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Discover Life in America Elects New Board Members

SEVIERVILLE -- The Discover Life in America (DLIA) Board of Directors elected a new chair, Charles Maynard, and a new vice-chair, Patricia Parr, at their December meeting in Sevierville.

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Pat Parr
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Charles Maynard

Maynard, who lives in Jonesborough, is an author and United Methodist minister. He was the founding director of the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and currently serves on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Board of Directors and the National Parks Conservation Association Southeast Regional Advisory Council. He was on the original board of Discover Life in America.

Parr, of Oak Ridge, is the Natural Resources Manager for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and has been involved in resources management for 35 years. She is past-President of the Association of Southeastern Biologists and the TN Exotic Pest Plant Council, and served as Chair of the Executive Committee for the Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Cooperative.

Patricia Cox, of Knoxville, a Botanical Specialist with TVA was re-elected Secretary of the Board. R.B Summitt, of Sevierville, president of Sevier County Bank was elected Treasurer.

The DLIA Board of Directors also elected several distinguished new board members:
John Craig is the president of Segundo Properties in Knoxville, Tennessee
Clay Bolt is co-founder of Meet Your Neighbors in Easley, South Carolina
Dan Lipe is owner of Dan Lipe Designs in Knoxville, Tennessee
Dr. Charles Smith is a professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
Dr. Lea Davis is a Pediatrician for Trinity Medical Associates in Knoxville, Tennessee
Logan Coykendall is the president of Hospitality Management Solutions in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Laura Mahan is co-owner of The Compleat Naturalist in Asheville, North Carolina

DLIA is involved in a quest to identify and understand all the species of life within an 800-square-mile ecosystem in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Researchers seek knowledge about the components, abundance, and diversity of life, from spiders in the soil to slime molds in the forest canopy. The primary tool of DLIA is the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), which brings scientists from around the world to inventory the estimated 80,000 – 100,000 species of living organisms in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To date DLIA, through the ATBI project, has documented over 900 new species to science and over 6,700 new species to the Park.

Published January 4, 2011

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