Staff and Vacancies




SuzanneSuzanne Dorsey, PhD

Executive Director

Dr. Suzanne E. Dorsey, earned her doctorate in coastal oceanography and has been working in research and education for over 15 years.  Communicating the importance of our coastal ecosystems, particularly Barrier Islands, is a primary focus for Dr. Dorsey.  She feels that the first step to promoting conservation and preservation, of these critical coastal habitats, is forging a connection between the people who live and visit our beaches and the senstive habitats found here.  The Smith Island Complex encompasses so many examples of rare and sensitive habitats, and the mission of the Bald Head Island Conservancy provides a perfect opportunity to not only educate people but to promote effective stewardship of these environments.  She enjoys working with people and sharing her passion for nature.  Her spare time is devoted to her husband and two children.

Poul Lindegaard

 Director of Operations

 Poul was born and raised in Denmark and graduated from the Danish Technical University with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. He is married to Dee from England and have two kids, Sebastian 18 and Louise 16 who were both born in the US. Poul worked for a Danish biotech company for approx. 25 years, primarily heading up technical organizations with responsibility for North America. He has been coming to BHI for more than 10 years, been a property owner and a life member of the Conservancy for approx. 5 years and have been a board member and volunteering in various capacities for the Conservancy for the last year. When he is not at the Conservancy, you will likely find him at the golf course or on the beach swimming and fishing!

 Caroline Shepherd

 Chief Financial Officer

Caroline Shepherd joined the Conservancy in 2008 as Financial Manager.  She feels this is the perfect opportunity to share her love of nature while using her professional skills to further our important mission in the effective stewardship of barrier island environments.  After serving in the Charlotte area as a CPA in CFO positions for a variety of industries, she became an island girl to enjoy the benefits of sunny coastal living full time. She enjoys any free time spent on or near the water, walking, fishing, preparing the catch of the day for good friends, and reading.


Amber Walters

Communications Specialist

Born in West Virginia and raised in Pennsylvania, Amber spent her summers vacationing with her family in nearby Oak Island, NC.  She graduated from California University of PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies with a concentration in Public Relations.  Amber feels that working for the Conservancy is the perfect opportunity to combine her love of nature and the North Carolina coast with her creative skills.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dogs, as well as kayaking, playing all types of sports and anything else that involves being outdoors.

Amy Eldredge

Enrivonmental Educator

A native of Pennsylvania, Amy graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a double major in Animal Behavior and Studio Art. Her experience as a non-formal educator, with skills in wildlife management and research has led her to the role of Environmental Educator here at the BHIC. She hopes to utilize her skills and knowledge to promote environmental stewardship and to engage community involvement in conservation issues. In her free time she enjoys reading, photography and exploring outdoors. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for coastal ecology with the local community and visitors to the island.

 Elyse Brown

 Director of Retail Operations

Originally from Ohio, Elyse has lived in St. Louis, Baton Rouge, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Japan and Sparta, N.J. She has recently worked for Bald Head Island Limited as a Sales Executive in their real estate office, but has diverse background starting in Retail and then in Data Processing as a computer programmer/EDP Auditor/Consultant. For many years she participated in a variety of volunteer activities which include: raising funds for non-profit organizations, chairing a variety of town events and committees, and managing/buying for two non-profit gift shops. Elyse graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Computer Science and also took graduate courses in Marketing and Accounting at Washington University in St. Louis.

 Mike Thomasen

 Campus Maintenance Director and Jr. Naturalist

 Mike was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on Long Island, NY.  He has a lovely wife, three beautiful children, and three precious grandchildren.  Mike first came to BHI in August 2003 joining the Transportation Dept. as a ferry mate.  Prior to 2003, he worked for 30 years in Marine Transportation for an oil company in the north east.  Mike looks forward to participating in the growth of the BHI Conservancy and getting involved with the preservation of the island. 

Shareen Hummel
Sales Associate
Shareen is a North Carolina native and is currently attending East Carolina University where she will graduate in the Spring with a degree in Communications.  She is married to Don Hummel and has a daughter, Sierra and a son Cody, who recently joined the US Army.  She is also a licensed N.C. real estate broker and enjoys living in  the coastal community of Southport.  Shareen has many years of customer service experience and enjoys interacting with the volunteers and visitors of Bald Head Island.  She especially loves her encounters with the biologists and interns as she loves learning about the critters of Bald Head Island.
Pam W. Smith -
Assistant Manager
Born in Elizabeth City, NC on the Pasquotank River, Pam was raised to love and respect the water and its inhabitants.  Living near the Outer Banks of NC she spent many summers on the Northeastern North Carolina barrier islands including Hatteras and Ocracoke.  She graduated with a degree in Textile and Apparel Management with a  business concentration from NCSU in Raleigh, NC.  She initially worked as a materials utilization engineer within the  textile manufacturing  industry in Durham, NC before following her dream of owning her own business.  She ran and operated a Bridal and Formal wear shop for 10 years before moving to the Wilmington, NC area.  Pam first travelled to Bald Head Island in ’99 while on a “Lighthouses of NC” tour.  She fell in love with the island and was thrilled with the opportunity to work at Turtle Central marrying her love of Coastal NC with retail.   Pam enjoys reading just about anything she can get her hands on, dancing , making folks laugh  and traveling with friends and family.

Carol O'Donnell

Sales Clerk

Carol O’Donnell has been with Turtle Central Gift Shop for nearly 3 years now.  She is our retail specialist as she grew up working in her mom’s  children’s boutique, and enjoyed a career with  a home interiors company.    She is a vibrant,  customer service oriented salesperson  and enjoys interacting with our members and customers.  She has two sons and two gorgeous grandchildren who she loves to dote on. She is married to Tod and enjoys walking her dog,  reading and volunteering at the Southport Visitors center.

Emily Hardin

Sea Turtle Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Emily and I recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Marine Science. While in school, I focused my studies on Biological Oceanography and Coastal Resources Management. I am interested in how coastal zone management can benefit the many species that frequent our beaches, especially sea turtles. I was a Sea Turtle Intern last summer with the Conservancy, and am beyond excited to be returning to Bald Head! In my free time, I enjoy reading, spending time with friends and family, and doing anything that involves me being near the water.

Jessica Page

Intern Coordinator

Hello! My name is Jessie Page.  I am a recent graduate from Longwood University with a  degree in Ecology and Evolutionary science and spent the rest of my time focusing on environmental education and outdoor recreation.  My interest is in how human development and business impacts wildlife and what we can do to reduce that impact.  For the past few years I’ve been an Americorps educator for Virginia State Parks and most recently, an educator for the Don Lee Center. In my spare time I love hiking, creating art, and all kinds of water sports! I am so thrilled to be a part of BHIC for the upcoming season!

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