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Board – Magic Squad of Vision and Power

Sarah Pohlig, President Board

Sarah first landed on Abundance when she walked the catwalk for Arlo Estill’s Sustainable Fashion Show. The people at Abundance are her favorite kind, the sort that seem to inhabit Chatham especially – creative, innovative, fun, riotous, and borderline insane. She was acquainted with some of the board as a Wet Hot American (put on by the infinitely interesting Laurel Shulman), and tangentially with others. She works as a programmer in her very own IT consultancy, and dreams all day about sailing. She has the sweetest daughter in the whole wide world and the lovingest honey. She’s interested in the archetypal psychologists, Chatham county, building tiny houses, home reno projects, poetry, the Stoics, her shadow, and how to become the most excellent human being it’s possible to be.

Patrick McGarry, Board Member

Patrick McGarry has been a mail clerk at Blue Cross/Blue Shield for over 10 years. He enjoys health, fitness, nutrition and music research. He’s served for over 6 years on the Orange County Agriculture Preservation Board, and volunteered at many events for nonprofit organizations. He is committed to Abundance NC, because he believes in taking care of the environment by being a local sustainable farm consumer.

LaShauna Austria, Board Member

Scott Bates, Board Treasurer

We’d love to have you!

There’s so much to do in this electric field of creativity and community resilience. We need your passion and ideas. First step, fill out an application and hit “send!” We can’t wait to read about you and your vision.

Advisory Board

TAMI SCHWERIN, Founder / Advisory

To Tami Schwerin, no mountain is too high, no goal too lofty – she sees in pure potential. To Abundance, she is the founder: visionary, community builder, and cartographer of the impossible. To the wide world, she’s a sun dancer, spirit seeker, sparkle mama, and backwoods country queen. Her vibrancy is utterly contagious – her eyes, set on the horizon. Tami wears life’s difficulties like a pair of bright red pumps. She is a vision of creativity and grace.

Lyle Estill, Advisory

Lyle is the author of Small is Possible,  Biodiesel Power, Industrial Evolution and the publisher of Energy Blog. Small Stories, Big Changes is his latest.  He has been with us from the beginning, and is well known for his fanatical interest in renewable energy, conservation and our local foodshed.  Lyle is loved for his new ideas, his vision and for getting things done.  He helps run Piedmont Biofuels and has a passion for incubating new farms.  He also just harvested his first 10 lbs. of local bananas.

Maria Kingery, Advisory

Maria is founder and owner of Southern Energy Management, North Carolina’s largest sustainable energy services company. She is dedicated to building a top-notch team of sustainable energy professionals who are passionate about creating solutions to meet the global climate change challenge.

Maria’s professional background is in sales and marketing, primarily in the commercial printing industry. Like her husband, Bob Kingery, she worked with Burt’s Bees in 1995 as retail operations manager and opened their first store in Carrboro, NC.
Maria has a BA in English Literature from NC State. She and Bob are the devoted parents of 5-year-old Zachary.  The Abundance Foundation was thrilled to have her join the board with her enthusiasm, great ideas and her boundless energy.