Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is the governing body for our organization.  The Board of Directors provides guidance on our programs, policies, and finances.

Executive Members

Anders Reynolds (2015) – 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.

Samuel Owl (2017) – Vice Chair

Samuel is a Certified Public Accountant with over 14 years of experience and has worked for organizations in CFO and consultancy roles. He is currently a manager in the Outsourcing group at CliftonLarsonAllen, where he provides ongoing CFO, COO and strategically-focused consulting services to a portfolio of clients. Prior to joining CLA, Owl spent 8 years as the CFO of a national non-profit organization. Earlier in his career, he worked in assurance and transaction services groups in the Big 4 professional service firms Deloitte and PwC; assessing performance, evaluating the competitive environment, reviewing reporting, and analyzing financial statements for a number of companies across a multitude of industries.

Owl is member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a native of North Carolina. Visiting the Qualla Boundary on a regular basis allows him to maintain a close relationship with his family and tribe. He spent his childhood hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and intends to instill the outdoor spirit in his children as well. The mission of SAWS and the constant threat to public lands in the current environment was one of the driving forces in his decision to join SAWS. The protection of the remaining public lands within tribe’s traditional homeland, which spans the Appalachians in what is now North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama, brings a cultural relevance to the mission of SAWS.

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.


William H. Meadows (2014)

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).

Anna Wlodarczyk (2014) 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Terence Morrison (2017)

Terence Morrison was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised between Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC; he is a 2002 graduate from North Mecklenburg High School. After graduating from North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in architectural engineering–with a concentration in power–Morrison joined Clark Richardson & Biskup Consulting Engineers as a junior electrical engineer. Just eight years later, Morrison became a lead electrical engineer project manager for CRB’s pharmaceutical team. In 2015, Terence started his own engineering and consulting firm, Acropolis Engineers, whose focus is system integration and data management solutions. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and prescribed National Park geek. Terence and his wife enjoy introducing others to the outdoors through groups such as Outdoor Afro. He also enjoys serving as a mentor, whether it’s for the Triangle Forge Initiative Robotics group, where he is a coach, or elsewhere in the community. “You can’t teach everybody everything. But if you can teach them how to learn, and nurture their interests, they can springboard into the next steps.” Terence has also been a permanent  member of the Wake County Board of Adjustments since 2007.