Our Leadership Team

Staff

Rev. Mac Legerton
Interim Executive Director
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Mac Legerton has been a leader and consultant in the nonprofit sector in Rural America for 40 years. He is co-founder of the Center for Community Action (CCA) in Robeson County, NC, and served as its Executive Director for 36 years.  He also co-founded of multiple local and regional public-private initiatives and organizations in Southeastern NC, including Feast Down East, Southeastern Regional Re-Entry Program, Southeast NC Entrepreneurial Alliance, Robeson County Community Development Corporation, Robeson County Enterprise Community Development Corporation, Robeson County Family Support Program, Robeson County Affordable Housing Coalition, and the Robeson County Long Term Recovery Group and Disaster Center. He has helped leverage over $40 million for community-based, empowerment programs in rural, Eastern NC.

In recognition of his holistic and integrated model of multiracial, rural sustainability and social justice work, Legerton received the 2007 Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award from the National Rural Sociological Society. He.is an ordained minister in the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ and grounds his life of service both in and through a deep-seated, spiritual commitment and practice.

Prior to taking the Interim position as Executive Director, Rev. Legerton was a member of the NCCSC Board of Directors. He has been a leader in environmental justice since its beginning in rural, Eastern NC in the 1980s.  In recent years, he has been a state and national leader in both climate disaster and climate justice organizing, practice, research, and policy. He has been a leader in efforts to halt construction of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline that is allegedly terminating in Pembroke, NC where he has lived for over 40 years.

Terri Pratt
Fundraising Director
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Highly organized and detail-oriented non-profit female executive with nearly 20 years’ experience performing at the highest level.  I am a dedicated and goal-oriented person, with a passion for non-profit work, and enjoy engaging with the public and educating communities on the mission and vision of my organization in a meaningful way.  I have years of experience working with Board of Directors (small and large) working collaboratively to ensure both staff and the Board are communicating effectively and pursuing goals efficiently and together.  I have extensive successful experience in researching and applying for grant funding (national and local), as well as soliciting private funding from major donors, corporations, and workplace campaigns. I have represented organizations at high-level fundraisers to smaller gatherings and frequently speak at civic clubs, educational institutions, and fairs and festivals. I firmly believe that non-profit work is the most rewarding profession for me personally and it will forever be my career path.

Board of Directors

Gayle Tuch - Chair
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Gayle Goldsmith Tuch is a general practice attorney with 30 years of experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. In addition to a law degree, Gayle has a Master of Environmental Science from Miami University and a Master of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  For over thirty (30) years, she has been an environmental advocate with community groups and governmental entities. Gayle is a founding board member and current co-chair of North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition (comprised of environmental organizations and individuals) working to combat climate change through a transition to clean renewable energy, support of green jobs and other initiatives.  Gayle started and is a member of Temple Emanuel’s Environmental Movement, which won the FAIN Award which has been hosting a documentary film/speaker series since 2007.  From 2010 – 2016, Gayle was a board member and president of the board of Yadkin Riverkeeper and, in from 2008 – 2010, she was a board member of PEA (Piedmont Environmental Alliance) where she focused on presentations and demonstrations for the local earth day fair.

Don Keen
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Beginnings in Eastern NC – Goldsboro High – football,class pres.’55

NC State-Chem . Engr. BSCHE , vp-AIChE –‘59

  1. of Tenn. – graduate work in Chem.Engr. Rheology Thesis , MSChE-‘62

DuPont-Richmond-New Prod. Div. Tyvek scale up ,’59-‘61

Celanese-Pearisburg,VA-plant Dev.Cell.Acetate-process control-’62-‘65

Fiber Industries –(joint held Celanese&ICI )-Shelby ,NC plant Dev.Gr. Leader-’65-67

Fiber Industries-Charlotte,R&D GR.Leader-67-68

Celanese Fibers Marketing Co. – Tech. Sr. & regional Sls. Mgr. 68-85

Hoechst Celanese (owned by Hoechst AG )-Charlotte , Mkt. Mgr. –’86-‘90

Hoechst Celanese-Charlotte., Mkt Exec-created Coated Fabrics& other mkts.for Tech. Fibers’91-‘95

IsoFab (USA),Inc.-founder &chief officer also VP USA Marketing for Mehler AG Coated Fabrics-’95-‘2000

Just Coffee ,Inc. (dba Dilworth Coffee )-Charlotte ,founder and CEO -1989-present

Tepid-Tec div. of Just Coffee,Inc. –founded ’89-present

Married 62 years to Alyene Keen – mother of our 4 children & co founder of JC ( Dilworth Coffee)-’89-present

Deacon for Park Road Baptist Church ’80-’85   , Church Council St. Lukes Luthern Ch. –’88-’92

NC Climate Solutions Coalition board member 2016-present

Terry Lansdell
Coalition Organization:
BikeWalk North Carolina
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Terry Lansdell is Executive Director at BikeWalk North Carolina, working to improve the safety, funding, and construction to support multimodal transportation and to improve North Carolina’s health, economy and environment. Formerly with Clean Air Carolina in a variety of roles, he also serves on the Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission and the City of Charlotte’s Transit Services Advisory Board. Terry has a foundation of working with a variety of boards, organizations and nonprofits to advocate and promote safe active transportation and healthy environments for kids and adults. Recently Terry received the 2015 Sustain Charlotte Community Sustainability Award for being Charlotte’s most outstanding leader.

Joel Segal
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Dr. Rev. Rodney Sadler
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Rodney S. Sadler, Jr. is a graduate of Howard University (1989, B.S. Psychology/Philosophy), Howard University School of Divinity (1992, M.Div.), and Duke University (2001, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible and Biblical Archaeology), and has also studied at Hebrew University (1990). He is an ordained Baptist minister and presently serves as Associate Pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Dr. Sadler’s work in the community includes terms as a board member of Siegel Avenue Partners and Mecklenburg Ministries. He currently serves on the boards of Loaves and Fishes, the Hispanic Summer Program, and the Executive Committee of the North Carolina NAACP. His activism includes work with the Community for Creative Non‐Violence in D.C., Durham C.A.N., H.E.L.P. Charlotte, the Middle East Peace Working Group, and the U.S. Africa Ebola Working Group. He is Vice-Chair of People Demanding Action, Vice-Chair of the Justice Action Mobilization Network, Vice-Chair of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, the Co‐chair of the Truth Reconciliation and Anti‐poverty Commission, and has worked organizing clergy with, and developing theological resources for, the Forward Together/Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina. In addition, Dr. Sadler hosts a weekly national radio program for the People Demanding Action Network called, the “Politics of Faith.” He currently serves as the North Carolina NAACP chairperson of their Healthcare Committee.

He is a widely published author and editor. Among his research interests are the intersection of race and Scripture, the impact of our images of Jesus for the perpetuation of racial thought in America, the development of African American biblical interpretation in slave narratives, the enactment of justice in society based on biblical imperatives, and the intersection of religion and politics.

Ken Szymanski
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