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Board of Directors and Staff

Our Board

Martin-G-300x275Meredith Martin
Board Chair

Fayette County
Southern Crescent Management Group
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Jim-W-less-smile-228x300Jim Washburn
Vice Chair
Fayette County Director of Business Development, The Cadence Group
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Robert-Black-pixRobert Black

Secretary

Fayette County
Attorney, Retired Air Force Environmental Counsel
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Tami

Dr. Tami Randhal Morris
Past Board Chair

Fayette County
Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
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JerryJerry Peterson
Land Committee,
Architect and Land Planner, Peterson Planning
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JQpics001Jim Qualls
Fayette County
Realtor, Hathaway Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
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Brian-Cooper-9300-214x300Brian Cooper
Fayette County
VP of Operations, Pinewood Atlanta Studios
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Nick Kilburg
Director of Recreation and Wellness
Clayton State University

luke_2Luke Kreitner
Assistant Treasurer
Fayette County
Senior Account Management Executive, Loyaltyworks
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Scott W. Smith
President & CFO
The Barn Environmental Group

ChustzBrian Chustz
Fayette County
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
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Ben-Marchman-cropped-274x300Ben Marchman
Coweta County
Environmental Teacher
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Rich Cocos
Retired Regional Vice President
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Michelle  Sawyer Hamner
Director of Development
Atlanta Audubon Society

 

Katie Pace
Executive Director
C: 828.329.2988  Email Me

Katie assumes the role after most recently serving as the Marketing & Communications Officer with MAP International, a top ranked global Christian health and relief organization www.map.org.

“Katie was chosen from a strong field of exceptional candidates because of her extensive marketing and fundraising background, as well as a passion for land preservation in our communities.  We are confident that she will lead the Southern Conservation Trust in protecting new land and developing environmentally sound programs and initiatives in the many communities we serve,” said Tami Morris, Board Chairman.

While at MAP, Pace managed programs and processes internationally and saw firsthand how local conditions affected the quality of life for individuals and communities.  Her global-local perspective and strong desire to make a difference at home are a good fit for SCT as it begins an anticipated rise in land protection for individual and organizational land owners, said Morris.

“I’m honored to be selected by the SCT Board as the new Executive Director.” said Pace. ” I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the amazing communities where we protect land, wildlife and vital water sources to ensure they are around for many years to come. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation already established in Fayette County and the surrounding areas. My goal is to increase the protection and education of land, wildlife, and water conservation in the Southern Crescent that the Southern Conservation Trust is able to protect in the great state of Georgia,” said Pace.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Pace has 10 years of experience in the nonprofit world focused on marketing, branding, digital engagement, fundraising, writing, and humanitarian photography. Katie lives in Newnan, Georgia with her husband Tom, two dogs, and three cats.

Mike Swanson
Land Steward and Outdoor Education Coordinator
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Mike joined the SCT team in early 2016, after a decade of serving as a volunteer. Mike leads guided nature hikes for many of our events and programs such as our fall Hike & Like and the PTC Summer reading program at the Library. In 2011, Mike was SCT’s Volunteer of the Year. While completing his B.S. in Recreation and Natural & Cultural Resource Management at Georgia Southern University, Mike interned at the GSU Center for Wildlife Education.

As Land Steward, Mike has been monitoring our public, private, and easement properties. This year, Mike’s role has expanded to Land Steward and Outdoor Education Coordinator. He will be working closely with our Executive Director and new Land & Water Committee to develop additional environmental education and outdoor recreation programming. 

Feel free to contact Mike if you are interested in a program or you see areas within our public nature areas that need attention.

Mike and his family enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, wildlife observation, etc. Mike also enjoys geocaching and kayaking in his spare time. His wife Taran, a local science teacher, developed and leads the SCT summer camps. Their son, Will, has also helped as a junior camp counselor.

Elizabeth Hall-DukinElizabeth Hall-Dukin
Development and Administrative Associate
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Elizabeth recently moved to Georgia from the Catskills region of Upstate New York, where she worked closely with the public and non-profit organizations to create community programming for the Mountaintop.

A graduate of the City College of New York and Rutgers University, Elizabeth holds degrees in both Museum Studies and Non Profit Management. She lives in Senoia with her husband, beagle, and possibly some zombies. 

Malinda BakerMalinda Baker
Social Media Specialist – Intern University of West Georgia

As a Fayette County native, Malinda is passionate about environmental preservation within the community. Malinda wants to use her skills to help the community around her and in her space time she advocates for environmental issues.

 

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