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Annette Dubrouillet

Annette’s love for the work of Carl Sandburg started as a young girl in elementary school in Saint Louis where his poems were regularly read and discussed. She joined the Friends board in March 2017 and has been President since April of 2018.

Her background includes thirteen years in leadership positions with the U.S. Department of the Army. After leaving her position there, Annette opened her own consulting and training business which worked with organizations and individuals on decision-making and problem solving. She is the author of “Make No Mistake: How to make the best decision the first time.” Annette resides in Hendersonville with husband, Charlie Faure, and yellow lab, Kyra. Charlie is a frequent hiker at CSNHS.


After 40 years in NYC, CC retired from a (short) career  in theatre and a (long) career in tour and hospitality management.  

A life-long volunteer and community activist, she now spends her time between Blue Ridge Humane Society, the Flat Rock Backpack program and Friends of Carl Sandburg.  Otherwise, she can be found acting in community theaters and (these days) sewing masks!

Dallas Owens

Dr. Owens was born in McDowell County, NC and now lives in Henderson County. He has been a volunteer for the Friends Board (3 years), the Carl Sandburg Home (6 years), the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)(10 years), and the ATC’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Partnership Committee (4 years, Vice President for 2 years). He retired from the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) in 2012 after serving as a Department Chair. He retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel after serving 27 years. His military assignments included faculty, USAWC (2000-2003), Pentagon Logistics and Operations positions (1997-1999), and operations and personnel positions in field units (1990-1997). His military education culminated at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (1990-1991) and Harvard University as a National Security Fellow (1999-2000). Colonel Owens served in Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM and as an Infantryman in Vietnam. He holds Sociology degrees from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte (B.A.), Utah State University (M.S.), and the University of Tennessee (Ph.D.), and has served on the faculty of Clemson University (1977-79), North Carolina State University (1979-1980), University of Virginia – Wise (1975- 1976), and University of Colorado (1986-1990). He held management positions on a FERC application team for an Alaskan hydroelectric project (1984-1986) and Montana’s EIS Team (1981-1984).

Ellen Sugarman

A NC resident since August of 2017, a Connemara Goat Barn Volunteer since September of that year, and an FOCS Board Member since 2019, Ellen moved to Flat Rock from Bainbridge Island, Washington,  a commuter island located directly across from Seattle in the Puget Sound.  

Ellen retired from GE Healthcare in 2016 after a 32 year career in Healthcare Information Technology.  Her most recent position was in direct customer support of GE’s electronic medical record product line.  Over the years she served as VP of Strategic Account Management for the western US for 3 organizations, President and Founder of a software company specializing in contract management for hospitals and as founding board member for a spiritual organization in Seattle, The Seattle Insight Meditation Society.   As a hospice respite care volunteer in Washington State as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico she became certified as a Grief Counselor while attending Southwestern College.

Ginger Brown

Ginger Brown moved to Flat Rock from New Hampshire in 2006.  She was delighted to find the one of her favorite American writers once lived in her new hometown and that his home is now a National Park with scenic views, hiking trails, gardens, and adorable baby goats.  Now retired engineer, Ginger spends much of her time in community service.  She feels honored that she was asked to join The Friends of Carl Sandburg and help them in their mission of supporting the Park Service to maintain the park for all to enjoy.

John Berglin

Started as a Sandburg Garden Volunteer in Spring of 2017, shortly after retirement and our move to the HVL area. A native of Illinois, grew up 60 miles southeast of Galesburg and eventually lived and worked in Des Moines, Iowa for 35 years. Prior professional experiences include being a High School Art Instructor, worked for a large Medical Insurance Company, and then managed a Billing Office for a Multi-Specialty Medical Clinic. An avid gardener, completed the NC Master Gardener Certification Program in 2018. Have led the Sandburg Demonstration Garden Team since 2019 and have been on the FOCS Board since August of 2018. I find the growing things in the vast assortments of “NC soil” a very interesting and rewarding challenge. 

Kate Fowler

Kate Fowler was born and raised in Weston, Connecticut, and now lives in Greenville, SC with her husband, Randall, and stepson Milo (age 8). After a magical early spring day at the goat barn at Connemara in February 2020, she decided to join the Friends of Carl Sandburg. With her love of “living history,” especially surrounding national heritage sites & parks, she knew she wanted to contribute in a larger way, and is thrilled to be a new board member of FOCS! Kate has a degree in Art History from Middlebury College, and started her career in the entertainment industry as a talent agent trainee at ICM partners in Los Angeles, and later on as an events coordinator at UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies Program. She then moved back to the east coast where she became the Executive Assistant to the Director of the Brooklyn Museum, where she ran the operations of the Director’s Office and contributed to the strategic planning and execution of the Director’s $100 million “Brooklyn 100” fundraising campaign. She moved to Greenville in summer 2019 to be with her now husband and stepson, and now serves as the Executive Communications Liaison to Marion Crawford, the CEO of Crawford Strategy marketing agency. With her background and experience, Kate is excited to bring her administrative, strategic planning, event planning, marketing/PR, and fundraising skills to the FOCS board and looks forward to working with the team to build an even stronger future for Connemara in the years to come.

Keith Kennedy

Marcia Shaffer

Marcia has served on the Friends of Carl Sandburg Board of Directors for three years. She brings a broad background of special event organization, marketing, and design experience. From New Orleans to Washington, DC, Marcia has worked with small nonprofits, Capitol Hill politicians, and a myriad of musicians. Earning a Master in Education later in life, she then taught high school art and journalism for several years before moving to Charlotte. There she spent seven years as head of a design and production department for a national corporation and five years as a legal assistant at a small law firm. In 2017, Marcia retired and joined her brothers in Hendersonville. She now divides her time among the Flat Rock Playhouse Gardeners, Friends of Carl Sandburg, Arts Council of Henderson County, and family.

Roy Strickland

Roy Strickland was born in Hendersonville, and was raised in driving distance to the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site. After a childhood filled with visits to the park, he began volunteering in the Goat Barn after his freshman year at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Soon after, he began working with the Friends and ultimately joined the board in January of 2020. He currently serves as the Chair to the Committee on Marketing and Public Relations and is studying Business Administration with concentrations in Economics and Supply Chain Management at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.