• Longleaf Leadership

John Coggin

John Coggin

Chair

I will be serving as Chair of the Longleaf Collective for 2017. I‘m originally from Sanford, NC, came to Raleigh first as an undergrad at NC State, and then after a couple of years of grad school in the cold Northeast, I quickly high-tailed it back to Raleigh and have been here for the past 5 years. I work as the Director of Advocacy at the NC Rural Center, where I work to mobilize citizens from across the state to speak up for economic development issues in rural North Carolina communities. I’ve been a part of the Longleaf Collective from just about the start, and I served as the Grants Committee Chair for our first two grant cycles.

Jessie Birckhead

Jessie Birckhead

Communications & Stewardship Chair

Jessie here, your 2017 Communications & Stewardship Chair. I am a Raleigh native, with a BS from NC State (Go Pack!) and a MS from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!). I work as a wildlife biologist for the state of North Carolina, and my research is focused on mitigating human-wildlife conflicts (read: helping NC citizens coexist with wild animals). I live in Durham with my wildlife biologist husband Brandon and our border collie mix pup Sophie. I joined the Longleaf Collective in 2015 and have been privileged to serve on the Grants and Communications committees for the past two years.

Jennifer Delcourt

Jennifer Delcourt

Grants Chair

I am honored and excited to be the new Grants Committee chair, having worked on the committee for the last two years under the leadership of our new President. I was born and raised in upstate NY and studied sociology at SUNY Geneseo. I worked as an AmeriCorps member before moving to North Carolina to earn my master‘s degree in public health at UNC-Chapel Hill. I’ve been here for over five years now and currently work for Wake County Human Services on a state grant-funded project to improve access to walking and biking for students. I’m very excited to continue getting to know our members and having fun as we work to help our community.

John Misenheimer

John Misenheimer

Membership Chair & Treasurer

I am very excited to be the Membership Chair and Treasurer for Longleaf Collective. I grew up down the road in Pittsboro, NC and went to NC State for undergrad. I worked for NC State for several years after graduating with a Psych degree and then moved to Boone for grad school. I graduated with a masters degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management and then moved back to this area, which I proudly call home. Currently, I work as a Human Resource Generalist for CALYX Engineers and Consultants and I am looking forward to building roots in the Triangle.