Board of Directors

Dana Dana Brancato‐Daeche (Secretary) is a television and commercial producer with a career in television spanning more than a decade. Brancato‐Daeche has produced all around the world for major companies such as HBO, Ann Taylor LOFT, Benefit Cosmetics, and PYPO. A resident of Wilmington for 15 years, Brancato-Daeche sees the potential in her hometown and is passionate about bringing better paying jobs to the area and increasing incentives for first time small business owners. For the past year, she has also become a vocal advocate for raising awareness of the arts and culture scene in Wilmington. She was nominated as one of Wilma magazine’s Women to Watch for 2015 and was recently asked to join the board of directors for the Wilmington Wine & Food Festival where she manages the PR and marketing for the festival. Her love for boosting the economic development in the Cape Fear region has inspired her to launch her own boutique PR and media firm specializing in culinary, travel and lifestyle brands in Wilmington. The firm will roll out in early 2016.

Travis Corpening
is a doctoral student in educational management at Hampton University. He is a native of Raleigh and works for Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington as the director and one of the state advisers for the Minority Male Mentoring Program (3MP). In 2000, after receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he created a company called Shaper to educate and empower young people through offering personal development training and workshops. After obtaining his master’s degree in 2006, Corpening designed the “Eye of the Mentor” staff development training and wrote an accompanying book as a means to bridge the cultural divide between students and educators. He has used this research to serve as a presenter at countless educational conferences and workshops across the Southeast. In 2009, Corpening became the Human Resources Development Recruiter and Retention Specialist for CFCC, supervising a multiple course career development program called the Career Pathways Academies. Recently, he was selected by the (Wilmington, NC) StarNews as one of the “12 to Watch” in the Cape Fear Area for 2014. With his book, interactive Web site, and popular Cumulus Broadcast weekly radio show titled ShaperSpeaks, Corpening teaches that we are all advocates for improving education. Currently, he looks forward to beginning a school that will develop and support the career and academic aspirations of students

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career spans management, technology, marketing, investment banking and investment management. He has extensive business, government and non-profit experience, all at CEO, director, and chairman levels. Public speaking, writing and problem solving are his specialties. Graham was president and CEO of NYSE company and a White House Fellow, White House Office of the President. He was chairman of several health care ventures, real estate, energy, and computer technologies companies. Graham is president and CEO of Fusion Future Foundation, and continues to manage five investment partnerships of 15 he has established. He is a director of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association, where he serves on the finance committee, digital communications committee and administers their Community of Interest in Science, Technology and Energy. In Wilmington, he is co-founder of the Waterfront Task Force and member of Cape Fear Future Commission. He has started and run numerous health care ventures, and served on other boards at the state and local level.
BruceHolstenBruce Holsten is Managing Director of American Harbor Capital Strategies Ltd, a strategic management and political consulting firm. He has been directly involved with M&A, equity and venture-based capital funding for numerous for-profit and nonprofit companies and organizations around the world. A native North Carolinian, he began his professional career as Assistant to the Mayor of Chapel Hill, NC before moving overseas to London, and then Johannesburg, South Africa. His professional career includes lengthy stints in international finance, investment banking and venture capital with a focus on mining, manufacturing, entertainment and hospitality. He returned to North Carolina after 18 years abroad where he became CEO of the Research Triangle-based integrated marketing communications firm, Woodward, Hastings & Holsten Ltd, serving multinational companies including Glaxo, Nortel, Burroughs-Wellcome, Sarah Lee, the University of North Carolina System and Duke Hospitals, as well as helping launch the North Carolina World Trade Center. In 2002, Holsten founded the American Harbor Group in Wilmington, NC, which consisted of mortgage, insurance and real estate companies. He serves on numerous Boards and committees including the Greater Wilmington and Pleasure Island Chambers of Commerce; North Carolina Coastal Federation Board of Advisors; New Hanover County Comprehensive Land Use Planning Committee; New Hanover County Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and the southeastern NC FOCUS initiative and is founder and president of the Pleasure Island Foundation for a Sustainable Community.
ScottScott Johnson (chair) has been with Marriott International Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, MD, for 12 years and currently works in the Global Communications & Public Affairs department. Prior to joining Marriott, Johnson was the founder and chief executive officer of an online auction company. Johnson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree through Harvard’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Program. He has lived, with his wife and two children, in Wilmington, NC since 2005.
Hheadshots orig  009As the account specialist for EP Financial Solutions, Hillary Meinheit works closely with the vast majority of film and television projects that come into the state. For the past two years, Meinheit has served as the vice chair for the CFEDC. She is also involved with the North Carolina Production Alliance as the vice chair, the Cucalorus Film Festival as part of the executive committee on the board of trustees, and with Meinheit Consulting as an adviser to investors and producers looking for financing of film projects. As the great-granddaughter of John T. Hoggard, Meinheit’s roots run deep in Wilmington and she is eager to see continued sustainable growth in this region.
SPO_bwScott Ogden is an architect with over twenty-five years of experience, working locally with his wife, Lara, as the B + O design studio, pllc. Ogden grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati for his B. Arch. degree. Co-op work experience took him to both coasts in a variety of design firms. Later, he worked in Boston and completed graduate studies at Harvard University’s GSD, earning his M.Arch degree + teaching at the Boston Architectural Center. His practice designs a variety of projects, with a focus on modern + sustainable infill, residential, planning/landscape work + commercial projects. He relocated to Wilmington in 2005 from Seattle, WA, where he lived + worked for 12 years and had a prior firm Do2 for five years. His studio has won many awards in the last few years including AIA Wilmington (Honor + Merit), NC Modernist Houses (People’s Choice Matsumoto Prize), and Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development (several times). Ogden is a founding board member of CFEDC and has served as treasurer, as well as on the Steering Committee. He is a past president of AIA Wilmington, AIA NC state director (Cont. Ed. Programming), and board member and sectretary of CFGBA (Cape Fear Green Building Alliance). Ogden is an avid soccer player and Tottenham Hotspur fan (COYS!).

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is a co-founder of Cape Fear Economic Development Council and a lead web developer at IBM. He’s a former bookstore owner and author. He also consults as a software architect and developer to bookstore trade associations, environment impact firms, and others. He’s a father, local volunteer, cyclist and surfer. He was raised in California, worked in the Silicon Valley (at Netscape and other start-ups) right around the time the Internet was heating up, and moved to Wilmington in 2004.
Pascarosa cropPaul Pascarosa has been in the environmental consulting industry since 2004. Paul was raised in Virginia Beach, VA, on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. His youth was filled with days spent days fishing, swimming, sailing, and perusing the beaches and coastal maritime forests. These experiences led him to seek a degree in environmental science from UNCW. Pascarosa’s career involves petroleum and hazardous waste recovery efforts, hydrographic surveying, biological assessments, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), document preparation as per the Nation Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), wetland delineations, and permitting. His roots have kept him tied to the coast, and he has developed a niche for consulting in the Coastal Plain. In August 2014, he founded Headwater Environmental, Inc. (HEnv), an environmental consulting firm based in Wilmington with numerous projects throughout the region. Pascarosa also is a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists, National Association of Environmental Professionals, and Wilmington Downtown, Inc. While running a company and forming client relationships, Pascarosa is busy with his growing family. His wife is a teacher at Blair Elementary, and they have two young children.
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is a co-founder of Cape Fear Economic Development Council and CEO of Cortech Solutions, a Wilmington-based neurotechnology company providing equipment, software and services to university laboratories, government research institutes and high-tech companies engaged in R&D, market research, and a variety of other pursuits. Smith moved his family and his business from Northern Virginia to Wilmington in 2001, leaving a role as vice president of sales and marketing with Neuroscan (, then a division of the Marmon Group ( Smith is a native of El Paso TX, has lived in Texas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Virginia and North Carolina, and has traveled extensively around North America and around the world. He has been active in economic development and environmental causes in the Wilmington area since he arrived. He is grateful to his wife Jennifer and his two daughters, Charlotte and Georgia, for their patience and support.

John Wojciechowski
is a licensed architect and lead instructor of the Sustainability Technologies Program at Cape Fear Community College. Wojciechowski holds a master of architecture degree from Tulane University and has over 19 years of experience in residential and commercial building design. At CFCC, Wojciechowski teaches courses in energy management, building science, green building, renewable energy, sustainability and environmental science. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Energy Auditor. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is past president of the AIA Wilmington Section. Currently, Wojciechowski serves on the branch leadership group of the USGBC North Carolina Cape Fear Branch. Wojciechowski is also an active member of the Historic Wilmington Foundation, Clean Energy Events, and the North Carolina Building Performance Association.