Drucilla “Dru” Harrison’s quick climb to director status is a success story. She began her career as an intern for the New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District and after completing her degree, was hired as a full-time employee of the district in 2005. In 2010, she was appointed as director. Reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors, Dru provides oversight of staff, serves as lead contact for land conservation and acquisition, provides technical support for designing and installing best management practices to improve water quality and reduce soil erosion, and manages environmental education.
While in her role as education coordinator, she helped establish several educational programs that the district still delivers today. Under her leadership, the district received county funding in 2016 to create four outdoor environmental learning centers (OELCs) at four New Hanover County Pre-K centers.
Dru is a 2004 graduate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She received her Environmental Education training in 2007 from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, and has completed several other trainings, including the University of North Carolina Wilmington Leadership Academy. Dru has also served as an officer on several different committees including the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Coalition, Wilmington Earth Day, Coastal Envirothon, Eagles Island Coalition, and the North Carolina District Employees Association. Dru was also selected as a finalist in the 2016 YWCA Women of Achievement Award.
Amy Renfranz joined the department as the Program Coordinator in 2020. She coordinates the district’s education programs, manages the rain barrel program, and provides oversight of interns and volunteers.
Amy began her career in environmental education on the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2008. In 2011, she was awarded the National Park Service at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s “Ranger of the Year” award for her work in creating new programming for youth and adults.
She is a Past President of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina. She is a NC Certified Environmental Educator, Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation, and a Certified Naturalist through the Yellowstone Institute. She has worked at the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, Lees-McRae College, Yellowstone Association Institute. For nearly ten years, she wrote a wrote an award-winning, weekly syndicated newspaper column called “Dear Naturalist.”
Amy is a graduate of Appalachian State University and North Carolina State University, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.
Bryan Dadson grew up in Beaufort, SC. He is currently a graduate student at UNC Wilmington working on a Master’s of Ocean and Coastal Policy. His undergraduate degree is in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Management and Policy, and a minor in Economics from UNC Asheville. He loves the beach, sharks, sunshine, and snowboarding.
His role at the NHSWCD is as a Conservation Specialist – working with the Heal Our Waterways program and the public to install best management practices for stormwater control in the Bradley and Hewlett’s Creek watersheds. The goal is to reduce runoff carrying pollutants and excess nutrients from reaching our important water bodies.