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.
Chief Financial Officer
Tina joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2013. She has her degree from University of Georgia, with an MBA from Georgia State University. 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 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.
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.
Chief Conservation Officer
Lisa joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2007. After graduating from the University of the South, she served as an agroforestry Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. Lisa moved to the Lowcountry from Washington, DC where she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Inventory & Delivery, Growfood Carolina
Jackson was born and raised in rural York, SC surrounded by some of South Carolina’s freshest produce. He joined the GrowFood Carolina team in 2014. You can find him working hard at the warehouse stocking and organizing the cooler or riding around town delivering local produce.
Air, Water & Public Health Project Manager
Emily is a North Carolina native with a Master of Environmental Management and certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School. Emily has worked with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, North Carolina Sierra Club and North Carolina Sea Grant.
Membership and Events Manager
A South Carolina native, Kristy joined the Conservation League in 2016. After graduating from Presbyterian College, Kristy worked at the Bair Foundation and American Leprosy Missions in Greenville. Most recently, she worked at the Medical University of South Carolina on the development team.
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.
Land Use Project Manager
Jason has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Before joining the League, he was the Preservation Director for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities in New York, supporting communities from the East River to Montauk to protect and preserve the cultural heritage of the region.
Sales and Marketing Manager, GrowFood Carolina
Originally from Columbia, SC, Jessica graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in plant biology. After working in San Francisco at a true farm-to-table, raw, vegan restaurant, she moved back to the east coast to become one of the first employees at GrowFood Carolina – where she makes eating local in the Lowcountry easy.
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.
A native of Long Island, Christine co-owned a popular seasonal restaurant in New Hampshire – where providing sustainable local food, green products, and recycling options were a top priority. Christine enjoys spending her time volunteering and advocating for conservation issues.
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.
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.
Operations Manager, GrowFood Carolina
Hailing from Newberry, SC, Benton is a proud USC graduate, veteran of the music industry, WWOOFer in Costa Rica, and the hardest working man in local produce. Benton is committed to supporting local growers and providing high quality products to our customers.
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.
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.
Sales & Marketing, Growfood Carolina
Alison moved from Maine to South Carolina to earn her master’s at USC’s Arnold School of Public Health in 2013. Her passion for public health and local food systems brought her to Charleston, where she worked for King of Pops (a GrowFood customer) and volunteered with the Green Heart Project (a GrowFood partner) – experiences that led to her current role at GrowFood Carolina.
Farm Coordinator, GrowFood Carolina
An integral part of the GrowFood team since 2013, Jake has a degree in political science from College of Charleston, as well as certificates in welding and mushroom foraging. Jake has managed farm operations in both rural and urban settings and spends much of his time in the field with GrowFood producers to plan for and support successful harvests.
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.
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.
Senior Development Officer
Prior to joining our staff in 2013, Shannyn worked on gift planning for The Nature Conservancy in Washington, DC and, more recently, in the New Hampshire chapter building the Major Gifts program. Shannyn earned her degree in public relations at Westminster College and an MPA from College of Charleston. She enjoys running, kayaking, and supporting the local food system.
Jeanne joined the League in 2015 and has a degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland. After years of experience in various administrative and accounting roles, Jeanne moved to the Lowcountry where she has lived for more than 15 years. You can find Jeanne enjoying local nature trails, crossword puzzles, or wildlife sightings.
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.
Inventory & Delivery, Growfood Carolina
Nate is from a small town in Ohio surrounded by cornfields and good people. He joined GrowFood Carolina in 2014 and enjoys interacting with chefs and produce managers to make sure they get what they need.
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.