Heidi Hannapel builds collaborative partnerships, bringing together ideas, people, and their lived experiences. She is one of the co-founders of FailFest, an annual storytelling event that honors community leaders bold enough to tell their stories of failure and humble enough to share them.
For over 20 years, Heidi has worked with nonprofits large and small, building youth programs, designing family outreach strategies, planning and managing events, and project managing to get things done. As Southeast Program Manager for the Land Trust Alliance, she designed workshops and resources for building a stronger land trust community, focused on best practices and standards for land conservation.
Heidi is a green burial advocate. She works with landowners and land trusts to center conservation burial grounds around people and communities. She is a member and co-facilitator of the Conservation Burial Alliance, a new collaboration among the 10 operators of conservation burial grounds across the country, building guidelines and best practices for these natural cemeteries.
Working with and in community is important to Heidi. She serves on the End of Life Concerns committee at Durham Friends Meeting (Quakers); Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association's (ECWA) Land Protection Committee; The Scrap
Exchange Facilities Committee; Durham County's Farm Campus Exploratory Committee; and for Durham's Beaver Queen Pageant and
Festival for the Eno. She is a member of the
Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont.
Heidi has a BA in English from George Washington University and a Certificate in NonProfit Management from Duke University. When not searching for good pie, Heidi's in the Carolina woods with her Plott Hound.
Jeff Masten partners with nonprofits and conservation groups to develop innovative initiatives that focus on community-based conservation. For the Triangle Community Foundation, Jeff designed and oversaw the Environmental Grants Program, which annually provides $250,000 in environmental funding for the Triangle.
As Director of Conservation Strategies at Triangle Land Conservancy, Jeff developed more than 15,000 acres of land conservation initiatives throughout the region, and conceptualized nature preserves, miles of public access trails and a partnership - Irvin Farm - that brought together a nature preserve, an environmental education facility, and a farming program for displaced immigrants.
Jeff is a strong advocate of green burial. He is a member and co-facilitator of the Conservation Burial Alliance, where he brings expertise in strategic conservation planning and land management to the collaboration. He works with landowners and land trusts on site development, land and risk analyses, and funding opportunities for conservation burial projects.
Active in the Durham community, Jeff serves on Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association's (ECWA) Land Protection Committee and Land Management Committee; the Scrap Exchange Facilities Committee; and on Durham County's Farm Campus Exploratory Committee.
Jeff has a BS in Finance from Northeastern University and a Masters in City and Regional Planning with a focus on Land Use and Environmental Planning, from UNC-Chapel Hill. Jeff spent extensive time living in Germany where he hiked the Schwarzwald and preferred wiener schnitzel over sauerbraten.