Laura Cantral

Executive Director

Laura Cantral assumed the role of Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation League in January 2018. She brings with her a track record of success in strategy development, partnership building, and environmental policy at the international, national, regional, and state levels.

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.

Lisa Jones Turansky

Chief Strategy 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.

Kim Bowlin

Development Manager

Kim joined the Coastal Conservation League in 2018. A native of New Mexico, Kim brings experience in fundraising and event planning. Her first exposure to Development began in the eighth grade when she and fellow classmates received funding to study the effects of deforestation in the rainforest of Chiapas, México. Throughout her adult life, she has worked in various non-profit organizations in northern New Mexico, Los Angeles, and Charleston as a public school educator, a fundraiser, and a special events coordinator.

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, cooking, and developing her green thumb.

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.

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.

Caitie Forde-Smith

Communications Director

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.

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

Energy and Climate Advocacy 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 and GIS 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.

Stacie Loeffler

Development Manager

Stacie joined the League in 2018. A Western North Carolina native, she is thrilled to be settling down at the beach with her family. Prior to joining the League, she entered the Development world at Kanuga Conferences after living in several states (and one province) while her husband was in the military.

Kati McArdle

Grants Manager

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Kati attended Michigan State University to earn a BA in Professional Writing and a BS in Environmental Studies & Agriscience. She worked at the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, then bookended an MS in Natural Resources from NC State University with the National Park Service, working as a park ranger at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and Yosemite National Park. Kati loves the Carolinas—from the mountains to the sea and everything in between, including the local food, parks and music.

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.

Reed Rayborn

Executive Assistant

Originally from North Carolina, Reed earned her B.A in Political Science and her M.S in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston. While gaining her masters, she worked at SC DHEC, the College’s student farm, and SC Sea Grant Consortium. Outside of work, Reed enjoys Charleston’s local food scene and exploring the area’s beautiful natural landscapes.

Kate Parks Schaefer

Director of Programs

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.

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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