Piedmont office: 256-447-1006
Katherine Eddins has served as executive director of our organization since the Fall of 1999. Katherine graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law, Juris Doctorate, and subsequently received a master's degree in forestry from Auburn University, graduating summa cum laude. She has been published in the Journal of Forestry and has practiced law and natural resource management. Katherine is a registered forester, the past chairman of the advisory committee for Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, member of the Leadership Council for the Land Trust Alliance, and a board member for the Longleaf Alliance.
Anna L. Berry
Deputy Executive Director
Piedmont office: 256-447-1006
Anna Berry serves as the Land Trust’s deputy executive director. Prior to joining the Land Trust, she served two terms as mayor of the City of Heflin, Alabama. During her tenure, the city was honored for its innovations in recreation and tourism by the Alabama Community of Excellence organization.
Anna is retired vice president and treasurer of Southwire Company, a privately held wire and cable manufacturer in Carrollton, Georgia. Her board experience includes Trustee; University of West Georgia Foundation, Tanner Medical Center, B B & T Bank, Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce, East Alabama Regional Planning Commission, Sarrell Clinic (non-profit for Alabama Children), Carroll County Emergency Shelter, Cleburne Emergency Medical Services, Regional Medical Center Memorial Foundation, senior warden; Episcopal Church of the Messiah.
Wendi Cambron, Administrative Support
Cealan Clifford, Land Protection Coordinator
Savannah Office 912-231-0507
Cealan Clifford earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University and her law degree from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following law school, Cealan moved to beautiful Savannah. She enjoys running, fossil hunting, brewing beer, and hiking with her dogs, Barley and Gatsby.
Amy M. Gaddy
Stewardship Director, Certified Forester
Piedmont Office: 256-447-1006
Amy Gaddy was raised on a dairy farm in Charleston, Tennessee and now resides in Jacksonville, Alabama. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. in Forest Resource Management from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While completing her degrees, Amy worked in the Department’s Stand Dynamics Research Lab. She also worked for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service’s Southern Research Station’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit. Prior to Amy’s employment with the Land Trust, she was the Staff Forester for a private company in East Tennessee, managing all forestry activities on their 72,000 acres. She is a Certified Forester, Registered Forester in Alabama, and is active in Tree Farm, serving as the Piedmont District Inspector in Alabama. Amy has been employed with the Land Trust since April 2013 and currently serves as Stewardship Director. As Stewardship Director, Amy is responsible for supervising the annual monitoring program, stewardship of conservation easements and lands held in fee simple, landowner relationship building, and management of the baseline documentation reports of working conservation easements. Amy enjoys traveling with her husband, canning, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Habitat Restoration for ACUB
Steven Gordon is a Ludowici, Ga. native. He works in the wildlife habitat project in southeast Georgia. A certified welder and equipment operator, Steven attended Armstrong Atlantic University in pre-engineering. He is also certified in hazardous materials handling.
Lesley Hanson, Regional Stewardship Manager
Piedmont Office 256-447-1006
Lesley is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Berry College in Rome, Georgia and a M.S. in Biology from Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, AL. She has worked as a biologist/environmental specialist in North Carolina, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Lesley has worked in both the public and private sector and has primary interests in biological resource conservation and anthropogenic influences on water resources. Lesley is a volunteer for Alabama Water Watch and the Cahaba Riverkeeper as well as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. At the Land Trust, her focus will be monitoring and reporting on easement properties as well as maintaining communication with landowners.
Linda Houston, Accounting
Linda is a Morgan County, AL native and a graduated from the University of North Alabama with a B.S. in Accounting. Prior to serving as the Land Trust's on-staff accountant, Linda was the senior accountant with the Douglas County Georgia School System and with Youth Villages at Inner Harbour, a non-profit organization. She lives in Heflin, AL and is married to David with two sons and four granddaughters.
Andrew "Andy" Hug, GIS Specialist & Regional Stewardship Manager
Piedmont Office: 256-447-1006
Andy joined the Land Trust in July of 2015 and is currently serving as our GIS specialist and regional stewardship manager. Andy was born in Auburn, AL and raised in Jacksonville, AL. He completed his Bachelor's degree in geography from Jacksonville State University in 2009 and received his Master of Science in geography from Auburn University in 2014. While at Auburn, Andrew served as a graduate research assistant, focusing on mapping near-surface temperatures over urban landscapes. He has a published article on this subject in "Papers of Applied Geography." Upon graduation, Andy worked as a research partner for the Department of Geosciences and contributed to various projects, including the study of childhood obesity in Lee and Macon Counties, and water usage for irrigation in Alabama. His hobbies include restoring and maintaining old General Motors vehicles, traveling, photography, and hiking.
Mercedes Martin, Administrative Support ACUB
Mercedes Martin is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She works with Georgia Land Trust's wildlife habitat project in southeast Georgia. Mercedes graduated from Augusta State University with a degree in psychology and completed graduate studies in psychology.
Kathleen 'Kat' Nelson, Director of Land Protection & Staff Attorney
Kat, a Savannah native, is the Director of Land Protection and a Staff Attorney for the land trust based in our Savannah office. A graduate of the University of Georgia, and the University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude, Kat went on to receive her Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in Environmental Law, cum laude, from Vermont Law School before joining the Land Trust in August 2012 to facilitate donated conservation easement projects and support staff as an attorney. Prior to joining the land trust, Kat worked with NOAA Grey’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. EPA: Region IV in Atlanta, Georgia River Network, Georgia River Basin Center, the National Wildlife Federation, and a local New England Land Trust. As the Director of Land Protection, Kat works in both Georgia and Alabama to oversee and facilitate new conservation easement donations from start to finish. Kat is also an active community member, serving as a Board Member of the Savannah Tree Foundation, a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Chatham County Commission’s Resource Protection Commission, the facilitator of the GALT-Liberty County Greenspace Cooperative Agreement, as an Advisory Committee member for the Savannah River Clean Water Fund and as a representative of the land trust in the community at large.
J Alex Robertson
Director of In-Lieu Fee Program
Alex, an Atlanta, Georgia native, currently serves as the Director of the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust In-Lieu Fee Program and is the manager for various GALT protection and stewardship projects across North Georgia and Alabama. The Georgia Land Trust In-Lieu Fee Program (GLT-ILF) sells wetland and stream mitigation credits for permitted impacts within portions of Georgia overseen by the Savannah District, US Army Corps of Engineers. When the Savannah District Engineer approves payments by a permittee under the GLT-ILF Program, GALT takes responsibility for the funds and satisfying the mitigation requirements of the permit for which fees have been accepted. Accordingly, the GLT-ILF Program ensures that effective stream and wetland mitigation occurs in watersheds traditionally underserved by commercial mitigation banks. Alex attended Colgate University, graduating with a degree in Geology, before obtaining his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Alex served as the staff attorney for Judge David P. Darden of the State Court of Cobb County in Marietta, Georgia. In his free time Alex enjoys hunting, whitewater kayaking and spending time with his wife Sarah and his dog J.D.
ACUB Program Director, Director of Legal Affairs
Savannah Office : 912-231-0507
Hal Robinson joined GALT as the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) Program Director for Fort Stewart. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business and, subsequently, gained sales-management experience in both the automotive and pharmaceutical industries. Hal later returned to school and earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the Charleston School of Law, and his Master of Laws in Environmental Law and Energy Policy, summa cum laude, from the Vermont Law School. He is also a former judicial law clerk at the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Hal resides in Charleston, S.C. with his wife, Rebecca, and their daughter and son.
ACUB Conservation Planner, Land Manager
Savannah office: 912-231-0507
Drew Ruttinger is the Conservation Planner in the Savannah office of the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources with a major in Wildlife in Fisheries from the University of Georgia in 2010 and is his Master of Science in Forest Resources degree majoring in wildlife biology and management in 2013. His master’s research focused on Eastern Wild Turkey habitat selection in the longleaf pine ecosystem of Southwestern Georgia. Drew grew up in Valdosta, GA and has worked with multiple species of flora and fauna native to the endangered longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem of the Southeastern U.S. throughout his career. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and spending time in the outdoors.
Taylor Shook is a Savannah, GA native who loves animals and the outdoors. She got her Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Degree from Clemson University in 2015, studying in Australia for a semester. Taylor began her position as a Regional Stewardship Manager for the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc. in January, 2017.
Renee Simmons Raney, Director of Conservation & Education
Piedmont Office 256-447-1006
Renee was hired in 2015 to begin a new environmental and conservation education institute for the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust. She believes that by providing conservation education in fun and unique ways to people of all ages that we increase the number of people who understand the value of nature and increase their likelihood to take steps to protect land and resources. She says, “Nature is out there waiting for you…walk bare-footed in the grass, catch a lightning bug, go fishing, splash a mud puddle…build a fairy house beneath a big twisted oak tree!”
For twelve years, Renee served as the Assistant Director of Jacksonville State University Field Schools where she developed and implemented thousands of natural history programs to hundreds of thousands of participants. She is the recipient of several awards for her work in environmental education (EE) and conservation such as the Roosevelt Ashe Southeastern U.S. Outstanding Educator in Conservation, US Forest Service Interpretation and Outdoor Program Awards, JSU Dean's Service Award, and an Excellence in Environmental Education award from Oxford University. Renee is certified through Cornell University in Measuring EE Outcomes/Assessment.
She serves as a director on several boards including the Environmental Education Association of Alabama and Friends of the Talladega National Forest. Prior to her work at JSU, Renee was the Director of Education for the Anniston Museum of Natural History for ten years. She is one of Alabama's international storytellers and has performed stories from her first book, Calico Ghosts, to audiences in twelve states and three countries. Renee's second book, which focuses on nature observation and appreciation through fairy tales, will be available through NewSouth Books soon.
Renee graduated from JSU with a BS in Wildlife Biology and a double minor in Anthropology and English. She grew up on a Choccolocco dairy farm and still lives on that farm with her husband, Christopher Raney (US Forest Service), her teenage son, Jo, four dogs, six chickens, two snakes and has a permit supported endangered gopher tortoise!
Director of Philanthropic Events
Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust
Paige is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Journalism, and native to St. Simons Island, GA. She has 20 years’ experience in video/film production. Having lived in Columbus for 15 years, she has extensive ties to and knowledge of the Columbus community landowners. She has served a variety of volunteer-based organizations and boards, serves on the Board of Trees Columbus, and has organized multiple events & fundraisers as well. Her main focus as Director of Philanthropic Events for The Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust will be landowner outreach, assisting with implementing the TNC/FBGA subaward, raising awareness in the community & surrounding areas (including community officials), event planning, and fundraising. Paige lives in the Historic District with her 3 children. She enjoys gardening, cooking, riding, traveling, yoga, and Crossfit.
Jamie Williamson, Administrative Office Manager
Piedmont office: 256-447-1006
Jamie Williamson works as the Administrative Office Manager in our main office in Piedmont, Alabama. Jamie grew up in Gadsden, Alabama, and received her A.S. Degree from Gadsden State Community College. Prior to joining the land trust, Jamie worked as a title examiner in Texas and Alabama, and also held administrative positions in the medical and hospitality fields. Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.