Board of Directors

Lisa Northrop, Board President
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.
Dedee DeLongpré Jonhston, Board Vice-President
Chief Sustainability Officer, 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.

Barbara Sprainitis, Board Treasurer
Retired Accounting and Business Professional

Barbara earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Orono. She then went through the General Electric Financial Management Program. Now retired after a 36-year career, Barbara has done varied volunteer work in Winston-Salem since moving from Connecticut with her husband in 2016. She has worked with the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels, and her passion for environmental protection drew her to Piedmont Environmental Alliance.  In her free time, Barbara enjoys hiking, tennis, gardening, golf, and has recently taken up pickleball.

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.
Tim Binkley
Geologist, Northwest Geoscience, P.C.

A native of Winston-Salem, Tim is a geologist, environmental consultant and teacher.  He has worked with cities, including Winston-Salem, to develop environmental training programs based in environmental justice, written successful grants, served as a national mentor on environmental training, and taught Geology at Forsyth Tech. As a board member for PEA, Tim has been a presenter in the Energy Explorers program, helped develop PEA’s environmental debate tournament and new environmental programs for use in public schools, and volunteered at the Earth Day Fair.

Anna Marie Carr
Human Resources Coordinator, Wake Forest University
Anna Marie Carr 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. 
Paul-Ernest Cheron
Corporate Development Officer, Hanesbrands

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.

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.
Robert E. Leak, III
Grassroots Grant / Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator, Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods

Robert is Pastor, Community Youth Activist, Community Educator,  and Leadership Development Community Coach in Winston-Salem.  Raised in Lewisville, Robert attended Winston-Salem State University with a major in Business Administration and minor of Political Science. Robert is passionate about serving the community, and has served on a number of community boards, including Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful. Robert is the recipient of many leadership and volunteer awards, including the Winston-Salem Foundation's Echo Award. Robert has served on PEA's marketing for years and is excited to join the PEA Board of Directors in 2018.

Wanda Maloney
Owner, Corridor Solutions

Wanda Maloney is the owner of Corridor Solutions and provides policy, planning, and organizational development services to state scenic byway programs and byway communities. She believes in the power of place and feels fortunate to work alongside communities seeking economic development through tourism, and enhanced quality of life through storytelling and resource protection. When developing program policy, she draws upon her extensive experience with community groups to help bridge the gap between sound policy and grassroots capacity. Wanda holds a BA in History and MA in Public Administration, and is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She and her family have called Winston-Salem home since 2007.

Allen Smart
Vice President of Programs, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Allen is the vice president of programs and the director of the Health Care Division at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, where he has been instrumental in leading day-to-day work and projects.  Allen holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Telecommunication Arts from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Macalester College. He is a frequent regional and national speaker on issues related to philanthropic strategy, rural community change and the potential for philanthropy to be an important vehicle for change. Allen and his wife, Jane, enjoy live music, playing tennis and watching their son Trent master the woodwinds.

Lei Zhang
Associate Professor of Physics, Winston-Salem State University

Lei graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with Ph.D. degree in Physics. His research/teaching interests include renewable energy technology especially solar energy. He developed and taught “Renewable energy & Environment” at WSSU, and he was the WSSU principle investigator of Triad Interuniversity Project: Four Universities Renewable Energy Consortium. He is interested in community services and is currently serving as a board member for six non-profit organizations, including local/regional environmental organizationsYadkin River keeper Inc., and Piedmont Environmental Alliance.