John Runkle


John is a retired environmental attorney. In his practice, John represented communities across North Carolina facing threats from landfills, incinerators, wastewater discharges, power plants, climate change, and overdevelopment. John is one of the federation’s founding board members.

JoAnne Powell


JoAnne is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She taught marine science and biology in Wilmington and Morehead City before her 34-year career as education curator at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Since retirement in 2009, she has volunteered for the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, the Rachel Carson National Research…

Lewis Piner


Lewis is a Morehead City native who went to high school with federation founder, Todd Miller. He has taken an active interest in coastal environmental issues since high school and managed the NCCF booth at the NC State Fair for many years. Lewis graduated from NC State with degrees in Forestry and Wood Science Technology. …

Rich Peruggi


Rich, a retired engineer, moved to Brunswick County with his wife, Claudia, in 2005. He was first introduced to the federation a year later when he attended meetings about the Lockwood Folly River. Rich has assisted with federation projects by volunteering his time in various ways including performing flow monitoring on the Lockwood Folly. Rich…

Charles Meeker


Charles is a partner with Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein L.L.P in Raleigh, representing private and public clients on local government issues, including public transportation and development. Meeker served as mayor of Raleigh for five terms, from 2001 until 2011, tied with Avery C. Upchurch as Raleigh’s longest-serving mayor. While mayor he advocated for downtown…

Katherine McGlade


Katherine is the founder and owner of Seachange Coastal Consulting, an environmental consulting firm focused on environmental policy, fisheries and environmental conflict resolution. She has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in coastal environmental management from Duke University. For 25 years she pursued a career in commercial real estate development, holding…

Tom Looney

Wrightsville Beach

Tom is retired vice president and general manager with Lenovo North America. Prior to that he spent 30 years with IBM in various leadership roles. He is currently chairman of the board of trustees for Wake Technical Community College and on the boards of the North Carolina School of Science and Math and of the…

Sharon Harker


Sharon is originally from Long Island, New York. She moved to Beaufort in 1983 after she married Beaufort native, Perry Harker. Sharon and her husband have three adult children and one granddaughter. Sharon is a Commissioner for the Town of Beaufort and was recently re-elected to serve another four years. Living in a coastal community, Sharon…

Mac Gibbs


Mac is retired county extension director for the Hyde County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, which is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Science of North Carolina State University. Before joining the extension service over 20 years ago, Mac farmed in Hyde County. He has also worked as a commercial…

Morty Gaskill


Morty is a commercial fisherman and a native of Ocracoke. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 2017 with a degree in history. As a commercial fisherman and resident of one of North Carolina’s most remote islands, he understands the importance of maintaining the pristine environment that people have historically enjoyed on the North…