Governing Board


Lauren Baxley – Co Chair

Lauren is co-owner of Baxley’s Chocolates in downtown Sylva, NC. Her family moved to Jackson County in 1980 and fell in love with the community. She feels this unique area is worth protecting and revering. She is a founding member of Indivisible/Common Ground WNC.


Thomas Rain Crowe
Thomas is an internationally acclaimed poet and author as well as a regional and community activist. He is one of the founders of The Canary Coalition and has been active in AMUSE (Artists and Musicians United for a Safe Environment), Project to Protect Native American Sacred Sites in the Southern Appalachians, the Western North Carolina Alliance, United Neighbors of Tuckasegee, and has been on the board of the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project and the Environmental Leadership Council of WNC. He is a founding member of the Southern Nature Writers Group based in Athens, Georgia. He lives in the Tuckasegee community in Jackson County with his lifelong companion, Nan Watkins.


John Moore – Vice Chair

John is a 22 year-old resident of Hendersonville, NC. He is a member of the Henderson County Branch of the NAACP and serves as the chair of the Young Adults Committee. He is a full time student at Blue Ridge Community College studying economics and accounting and an employee at Continental-Teves in Fletcher, NC, a division of Continental Automotive.


Olga Lampkin – Secretary

Olga lives in Franklin, NC. She has been a paralegal since 1990 and, over the years, has handled real estate matters, estate planning, and a wide variety of civil disputes.  Olga feels strongly that each of us can make a difference – with the environment, with our neighbors, and with the world.


Autumn Woodward – Co Chair                                                           

Autumn Woodward has studied and worked in the US, Bhutan, and Costa Rica. She has a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Security and Peace. Autumn has been actively involved in freelance environmental organizing in Western North Carolina since she was 14, and has a background in program management and community organizing. Past environmental advocacy includes protecting the Needmore tract along the Little Tennessee River, opposition to destructive NCDOT projects & coalition building against fracking in North Carolina as a founding member of WNC Frack Free.