James Houchins, the county’s director of Tourism & Marketing, was among those named to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Council of Advisers.
Also named were Vivianette Ortiz Caraballo, cofounder of Latinos Aventureros en las Carolinas and Supervisory Case Advocate for Disability Rights North Carolina, and Elizabeth Skinner, author, adventurer, and retired deputy director, Forsyth County Public Library, Winston-Salem, N.C.
The foundation also welcomed new members to its Board of Trustees, and elected the following officers:
Whitney Brown, of Meadows of Dan, was elected chairman. She is a dry-stone waller, folklorist, writer and formerly was vice chairman.
Greg Andeck, of Carrboro, N.C., was named vice chairman. Andeck is the Director of Partnerships at The Change Climate Project.
Ken McFadyen of Fincastle, Va., was elected secretary. He is the Director of Economic Development for Botetourt County, Va.
Sam R. Johnson of Dahlonega, Ga., was selected to be treasurer. He is an author and a partner in the Atlanta practice of Newport, LLC.
Charles Hauser, Marsha Ralls Hershman, and Tim Maloney joined the Board of Trustees after serving on the Council of Advisors.
The group will provide leadership for our organization, which partners with the National Park Service to preserve and enhance the most-visited national park.