Dana Beach

Executive Director

Since founding the Coastal Conservation League in 1989, Dana has received awards from many institutions, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the South Carolina General Assembly, and the American Institute of Architects. In 1998, Dana was named one of ten Heroes for the Planet by Time Magazine’s, Time for Kids.

Tina Allen

Chief Financial Officer

Tina joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2013 as Director of Finance. Tina is licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of Tennessee and has over fourteen years of experience in financial management of non-profit organizations.

Nancy Appel

Development Director

Nancy Appel, director of development, joined the Coastal Conservation League in July 2014. A Minnesota native with more than 15 years of fundraising experience, Nancy previously worked as the director of philanthropy at The Trust for Public Land and director of development at the Hazelden Foundation and at several nonprofit organizations in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sara Clow

General Manager, GrowFood Carolina

A native of The Garden State, Sara’s love of fresh produce started in her Mom’s vegetable garden. After liberal arts at Vanderbilt, project management in Colorado, and finance in San Francisco, Sara found her way back to produce working for organic tree fruit growers at Pacific Organic Produce.

Lisa Jones Turansky

Director of Programs

Lisa rejoined the Coastal Conservation League in 2010. She graduated in 1999 from the University of the South with a B.S. in Natural Resources. From 1999-2002, she served as an Agroforestry Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, Africa, where she partnered with the Cameroonian government to teach sustainable agricultural practices to farmers and local communities.

Reed Armstrong

South Coast Project Manager

Reed joined the Conservation League in early 2001 after retiring from a 30 year career as an oceanographer with NOAA. He lives on St. Helena Island and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Reed enjoys gardening, birding, and canoeing.

Jackson Cauthen

Inventory & Delivery, Growfood Carolina

Nancy Cave

North Coast Director

Nancy Cave joined the Coastal Conservation League after more than 20 years in international and domestic marketing with organizations such as Citicorp, NationsBank and Dun & Bradstreet. She started her career in radio and television news in Chicago. Nancy serves on the boards of several civic and academic organizations.

Kristy Collins

Membership and Events Manager

Kristy Collins joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2016 as Membership and Events Manger. Upon graduation from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, she immediately began her work in the nonprofit sector with positions at the Bair Foundation and then American Leprosy Missions in Greenville, SC. After relocating to Charleston, Kristy joined the development team at the Medical University of South Carolina before coming to the Conservation League. A lifelong South Carolina native, she is thrilled to join the effort to preserve and protect the place she calls home.

Erin Crouse


Erin hails from the small town of Marshall, NC where she was immersed in natural scenery and food fresh from the farms. Erin has been working with and volunteering for non-profit organizations since 1998 when she served as a tutor and officer for the Accountancy Association at UNC at Asheville.

Jessica Diaz

Sales and Marketing Manager

Originally from Columbia, SC, Jessica graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Plant Biology and put that excellent knowledge to work at a true farm-to-table, raw, vegan restaurant in San Francisco before making the move back to the right coast. This lady KNOWS her veg and how to market it.

Nina Foy

Sales and Marketing Associate, GrowFood Carolina

Born in Pennsylvania, Nina headed south to attend the College of Charleston. While living in New York, London and then back in Charleston her love of farmer's markets & eating locally grew tremendously. Now she focuses on retail sales and making sure that the consumer knows when something is coming from GrowFood.

Alan Hancock

Communications Director

Alan joined the League in 2015 after working for Conservation Voters of South Carolina. Alan has also worked at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control enforcing and developing air pollution regulations.

Nora Kravec

Data Manager

Nora joined the League in 2000, having worked in the music and video industries. She most recently worked in administration for a manufacturer of remote sensing satellite earth stations. Nora served on the Folly Beach Board of Zoning Appeals and is the co-founder of the Morris Island Coalition. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois.

Merrill McGregor

Director of Government Relations

Merrill joined the League in 2009 after working in fields of International Healthcare Policy Investment and Executive Recruiting. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where she focused her studies on International Business, Spanish and Portuguese.

Benton Montgomery

Operations Manager

Hailing from Newberry, SC, Benton is a proud USC grad, veteran of the music industry, Costa Rican WWOOFer, and the hardest working man in local produce. Benton’s commitment to helping the growers AND providing highest quality to the customers demonstrates perfectly why we do what we do.

Natalie Olson

Land Use Program Director and Staff Attorney

Natalie joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2013. She directs the Land Use Program and serves as Staff Attorney for the League. Natalie is a member of the Charleston County Bar, the South Carolina Bar, and the American Bar Associations. She enjoys hiking, fishing, and spending time with her German Shepherd.

Rikki Parker

South Coast Project Manager

Rikki joined the South Coast Office in 2016. She graduated cum laude from the University of Evansville with a B.S. in cognitive science and earned her J.D. from Louisiana State University. After graduation, Rikki practiced in the areas of employment discrimination and environmental law. In 2015, she served as policy director to Scott Angelle’s campaign for Governor of Louisiana.

Alison Pierce

Sales & Marketing, Growfood Carolina

Jake Sadler

Farm Coordinator, GrowFood Carolina

Jake has been with GrowFood Carolina since 2013. This role has Jake out in the field with potential and current producers, discussing and planning with them to maximize the resources GrowFood’s system can provide for their farm. He holds a BA in Political Science from the College of Charleston, is a beekeeper, and has certifications in Mushroom Foraging and Welding.

Kate Parks Schaefer

South Coast Director

Kate rejoined the Conservation League in 2015 as the South Coast Office Director. Kate earned her Bachelors of Science in Conservation Biology from Clemson University and Masters in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Kenneth Sercy

Utility Regulation Specialist

Kenneth joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2012 as a Utility Regulation Specialist. Kenneth is a South Carolina native and a graduate of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where he received a Master of Environmental Management degree within the program’s Energy and Environment concentration.

Shannyn Smith

Senior Development Officer

Prior to joining the Coastal Conservation League in December 2013, Shannyn worked for The Nature Conservancy - first in Gift Planning in Washington, DC and then in the Conservancy’s New Hampshire chapter to help build the Major Gifts program. Shannyn earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Public Relations at Westminster College and a Masters in Public Administration from College of Charleston. After nearly four years away from the south, Shannyn is excited to be back and spending much of her time running, kayaking, and enjoying Lowcountry life to the fullest.

Tonnia Switzer-Smalls

Director of Human Resources

Tonnia Switzer-Smalls joined the League in 2001 as an executive assistant to the Executive Director and now serves as Director of Human Resources. Tonnia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Wesleyan University and an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Trident Technical College.

Berry Sosa

Data Analyst and Content Manager

Berry joined the Coastal Conservation League in June of 2016 as her family accomplished a long-time dream of relocating to the Lowcountry. She has over 15 years of experience with data administration, analysis, and conversion, primarily with non-profit organizations. Immediately prior to joining the League, Berry was the Technical Project Manager at the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation near Louisville, KY. When she’s not poring over data, Berry enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Nate Toth

Inventory & Delivery, Growfood Carolina

Katie Zimmerman

Air, Water, & Public Health Program Director

Katie joined the League in 2009 as a Project Manager after working at the NOAA Coastal Services Center on performance metrics and strategic planning. She became Director of the Air, Water, & Public Health Program in 2013.

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