Cooper makes appointments to boards, commissions

Published 7:56 am Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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On Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, Governor Roy Cooper announced appointments to various boards and commissions. Six people were appointed to two boards and two commissions that are associated with northeastern North Carolina.

The appointments are to:

— Coastal Resource Commission: D.R. Bryan, of Chapel Hill, as a coastal property owner or experienced in land development. Bryan is the founder of Bryan Properties, a residential real estate development company that has developed over a dozen new neighborhoods in North Carolina since it was founded in 1984.

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— College of the Albemarle Board of Trustees: Katherine White Felton, of Elizabeth City, as a member at-large. Felton retired in 2017 after 36 years as the director of human resources for the City of Elizabeth City. Felton was recently elected to the Elizabeth City Council and now chairs their Human Resources Committee.

— Marine Fisheries Commission:

  • Anna Starr Shellem, of Wrightsville Beach, as an active or recently retired commercial fisher from the coastal region. Shellem is the owner of Shell’em Seafood Company, where she harvests and delivers wild shellfish per order directly to many restaurants throughout North Carolina. Her fishing practices are centered around sustainability and producing zero-waste. She harvests wild mussels, wild clams, wild oysters and she hand harvests stone crabs.
  • Donald G. Huggins Jr.,of Wendell, as a member at-large. Huggins is a licensed attorney working at SAS in Cary as legal counsel. Prior to this, he worked as an associate attorney at Hairston Lane P.A. where he represented clients in legal matters including civil rights, contract disputes, debt collection, personal injury and employment law.
  • Dr. Douglas N. Rader, of Raleigh, as a scientist. Rader is a senior science advisor for the Environmental Defense Fund, where he advises the EDF leadership on policies and programs affecting oceans. Rader was previously the chief oceans scientist and associate vice president for EDF.

— Roanoke Island Historical Association Board of Directors: Chanda J. Branch, of Raleigh, as a member at-large. Branch is the theatre director for Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. She has served on the City of Raleigh Arts Commission since 2014 and is the reigning Ms. Black USA.