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2023 UMNA Executive Board

Pam Shucker: UMNA President

Pam is a Greenville native, former teacher, and graduate of 2015 UMNA class. She and her husband have both worked at Furman University during their careers. They have two grown children and two grandchildren, who fortunately share Greenville as a home. Pam is a lifelong environmentalist and finds her greatest, joyful experiences being in nature. She expressed this love in her books Round About Greenville and The Carolina Blue Ridge, which are both sold locally. Pam has also enjoyed speaking, teaching and writing about the amazing natural environment of the Upstate.

Betsy Lewis: First Vice-President and Programs Chair


Seth Harrison: Second Vice-President and Membership Chair

Emmy Holt: Secretary

Cindy Hekking: Treasurer

Cindy is originally from Maryland and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Wildlife Biology. She became an Upstate Master Naturalist in 2014 and a Statewide Master Naturalist in 2018. Cindy worked as a clinical laboratory scientist until her recent retirement. She enjoys hiking, birding, and kayaking with her many dogs. Cindy volunteers doing trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, stream water testing, and the UMNA Meadow Restoration project.

Andy Chesson: Immediate Past President

Andy was UMNA president in 2020 and 2021.

Danny Howard: Executive Board Advisor and UMNA Historian

Danny has provided 40 years of service to Auburn University, the University of Georgia, and Clemson University as an extension agent in agriculture, natural resources and apiculture. He has worked with beekeepers for over 30 years in honey bee education. Danny co-developed the Upstate Master Naturalist class and Association. He is presently serving a 5th term as an elected commissioner for the Greenville Soil and Water Conservation District.

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