Lou Anne Brown            President           (term expires 2020)

Lou Anne Brown and her husband Jamie have been coming to BHI since 1999 and purchased their home on Middle Island five years ago.  They are full-time, year round residents and love the privacy and quiet environment that Middle Island provides – even during the height of the summer season.  She is a retired Deloitte principal with over 30 years of healthcare industry and consulting experience. She also has prior POA experience, serving a two-year term as past-President of the BHI Harbor POA.  

Alan Reyner                    Vice-President          (term expires 2021)

Alan Reyner married Anne 36 years ago. He has three grown children- Charles, Claire and Claudia.  He is an attorney specializing in Tax Law for 37 years.  Alan and Anne have been Bald Head Property Owners since 1985, Middle Island Property Owners since 1994 and built their current Middle Island home in 1998.

Rex Cowdry                   Secretary            (term expires 2021)   

Rex Cowdry and Donna Patterson retired, sold their DC house, and now live full time in the East Beach home they built in 1997.  Trained as a doctor, Rex developed research, administrative, and budgetary skills at the National Institutes of Health where he ran a psychiatric research hospital, chaired the Medical Board of the Clinical Center, and headed the NIMH.  He has also served as Executive Director of the Maryland Health Care Commission and Associate Director of the White House National Economic Council.

Jeff Alpert               Treasurer          (term expires 2020)

Jeff Alpert, M.D. FACS is a retired physician and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, having practiced Vascular Surgery for thirty five years.  Jeff and Donna Alpert have been property owners on Middle Island since 1985, and have been permanent residents of Middle Island since 2005, enjoying life on Middle Island because of its natural beauty, its tranquility and most of all its privacy.

Lynn Barnard                Director          (term expires 2019)      

Lynn Barnard has been married to Joe for 50 years.  They have two grown sons and seven grandchildren. Having been property owners since 1982, Bald Head has been an important part of their lives. Lynn was on the original Smith Island Land Trust board and is again an active board member. She also serves on the BHI Chapel wedding guild. A former high school math teacher (10 years) and Chubb AVP (21 years), her experience includes project management and heading up two departments, one in claims and the other in underwriting. Lynn is now retired and splits her time between Bald Head & Savannah. 

Fred Craig                     Director                 (term expires 2021)

Fred Craig has 37 years of project, program, and general management responsibilities in the public and private sectors of the infrastructure industry. His major project experience includes environmental management; infrastructure development; design; construction management; engineering; constructability;  general business, program, and financial management.  He has extensive public program management experience having managed $3.4 billion in projects for clients over the last 19 years. He has been a resident of Middle Island for 4 years and been coming to Bald Head for 22 years.

Brian Johnson                 Director                   (term expires 2019)

Brian Johnson has been a full time island resident since 1998 and a MI resident since 2006.  He is a semi-retired architect and a full time volunteer on the island, working with Public Safety, the Village Chapel, BHA Finance Committee, the Community Garden and the Conservancy.  He is a former member of the Village Planning Committee, the Public Safety and Transportation Committee and served two terms on the Conservancy Board.  His wife Jane is a retired educator, an artist and a full time volunteer also. 

Shawn Smith                   Director         (term expires 2019)     

Shawn Smith and her husband, Brad, are permanent residents of East Beach and have owned property on Bald Head for 6 years.  She has been a Board member of the Bald Head Island Conservancy and the Smith Island Land Trust, a member of the House Committee of the Bald Head Island Club, and a volunteer for the Bald Head Island Chapel.  She is a retired executive from AT&T/NCR where she was responsible for global information systems on federal and commercial accounts.  She received a degree from Duke University in mathematics and an executive degree from UNC’s Flagler School of Business.  


Cooper Young                 Director                    (term expires 2020) 

Cooper has enjoyed a lifelong appreciation for Bald Head Island since 1977.  He is committed to continuing the responsible development and conservation of Middle Island and would like to see that legacy preserved for future generations.  He and his wife, Colleen, have three young children and currently reside in Weddington, NC.  Cooper remains involved with the automotive industry and works as a project manager for a custom builder in Charlotte. 




Chuck Anderson            Past Director                      

Chuck Anderson and Nancy Easterling purchased a MI forest lot (629) in 1999 and completed a home in 2004. Nancy is Director of Education at the N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, and has served on the BHI Conservancy Board; Chuck is a state district court judge.


Jeff Decker                     Director                           

Jeff Decker and his wife Sally, have three children and three grandchildren. BHI has been an important part of the family's life for over 25 years. They bought their Middle Island home in 2009, now a gathering place for two generations that love this island. Jeff and Sally reside in Dallas, TX where Jeff is President of AMN Healthcare's Allied division.

Melanie Robbins             Past Director                     

Melanie Robbins resides permanently on Middle Island’s East Beach but has been a property owner on BHI for 35 years, Middle Island for 22 years. There were 5 homes on Middle Island when they built their home. They have two children, Betsy and John and three grandsons. She and her now deceased husband Bill were original board members of the Smith Island Land Trust (SILT) and have always revered this island. She serves on the Bald Head Chapel Board, the Public Safety Assoc. and is the current President of SILT. She holds a Master degree in Speech-language Pathology but currently works with clients’ home interiors; preserving beauty on the inside and outside on the island.

Robin Craven                 Past Director                       

Robin Craven has been a real estate agent on Bald Head lsland since 1994 and has been a Middle Island property owner since 2004. Robin and his wife Kathy lived full time on Bald Head until 2004 and now reside in Southport, NC.  Kathy is a retired physical education teacher and has been teaching Pilates on Bald Head since 2002.

Rich Tarplin                  Past Vice President             

Rich Tarplin is a government relations consultant in Washington, DC who served for many years in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.  He and his wife Linda and their two sons have been Middle Island residents since 2007.


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