Staff Bios

Eastern pondhawk ~ photo by Ellis Laudermilk

Greg Abernathy, Executive Director |
Greg provides strategic leadership and management of KNLT’s efforts to protect, connect and restore wildlands. He serves a variety of key roles with responsibilities ranging from land acquisition efforts to partnerships and outreach to wildlands philanthropy. Greg joined KNLT in 2012 after many years of assisting on special projects. He served as the Assistant Director from 2012-2017 and became the Executive Director in 2018. He has previous experience working for private, government and nonprofit conservation organizations both in Kentucky and throughout the Appalachian region. Greg's background is in forest ecology, geographic information systems (GIS) and design.

Boards & Committees: Land Trust Alliance's Land and Climate Program (Advisor) & Floracliff Board (Board Member)
Professional Memberships: Society for Conservation GIS & Society for Conservation Biology
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Hugh ArcherSenior Project Specialist
Hugh has been involved with KNLT since its inception. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for many years and was Executive Director from 2005 to 2017. Hugh was the first paid director of the KY Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, helping to establish 16 new nature preserves including Bad Branch in Letcher County. He served as a commissioner of the KY State Nature Preserves Commission and as its chair in the 90’s. He was executive director of the Kentucky River Authority and was commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources from 1998 to 2004. He graduated from the University of Kentucky “with distinction” in 1973 with a BA in Philosophy, and from the UK College of Law in 1976.

Donna AlexanderProgram Manager
Donna came to KNLT in 2001. As Program Manager, her responsibilities range from fundraising, grant writing, and managing KNLT’s accounts and databases to event organizing, communications, and public relations. Donna is a 1991 graduate of Berea College.

Angie Allman, Development Associate
Angie Allman joined KNLT in the fall of 2015 and serves as the Development Associate. Before coming to KNLT, Angie worked at the Berea-based Mountain Association for Community Economic Development. Angie graduated from Berea College in 2002 with a BS in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Angie is a lifetime resident of Kentucky and currently resides in Mt. Vernon. Angie and her husband Ian are co-owners of Allman’s Beer Cheese, a small specialty food business. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening and hiking.

Preston LacyStewardship Director
Preston joined KNLT in the spring of 2013. He previously worked for two other regional nonprofit land trusts located in southwestern Illinois and the Ozark mountain bioregion of Missouri and Arkansas. He is a Kentucky native and was born and raised in Georgetown where he grew up working on his family's farm. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2005 with a BS in Natural Resource Conservation and Management and a minor in Geography. He also graduated from the University of Louisville in 2008 with joint Master Degrees in Urban Planning and Public Administration, with concentrations in Land Use and Environmental Planning and Nonprofit Management.

Boards: Pine Mountain Trail Conference Board

Derrick Lindsay, Forest Steward
Derrick joined KNLT in the fall of 2016. He previously worked for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Service. He is a Tennessee native and resides in Bell County with his wife. He graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 2012 with a BS in Biology and is currently working toward a MS degree in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management at American Public University.

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