Staff

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. 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

Development Director

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.

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

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.

Caroline Bradner

Land, Water & Wildlife Project Manager

Caroline is a native South Carolinian and College of Charleston alum (B.S. in Psychology). Prior to joining the Conservation League, Caroline worked as a naturalist in places like the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, the Francis Marion National Forest and the ACE Basin. Her passion for the Lowcountry and its renowned natural landscapes spills over into her personal life, too. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping with her two adventurous dogs.

Emily Cedzo

Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director

Emily joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2016. She's a North Carolina native with a Master of Environmental Management and certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School. In her downtime, Emily enjoys being outside with her dog, traveling, and cooking.

Kristy Collins

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 Crouse

Accountant

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.

Jason Crowley

Communities & Transportation Program Director

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.

Jessica Diaz

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.

Minako Doyle

Bookkeeper

Minako joined the Coastal Conservation League in July 2017. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, Sumter and an MBA from Fayetteville State University.

Caitie Forde-Smith

Communications Associate

A North Carolina native, Caitie earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC Chapel Hill and her MPA from UNC Wilmington. Before joining the League, she flexed her public relations skills for places like the N.C. Coastal Federation and Whole Foods Market. Outside of work, she enjoys running, watching Tar Heel basketball, and traveling.

Christine Gallina

Administrative Assistant

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.

Jasmine Gil

Community Outreach Coordinator

Jasmine is a native of Chester, South Carolina and a recent College of Charleston graduate. Jasmine accepted the Conservation League’s position as the new Community Outreach Coordinator because she believed in what the Conservation League stood for.

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.

Andy Hollis

Data Analyst

Prior to recently joining the Conservation League as a Data Analyst, Andy worked on air quality modeling and regulation development for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Prior to his time at DHEC, Andy researched oyster reef restoration and shellfish resource assessment methods as a Wildlife Biologist for the SC Department of Natural Resources and evaluated physical processes associated with the Japan East Sea at the University of Rhode Island.

Betsy La Force

Communities & Transportation Project Manager

Betsy is a graduate of the College of Charleston where she earned her B.A in French Language and International Studies. Prior to joining The League, Betsy worked in the composting industry helping to encourage and educate local businesses and institutions on the importance of waste reduction and nutrient recycling. In her spare time, Betsy enjoys riding her bike, spending time in nature, supporting local farmers, and volunteering in the garden with The Green Heart project and The Compost Rangers.

Sarah Lewis

Development Associate

Prior to recently joining the Conservation League as a Development Associate, Sarah worked on the Donor Stewardship team at World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC. She is passionate about wildlife and conservation, and spent much of her free time in DC volunteering as a Primate Keeper Aide with the Smithsonian National Zoo. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking, traveling, hanging out with her rescue pup, and exploring her new city.

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, 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.

Eddy Moore

Energy and Climate Program Director

Eddy joined the Conservation League from the Arkansas Public Service Commission, where he served as an Administrative Law Judge and helped implement an expansion of public utility-funded energy efficiency programs. He holds a B.A. from Yale, an M.A. in U.S. History from American University, and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In his free time, he likes to cook, bike, brew beer, play Frisbee and collect fossils.

Rikki Parker

South Coast Project Manager and Legal Analyst

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.

Erin Hardwick Pate

North Coast Office Director

Erin’s had a notable professional career in nonprofit leadership and advocacy in Columbia, and now heads up the League’s North Coast office.

Alison Pierce

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.

Jake Sadler

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.

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 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 Snell

Bookkeeper/Office Manager

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.

Becca Watson

Quality Assurance Specialist

Becca holds a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University. After graduation, she returned to her family's farm, Watsonia Farms, to manage its food safety program before accepting the Quality Assurance Specialist position at GrowFood Carolina. Outside of work, she likes to try new restaurants in town, play tennis and go to the beach.


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