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 Office 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.

Ellie Bomstein

Food and Agriculture Project Manager

Ellie joined the Coastal Conservation League in the Fall of 2014 as the Food and Agriculture Project Manager. Most recently, she worked on the logistics and operations team of a sustainable online grocery startup in her hometown, Washington, D.C. Ellie holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Regional Planning from Cornell University.

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.

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.

Hamilton Davis

Energy and Climate Director

Hamilton Davis is a native of South Carolina with a BS from Clemson University and a JD from the USC School of Law. He has been working for the Coastal Conservation League since 2006 and currently serves as the Energy & Climate Director.

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.

Bea Girndt

Development Associate and Events Manager

Bea joined the Conservation League staff in 2012. She grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2011 with a BA in Historic Preservation and Community Planning. She has previous experience working with nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, including the S.C. Wildlife Federation. Bea has a passion for the Lowcountry and enjoys fishing, running, playing tennis, and spending time on the water.

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.

Myles Maland

Land Use Project Manager

Myles joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2013 as a Land Use Project Manager. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill and his master's from the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia.

Laurin Manning

Membership and Communications Director

Laurin Manning joined the Coastal Conservation League in August 2014. She comes to the League after more than a decade of working at the intersection of politics and technology on the local, state, and national levels. She is a native of Hartsville, South Carolina and now lives on James Island.

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

Warehouse 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.

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, as well as certifications in Beekeeping 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

Foundations and Major Gifts Officer

Shannyn joined the Coastal Conservation League in December 2013. Originally from Pennsylvania, Shannyn earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Public Relations at Westminster College and a Masters in Public Administration from College of Charleston.

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.

Louann Yorke

Administrative Assistant

Louann joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2011. Louann has many years experience working with both for-profit and non-profit organizations in various administrative roles including management and recruiting.

Katie Zimmerman

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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