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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 Operations & 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.

Cannon's Point 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 attended the University of Georgia where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Ecology. From 2012-2018, Raleigh worked as a Naturalist for the Sea Island Company where she led thousands of nature tours for guests and members. She also managed the sea turtle conservation program on the island. Raleigh began working with the land Trust in October of 2018. This transition was a natural one as she grew up with a father who worked for and led nonprofits for as long as she can remember. Raleigh serves on the boards of Coastal WildScapes and Green Scene of Coastal Georgia. She brings experience in wildlife education, membership relations and communications, all of which are critical in her role at the Land Trust. Raleigh loves capturing the beauty of coastal Georgia. If she isn’t at the office, you might find her with a camera in the heart of a maritime forest or at the edge of the marsh or beach chasing sunsets. 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.

Business Partnership Manager,
Sara Baker

Sara has been living the southern coastal lifestyle for more than a decade. She relocated from Michigan where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Advertising minor from Oakland University in Rochester. When her family grew by two (twins) she felt the need to do more to ensure her children and generations to come could continue to enjoy the beautiful greenspaces and live oaks draped with Spanish moss that make Saint Simons so special. Sara was a founding member of the Land Trust Ambassador group in 2014 where she utilized her 15 years of corporate marketing experience to increase land conservation awareness with young generations. From there, she became the Business Partnership Manager, creating the 1% for St. Simons program, and managing sponsorships for the Land Trust. With strong community and business support, the 1% for St. Simons program was awarded the Partner of the Year in 2019 at the Golden Isles Hospitality Celebration.

Office and Development Assistant,
Dalia Patterson-Charles

Dalia, mother of two daughters and a UF grad, is a Florida native who relocated to the Golden Isles in 2015. Originally from Juno Beach, she lived for 31 years in DeLand, FL. In her previous life, she taught middle and high school social studies and was a reader for the College Board. Putting her history background to good use, she spent two years as a museum and historic district tour guide on Jekyll Island. Ironically, during the 70’s, her grandfather lived on St. Simons and she used to visit here as a teen. Life has come full circle and Dalia is happy to be living in beautiful southeast Georgia with her husband, Fred.