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Douglas S. Luke, Trustee Emeritus

Joan ChitieaFirst Term: 2000 - 2006
Second Term:
2007 - 2010
NOLS Courses: 2002 Wind River Wilderness Horsepacking.

Doug, a NOLS parent, has been volunteering for NOLS since 1994 including serving on the NOLS Advisory Council. In 2002 he took his first course - horsepacking in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Also, Doug has participated in NOLS alumni trips and invitational trips.

In 1964 Doug received a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and in 1966 he earned his MBA from the Darden School. Doug has spent the bulk of his career as a venture capitalist and personal wealth investment manager. He is president and chief executive officer of HL Capital, Inc., a personal investment business in New York City, is now retired from the board of directors for Regency Centers Corporation, and is retired from the Board of MeadWestvaco Corporation.

Doug is a Trustee Emeritus of the Adirondack Council, the leading research and advocacy organization for the preservation and protection of the Adirondack Park. He is past chair of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, and past Vice-Chair of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy/Adirondack Land Trust. Doug is a current member and past President of the New York Farmers. Also, he is a member of the Ausable Club, the UVA/Yale Club, the Mashomack Fish and Game Preserve in Pine Plains, NY, and a current Board member of the University of Virginia’s Virginia Athletic Foundation.

Doug has completed four New York marathons, and he enjoys fly-fishing, bird hunting, and horseback riding. He lives with his wife, Sarah, in Pine Plains, NY. Doug and Sarah, also a NOLS graduate of the 2002 Wind River Wilderness Horsepacking course, have three children and six grandchildren.

Doug continues to serve the school on the Investment Committee where his expertise is deeply appreciated. In February 2014, Doug was elected Trustee Emeritus of the NOLS Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees Profiles in Alphabetical Order …

Greg M. Avis
James B. Barnes
F. Fox Benton III
Robert O. Bethge
Caroline B. Burnett
Joan K. Chitiea
David W. Cohen
Howard P. Colhoun

T. Morgan Dixon
Jane Foley Fried
N. Stuart Harris
Stefan Jackson
Donald M. Kendall
Fred J. Kleisner
Douglas S. Luke
Homer L. Luther

Ethan O. Meers
Annie Morita
Herbie Ogden, M.D.
Cynthia A. Pierce
Marc B. Randolph
Monica Rimai
Michael Schmertzler
Gene R. Tremblay

Enjoy a Wilderness Horsepacking experience not only with fellow students and instructors, but also with the worthy companionship of horses.
Photo: Becca Parkinson

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