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Wildacres Leadership Initiative (WLI) is currently served by two full-time professional staff members.

Send an email to a staff member by clicking on their picture below.  You may also call the main office phone line at 919-987-1841.


Hunter Corn


Hunter Corn is a proud native North Carolinian with two decades of professional non-profit experience.  Born and raised in rural Cleveland County, he worked in the Office of University Development while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After living in the Washington DC area serving two national non-profits, he returned to his home state working at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce for over a decade.  Hunter strongly believes in improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians across the state and has served on the boards of the NC AIDS Action Network and Equality NC.  As Director, Hunter is responsible for executing WLI's overall strategic direction, implementing targeted partnerships across North Carolina, and supporting Friday Fellows as leaders in their communities.  He lives in Raleigh with his husband Stuart.



Meredith Doster

Deputy Director and Lead Faculty

Meredith Doster claims North Carolina heritage by way of her maternal fourth great grandfather, John Worth Gray, who set out from High Point to settle in northeast Arkansas in the late 1800s. Drawing from family roots in the US South and an extended detour in East Germany, Meredith's writing and teaching explore what it means to belong to storied places. Born into a family of singers and storytellers, Meredith looks to poets, makers, artists, and elders for pathways to deep teaching and learning. Meredith's convenings model a quality of presence that integrates systems thinking and power analyses into everyday practices. With a masters degree in Appalachian Studies and a PhD in Religious Studies, Meredith's work explores the stories we inherit and those we love to tell as sacred placemakers. As Deputy Director and Lead Faculty, Meredith has primary responsibility for developing, implementing, and delivering the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. From her home in Madison County, Meredith works across the state to connect fellows to one another and to the task of cultivating a more just, collaborative, and humane North Carolina.

Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.