The RiverLink Board of Directors has named Jim Stokely, President of the non-profit Wilma Dykeman Legacy, as RiverLink’s Interim co-director. Stokely will hold the
post while Karen Cragnolin, who has served as executive director with the organization for 30 years, recovers from complications from surgery.
“I’m delighted that Jim Stokely has agreed to be our interim co-director,” said Cragnolin. “His background in Human Resources and as President of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy makes him an ideal choice to lead our organization through this period. His mother, Wilma Dykeman, was a champion of the French Broad River and an important part of RiverLink’s history. I bet Wilma would approve and agree that Jim is perfect for this assignment.”
As president of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy, Stokely has overseen numerous events, including seminars on water, discussions of local literature, and even a debate on race relations. He has a long relationship with RiverLink, including monthly information sessions entitled, “Who is Wilma Dykeman?”
RiverLink’s programs – environmental education, special events, river cleanups, water quality projects, etc. – have gone on and will go on as usual. RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a destination for everyone to live, learn, work and play.