Board of Directors

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston, Board Chair
VP for Human Resources and Sustainability, Wake Forest University
Dedee has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California with a concentration in entrepreneurial studies and a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, primarily in the areas of education, sustainability, and the environment. Her past appointments include director of the University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability, where she was awarded the President’s Medallion, executive director of the non-profit organization Sustainable Alachua County, and US program director for Fauna and Flora International. Dedee served on the founding board of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and now serves on the association’s advisory board. She also previously served on the board of the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, as the chair of the grants committee.
 
Anna Marie Carr-Reinhard, Board Vice-Chair
Associate Director, Office of Family Engagement, Wake Forest University

Anna Marie Carr-Reinhard is a Winston-Salem enthusiast, relationship-builder, and connector of ideas and action. After learning the ropes of nonprofit management as a development professional around NC, she returned to her hometown and alma mater, Wake Forest, where she works in the Human Resources department. Anna Marie is grateful to have a position at Wake that gives her the opportunity to support and celebrate faculty and staff members, and to incorporate sustainable practices into events and activities on campus. She cares deeply about our community and our environment, and strives to educate and encourage those around her to be good stewards of our planet's resources as well. Anna Marie believes in the power of meaningful conversation, the great outdoors, strong coffee, and positivity. 
 
Alec Robinette, Treasurer
Founder, Elemental Financial
Alec is the founder of Elemental Financial, a comprehensive financial planning, and financial coaching company for musicians, artists, and anyone that is challenging the status quo. He loves nothing more than spending time with his wife (Stephanie), their two sons (Cyrus and Zachary), and their dog (Prana). Alec finds piece of mind on long walks or hikes, in the garden, and in the kitchen. He has a passion for live music, the pursuit of wisdom, and teaching his young children to be compassionate to all beings and the earth.

Leah Lavin, Board Secretary
Fundraising Consultant
Leah is a fundraising professional with ten years of experience in both non-profit and independent school settings. She received a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee. She currently consults for Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, where she lived and worked before moving to Winston-Salem, and American Bird Conservancy. Leah lives in the Sunnyside neighborhood with her husband, Martin, and two young children. Leah enjoys writing and being with her family. She is honored to join the board of Piedmont Environmental Alliance.

Paul-Ernest Cheron
Senior Director, Strategy - Collins Aerospace
Paul-Ernest holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Virginia’s Darden School and a Masters Degree in Engineering at École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, France. Paul-Ernest has been with Hanesbrands for 2 years, after working for years as Corporate Vice-President of Strategy & Marketing for B/E Aerospace, the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and the world’s leading distributor of aerospace fasteners and consumables. He has a wealth of experience in the corporate sector, focused on strategic planning, risk assessment, and management consulting. Paul-Ernest is fluent in English, and proficient in German and Spanish. Paul-Ernest has a passion for making a difference regarding our use of natural resources, and is excited to support PEA's mission to educate and empower students to protect and restore the environment.
 
Cary Clifford
Founding Owner, Camino Bakery
Cary Clifford is a Winston-Salem native and the founding owner of Camino Bakery. She is an avid gardener, is crazy about her husband, her son, and her dogs (the cat, not so much), and absolutely loves to travel. She is passionate about our need to act on climate change, and is hoping to use the public platform and community gathering space of Camino to push our city to become more environmentally friendly. 
 

Lauren Quartz DiBianca Frye
Architect and Teacher, Forsyth Country Day & Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce
Lauren is a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. A practicing architect, educator, and mother, she is passionate about the power of design to build community via thoughtful engagement, respectful reuse, and responsiveness to natural systems.  Lauren teaches architecture and design at Forsyth Country Day School, where she is also architect in residence.  Her architectural work at Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce focuses on sustainability and adaptive reuse projects. Lauren works whenever possible to expand the diversity of voices at the table when it comes to designing and imagining our collective future, and strives to teach her children to value natural systems as well as diverse perspectives.
 
Kristen Haaf
Director of Land Planning, Roots First Design 
Kristen is a landscape architect and Director of Land Planning at Roots First, a creative studio focused on connecting people with nature through design and communication. With training in landscape architecture, urban planning, ecology, and environmental policy, Kristen brings an interdisciplinary approach to the studio's work. Kristen works on both design and logistical aspects of project development, including conceptual design, grant writing, community engagement, and strategic planning. In addition to Roots First, Kristen teaches ecological design to undergrads at Wake Forest University. Kristen is an avid gardener and backyard birder, and she enjoys camping and hiking with her family.
 
Jonathan Halsey
Managing Director, EmcArts 
Jonathan Halsey is Managing Director at EmcArts, where he oversees general operations and participates as a process facilitator for EmcArts’ work with organizations and communities.  Previously, he served as director of both Philanthropic Services and Community Engagement at The Winston-Salem Foundation.  He has also served a variety of nonprofit organizations as a board member.  He studied music at the UNC School of the Arts, is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, and received his MPA in public management from Appalachian State University.
 
J. Denise Johnson
Associate Professor of Education, Winston-Salem State University

Denise is an associate professor of Middle Grades Education at Winston-Salem State University and has worked in mathematics education for nearly 20 years as a middle and high school math teacher, community college instructor, and higher education teacher education faculty.  Her research and community service work includes exploring the impact of STEM education interventions on elementary and middle school students career choices.  She has earned a BS in Mathematics and MS in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from The George Washington University.
 

Rajesh Kapileshwari 
Principal and Mechanical Engineer, Ethos Engineering
For more than two decades Rajesh has been active in the field of energy and resource conservation. As Principal at Ethos Engineering and a practicing professional engineer licensed in the states of North Carolina and Texas, he primarily focuses on design of sustainable and energy efficient facilities. Rajesh is a committee co-chair on the US Green Building Council’s Piedmont-Triad chapter. He coaches middle school students and prepares them to compete for “Future Cities” competitions. He loves spreading his passion for growing vegetables and ecological gardening.
 
Lisa Northrop
Community Relations Director, SECU Family House
Volunteering since she was a Brownie in Girl Scouts, Lisa always knew she would work in the non-profit sector. Perfect timing and the pro humanitate culture of Wake Forest University allowed her to transition from a student intern at the Ronald McDonald House to a position at the SECU Family HouseFive years later, she helps volunteers create the homelike environment that makes guests feel at ease at the Family House. She is still a volunteer at heart, serving with the Piedmont Environmental Alliance and the Ardmore Gateway Garden. Lisa serves as exhibitor coordinator for the Piedmont Earth Day Fair.

Shona Simpson
Writer and English Teacher, Wake Forest University
Shona Simpson is a writer living in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  After receiving her BS in Biology and her PhD in English from Duke University, she now teaches part time at Wake Forest University.  Her play for children, Peril on the Red Planet, has been performed throughout the southeast by The Open Dream Ensemble.  She is currently working on a novel for young adults which explores the connections between race and environment in 1930s North Carolina.  She also manages her daughters’ professional bluegrass band, The Dan River Girls. 

Angela Young
Owner, Young Global Health

Angela is the owner of Young Global Health, a health insurance agency that provides job training and employment to people who have left situations of violence and hardship. Local environmental sustainability has always been a passion for Angela, a long time volunteer with Piedmont Environmental Alliance. She is looking forward to volunteering, educating others, and promoting environmental action in the community as a board member.