Board Members

Our Board meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in our office. Meetings are open to the public.

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Lara Mathes

Lara Mathes works as the Director of Campus Planning at the University of Georgia Architects Office in Athens, GA. Prior to becoming the Board’s President in September 2014, she served as Vice-President from July 2006 to September 2014. She currently serves on the Housing committee.

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Kirrena Gallagher

Kirrena works as the County Coordinator for Oglethorpe County Family Connection, a branch of Georgia Family Connection. Kirrena is a homeowner with Athens Land Trust, and she became Vice-President of the Board in February 2015. She currently serves on the Housing committee.

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Nancy Stangle

As co-Founder and former Executive Director of Athens Land Trust, Nancy played an essential role in the formation of ALT in 1994 as one of the few organizations in the country that is both a conservation and community land trust. She currently serves on the Finance and Development committees.

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Dan Lorentz

An early volunteer and chairperson of the Boulevard Neighborhood Association’s neighborhood park standing committee, Dan coordinated efforts to create the community park of Boulevard Woods. He currently serves on the Development committee and is Event Chair for the Harvest Moon dinner.

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Darren Ash

Darren is the Founder and Executive Director of Common Wealth Charlotte. He has served on the boards of 10 poverty/homeless services non-profits in Charlotte, NC, and Mexico over the last 20 years. Darren joined the board because of his passion for ALT’s work in the West Broad community. He currently serves on the Development committee.

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Gloria Bizzle

Gloria is a retired employee of University of Georgia and a homeowner with Athens Land Trust. She currently serves on the Housing committee.

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Willa Fambrough

Willa Fambrough is the owner of ICook_ieForYou, a baking business in Athens, Georgia. Ms. Fambrough is a vendor at the West Broad Farmers Market, selling delicious cookies, cakes, and other baked goods. She is the Chairperson of the Community Agriculture committee.

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Beth Gavrilles

Beth works as the Communications Coordinator at University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, where she conveys information about ground-breaking scientific research, teaching, outreach, and people to the greater public. She currently serves on the Conservation committee.

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Pearl Hall

Pearl Hall works for Clarke County School District and is a homeowner with Athens Land Trust. Pearl serves on ALT’s Education committee.

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Charley Hill

Charley Hill is a commercial developer in Atlanta, GA, and currently serves on the Development committee.

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Eric Orbock

Eric is the Executive Director of University of Georgia’s Real Estate Foundation. He is a former investment banker with over 15 years of experience in university-related real estate development and finance. He currently serves on the Conservation committee.


Sarah Yates Sutherland

Sarah has over four decades of construction experience, including development, general contracting, historic restoration and construction program management for non-profit clients. She also serves as Vice President of Wholesome Wave Georgia’s Board of Directors. She currently serves on the Housing and Development committees.

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Donna Thurman

Donna became affiliated with Athens Land Trust when she worked as an avid participant in Hill Chapel Baptist Church’s Community Garden, part of ALT’s Community Garden Network. She currently serves on the Community Agriculture committee.

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Michael L. Thurmond

Michael L. Thurmond works as the Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County, Georgia. Michael is a former member of the Georgia General Assembly and is responsible for enhancing operations of organizations such as the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the Georgia Department of Labor, and the DeKalb County School District.