ORLT Board

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Smith Wilson, Chair

Smith Wilson is President of S & W Development, Inc. and has been building solar homes since 1978. He is actively involved in many community organizations, including Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, the Georgia Old Time Plow Club, and many others.

Dr. John Willis, Vice-Chair

A retired biologist, John devotes his time to the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, several committees of the Broad River Watershed Association, and the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program.

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Roger Nielsen, Secretary

Roger Nielsen works in the Office of Communications at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. He helps the Weed Warriors eradicate invasive exotic plants from Memorial Park and is an avid wilderness backpacker, flat-water kayaker, and record collector. He and his wife, Pat, have lived in the Green Acres subdivision for 20 years.

Dr. Ken Jarrett, Treasurer

Dr. Ken Jarrett retired from Athens Technical College in 2003 after serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs, but continues to serve as a consultant for development and delivery of online education and training. Gardening, sailing, restoring an old home, and restoring old automobiles are among his hobbies.

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Dr. Kathy Parker

Kathy is retired after 30 years at the University of Georgia teaching and conducting research in physical geography, but continues outreach teaching and collaborative research on plant population genetics. Wildlife and landscape photography, gardening, the sport of triathlon, and yoga are among her interests.

Chris Canalos

Chris works as a GIS systems specialist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and assists the Department in land conservation efforts. He lives in northwest Clarke County with his wife, Rhonda Crumley, and their five dogs.

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Larry Dendy

A retired Assistant to the Vice President for Public Affairs at UGA, Larry is very active in a number of local environmental organizations, including Sandy Creek Nature Center, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, the Unified Government’s Solid Waste Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and the Greenfest awards.

Hans Neuhauser

Hans retired as the Executive Director of the Georgia Land Trust Service Center in 2016. His active participation in conservation extends over 30 years and has included board membership of the Land Trust Alliance, membership on the Northern Right Whale Recovery Plan Implementation Team, and others. He lives in Athens with his wife, Mary Lou.

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Dr. Daniel Hope

Dr. Hope has over 30 years of experience in the field of recreation, parks, and leisure services. He is very involved in the Athens community and was a founding member of ORLT, Sandy Creek Nature Center, and the Lyndon House Arts Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Karen Porter

Karen Porter is a professor emerita of UGA’s Odum School of Ecology. She volunteers her expertise to land trusts, non-profit environmental groups and other NGOs, local and regional governments, and private individuals. Karen lives in Athens with her husband Jim.

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Madeline Van Dyck

Madeline Van Dyck is a retired nurse anesthetist and family nurse practitioner. She is very active in the environmental community as a board member of ORLT, the Georgia Conservancy, and the Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission.

Nat Kuykendall

Nat Kuykendall moved to Athens in 2008 after spending 32 years with the National Park Service. He is actively involved in conservation efforts in Athens, including the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation and the Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission. He lives in Athens with his wife Helen.

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Karen Middendorf

Karen Middendorf is a veterinarian who has lived in Athens since the early 80's. An active member of the Piedmont Gardeners, Karen is also the owner of an active horse farm in Clarke County. Hiking, quilting, and spending time with family are among her interests.

Bill Berryman

Berryman is a native of Athens and a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law. He began his career as an assistant district attorney in the Oconee Judicial Circuit before working in private practice. In 2003, he was named attorney for Athens-Clarke County and served in that role until retiring in 2019 and currently is an attorney with Fortson, Bentley & Griffin. He has also served on the board of the Oconee River Land Trust in its early days, as well as the Athens-Clarke County Library and the Athens Regional Library System

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