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Upcoming Events

March 4-19, Eastern NC: Walk To Protect Our People And The Places Where We Live
Join APPPL for a Walk along the NC ACP route. The walk will begin in Northampton County, and end in Richmond County near Hamlet. Details.

Weigh in on closure plans for Riverbend Steam Station: March 16, 6PM (sign up to speak at 5:30PM) at Gaston College, Myers Auditorium, 201 Hwy. U.S. 321, Dallas.

March 26, 9AM-4PM, UNC Asheville: western NC stream volunteer training. RSVP to (828) 357-7411 / $15-20 Donation requested, but not required. View more information.

March 27, 6-8PM, Boone: Water Justice Forum. Sponsored by Department of Sustainable Development and the Sustainability and Environmental Education Club at ASU. Presentations by Dr. Kelsey Pieper, VA Tech, and Katie Hicks, CWFNC. Details.

Who we are

Staff – Board of Directors


Hope Taylor

Hope Taylor, Executive Director, Durham and Asheville Offices
(919) 401-9600 –

Hope joined the staff in August of 1999, after six years of teaching chemistry and biology in community colleges and universities in the Durham area, as well as providing technical assistance to communities at Superfund sites. During her 20 years of work as a basic biomedical researcher at the National Institutes of Health and Duke University, she remained active on environmental and social justice issues. Deciding to train for a career more connected to communities, she graduated with a Master of Science in Public Health in Environmental Chemistry and Biology from UNC-CH in 1993. Hope is also a dairy goat farmer and works to deepen CWFNC ties with rural communities across the state to protect our surface and ground water.

Katie Hicks, Associate Director, Asheville Office
(828) 251-1291 –

A native of Western North Carolina, Katie holds a Bachelors Degree from UNC-Asheville in Environmental Science and Spanish, and a Masters Degree from Montreat College in Environmental Education, so she’s well equipped to help us with outreach to – and collaboration with – diverse western NC communities. She has been a part of CWFNC’s team since 2009, leading research and outreach for our Water Justice Campaign (privatization, water pricing, efficiency) and supporting our work for environmental justice throughout the state.

Ericka Faircloth

Ericka Faircloth, Water & Energy Justice Organizer, Durham Office
919-401-9600 –

Ericka was born in Laurinburg, North Carolina, and holds Bachelor degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in International and Global Studies and Media Studies. Ericka was the 2013-2014 President of the Native American Student Association at UNCG, and is very involved in indigenous rights and ‘building bridges’ between minority communities. She is an activist with United Students Empowering Workers and is a member of the UNCG Native American Alumni Association. In her spare time she is a freelance videographer and works with youth in the Pitchvine Entertainment Paper2Film program which has been implemented in Guilford County Schools.


Xavier Boatright, Environmental Justice Organizer / Researcher, Asheville Office
828-251-1291 –

Xavier is originally from Manning, South Carolina and holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from Presbyterian College. A student athlete, Xavier spent four years as a defensive tackle/end on the Presbyterian football team, and then had the opportunity to spend time in the NFL with both the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions. While at Presbyterian, Xavier and other students participated in a onetime Civil Rights Maymester, walking in the footsteps of many civil rights leaders all throughout the south. He has spent six years doing outreach to underprivileged and emotionally challenged youth as a summer mentor and recruitment director. Most recently, Xavier has worked for UPS and in the Henderson County public schools. Xavier will use his combined experiences and skills as a researcher and organizer with CWFNC. In his free time, Xavier likes to hike, enjoy nature, and spend time with his younger brother (Aarron) and mother (Vanessa).

Belinda Joyner

Belinda Joyner, Northeastern Organizer, Garysburg, grew up in Northampton County and has worked as a teacher’s assistant specializing in reading skills. She has been involved in numerous local environmental struggles and has been an effective organizer against threats including a liquid fertilizer plant, a hazardous waste incinerator and a private prison, with a strong history of grassroots fundraising for diverse causes.


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Board of Directors

Board & staff CWFNC

Back row: Allen Hubbard, Katie Hicks, Rev. Jack Sullivan (facilitator), Marshall Tyler, Tina Motley-Pearson, Steve Gurley, Isaac Coleman, Hope Taylor. Front row: Sally Morgan, Ericka Faircloth, Nydia Morales. Board members not pictured: Andrea Emanuel, Nathanette Mayo.

Allen Hubbard  – Lincolnton, NC

Nathanette Mayo – Raleigh, NC

Marshall Tyler – Oriental, NC

Tina Motley – Pearson (Chair) – Durham, NC

Steve Gurley (Treasurer) – Lincolnton, NC

Andrea Emanuel (Vice Chair) – Garner, NC

Nydia Morales – Matthews, NC

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