Board of Directors

Cathy Jones
Bobbie Mabe – President 

With a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy from the Horticultural Therapy Institute, Bobbie is currently designing and implementing HT programming as a Family Advocate at Garinger High School in Charlotte, NC. There she works to connect students, staff and community members to nature through the process of organically growing their own food. When she’s not at the school farm, Bobbie is busy raising two energetic boys and transforming their small city plot through edible landscaping.

 

Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones

Cathy and her husband Mike Perry own Perry-winkle Farm located in northern Chatham County. They raise vegetables, cut flowers and pastured poultry for sale at local farmers’ markets and to area restaurants. Although their work is sunrise-to-sunset, they take a yearly trek in late summer to New England searching for cooler temperatures!

 

Marissa Mortiboy
Marissa Mortiboy – President-Elect

Marissa Mortiboy is the Partnership for a Healthy Durham Coordinator at the Durham County Department of Public Health, where she facilitates a community-wide collaborative that addresses the health issues affecting Durham County residents. Marissa earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys traveling, reading, volunteering and spending time with her husband and cats.

 

Jaime Simmons
Jaime Simmons – Treasurer

Jaime Simmons graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in Political Science in 2008, and went on to receive her Sustainable MBA from Green Mountain College in 2013. Currently, Jaime works as an Account Coordinator with Siemens in Cary, NC. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Jon, and two dogs, Rory and Logan.

 

Allen Spalt
Allen Spalt – Founder

Allen is the co-founder and former executive director of Toxic Free NC, and also served many years on the board of Beyond Pesticides and other sister organizations. He is now happily retired and watching the current staff and board do amazing things. He enjoys spending time at the beach, traveling with his wife Susan, and visiting and spoiling grandchildren.

 

 

Harry Payne
Harry Payne

Harry has served as both Executive Director and board member since first joining Toxic Free NC four years ago. Harry led our initiatives and expanded our reach in 2015 – 2016 and continues to serve an active role as a board member. Prior to joining Toxic Free NC, Harry served six terms in the NC House of Representatives and two terms as NC Commissioner of Labor. He received his Juris Doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill and has added a wealth of experience and talent to the Toxic Free NC team.

Olivia Edwards
Olivia Edwards

Olivia is an Environmental Supervisor with Mecklenburg County’s Water Quality Program. She has a B.S in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an M.A. in Environmental Assessment from North Carolina State University. Olivia is passionate about natural resource conservation and environmental protection. Olivia is a Central Carolinas Master Naturalist who enjoys birding, hiking, digging in the dirt, and reading a good book. She is a wife and mother to two boys, 8 and 2 years old, who fill her days with laughter, love, and some amazing light saber battles!

 
Lynn Caldwell
Lynn Caldwell

After retiring from corporate life to have children, Lynn established a farmers market in Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood in 2006 and the Atherton Market in 2010, which is both a farmers market and incubator for small food and artisan businesses. Most recently, Lynn co-founded Suede Onion, a consulting firm which aims be a catalyst for local food-related businesses to grow and develop. She serves on the CharMeck Food Policy Council Panel of Experts, as well as the boards of Playing For Others and the Piedmont Culinary Guild.

Toxic Free NC Emeritus Board Members

Board of Directors

Billie Rogers
Founding Board Member 

Board of Directors

Jane Sharp MacRae
(1917-2012)

Founding Board Member

Board of Directors

Erick Umstead
Co-founder of Toxic Free NC