About Us

2022 UMNA Executive Board

Email: pamshucker@gmail.com

Pam Shucker: 2022 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.

Email: sih@clemson.edu

Dr. Imtiaz Haque: First Vice-President and Programs Chair

Imtiaz served on the faculty of Clemson University for almost 37 years, fully retiring in 2019. He was formerly Executive Director and Founding Chair of the Department of Automotive Engineering on the CU-ICAR campus and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Recently, he has combined his love of the natural world (birds and other wildlife) along with his interest in technology (camera equipment), spending countless hours in the field watching and photographing birds. Imtiaz also serves on the board of GREEN Charter School in Greenville, which he helped found; the school focuses on renewable energy education. Imtiaz is a 2019 graduate of the Master Naturalist Program.

Email: dredden00@gmail.com

Dave Redden: Second Vice-President and Membership Chair

Dave grew up in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University in 1967 and went to work for Exxon Mobil in Houston, Texas in engineering research. He retired in 2000 after about 35 years and returned to South Carolina in 2018. Dave was a Texas Master Naturalist from 2006 – 2018 and joined the UMNA in 2019.

Email: sappell20@hotmail.com

Sharon Appell: Secretary

Sharon is a 2019 graduate of the Master Naturalist Program. She graduated from Clemson University in 2003 with a degree is Aquaculture, Fisheries and Wildlife Biology and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. Sharon works full-time as a Watershed Biologist and is passionate about water quality, watershed health, and flora/fauna relationships in the ecosystem. She is a statewide SC Adopt a Stream Macroinvertebrate Trainer and is a part-time naturalist guide on Lake Jocassee. Sharon also serves on the Board of Friends of the Reedy River in Greenville. In her free time, Sharon can be found outside hiking, running, backpacking, and enjoying nature. She has two dogs and enjoys camping and exploring with them. Sharon also loves to travel and is an avid national park fan, visiting multiple parks each year.

Email: cyndieneman@att.net

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.

Email: alchess@outlook.com

Andy Chesson: Immediate Past President

Andy was UMNA president in 2020 and 2021.

Email: dhoward@clemson.edu

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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