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Board of Directors and Staff

Who runs Southern Conservation Trust?

It could be you! Download our Board Member Prospectus for more information. The Trust is a community-based nonprofit organization and our Board is comprised of local residents and property owners in the Southern Crescent. We welcome dedicated volunteers to serve on our Board. Particular expertise is needed in the areas of accounting, ecology, natural resources, finance, law, marketing and fundraising. Wish to join us – Apply Now!

Our Board


Dr. Tami Randhal Morris
Board Chair
Fayette County
Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
H: 770-487-1348   Email Me

JQpics001Jim Qualls
Vice Chair
Fayette County
Realtor, Hathaway Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
M: 678-283-8385  Email Me

Jim-W-less-smile-228x300Jim Washburn
Fayette County Director of Business Development, The Cadence Group
M: 404-408-8643  Email Me

Cordell-300x300Cordel Carter
Fulton/Clayton County
Operations Supervisor, Atlanta Gas Light
M: 678-409-8080 Email Me

JerryJerry Peterson
Past Board Chair
Land Committee, Property Mgmt Committee
Architect and Land Planner, Peterson Planning
M: 770-487-9124   Email Me

luke_2Luke Kreitner
Assistant Treasurer
Fayette County
Senior Account Management Executive, Loyaltyworks
M: 678-618-6841 Email Me

Brian-Cooper-9300-214x300Brian Cooper
Fayette County
VP of Operations, Pinewood Atlanta Studios
M: 404-593-7014   Email Me

Nick Kilburg
Director of Recreation and Wellness
Clayton State University

Martin-G-300x275Meredith Martin
Fayette County
Southern Crescent Management Group
M: 404-281-4343 Email Me

Robert-Black-pixRobert Black
Fayette County
Attorney, Retired Air Force Environmental Counsel
M: 703-231-6255 Email Me

ChustzBrian Chustz
Fayette County
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
M: 225-278-4869   Email Me

Ben-Marchman-cropped-274x300Ben Marchman
Coweta County
Environmental Teacher
M: 648-480-8780   Email Me

Rich Cocos
Retired Regional Vice President

Michelle  Sawyer Hamner
Director of Development
Atlanta Audubon Society


Scott W. Smith
President & CFO
The Barn Environmental Group

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 fiance, two dogs, and three cats.

Mike Swanson
Land Steward
C: 678.849.1094  Email Me


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