An Asheville area resident since 1974, Phyllis currently serves the Conservation Trust for North Carolina as the coordinator of a new fund to assist in the protection of North Carolina’s farmland.
Phyllis’ expertise ranges from managing coalitions to fundraising and public relations. She directed a natural resource management project in West Africa involving six American and indigenous development organizations; UNCA’s four community leadership programs, including Leadership Asheville; and the southeastern U.S. office of Save the Children supporting 15 organizations serving at-risk children. Most recently she was the campaign director for Blue Ridge Forever, a coalition of nine local land trusts dedicated to preserving the most pristine water, wildlife habitats, working lands, and scenic vistas of the Southern Blue Ridge ecoregion.
Phyllis is a member of ASAP’s communications committee and the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies’ advisory board. She served on the leadership group of the Land of Sky’s Linking Lands and Communities project and recently completed an eight-year term on the Asheville Greenways Commission. Phyllis is married to Richard and their daughter is Holly Stiles.