The BRCA Board of Directors meets on the second Thursday of EVEN months from noon – 1:30 p.m. at Wyrick Robbins. Meetings are open to the public.
Dr. Stuart J. Levin – President & Founding Chair
Stuart Levin moved to Raleigh at age 16, and has been in full-time practice at Wake Internal Medicine Consultants in Raleigh since 1994. Levin attended North Carolina State University, is a graduate of Duke University and received his MD at the UNC School of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal and pulmonary medicine and a clinical professor of medicine at UNC. Levin works on and lives near Blue Ridge Road, and served as founding chair of the Blue Ridge Corridor Stakeholder Advisory Group in 2008 to coordinate planning in this area. He was a member of the 1st cohort of the Urban Land Institute’s Health Leaders Network.
Emily Ziegler – Vice President
Director of Government Affairs, UNC REX Healthcare
Bio to Come.
Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty
Todd is a licensed residential Real Estate Broker and Realtor. Todd works with clients throughout the Triangle Area. He specializes in modern, contemporary and mid-century modern homes.
He grew up in the West Raleigh area and left to obtain a degree in Geography from Appalachian State University, then further to live in Colorado for five years. Returning to North Carolina in 2007 full time, he now focuses efforts on embracing positive change for the community through his work.
Todd lives near Blue Ridge Rd in Meredith Woods with his family. He also serves on the board of the Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL).
He is an avid cyclist and racer. Also, he enjoys running, skiing and spending time with his family in the NC Museum of Art’s Museum Park.
Senior Leasing Representative, Highwoods Properties
Jane is a licensed commercial real estate broker who specializes in office leasing and build-to-suit development for Highwoods Properties, Inc. Her office portfolio is comprised of over two (2) million square feet in 28 office buildings in the Raleigh and Cary market. Jane joined Highwoods in 1999 and has since completed over 388 lease transactions totaling over $563 million in lease revenue.
Previously, Jane specialized in Commercial Real Estate lending with Wachovia bank where she worked on construction and permanent financing for office, flex, and retail projects.
Jane is a past president of the NC CCIM Chapter and a past president of the Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Chapter. In the community, Jane currently serves on the Board of Advisors to Wells Fargo Bank’s Cary market. Previously, Jane has been involved at a leadership level, as president of the NC Museum of Art Contemporaries Board, vice chairman for the SouthLight Board of Directors and president of the WakeMed Foundation Partners Circle.
Jane graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and a minor in Business Administration. She is a native and lifelong resident of Raleigh. Jane currently resides in the area with her husband David Evans and their two children.
Associate at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
Katie is a corporate lawyer who works in the areas of company formation and financing, including venture capital, private placements, and public offerings. She also advises clients on mergers & acquisitions and general corporate matters.
Katie received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Before law school, Katie worked as a city planner for two cities in Northern California. She received her J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Duke Law School, where she was a Mordecai Scholar and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Law Journal. Prior to joining the firm, Katie clerked on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr.
Daniel P. Gottlieb – Member of the Board
Director of Planning and Design, NC Museum of Art
Director of Museum Park, NC Museum of Art
Dan Gottlieb oversees museum planning and design of NCMA’s 164-acre campus – its buildings and Museum Park. He holds degrees in studio art, environmental design, and art administration and has led planning and design departments for three museums, since 1984.
In over two decades with the North Carolina Museum of Art, Dan has focused on integrating formal and informal experiences with art, utilizing sustainable practices. He oversees the ongoing transformation of a former prison site into cultural and recreational destination. Completed NCMA projects include an award-winning day-lit 127,000 sf gallery building (Thomas Phifer, architect); myriad artist commissions for Museum Park; an innovative storm water demonstration pond and environmental restorations; a 3-mile recreational trail system; and PICTURE THIS – a collaboration with artist Barbara Kruger and architects Smith-Miller + Hawkinson. Current planning is underway to complete Museum Park with new urban and gallery-park connections. Dan currently serves as Vice President of the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance, which advocates for progressive improvements to the museum’s urban fabric.
Dan has lectured extensively on museum practice, design and architecture, is a frequent visiting studio critic, and is an exhibiting artist, working in photographic media. Publications include Landscapes for Art, Redrawing the Boundaries: Toward a New Museum Campus, and Sustainable Museums: Strategies for the 21st Century.
Senior Vice President/Retail Services, York Properties
After spending 10 years working for a national retail developer and a regional commercial brokerage firm, John joined York Properties in November of 2007. He specializes in retail commercial real estate, including lease & contract negotiations, asset management, landlord & tenant representation, site selection, investment sales and more.
John currently manages the brokerage division and helps spearhead business development for York Properties. He also belongs to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors (TCAR).
He holds a B.A. in English and US History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, NCSU – External Affairs
Julie Smith is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development (EAPED) at North Carolina State University. Her role is to further the mission of the EAPED department, as well as be the university liaison for state and local relations.
Prior to NC State, Smith served as Assistant to the Chancellor for External Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. In addition, she was the university’s liaison for state and federal relations, working to strengthen external partnerships for the university and the southeast region of the state. Before her work at UNC Pembroke, she served as Associate General Counsel with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.
Smith graduated from NC State summa cum laude with a B.A. in political science and a minor in environmental science with the designation of valedictorian. Smith also had a the distinction of being a Park Scholar. She is a member of the NC State Alumni Association and the Wolfpack Club. Smith earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Will Allen – Ex Officio Member of the Board
Vice Chair, GoTriangle
Bio to Come.
Michelle Andras – Ex Officio Member of the Board
Co-Chair, Northwest CAC
Bio to Come.
Deputy Secretary, North Carolina Department of Administration
Bio to Come.
President, Burke Brothers Hardware
Jeff Hastings is the owner and president of Burke Brothers Hardware in Raleigh, which has been a small family-owned business since 1936. Jeff grew up in Charlotte and attended NC State University where he studied botany. Jeff is involved with several nonprofits in Wake County, including PeakFest in Apex where he is the President, and he serves as the vice chair on the Wake County Historic Preservation Committee. He and his wife Lesleigh and their two children Tommy and Ashleigh live on a farm in Apex with several cats, three dogs, a horse and a pony, and chickens.
Assistant City Manager for Services, City of Raleigh
In her role as Assistant City Manager, Tansy serves as a liaison to the following City departments: Public Utilities, Solid Waste Services and Transportation plus Information Technology, Office of Internal Audit and the Office of Sustainability. She also is the key point of contact for two Key Focus Areas in the City’s Strategic Plan: Growth and Natural Resources and Organizational Excellence.
Tansy has held positions in the City Manager’s Office since 2001. She worked for the City of Tacoma, Wash. from 2008 to 2014 in a number of roles, but primarily as Assistant City Manager. Prior to the her employment with the City of Tacoma, Tansy also served the City of Des Moines, IA and the City of Olathe, KS. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Kansas, where she also obtained a Master’s degree in public administration.
Tansy has extensive service with professional organizations including serving as a current board member of the Alliance for Innovation; with the International City Managers Association, including co-chairing its Task Force on Inclusion; serving on its Leadership Task Force and the Task Force on Women in the City Management Profession.
Tansy is also the proud mom of twin daughters.
Luke Hoff – Ex Officio Member of the Board
Director of Property and Construction, NC Department of Health and Human Services
Luke Hoff is the Director of the Division of Property and Construction at the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
Hoff has over 34 years of experience in providing project management, design and construction administration services in the delivery of projects. Prior to working at NCDHHS, he was the Facilities Services Director of Design and Construction Services for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked at UNC-Chapel Hill for nine years before joining DHHS in 2013.
Before working in state government, Hoff worked for 19 years in the private sector for various engineering and architectural design consulting firms. He is a Licensed Professional Structural Engineer in North Carolina and Virginia.
He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Iowa.
Vice-Chair, Board of Commissioners , Wake County
Sig Hutchinson has been working to make communities healthy and livable for more than two decades. Starting with a career with the Dale Carnegie organization, Sig became an instructor for the Dale Carnegie Sales Course for more than eight years before starting his own company to concentrate on sales consulting and professional speaking.
Later, Sig used his knowledge of communication and public speaking to help transform his community by leading six bond initiatives in Wake County and the City of Raleigh totaling $300 Million Dollars for open space preservation, parks, greenways, transportation and affordable housing and most recently ran for the NC State Senate. Sig continues to be active in the region where he sits on numerous boards including Chair of Wake County’s Open Space & Parks Advisory Committee, A Commissioner with the City of Raleigh’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commission and Chairperson of Advocates for Health in Action, a health and wellness organization in Wake County and has also been a driving force behind the creation of more than 180 miles of interconnected greenways throughout the Triangle.
Sig continues his sales consulting and professional speaking career as President Sig Hutchinson Communications. He has a B.A. from Texas Tech University; M.Ed from the University of South Carolina and lives on a greenway in Raleigh, NC with his wife of 32 years and they have one son and three grandchildren.
City Councilor – District E, City of Raleigh
David Knight was elected to serve District E on the Raleigh City Council in 2019.
A native of Burlington, David attended UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University Law School. He has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, as a practicing attorney with Latham & Wood, LLC, director of government relations for NC Nature Conservancy, and as Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He most recently served as director of the North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, and he currently works as an environmental lobbyist, consultant, and attorney.
David’s community involvement includes his previous service as chair of the Wake County Water Partnership and the Raleigh Water Conservation Task Force. He is also a former member of the City of Raleigh Parks & Greenways Advisory Board.
David lives in the heart of District E with his wife Avery and their two sons. An avid outdoorsman, David has completed two marathons and numerous triathlons. He enjoys hiking, cycling, skiing, backpacking, and hunting.
Director of Marketing & Communications, North Carolina Museum of Art
Hailing from Asheville, Karlie attended N.C. State University. She started her career in communications promoting the state’s largest industry, agriculture, and its largest event, the N.C. State Fair, before moving into the agency world to specialize in B2B social media and help guide the Triangle chapter of the national Social Media Club. Her work writing for acclaimed Americana blogs The 9513 and Engine 145 led her into music marketing, culminating in a director of marketing role at indie record label Yep Roc Records and its parent music distribution company, Redeye Music. She moved to the NC Museum of Art in 2015, where she became Director of Marketing and Communications in 2016. She lives by the Raleigh Rose Garden with her husband Ben and French bulldog Maddux.
Representative, West CAC
Jim Paumier retired from the air quality sector in 2017, though remains on-call to his previous employer, Wood, Inc. Jim has over 33 years supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on air quality model development, enhancement, maintenance, and data analysis. He got a BA in mathematics from Cal-State Fullerton and his MS in atmospheric sciences from Oregon State University, working at Oregon State for three years before moving to Raleigh with his wife in 1984.
Jim is a member of the American Meteorological Society national chapter and the local Central North Carolina Chapter. He has been vice-president, secretary, and education committee chair for the local chapter. Jim was co-chair of the West Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) for four years and remains active in the CAC.
Jim enjoys gardening, stamp collecting, travel, and one day hopes to have a small model train layout.
N.C. State Fair Manager, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Kent Yelverton took the helm of the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in 2018 with a vision to create a dynamic campus with perpetual activity, bringing citizens from all parts of the state and all walks of life to the Fairgrounds to participate in a wide array of activities, most importantly the annual North Carolina State Fair and Got to Be NC Festival.
Kent has worked 27 years with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He began his career in 1992 as a consulting engineer, before successive promotions to facility agricultural engineer, engineering director and director of the Property and Construction Division.
Kent earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from N.C. State University and is a registered North Carolina professional engineer.
Partner, Morningstar Law Group
Jason focuses his practice on land use and zoning, with a particular emphasis on the towns of Cary and Apex in Wake County, North Carolina. Jason has represented land owners and developers on a wide range of development projects, and is engaged in development projects from the rezoning stage through the issuance of building permits and enforcement issues that arise during the life of a development.
Jason’s practice includes legislative, quasi-judicial and administrative approvals. Prior to founding Morningstar, Jason was a partner in the Raleigh office of K&L Gates.
A proud father of two girls and devoted husband, when Jason is not working he enjoys spending time with his family and NC State Wolfpack sports.