Sara Behnke has lived in Charlotte for over twenty years. She is a graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia as well as the University of North Carolina – Charlotte and is the author of two books. Sara moved to the Mountain Island Lake area 12 years ago and enjoys the lake with her husband David and their two children. As a cancer survivor and parent, Sara is concerned about the health and environmental impacts of the Riverbend coal-fired power plant on our community. Believing that knowledge is power, Sara hopes to educate and involve community members in the shared goal of protecting our health, our drinking water, our air and Mountain Island Lake.
Brian Manion was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and grew up mainly around the South Park area. He moved to Riverbend over 8 years ago with his wife and two children. They really enjoy the Mountain Island Lake area and are involved in many of the organizations within the community. They are committed to keeping the community healthy, clean, and vibrant through information and engagement.
Kevin Manion, his wife Michele Manion and three children are all Charlotte, NC natives. The Manion family has lived in the Mountain Island community for the past nine years. Kevin is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BFA degree in environmental design. He is an active artist and is currently employed by Wells Fargo as a Senior Marketing Manager responsible for Wells Fargo branded environments. Kevin and his family enjoy the outdoors with activities such as mountain biking, swimming and hiking.
Sheila Mullen has over 20 years of technology sales, marketing and development combined with a background in organizational development, innovation and executive wellness coaching. She is active in the Charlotte community, serving on the Board of the McColl Center for Visual Art, graduate of the Arts and Science Council Leadership Training Program, coaching Girls on the Run, an alumni and current coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Triathlon program, member of the Queens Learning Society, and a Founding Society Member for WFAE. Sheila and her husband Sean live in the Mountain Island Lake community.
Dee Hamm is a research analyst for Carolinas Rehabilitation. She has lived in the Mountain Island Lake community for 11 years and is concerned about the environmental and health hazards of energy produced from coal. She and her husband George and their two daughters enjoy boating and canoeing on Mountain Island Lake.