Theme Group Chairs

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Co-chairs of Good places and new spaces theme group

Dave GodschalkDave Godschalk is a retired professor of city and regional planning at UNC Chapel Hill. He has lived in Chapel Hill since 1967 and currently resides at Carol Woods. His teaching and research include land use planning, development dispute resolution, and planning for sustainable places. 
Paige ZinnPaige Zinn was born and raised in Chapel Hill. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill then moved away to work with US News & World Report and The Walt Disney Company. She returned to Chapel Hill in late 1996 and has been with Jennings for 15 years. She currently serves as COO. Paige is married to Omar Zinn and has two children, Parker and Orlando. Paige serves on a number of area Boards and teaches yoga at Franklin Street Yoga in Chapel Hill.  
Omar Zinn  
Rick IgouRick Igou came to Chapel Hill in 1985 to attend law school at UNC. A lifetime food and wine lover, he was lured in the mid-'90's from his solo legal practice into fine-dining management, working at Nana's, Elaine's on Franklin and the Magnolia Grill. In 2005, he decided to return to legal matters and established a practice focused on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. He's served as a volunteer mediator and facilitator at the Dispute Settlement Center since 1990, been a dj at WXYC since 1988, and is very happy to be able to work occasionally in the wine department at A Southern Season. He's married to Debra Lewis, a regional manager for wine import company Vintage 59, and currently lives in Durham.


Co-chairs of Town & Gown: Learning and innovation theme group

Chris DerbyChris Derby moved to Chapel Hill in 1989 as a district Manager with Marriott Corporation. After 25 years with Marriott, he left the corporate world to own & operate a local business - The UPS Store. An active member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and currently serving on the Board of Directors, Chris owns two The UPS Stores in Chapel Hill. Chris' wife Marcy is a pre-school teacher assistant and together they have three children. 

Brian RussellBrian Russell has been a podcaster, painter, film editor, sculptor, graphic designer, and entrepreneur, in addition to designing and coding websites. He's a digital media native who's had over fifteen years of online and multimedia technology experience. He also served in the AmeriCorps VISTA program, building computer labs for under-served children in Durham, NC. Brian graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Ruby and son Izzy.


Roger WaldonRoger Waldon moved to Chapel Hill in 1972. After working for the Triangle J Council of Governments for a dozen years (regional planning agency in Research Triangle Park), he served as Chapel Hill’s Planning Director from 1984-2005. He also served one term on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education, 1997-2001. Roger now works as a planning consultant with Clarion Associates (working out of Clarion’s Chapel Hill office in Southern Village), focusing on preparation of comprehensive plans and growth management strategies. He is also, sadly, a Cubs fan.  

Co-chairs of Getting Around: Transportation theme group

Anita BadrockAnita Badrock is a 34 year resident of Chapel Hill. She previously owned a local business located on Franklin Street, and for more than 10 years worked as a recruiter helping small local businesses and non-profits find great employees. A former chair of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, she has worked hard to promote understanding and good relationships between diverse community groups. Ms. Badrock has a long history of volunteer public service, most recently as the chair of Orange County’s Economic Development Commission and the Town’s Personnel Appeals Committee. She currently works as the Operations Manager for Community Home Trust, a local nonprofit dedicated to the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Orange County.
Brian CurranBrian Curran moved to Chapel Hill from Norfolk, Va., in 1982 after serving in the US Navy. He worked for the Town of Chapel Hill in the Police Department, retiring as Chief of Police in 2010. He is married to Claire Curran, and they have a daughter, Deirdre, who is a senior at East Chapel Hill High.
Maria PalmerMaria Palmer moved to Chapel Hill with her husband Mike and two young boys in 1994 to complete a doctoral degree in Education Administration while Mike was on a research sabbatical at UNC. They fell in love with Chapel Hill and returned permanently in 1996 -- this time with three kids. A former high school teacher, counselor, pastor, and school principal, Maria considers herself first and foremost a community educator. She has served the state of North Carolina as a member of the State Board of Education (1998-2005) and continues to be involved in advocating for students and their teachers at the policy level. She has presented continued education seminars for teachers at the school, district and state level. Her goal is to bring together students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders to work together to support the success of all students. To this end, she has presented her research on immigrant students' schooling at national and international meetings and helped communities apply its lessons in workshops in schools, small churches, PTA meetings and anywhere she's invited.

Co-chairs of Community prosperity and engagement theme group

Jan BolickJan Bolick has worn many hats in Chapel Hill over the last 30+ years and has lived in town for most of that time. She came to Carolina as a freshman and since then has been an employee (of the Village Companies for 18 years), volunteer, property tax payer, K-12 parent and now - a Carolina parent and small business owner (Business Class Inc).


Marlene RifkinMarlene Rifkin has resided in Chapel Hill since 1993. She moved here from Miami, although is a native of Ohio. She is a Sr. Vice President in Operations at UNC Hospitals. She has completed two Public Health and Hospital Policy Fellowships while in Miami and in Chapel Hill. She most recently served on the Boards for The Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County and the Ronald MacDonald House. She loves historical fiction and is a Trekie! 

Gary SaleebyGary Saleeby moved to Chapel Hill from Statesville, NC in 1969 to attend UNC. After receiving an MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences he work as a Speech Pathologist in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools for several years before becoming a real estate professional specializing in residential sales and in management at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston.. He participated in the Land Use Task force in the late 1980’s and has always maintained an interest in how land use, design and policies support or interfere with positive community behaviors.


Co-chairs of A Place for Everyone: diversity, cultural vibrancy and the arts theme group

Fred BlackFred Black moved to Chapel Hill in 1994 after retiring from the U.S. Army. He was a professor of Political Science before his retirement and is now an independent management consultant specializing in leadership development. Fred serves on a number of Boards in the local community and at the state level.



Nathan HeuningNathan Daniel Huening can both juggle clubs and ride a unicycle, but not at the same time. Bad puns tickle him to no end and, in addition to being able to recite the entire daytime programming schedule of WUNC by heart, he once briefly made a living as a fashion model in China. (Yes, really. No, you can’t see the pictures.) Except for the times when he is unreasonably overprepared, he is invariably underprepared. He owns neither jeans nor a television and his breath is usually fresh. Owing to his pathological inability to take most things seriously, it’s never quite clear whether he’s pulling your leg or not and his miniature pet giraffe, Walter, follows him everywhere. He’s fun at parties (except when he’s not). You’d probably like him.
Eleanor MurrayEleanor Murray has been a resident of Chapel Hill since 1997 and is here to stay. She currently works as a Transplant Program Assistant at the UNC Center for Transplant Care after spending several years working in radio at both WCHL and the former 850 the Buzz Sports Radio. A UNC Chapel Hill graduate Eleanor has a daughter who is a middle school student in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. She has served on the boards of two non-profits benefiting children with cancer and served on the town committee charged with the celebration surrounding the name change of Airport Road to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. This fall she moderated a Chapel Hill Town Council candidate forum sponsored by several area non-profits.


Co-chairs of Nurturing our community theme group

Delores BaileyDelores Bailey is the executive director of EmPOWERment Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is empowering people and communities. Ms. Bailey has worked diligently with the Northside neighborhood to create an overlay zone that addresses the concerns of gentrification an African-American, low wealth neighborhood. She also operates a small business incubator, The Midway Business Center, which caters to minority and women owned businesses. Ms. Bailey serves on the boards for Kidzu, the Martin Luther King University-Community Planning Corporation and the Strategic Planning Committee for Justice United. She has been appointed to the Chatham County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and serves as a consultant to the new Community Development Corporation in Chatham County. Ms. Bailey is married and has two children.
PHOTO Kristin Hiemstra Kristin Hiemstra works at East Chapel Hill High School, and has her own successful business Art of Potential College and Career Services. She also has a radio show on WCHL bearing the same name and is a regular blogger on She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and then moved to Washington, DC where she worked in human resources and education for nearly a decade. She is married to the 2010 ECHHS Teacher of the Year Hans Hiemstra and they have two terrific girls Haley and Zoe who both attend Estes Hills.

Jonathan HowesJonathan Howes lived in the Mt. Bolus neighborhood in Chapel Hill for forty-one years before moving to Carol Woods in June, 2011. Jonathan retired from full-time service to the University in 2010 and is now Senior Public Service Fellow at the UNC Institute for the Environment. He served three terms on the Town Council and two terms as Mayor and later worked in Governor Hunt’s Cabinet as Secretary of Environment, Health and Natural Resources.


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