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St. Simons Land Trust

Staff

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

Before moving to the Golden Isles from Connecticut in 2005, Sue ran her own full-service bookkeeping company and has maintained long-standing relationships with her original clients along with new ones she developed in the St. Simons area.  She started as a part-time contractor for the Land Trust in 2008 and was hired full-time in 2011.  In addition to accounting, Sue has worked in the construction, real estate, property management, civil engineering, and manufacturing industries as well as in the non-profit sector – providing the perfect professional background for her positions overseeing land stewardship and finance at the Land Trust. Since a young girl, she has always loved gardening, hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, and being close to the beach.  These passions are also in keeping with the important roles she holds on the Land Trust team. For Sue, the only thing better than being outdoors is spending time with her children and grandchildren in Las Vegas, NV, and Charleston, SC.

Cannon's Point Preserve Manager, Stephanie Knox

Stephanie was born and raised in Narberth, Pennsylvania. Her love of the outdoors began at a young age when she would enjoy camping, fishing and hiking with her family. She attended Delaware Valley University 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 began an internship with Little St. Simons Island conducting breeding monitoring of the American Oystercatcher. This position evolved into the Ecological Management Technician and she fell in love with coastal Georgia. In January 2014, Stephanie began her current position as Preserve Manager at Cannon’s Point Preserve with the St. Simons Land Trust. Her position includes overseeing a wide array of research projects, natural and cultural resource management and education. Stephanie works alongside numerous private and public partners who assist with making the Preserve a model for conservation and platform for education through the ecological management plan and the practices that take place on site.   Stephanie sits on the board of another local non-profit, Coastal WildScapes and volunteers with the SSI Sea Turtle Project as part of the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative.

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 and is a volunteer with the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative. 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 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 Pennies for Preservation program, and managing sponsorships for the Land Trust. With strong community and business support, the Pennies for Preservation program was awarded the Partner of the Year in 2019 at the Golden Isles Hospitality Celebration.

Volunteer and oyster roast event coordinator,
Marty Moody

Marty's concern for land conservation and community planning brought her to the Land Trust in 2011. Since then she has volunteered, worked as an administrative assistant and now is the Volunteer and Oyster Roast Coordinator. During her tenure, the annual Oyster Roast has increased from 400 attendees to more than 1,300. Having grown up in California exploring many of the parks with her family, Marty has always had a love for the outdoors. She is committed to fitness and enjoys daily gym classes, hiking, biking, and kayaking. She attended Modesto Junior College and Western Kentucky University. Marty has been a member of P.E.O. International for 18 years. She and her husband Berry and their three sons are true citizens of the world, having lived in Australia, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia as Berry worked on various construction projects on nearly every continent. They continue to enjoy traveling and cherish time with family.

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.