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Our Board of Directors is a dedicated group of individuals who generously give their time, wisdom, and expertise to the growth and development of MCT.

The Board serves an important function in a non-profit organization. Their primary responsibility is to articulate and manage the mission, purpose, and goals of the organization. In addition, they ensure the organization adheres to legal standards and ethical norms.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Advisory Committee

Rebecca Champion- Chair

Wesley French

James H. Kaminer, Jr.

Ashley Preisinger

Octavia “Tavia” McCuean

Nancy-Clair McInaney

Bradley Currey, Jr.

Edward Daugherty

Mark Dickerson

Doug David

Linda Lee Gordon

Tom Kowalski

Dan Pool

Sue Poynter

Georgann Schmalz

Roger Schultz

Joe Skalski

Board Member Bios

Rebecca Champion, Chair
Becky brings a wealth of conservation experience and expertise to MCT. She is currently employed by the Watershed Protection Branch with the Environmental Protection Division of Georgia DNR. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust, Georgia Conservancy, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, Garden Club of Georgia and Georgia & Alabama Land Trust.

Becky received her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993. She spent most of her career teaching for various universities and colleges in Georgia - Columbus State, Kennesaw State, Mercer College of Pharmacy, and Brenau University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities with Columbus State, Becky was Executive Director of Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.

Becky enjoys gardening, playing with her dogs, working on her old house, and playing what she describes as a less than mediocre round of golf.

One of Becky's favorite quotes comes from Margaret Mead, “[n]ever a doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Wesley French
Wes French is a founding partner of Peachtree Investment Advisors in Atlanta. Wes is an active volunteer in the Atlanta community. He is a graduate of Davidson College and he and his family have a home near Jasper.

James H. Kaminer, Jr. - Vice Chair
Jim is a partner in the Real Estate Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and has practiced commercial real estate law for more than 30 years. His practice includes most areas of commercial real estate with an emphasis on real estate finance, office leasing, and real estate transaction structuring.

He has a longstanding interest in conservation and in sustainable development. He has been a member of, and advisor to, the Georgia chapter of The Nature Conservancy where he also serves on the Board of Directors and Conservation Committee.

Jim received his law degree from Emory University School of Law and MBA from Georgia State University. He and his wife Barry Stout Kaminer reside in Atlanta and have four children, Wright, Heath, Cooper and Andrew.

Ashley Preisinger
Ashley is the former CEO of the WNBA Atlanta Dream and has worked extensively in the investment management business. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University. Ashley is a native of Pickens County.

Octavia “Tavia” McCuean
Tavia is a Senior Consultant at Coxe Curry & Associates. Prior to joining Coxe Curry, Tavia served as Vice President of Stewardship and Conservation for the Forestar Group, a real estate and natural resources company committed to environmentally responsible development, where she directed a land conservation program for the protection of sensitive lands. Previously, Tavia served as Vice President and Executive Director of the Nature Conservancy for almost 20 years. Prior to that position, she provided strategic leadership at The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and at the Northwest Florida Water Management District.

Tavia has served in various board positions with Atlanta Girls’ School, the Georgia Chamber, Junior League of Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, the Neighborhood and Environmental Policy Council for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and Zoo Atlanta. Appointed as a trustee to the board of Rivercare 2000 by Governor Zell Miller, Tavia currently serves on the board of the Cherokee Garden Club and the Smithgall Woods Foundation. She is also actively involved with the Lovett School, St. Phillips Cathedral and the National Charity League.

Tavia is a graduate of Auburn University and attended the nonprofit management program at Harvard Business School. Her husband, Doug, works at SunTrust Securities, and her daughter attends Furman University.

Nancy-Clair McInaney
Nancy-Clair was born and raised in Georgia. She earned a BA from Brown University in Religious Studies and a Master's in Community Development with emphasis in land use planning from the University of California at Davis. She was an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound and has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Tahoe Adaptive Ski School, Sierra Business Council, and the Sierra Nevada Alliance.

She, her husband Steve, and two sons, Will and Nicholas, live in Decatur, GA. She is a 2014 graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership program and serves as a Trustee of the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation.