Dr. John E. Wear, Jr.
Dr. John E. Wear, Jr., is the Founding Director of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College and Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science. During his tenure at Catawba, he assumed responsibility for establishing the college's Environmental Program, coordinating the faculty's creation of four different degrees.
He has committed his energies to environmental initiatives at the local, regional and state level. His leadership has been instrumental in launching a number of sustainability initiatives in the state relating to air and water quality and land conservation.
In the 1990's he served as the Founding Chairman of the N.C. Watershed Coalition, which, at that time, held the second largest statewide watershed conference in the nation. He was also a founding board member and past president of the LandTrust for Central North Carolina and the founding chairman of one of North Carolina's only countywide Sustainable Community Development Commissions. He was instrumental in the development and acquisition of the South Yadkin Wildlife Refuge and in the creation of one of the Southeast's first higher education "green" buildings, the Center for the Environment facility, for which he provided design oversight. He has served on a number of state and regional boards and commissions including the North Carolina Smart Growth Alliance; "Connect," a regional sustainability initiativeof the Centralina Council of Governments; and other regional planning initiatives. He serves on the national board of the "Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska" television series.
Dr. Wear recently contributed a chapter called "Creating the Educational Foundations for Change" to the book Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness. He is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum and was named the 2003 N.C. Conservationist of the Year by the Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards Program; a 2002 "Guardian of the Earth" by The Charlotte Observer; and the 2001 Green Builder of the Year by the Carolina Recycling Association (the nation's largest recycling organization). In addition to these awards, the Salisbury Civitan Club recognized him in 2001 for work in his community with the Citizen of the Year Award.
He teaches college courses that focus on environmental concepts, issues and the creation of sustainable solutions. He also lectures broadly on a variety of environmental topics, including shifting communities toward more ecological thinking and fostering leadership to advance sustainable solutions.
Dr. Wear holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University; a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University.
Shelia Armstrong serves as the Center’s air quality coordinator. Before joining the Center staff in 2009, she worked seven years in new product development and 21 years in technical sales in the area of pollution mitigation. Armstrong graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
Lee Anne Corriher
Lee Anne Corriher joined the Center staff in 2011 as the administrative assistant. She has served as an office manager and legal assistant for Brooke and Brooke Attorneys in China Grove, N.C.; marketing assistant and customer service representative for Metals USA/Southern Alloy in Salisbury; and blood services director for the American Red Cross in Salisbury. Ms. Corriher holds a bachelor of science degree in communication from Appalachian State University.
Cathy Holladay serves as the Center's event coordinator as well as coordinator of the Center's faith-based programs. Additional duties include serving as the chief photographer, helping to plan the Center's activities, assisting with the creation of newsletters and other printed materials and coordinating many volunteer activities.
A graduate of Mary Baldwin College, Ms. Holladay, has been associated with the Center for the Environment since 2007, initially working as a volunteer.
Sarah Moore, a Catawba College graduate, is an outreach coordinator with the Center. She served as a work-study student at the Center during her undergraduate years, focusing in 2010 and 2011 on the National Environmental Summit for High School Students. She is a founding member of the Green Education Outreach team, students who serve as representatives of the Center.
Juanita Teschner serves as director of communications for the Center for the Environment. She writes and disseminates information to the media on the various environmental initiatives of the Center. She also serves as the editor and primary writer of the Center's newsletters, websites and brochures. A graduate of Missouri State University, Ms. Teschner has worked for Catawba since 1985 and exclusively for the Center since 2001.
Halley Brantley joined the staff as a Stanback Intern in the Summer of 2010 and is continuing to work with the center part-time as web content manager. Her responsibilities include updating and maintaining the websites for the Center for the Environment and the Campaign for Clean Air. She has a BS in Chemistry from Davidson College and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University.