On June 1st RRS welcomed Charlynne Smith as our new Director. Charlynne has 30 years of
experience in park and natural resource management having served as a park ranger, historic
interpreter, researcher and educator. Her education is in recreation administration, natural and
cultural resource management with additional training in supervision, leadership and geospatial
science. She is a 2010 Fellow of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute, a program focused
on leadership, conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving.

Since 1997 Charlynne has worked in a dual role for NC State’s College of Natural Resources as a
Recreation Consultant with the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
(PRTM) and as a GIS Research Associate with the Center for Geospatial Analytics. During that
tenure she was affiliated with RRS through multiple roles, providing technical assistance with
geospatial applications, technology and park planning. She was recognized for her success
engaging NC communities to facilitate park development through conceptual planning
processes when inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension
(AOFEE). Other career highlights include serving as a RRS Regional Consultant from 2000-2005,
and guiding the Board of Regents as Director of the Supervisors’ Management School (a
partnership with PRTM, NRPA and Oglebay’s National Training Center). Charlynne and her
husband Mike are proud NC State Alumni and enjoy spending time outdoors, frequently visiting
State and National Parks.

Charlynne is excited to lead the RRS Team as we continue to serve communities across North
Carolina.