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Meet our board of directors

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Van Murray, President

Van is Vice-President of Strategic Operations at AppSmart, and formerly CEO of NeoCloud. He has extensive experience in the information technology industry having served as President of Accent Plus, Inc., as Information Technology Manager of Cherokee in Raleigh and as Implementation Engineer for Mi-Co in Research Triangle Park, NC. He has also worked with the NC Department of Public Instruction Implementation Services Division in Raleigh, NC and Glaxo Wellcome International Standards and Systems in Research Triangle Park, NC. Van earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and has achieved multiple technical certifications from Cisco and Google. He is an outdoors enthusiast, currently serving on the board for the NC BASS Federation Nation and has competed in many tournaments of Jordan Lake. In May 2017, Van received a Top 40 Under 40 Leadership Award from the Triangle Business Journal.


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David Field, Treasurer

David was excited to discover Jordan Lake when he and his family moved to Chapel Hill in 1991 from Portland, Maine. As an avid boater since childhood, he enjoys the lake’s natural beauty and wildlife. He is dedicated to sharing the wonders of Jordan Lake with others and helping to preserve it for future generations. David is retired from the mortgage banking industry. He and his wife Vicki serve as neighborhood coordinators for PORCH, collecting monthly donations for the CORA food pantry in Fearrington Village where they now live. He also volunteers for the Creekwood Trail in maintenance and upkeep, Fearrington Cares, and for the Fearrington Village monthly cleanups on 15-501. He has been a volunteer with Clean Jordan Lake for three years helping to organize and lead groups, and designing spreadsheets for its data management.


Francis A. DiGiano, Past President

Fran is a resident of Chatham County. He is co-founder of Clean Jordan Lake. Fran spent 26 years on the faculty of the Dept. of Environmental Sciences & Engineering in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC/Chapel Hill before retiring in 2007. Fran’s professional expertise is water quality and this carries over to his lifetime commitment preserving our water resources. He is also an avid kayaker who enjoys paddling on Jordan Lake. In 2013, the Raleigh News & Observer honored him as Tar Heel of the Week for the achievements of Clean Jordan Lake.


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Jan Sherwin

Jan is an IT managed services industry executive with 25 years of expertise in commercial business development/sales, strategic account service delivery and technical operations and enterprise transformation program implementations across Fortune Global 1000 industries and markets. She has proven success accelerating revenue growth and improving profit contribution through the implementation of business-led and technology-enabled solutions. She volunteers with ASPCA, STEM program mentoring, Women Giving Back, Habitat for Humanity, US Humane Society Founders, and United Way. Jan lives just 1 mile away from Jordan Lake and appreciates its beauty and tranquility every day.


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Richard Stockmans

Richard is a corporate finance executive consulting on various projects for Entre Nous Advisors, LLC. He also has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and aerospace industries in VP level roles. Richard was trained as an aerospace engineer with BASc and MASc degrees and also has an MBA with specialization in Japan, where he was for several years with Nortel and JAXA. He was raised on a farm and has spent most of his free time outdoors, often now on a stand up paddleboard on Jordan Lake, enjoying this gorgeous resource. Richard believes that we all play a part day-to day in solving the trash problem by picking it up in the environment and by limiting purchase of plastics through smart choices at the grocery store. He is pleased to be a part of this group focused on ensuring Jordan Lake remains a beautiful and clean treasure for all to enjoy.