The Nature Conservancy Staff Gives Thanks

Who needs turkey and stuffing at the Thanksgiving table when you already have so much for which to be grateful? As we approach the season of giving thanks, our Kentucky Chapter staff share’s their appreciation for our partners, volunteers, donors and each other. Happy Thanksgiving, Kentucky!

Cathy Boyd portraitCathy Boyd
Director of Operations
I’m grateful for all of the new experiences I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy through my work with The Nature Conservancy. From learning about our state’s natural beauty during guided hikes to helping protect that beauty during volunteer events such as Clean the Green and tree planting, I enjoy the natural benefits that working in conservation provides.

SallieSallie Carter
Communications and Outreach Manager
I am thankful for all of our wonderful partnerships – with state and federal agencies, other NGOs, and private individuals and businesses. From one end of the state to the other, we rely on these partnerships to help conserve the air, lands and waters of the state of Kentucky!

Chris Chandler
Director of Urban Conservation
This year, I am truly thankful to work with the wonderfully supportive Kentucky Chapter management team as we embark on innovative conservation approaches to define nature’s role in the improvement of both humankind and the ecology in our urban centers.

Cathy GalanteCathy Galante
Director of Philanthropy
I am thankful for our awesome partnership with The Forecastle Foundation and its board members, who are supporting the great work we are doing in the Green River by funding and promoting awareness about this important project. I’m also thankful for the great team of people I work with every day who are making a real difference in our conservation efforts throughout the Commonwealth.

Abbie GordonAbbie Gordon
Philanthropy Program Specialist
As one of the newest members on the Kentucky Chapter team, I’ve quickly recognized the passion and dedication of donors like Tom Dupree, who so selflessly gives back to our conservation efforts around the state. I am thankful for Tom, and people like him, who have made it possible for us to mark 40 years of great conservation work around Kentucky!

Ashley Hand portraitAshley Hand
Natural Resource Planner
I am thankful for the Kentucky Chapter’s dedicated and committed stakeholders. I am especially grateful for the Kentucky Natural Resources Conservation Service who guides me in my work and collaborates with me in improving soil health to restore ecological function to local waters and working lands in the lower Green River watershed.

Mike Hensley
Green River Project Director
I am grateful that we have a great board of directors, with folks like Larry Cox, working side-by-side with us to accomplish great conservation outcomes. I have had the pleasure of working with Larry on our Green River Lock & Dam removal effort. He has been deeply involved in that effort in a number of ways, including attendance at meetings, participating in conference calls and sharing insights into the legislative process

Chris Minor
Director of Land Management
Fire Manager
I am thankful that the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission are  willing to lend a hand with controlled burn efforts throughout the state. I’m also grateful for Kentucky’s Prescribed Fire Council and the efforts that have been made towards promoting controlled burning, a tool that is vital to managing many rare and declining species, throughout Kentucky.

Shelly Morris
Western Kentucky Project Director

I’m thankful for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for once again selecting Kentucky as a grant recipient for wetlands restoration. I am also grateful for the partners who came together to support this important work: Kentucky Division of Conservation, Graves County Conservation District, Ingram Barge Company, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, and the Four Rivers Basin Team. Working together is how we will achieve real and lasting results in conservation!

Lisa Morris
Office Manager
I am thankful for the steadfast work of our volunteer preserve stewards and monitors who help maintain our protected areas. Whether it is clearing trails, picking up trash, killing invasive species, or checking on conditions, we would not be able to keep up with the maintenance of our beautiful lands without their help and hard work.

Dian Osbourne
Director of Protection
I’m thankful for the work our chapter does with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust to utilize the Imperiled Bat Conservation Fund. Most recently, this partnership allowed us to safeguard a corridor of over 600 protected acres along Sinking Creek in Laurel County that provides important bat habitat. It goes a long way in contributing to our mission of conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

David Phemister
State Director
As always, I am so thankful to our loyal and generous donors who make our work possible.   Because of our supporters, we can all be thankful for healthy trees and restored grasslands; migratory songbirds and butterflies; and clear, cool streams and thriving wetlands. Our supporters also make it possible to envision a future a future with smiling kids, running through the forest, playing in the creek, and laughing with wonder.

Zach Pickett
Conservation Practitioner
I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to begin my career with The Nature Conservancy and to work with such an awesome group of people doing great things. I am also thankful for the staff’s broad scope of knowledge, as well as their enthusiasm, kindness and willingness to help one another!

Jeff Sole
Director of Conservation Programs
I am thankful for our awesome partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service which is leading to continued gains in wetland restoration and protection in the Obion Creek, Bayou DeChein and Mayfield Creek watersheds of far western Kentucky.