Board of Directors
Originally from Columbia, SC, Heyward received a B.S. and M.S. in biological sciences from Clemson University, graduating in 1971. After 5 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a pilot / instructor pilot, he joined Clemson University in 1976. After working as an Extension Entomologist from 1976 to 1979, he returned as the University Administrative Pilot and filled that position from 1981 to 2010. After he retired, Heyward completed a thru-hike of the AT in 2011. He still works with Boy Scouts, and has completed Wood Badge and served as an adult leader at Philmont Scout Ranch. Heyward joined the FTC Board in 1989, for which he served as Chairman, maintenance coordinator, trail captain, and shuttle driver. Heyward and his wife Carolyn have three children.
Steve holds an AAS degree in Forestry/Outdoor Recreation from Paul Smith’s College in New York and a BS degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He has worked for the North Carolina State Parks since 1990, starting as a Ranger at Falls Lake State Recreation Area in the Raleigh/Durham area and as the Park Superintendent at Gorges State Park since 1999. Steve joined the FTC board in 2002. He and his wife, Renee, and in Rosman just outside the park. Steve and Renee have four children and 4 grandchildren. Steve & Renee enjoy traveling and camping and are looking forward to retiring soon!
Originally from Indiana, Cathy graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in geology and from the University of South Florida with a M.S. in hydrogeology. She worked for an environmental consulting firm in Tampa, FL and Oak Ridge, TN for 15 years before moving to SC. Cathy is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Education at Montreat College and helps with the Discover Carolina program at Table Rock State Park and with the Clemson Extension 4-H Jr. Naturalist program. She is involved with many conservation organizations including the Master Naturalists, Native Plant Society, Friends of Jocassee, and Lake Hartwell Association. Cathy loves to hike and backpack and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. She and her husband live in Anderson and have three daughters.
Jean Arden lived in northwestern NJ before moving to the Greenville area in 2003. Jean was an early elementary educator for 32 years and has a B.S. and M.S. in Education and a M.A. in Environmental Studies. Jean served as an educator at the Audubon Youth Ecology Camps in Maine and Wyoming and was a summer trail and hut volunteer with the AMC in the White Mts. in NH. Presently she is a volunteer for the Discover Carolina program at Paris Mt. and a MN trail maintenance team member at Jones Gap State Park. Jean became an Upstate Master Naturalist in 2013 and a SC State Master Naturalist in 2015 and served as UMNA treasurer for 2015-16. In May of 2016 Jean received the Peregrine Award for hiking the Foothills Trail.
Dan Whitten is a naturalist living in the Spartanburg County since 1980. He graduated from Auburn University with a BS degree in Wildlife Management. He retired from Michelin North America after 30 years and began to renew his study of nature by taking the Upstate Master Naturalist Class in 2008 and the Catawba Master Naturalist Class in 2010, and the Lowcountry Master Naturalist class in 2016. He became a SC state certified naturalist in 2014. He serves on the boards of the SC Native Plant Society, Foothills Trail Conference since 2012, Friends of Jocassee, and the Tyger River Foundation. Dan presently serves as the president of the Upstate Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society. He works part time as a pontoon boat guide and hiking guide with Jocassee Lake Tours and as a Pole Manager with Spartanburg Co. Election Commission. Dan and Sherrie have 2 married daughters and 2 grandsons.
Born in Belton, SC, Rocky holds a B.S. in Biology from Furman University, an M.Ed. in Natural Science Education from Converse College, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from Clemson University. He is currently Associate Professor of Biology at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. In addition to academic interests and outdoor pursuits, Rocky participates in the Jocassee Gorges Research and Education Working Group through the SC Department of Natural Resources. He and his wife, Karon, live in Seneca with their three children.
Greg has worked for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for 27 years in outreach and conservation education. He instructs a Jocassee Gorges class with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University and is DNR’s coordinator for the Upstate Master Naturalist Program. He is married to the former Angela Smith of Greenville, has three sons and a daughter and is a member of Easley Presbyterian Church.
Scott was born and raised on a farm in Minnesota and received a biology degree at Northwestern College in Iowa. He held a seasonal naturalist position at an outdoor education camp for four years in California before moving to South Carolina in 1989 to accept the job as Interpretive Ranger at Table Rock State Park. It was a great fit for him being an avid hiker and birder as well as raising 3 sons with his wife Christine. Scott has been on the FTC board since 2005.
An Atlanta native, Mike earned a BS and an MS from Georgia Tech before spending four years with the Air Force. He later enjoyed a varied business career in shipbuilding, textile machinery, nonwoven fabrics and medical management. Mike represented the Sierra Club at the FTC’s formative meeting in 1974 and became a FTC board member in the mid 90’s; he is also a FTC trail maintainer and volunteer shuttle driver. Mike and his wife, Mary Sue, have been married for 51 years.
A Florida native, Brooks moved to the Upstate in 2010 with his wife, Kay, a North Carolina native. Together they operate a lake tour and shuttle service company on Lake Jocassee that offers lake shuttle service for hikers who are exploring the Jocassee Gorges section of the Foothills Trail. Brooks completed the Upstate Master Naturalist program and now serves on its board. He also serves on the board of the Friends of Lake Keowee Society and the Friends of Jocassee.
Born in Charlotte, NC Bill has a BS from UNC Chapel Hill, an MS from the University of New Orleans, and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts, all in Geology. He has taught Geology and Environmental Science at Furman University since 1979 where he continues to actively research the southern Appalachian Mountains and promote sustainability. He is an avid hiker, backpacker, gardener, and canoer. He and his wife, Allison, live north of Pickens and have three grown daughters.
Bobbie graduated from UNC Pembroke and moved to the Upstate in 1971. She received her master’s degree from Western Carolina University in guidance and counseling. After 17 years as a math teacher, Bobbie took on the role of guidance counselor at Walhalla High School. Now retired, she has participated in the Upstate Master Naturalist training and works with UMNA projects. She and her husband, Bo, live in Walhalla, where she is a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church and Walhalla Woman’s Club. They have a son and daughter-in-law.
Becky is a new member of the FTC Board as of January 2016. She has lived in Seneca, SC for 10 years now and has been part of FTC since 2014. She studied Parks, Recreation and Tourism at UNC-Greensboro, graduating in 2002. She now works as the Communications Manager at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. Becky enjoys being outside every chance she gets. Her favorite hobbies include hiking (of course!), wakeboarding & wakesurfing, running, softball, volleyball and spending time with her two dogs, Alaskan Malamutes, Cali and Jersey.
Born and raised in Oconee County, Jerry graduated from Tri-County Technical College and earned a BS degree from Clemson University in 1974. After 34 years in tool design, engineering and management with Reliance Electric/Rockwell Automation in Greenville, Jerry is enjoying retirement, spending as much time as possible outdoors. His involvement with FTC started in 2004, and he works as a maintenance/trail captain on the section from Fish Hatchery Road to Burrells Ford. Jerry is also a 2013 graduate of Upstate Master Naturalist Program and volunteer in the Upstate area. Jerry and his wife, Mary Singleton, live in the Powdersville area.
South Carolina Native, Nick attended Furman University and moved to Seneca in 1961. After thirty years in the Securities Industry he retired as Manager of Smith Barney office in Anderson. After retiring Nick has spent eight years as volunteer at Oconee Hospital, four years picking up food for the Food Pantry, thru hiked the Foothills Trail, maintains a section of trail and helps with litter pick up on Highway 130. Nick currently lives in Seneca with his wife Barbara.