Dick Greenwood originally hails from Statesville, NC. In 2018, Dick retired as Professor Emeritus at Louisiana Tech University. He and his wife, Anita, dog and two cats have lived very happily in Lansing for the past two years. Dick and Anita became members of GLAD in early 2019 and Dick became President of the GLAD organization in September 2019. When not working on GLAD-related activities, Dick stays busy as a part-time professor of Physics at Appalachian State University.
Dawn Richardson grew up in neighboring Grayson County, VA. After graduating from Radford University, she married Lansing native Travis Richardson and moved to Lansing. They have lived in Lansing for the past 22 years. Dawn and Travis both work at Ashe County Middle School. They have twin daughters Bailey and Carlee. Dawn has been a member of GLAD and vice president since 2018. She loves working with GLAD and seeing her community grow. She believes there is no place like Lansing.
Summer Davis, a Lansing native, has served as secretary of GLAD for the last three years. After graduating from Appalachian State University in 2017, she began her teaching career with Ashe County Schools. Summer and her husband, Brantley Davis, currently reside in Lansing, and enjoy walking their dog in the Lansing Creeper Trail Park.
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René is the owner and director of Blue Ridge Healing Arts Academy which she founded in 1996. René graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. degree in Printing Production Management and Communications and a minor in Management. René assumed the position of Project Manager for G.L.A.D. in May 2020. She looks forward to integrating her expertise in education, organization, and community development with the Town of Lansing to bring economic development, historic preservation, and leadership to this rural mountain area.
Jim Blevins is in his seventh year as a GLAD Board of Directors member and served as Treasurer for two years. He is also Mayor Pro Tem of the Town of Lansing and brings the Town and GLAD together for joint projects. This is important because GLAD is a tax-free service organization, and the Town is a Municipal Corporation. GLAD can do things the Town cannot, and the Town can do things GLAD cannot. All the wonderful things you see happening in the Lansing area today are due to the cordial and cooperative relationship among the Town, GLAD, the LVFD and our community volunteers and contributors.
I spent my childhood years in Galveston Texas, Southern California, and the Chicago suburbs before going to Auburn University. I met my husband, Dick, at the University of South Carolina. We have two children, Mary and Philip who now live in Louisville and Chicago. Before moving to Lansing, we lived in Ruston, Louisiana where I taught high school French. My great passions in life are horses, yoga, reading, French (and France), and nature. While we have only been in Lansing for two years, I feel like it has been our home for much longer.
Jim and Cookie Parsons
Jim grew up in Lansing, Cookie in College Park, Md. Both are retired from United Chemi-Con, Jim as Specification Eng. Mg’r and product designer and Cookie in Quality Control. They are charter members of Emmanuel Baptist Church; members of We Care Committee (BROC, where Jim is Board VP); He is also on the Board of Hope Through A Vision (homeless ministry); past Board member of Ashe Chamber of Commerce; and also currently serves on BREMCO’s MAC and Foundation Committees. Jim and Cookie owned and operated Lansing Village Shoppe after retiring, until 2018.
Ann Rose is a retired RN and has been enjoying her second career as an organic farmer. She moved to Ashe county in 1996 with her three daughters and bought a small farm in the Lansing community. She spends her spare time volunteering for GLAD, learning to quilt and is writing poetry and children’s stories.
My husband, Gary, and I have lived on Helton Creek Road since 2012. We became involved with GLAD soon after by volunteering with the Ola Belle Reed Festival. We have seen the “suggestion” of enlarging the park become a reality and have helped with the many festivals since. I have mostly appreciated the joy the park has brought to the long-time residents of Lansing and the surrounding area.