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Meet The Board


Sunnydale Hyde


Allen Pennington

Allen hails from Toadvine, Alabama. He is retired from Active Duty in the Army. He is the Founding CEO of Horses Healing Veterans, currently instructing students on basic, intermediate, and advanced horsemanship.


Zack Nisbet

Zack was in the Army National Guard. After his service, he went to Clemson University to study Plant and Environmental Sciences. While at Clemson he focused on learning techniques to increase the viability of small-scale food production systems. He believes the key component of any small-scale production system is a hard-working farmer. Retired veterans make some of the best hardworking farmers. Zack's goal is to help veterans learn how to be farmers and sow as much life as possible in all its many forms. This mission brought him to Project Victory Gardens, where one becomes many. Please feel free to contact him at with any food production questions. 


Kara Rutter


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Michael Faulkenbury

Vice President

Mike opened the Wilmington, NC office of Stifel in June of 2011. He currently serves as First Vice President and Resident Manager. Mike is a 40-year veteran in the securities industry and 30-year resident of Wilmington.

Mike has been the President and Chairman of the Board of the North Carolina Masonic Foundation for the past 5 years, serving on the board for 7 years. The North Carolina Masonic Foundation is the charitable arm of Masonry supporting both the oldest children’s home (Masonic Home for Children at Oxford) and Whitestone in Greensboro the oldest retirement home in North Carolina.

Mike served in the Army from 1971-1974 and graduated with honors from UNC Charlotte in 1977.


Leah Adrian


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