Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc., is governed by this all-volunteer Board of Directors. Members meet quarterly and provide further guidance by serving on committees including land, finance and investment and development.  


Board of Directors

Stephen A. Stutts, President, Rome, GA-  Steve Stutts is currently serving as president of the board. Steve spent most of his life working as an Anheuser-Bush Beer distributor and as an executive vice-president for 20 years. He was also president and CEO for ten years of Simpson Grocery Co. He is still the president and CEO of Stellar Wines of Rome, LLC. 


Kenwood C. Nichols, Vice President, Selma, AL  - Mr. Nichols serves as Vice President and has spent most of his life working for companies in the timber and forest products industry.  He lives in Selma, Alabama where he lives with his wife Joanna and the rest of his family on the farm where he was born and grew up. He now owns and manages farm and timberland acreage in the area and does volunteer work for The Longleaf Alliance, Auburn University, and other organizations.  


Ruth Seawell, Treasurer, Daphne, AL - Mrs. Seawell is a vice president at Larson & McGowin Forest Managers and Consultants. She received her degree in natural resources from the University of the South and a master's degree in the same field from the University of Georgia. She is a registered forester and was named outstanding young forester in 1992.


Dr. Ken Davis, Secretary, Rome, GA- Dr. Davis is a native of Rome where he attended Darlington School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia and his Medical Doctorate from Emory University. He has served as Chief Resident at Emory University Hospital and in private practice at Harbin Clinic as a General Surgeon. After retiring from his general surgery practice in 2000, he became the Chief Executive Officer and President of Harbin Clinic in 2002. Dr. Davis retired as President and CEO in 2015 and now serves as the Chairman of the Board. In addition to his career in the medical field, Ken has business partnerships with Hardy Realty, Lavender Mountain Hardware, Jordan Davis Partners (medical consulting), Adams Project Management, Heritage First Bank, Hydrodynamics, Inc., and The Georgia Land Trust. 


Charles B. "Chop" Evans, Fort Valley, GA - Mr. Evans lives in Fort Valley, Georgia. He received a B.A. and a master’s degree from The University of Georgia. He is the president of Evans LLC which runs the largest pecan operation in the State of Georgia.   


Thomas L. Hamby, Birmingham, AL - Mr. Hamby has returned to the Land Trust board of directors after serving on our advisory board for the past few years. Mr. Hamby retired from AT&T in 2008, where he held the office of President for Alabama. After joining AT&T in 1971, Tom held various positions of increasing responsibility within the company, including Director of Federal Regulatory Matters and Vice President of Product Management. After his retirement, Mr. Hamby has served on many boards, including the Protective Life Board, Region’s Bank Birmingham Advisory Board, and he served 6 years as the chair of the Trustees of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Mr. Hamby earned an undergraduate degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Georgia and is actively involved in beef production on the Hamby farm in Georgia.


Jerome Moore, Montgomery, AL - Mr. Moore is the President of Moore Company Realty, Inc. He is also the CEO of Moore Property Management, LLC, representing properties across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Mr. Moore received his B.S. from Southern Methodist University. His 18 years of experience in commercial property brokerage greatly benefits the Georgia Alabama Land Trust. Jerome lives with his wife, Drennen and their two daughters and two dogs.


Sally Morgens, Atlanta, GA - Sally Morgens has been active in community and family affairs in the Atlanta, GA area since 1981.  She is a co-founder of SPACE, an Urban Land Trust. She spends most of her time on park, green space, and transportation issues. She and her husband, Jim, have three grown children and two grandchildren.


Dr. John H. (Chip) Reed, III, MD – A native Georgian, Dr. Reed’s journey as a land conservationist began in the late 1980’s. As development and urban sprawl edged north in Fulton County, GA, his 13 wooded acres became surrounded by strip malls and housing developments. In 1994 he created the Chattowah Open Land Trust, which has grown and evolved into our present-day organization, the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust. Dr. Reed received his B.S. from the Oxford College at Emory University and later his Doctor of Medicine from Emory University School of Medicine in 1979. Chip and his wife Roberta reside in Alpharetta.


Thomas M. Reed, Athens, GA - Mr. Reed is the vice president and General Manager of Southern Resources Region for Plum Creek. Tom is responsible for managing 4.2 million acres of land from Virginia to Texas, all of Plum Creek’s southern holdings. He also serves on the boards of the Florida Forestry Association, the Georgia Forestry Association, and the University of Georgia’s Center for Forest Business Advisory Board.  


Dr. Victor Rosenfeld, Savannah GA -  Victor Rosenfeld, MD is the Medical Director of Neurology and Sleep Services at SouthCoast Health in Savannah, Georgia. Besides being active in medical education, research, and publication, he is President of RoseCo Farms LLC, based in Emmanuel County, GA, focused on timber and wildlife, and is actively involved in conservation and Long Leaf restoration efforts and is a member of the Long Leaf Alliance.   


C.S. "Skip" Steed, Lincoln, AL - Mr. Steed grew up in the Lincoln, AL area and received his bachelor of arts in business from The University of Alabama and a degree in forestry from the University of Florida. He is now president of Steed Timber Company and is a past board member of the Alabama Forestry Association.  


John Turner, Columbus, GA - Mr. Turner is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a BA degree. He was a coach and educator before joining the W.C. Bradley Company. Currently, he works with private investors. In addition to serving on the COLT board, he also serves on the CVLT board. He is also on the board of the Chattahoochee Riverwatch.


Floyd "Buck" Wiley, Atlanta, GA - Mr. Wiley received his B.A. in European History from Washington and Lee University and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Georgia, a Master of Business from Georgia and a Masters of International Law from the University of Brussels in Belguim. He practiced tax law in Holland, Russia and England before becoming Managing Director of Merrill Lynch PBIG and Global Consulting Group in Atlanta, GA. Buck serves as a board member and is the past Chairman of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Alumni Board. He is active with the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Georgia and Business Executives for National Security (BENS). Buck and his wife, the former Ellen Wilkins of Athens, Georgia, live in Atlanta with their three children, ages 4, 6, and 9. 

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of The Chattowah Open Land Trust, Inc., Georgia Land Trust, Inc. and Alabama Land Trust, Inc. includes founding members of Chattowah Open Land Trust and other conservation easement donors who advise and support land protection through the use of conservation easements and the work of our land trusts.

  • Gary Boteler, Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. Steve Cowley, Birmingham, AL
  • Rick Gilbert, Rome, GA
  • Tony Link, Midland, GA
  • Dr. Gary Ludi, Roswell, GA
  • Jim Morgens, Atlanta, GA
  • Roberta Reed, Alpharetta, GA
  • Susie Thomas, Auburn, AL
  • Robert "Mac" Wood, Clemson, SC
  • Laura Richards, Carrollton, GA
  • John C. "Jack" Sawyer, Atlanta, GA

 

 

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