Suzanne Strickland, President: Suzanne Strickland, President: Suzanne is passionate about the area and has lived here for more than 17 years. She started Stone Soup Restaurant 14 years ago with the goal to provide high quality, local, fresh food to residents & visitors alike. The premise behind the name of the restaurant is based on the children’s fairytale Stone Soup - if we come together as a community we all benefit. With that concept in mind, Suzanne founded Our Carolina Foothills to educate people on the uniqueness of our area and to promote growth through tourism focusing on the Eat, Play, Stay campaign. Amongst many honors, Suzanne was the 2016 Person of the Year for the Foothills Chamber and was just published in A Taste of Spartanburg, a lifestyle cookbook featuring chefs and farmers. She is an avid equestrian and the founder of the Landrum Community Dog Park which was created for her dog, Ellie.
Carol Browning, Treasurer: A retire Certified Financial Planner and accountant (Enrolled Agent), Carol spent 45 years in the business world helping people achieve their financial goals and fine-tune their business management skills. In retirement, Carol has dedicated her time as a volunteer to help non-profits achieve these same goals. She currently serves on the boards of Rotary Club of Tryon foundation, Community Chorus, The Landrum Museum and Our Carolina Foothills. She has served on the boards of FENCE, Tryon Little Theater, Second Wind Hall of Fame and Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA). She also volunteers her time at Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry as an advisor in their financial management and serves as the community representative on St. Luke’s Retirement Committee in addition to being a SCORE mentor. She is a member of the Landrum Planning Commission. She was Volunteer of the Year at FENCE in 2005 and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2016 by the Rotary Club of Tryon for her commitment of service above self. Carol is also well known in the community for her Community Calendar which helps organizations when planning events. Carol moved to the area in 2003 with her husband Lorin and has loved every minute of it. She believes in the mission of OCF and is honored to be a part of the organization.
Linda List, Secretary: Linda is a four-year resident, relocating here from Golden, Colorado. Now retired, her career years were spent in the candy and confectionery industry. After working for Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in both California and Colorado, she opened her own retail shops in St.Thomas, USVI and Key West, Florida. Upon returning to Colorado, she and her husband owned Hammond's Candies, a Christmas candy company, for ten years, selling to retailers across the US. Her final business was an ice cream/chocolate shop in Golden, Colorado. While operating Golden Sweets, Golden's economy blossomed as tourism was encouraged and developed. Linda now is a freelance writer working with the Tryon Daily Bulletin writing a bi-weekly column focused on Landrum, "Landrum Wanderings", and contributing articles to "Life In The Foothills" magazine. She has recently joined the OCF Board as secretary.
Mindy Wiener, Director: A west-coast transplant, Mindy brings sales, marketing, and event management skills to the team. As a previous small business owner and Director of Operations for UBM Advanstar, Mindy’s international business experience in apparel and the lifestyle markets are well utilized as are her connections. A Green Creek resident for 10 years, Mindy decided the Carolina’s were the other SC & NC for her and the ideal place to raise her 2 children who are both currently attending Polk County Schools. Aside from primary role as a mom, she has been actively involved in the community with many projects since her arrival having to do with agriculture, viticulture, and tourism. As the past Farm Tour Coordinator for the Mill Spring Ag Center, president for Slow Food Foothills, and Marketing and Event Manager for Overmountain Vineyards, Mindy believes that Our Carolina Foothills is the epicenter for many growth opportunities in the Tryon Triangle.
Madelon Wallace, Director: Madelon Wallace, Director: A member of the Foothills community for over 50 years, Madelon first came here in 1967, from Ohio as a student at Converse College. After graduation Madelon accepted a job galloping racehorses for Tony Wallace; she married Tony in 1975, and together they managed and operated Fairview Farms, a thoroughbred racehorse training facility and the producer of such nationally known stakes horses as Eclipse Award winners Chris Evert and Turkoman. When Tony retired from the management of Fairview Farms in 1995, she embarked on a new phase of her career as a full-time Realtor and a co-owner of Walker, Wallace & Emerson Realty in Landrum. Working with the market to protect and conserve land, Madelon says she says she has seen “too many communities like ours swept away by the urban sprawl that follows in the wake of unplanned, destructive development.” In 2005, Madelon was honored with the Conservation Steward of the Year Award from Upstate Forever in Greenville, SC. In 2015 Madelon received the Realtor of The Year Award from the Hendersonville Board of Realtors and in 2016 the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award from the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce for her leadership in the advocacy effort that persuaded Duke Energy to reconfigure its' proposed Western Carolinas Modernization Project so as to preserve the distinctive environment that is so essential to the economy and quality of life in the Foothills. “This area is home to a dedicated and diverse group of residents who have joined together to keep it a very special place,” Wallace says. “We must continue to be active and caring participants in order to direct the inevitable changes that are coming such that they respect the land, the natural resources and the sense of community.”