Our Board of Directors is the governing body for our organization. The Board of Directors provides guidance on our programs, policies, and finances.
William H. Meadows (2014) – Chair
William Meadows has been active in conservation for 40 years. He served as President of The Wilderness Society from December, 1996 to May, 2012. During his tenure at The Wilderness Society, more than five million acres of Wilderness were added to the National Wilderness Preservation System. In retirement, he has continued his is commitment to building partnerships and bringing new constituencies into the Wilderness movement. He currently serves as an honorary member of the Governing Council and as Counselor, a senior program advisor for The Wilderness Society.
Meadows holds two degrees from Vanderbilt University, a BA and a Masters in Higher Education Administration. He worked for Vanderbilt for twenty years, including sixteen years as Executive Director of the Alumni Association. Meadows was also active in the Nashville community where he served on the mayor’s committee for community excellence, the boards of the Tennessee Environmental Council and the League of Women Voters. He was a local, state and national volunteer leader for the Sierra Club and a founder and board member of the Environmental Action Fund, the predecessor to the Tennessee League of Conservation Voters.
He is a past Chairman of the Green Group, the Campaign for America’s Wilderness, and the Partnership Project. He is currently on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Island Press, the Conservation Lands Foundation, the Environmental Law Institute, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS).
Anders Reynolds (2015) – Vice Chair
Anders Reynolds is a Policy Officer engaged on U.S. Public Lands at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. While spending much of his time on Capitol Hill developing relationships with conservation champions, he also travels extensively across the country in support of Pew’s programmatic work on local, partner-driven conservation opportunities. He previously worked as a Federal Policy Analyst at the Delta Regional Authority and served as Legislative Director for Congressman Marion Berry (AR-01), where he managed the Member’s responsibilities for several Appropriations subcommittees as well as a broad portfolio of legislative issues. He has extensive state and federal campaign experience, having most recently directed a 2010 effort for Congress in Arkansas. He has a B.A. from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and is completing his M.A. at Johns Hopkins University.
Anna Wlodarczyk (2014) – Secretary
Anna Wlodarczyk is the Human Resources & Operations Director at Ruthi Postow Staffing. She has been involved in conservation issues for several years and received her B.A. in Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic, one of the greenest colleges in the United States. Introduced to wilderness through her 6-year tenure at The Wilderness Society, she has been a passionate wilderness champion ever since.
Camilla Simon (2015) – Treasurer
Camilla is the Director of Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO), an advocacy group for Latinos connected to the outdoors through recreation, tradition, and culture and who are committed to the conservation of our shared natural resources. She is passionate about elevating Latino voices in local, state, and national conservation efforts, especially when it comes to accessing public lands. As part of her commitment to increase the visibility and strength of Latino organizations aligned to conserve public lands, she also co-founded the Latino Conservation Alliance.
Prior to joining HECHO, Camilla managed the distribution of over $20 million annually in conservation funds at a major foundation, aimed at increasing the capacity of local, regional, and national nonprofits. She also started the foundation’s first composting program to dramatically reduce landfill waste. She has also worked on a number of programs to connect children with nature.
Camilla has a B.A. in creative writing and literature from Pacific University in Oregon and graduated summa cum laude with a master’s in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School.
Aaron Sanford (2014)
Aaron was a Crew Leader during SAWS inaugural field season in 2011 and went on to work as the Field Supervisor during the following two years. Aaron’s passion for Wilderness was fueled by the challenge of living and working for extended periods in the backcountries of the West and the Southern Appalachians, which in turn inspired his love for wilderness ideals and ethics. As a Soil Conservation Technician for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Nebraska, Aaron works with agricultural producers to ensure what is best for the producer is best for their land. Aaron graduated with a degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Will Skelton (2014)
Will is a retired Knoxville, Tennessee, attorney with Bass, Berry & Sims (previously Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry & Woolf), and previously served as a Captain in the US Marine Corps 1966-1969. Will was an organizer and General Coordinator of the coalition that obtained Congressional designation of the Cherokee National Forest’s eleven wilderness areas and subsequently was editor of “Wilderness Trails of Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest” published by UT Press in 1992 and a revised edition, “Cherokee National Forest Hiking Guide,” published in 2005. Will was also an organizer and Chairman of the Knox Greenways Coalition and subsequently Chairman of the Knoxville Greenways Commission. Will served as Vice Chairman of Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander’s Commission on Tennessee Outdoors (1986), whose recommendations included both wilderness and greenways.
Will has received numerous awards from various groups, including Forest Conservationist of the Year from the Tennessee Conservation League, Volunteer Service Award from the Tennessee Recreation & Parks Association, Distinguished Service Award from the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, Sarah Hines Award from the Sierra Club’s Tennessee Chapter, was included in “The Best Lawyers in America,” and is a member of the Knoxville Track Club’s Hall of Fame. He is a past Chairman and organizer of Knoxville’s Harvey Broome Group and the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, and a founding board member of Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation and Legacy Parks Foundation. He was also the Vice Chairman of the SAWS board from 2014 to 2016.
Dawson Wheeler (2015)
Dawson Wheeler has been President of Rock/Creek since the company’s inception 27 years ago. For the first 10 years of Rock/Creek’s existence, he also operated a guiding business which worked with schools, camps, and corporations to develop skills-based outdoor programming and promote personal growth through outdoor experiences. He is a former Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, with a tremendous passion for the outdoors and a lifelong commitment to wilderness advocacy.
Dawson’s professional qualifications include serving on the Tennessee River Gorge Trust’s board of directors in a stewardship role overseeing 18,000 acres of land. In 2014, he co-chaired a Chattanooga Forward committee focused on outlining the future of parks, sports and outdoor recreation in the region. He is an original founder of Wild Trails, a non-profit whose mission is the maintenance and construction of trails in the Chattanooga area.
Throughout his career, Dawson and Rock/Creek have worked on a host of access issues for the climbing community, both with the SCC and Access Fund, to either purchase property or obtain recreational easements. He has also established long-standing relationships with Friends of the Cumberland Trail and Lula Lake Land Trust, helping consistently with fundraising and trail completion efforts.
Jodie Goldberg (2015)
Jodie lives in Washington, DC and currently works at American Rivers as the Director of Development Foundations, where she is helping to develop grants and raise funds to protect and restore our nation’s rivers. Prior to that, Jodie served as Officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philanthropic Partnership Group where she helped to raise nearly $20 million to support Pew’s Environmental Initiatives. Jodie also served as the Manager of Foundation Strategy at The American Red Cross, where she developed and implemented foundation fundraising strategies to meet the organization’s annual fundraising goal. Before that, Jodie was a member of the Foundation Relations department at The Wilderness Society for eight years, during which time she developed her passion for wilderness conservation and first learned about Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. Jodie quickly became enamored with SAWS’ approach to protecting and stewarding wildlands in one of her favorite regions in the country. Jodie has also worked with the marketing departments of Dickstein Shapiro Morin and Oshinsky, LLP and The Nature Conservancy. In her spare time, Jodie likes to visit her hometown, Roanoke, Virginia, spend time outdoors with her two kids and dedicate time to their school, Mundo Verde, and support her husband’s business, Mess Hall. Jodie is also an Advanced PADI scuba diver and has a passion for travel.
Scott Kuhn (2015)
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Scott has been an advertising , marketing and public relations resource for clients in a wide range of industries for over 25 years. Although conservation has not been a significant part of his professional life, some of Scott’s his fondest childhood memories involve camping and fishing at one of his family’s cabins with his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. They each possessed an innate love for nature that they passed along to Scott. Today, as a father Scott strives to instill in his children the same values and respect for the environment that his family taught him. The cabins he knew as a child have been torn down as land (mis)management, erosion and urban sprawl have taken their toll. But, he feels he has an obligation to those who’ve come before us to help protect the land and waterways in our own back yard – so that future generations have the opportunity to develop their own love and respect for all that nature has to offer.
Fynn Glover (2016)
Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Fynn is the Founder/CEO of Roots Rated and has led the growth of the company since it’s founding in 2012. Roots Rated media provides content marketing solutions for outdoor and travel brands.
Carl Rountree (2016)
Carl comes to the Board with more than 35 years of public land management experience in Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Washington, DC Office and several Western states. Before his retirement in 2014, he served as the Assistant Director of BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. In this role, he led efforts to better protect and raise awareness of BLM’s 32-million acres of wilderness and other nationally designated conservation areas, and to promote greater conservation in BLM’s public land management. Throughout his career, he has championed collaborative approaches to resolving natural resource issues. He led efforts to create the California Biodiversity Council as the California BLM Deputy State Director for Resources. As the Arizona BLM Associate State Director, he helped organize federal, state, and local agencies to deal more effectively to reduce migrant deaths and resource damage along the Arizona-Mexico border. Since his retirement, he has continued to advocate for the designation and protection of conservation areas and to build greater, more effective partnerships for managing public lands.
Tye Tavaras (2017)
Tye Tavaras joined The Carter Center in August 2015 and currently works on the Democracy Program’s Democratic Election Standards project. A native of Atlanta, Tavaras holds a bachelor’s in international studies from Emory University, a master’s in international human rights law from The American University in Cairo, and a Juris Master focused on international law from Emory Law School. She approaches environmental protection and conservation from a human rights perspective. Prior to joining the Center, she served as a contributing writer for Mic and Ramel Media, a study-abroad advisor for Emory University. She is published in the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Law and Social Change as a co-author of the article “Indiscriminate Power: Racial Profiling and Surveillance Since 9/11.” In addition, she has also worked on issue on diversity and inclusion and has managed projects focused on community engagement.
Meryl Harrell (2017)
Meryl Harrell advises non-profits, foundations, outdoor recreation companies, and state and federal government agencies working to protect America’s public and private working lands. Her work helps to preserve America’s watersheds, improve outdoor recreation opportunities, support economic growth in rural communities, and connect the next generation of Americans to our nation’s public lands.
Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Meryl spent eight years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she was instrumental in setting America’s public lands agenda. She was a lead author of the Forest Service’s land management planning rule, worked to implement the 2014 Farm Bill, worked with outdoor recreation groups to make it easier to recreate on pubic lands, and led efforts to connect youth and veterans to the outdoors through the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. Prior to joining USDA, Meryl worked in politics and previously worked on public lands issues at The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C.
Meryl lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she enjoys spending as much time as she can exploring the outdoors with her husband and two young children. She received her law degree from Yale and her undergraduate degree in geosciences and environmental studies from Princeton. She is also an alum of the Teton Science Schools, where her love of rocks turned into the lifelong passion for public lands that guides her work today.