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St. Simons Land Trust


As a member of the St. Simons Land Trust, you can be sure that your dollars go to work directly in our community to preserve the scenic and natural qualities of the Island.

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St. Simons Land Trust


Executive Director, Emily Ellison 

Before moving to St. Simons permanently in 2015, Emily Ellison and her family had been spending holidays and vacations on the island for nearly four decades. She has been a nonprofit executive for more than twenty years. She was the visionary and co-founder of the Atlanta Girls’ School, a 6th through 12th-grade independent school that opened its doors in 2000. She also served as the President and Executive Director of Literacy Action, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Atlanta serving under-educated adults. And before the move to St. Simons she was the CEO of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, a nearly 120-year-old Atlanta institution serving children, women, and families through numerous programs and annual projects. She is the author of several published books, including the award-winning novel, The Picture Makers. She is married to Chuck Perry, a retired journalist, editor, and book publisher, and they are the proud parents of one adult daughter.

Finance & Stewardship Director, Sue Tuttle

Sue Tuttle joined the Land Trust in January 2011. She is from Connecticut and moved to the Golden Isles in 2005 at which time she opened a full service bookkeeping company. Sue enjoys spending her free time outdoors on the beach, kayaking, walking, and visiting her children in Las Vegas and Charleston.

Preserve Manager, Stephanie Knox

Stephanie was born and raised in Narberth, Pennsylvania about 20 minutes west of Philadelphia. She grew up camping, fishing and hiking with her family. She attended Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA where she studied Wildlife Conservation and Management and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Animal Biotechnology and Conservation. In May 2010, she obtained an internship with Little St. Simons Island conducting breeding monitoring of the American Oystercatcher, and in January 2014, Stephanie began her current position as Cannon’s Point Preserve Manager with the St. Simons Land Trust. Stephanie also sits on the board of another local non-profit, Coastal WildScapes.

Membership and Outreach Manager, Raleigh Kitchen

Raleigh is a native of St. Simons, with a passion to protect it. She came to the Land Trust in October of 2018 after working six years as a Naturalist for the Sea Island Company. She also serves on the board of another local non-profit, Coastal WildScapes. Raleigh brings experience in wildlife education, membership relations and communications, all of which are critical in her role at the Land Trust. If she isn’t at the office, you might find Raleigh in the heart of a maritime forest with a notepad and camera where her love of writing and photography can soar. She is married to her elementary school sweetheart, Jacob Kitchen, and enjoys spending as much time with him and their dog, Kirby, as she can.