and move to the mountains. We had been on several motorcycle trips through the Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge and knew this was the area. When we read about white squirrels, blue ghosts, the Pisgah and Dupont, Brevard became the place. Sherwood forest with it's spirit of community and appreciation for nature and natural life became our home. We have always had a great appreciation for the beauty of life in all its forms and joining Sherwood Forest Friends gives us a way to promote and encourage other to do the same.
Susan WIlkinson, director
A free-range childhood in the woods of Rhode Island began my life-long love of the outdoors. Years as a professional hunched over a keyboard fueled exploration of nature's best near and far. Following twenty years in administration and economic development with St. Mary's County, I wound up my career promoting Historic St. Mary's City, a living history museum. I have a B.A. from St. Mary's College of Maryland and have studied fine arts, art history, landscape design, graphic design, economics, and marketing. My writings and photographs have been published in national and regional publications. I'm a certified yoga teacher and an avid hiker, skier, and gardener. As a volunteer, I've provided marketing for regional organizations including Chaptico Classic, a charitable road race, and the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust. I've been bit by a bored grackle and shat on by a 'possum at the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue and loved helping ESL students master English through the Literacy Council. Our move to Sherwood Forest in 2018 is a return to what matters most-- fresh air, blue skies, vast forest, breath-taking encounters with wildlife, welcoming neighbors, and potential for a free-range retirement.
Eric Young, director
I grew up in the “wilds” of New York city’s metropolitan area, but fell in love with nature and all things really wild. I got a degree in Biology from NY State University in Albany and a graduate degree in Outdoor Teacher Education. I taught in a classroom and spent several summers teaching with the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Camp in Hendersonville, NC, before I headed back to Long Island’s Sweetbriar Nature Center where I was Program Director for 23 years. Teaching others, especially children, to love and understand the natural world is and always will be my passion. After I retired I moved to the perfect place for a nature lover: Sherwood Forest!

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