Travis assumed the Executive Director position in February of 2016. Previously, he worked with the Catawba Lands Conservancy as the operations director of the Carolina Thread Trail project. Prior to that, he served in the military, including a combat deployment in Iraq, and worked as a senior and principal city planner for the town of Cary. Travis grew up in Stanly County and attended high school in Albemarle. He has a degree in political science with a concentration in town, city, and county management from Appalachian State University. Travis is dedicated to the Uwharrie region and the heartland area of North Carolina. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Land Protection Director
Crystal began her time at the LandTrust as a Duke University Stanback Intern in Summer 2005. She enjoyed the job so much that she came back to work part-time her last semester of graduate school, and joined on as a full-time staff member in July 2006. A local girl born and raised in Moore County, Crystal has always had a heart for conservation issues in this region. She graduated from Duke University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, and minors in Earth and Ocean Science and in English. In May 2006, she received her Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, with a focus on Environmental Health and Security. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, backpacking, hiking, fly-fishing, and pretty much anything outdoors.
Michael “Mikey” Nye began work as the Membership and Outreach Director in June 2016. Previously, she served as the Southern Piedmont Hunter Education Coordinator for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Prior to that, she worked for nearly 12 years in Wyoming as a wildlife biologist and in Montana as the Access Coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Michael was born and raised in Orrum, NC (Robeson County) and attended North Carolina State University, where she earned a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and a minor in Environmental Science. She is dedicated to conserving the natural places and resources of her home state, while ensuring that all walks of life can enjoy the outdoors. Michael spends her free time hunting, fishing, and traveling.
Cody, a native of Yadkinville, North Carolina, began work with the LandTrust in February 2017. A graduate of Haywood Community College, he earned his degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management in 2010. Over the course of his career, Cody has led teams on whitetail deer and alligator research projects in both Tennessee and Louisiana. Additionally, Cody worked with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks access programs and led a sage grouse research team for the Bureau of Land Management. Most recently, Cody was the Team Leader for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Troy Depot, where he oversaw the management of all Game Lands along the Yadkin – Pee Dee watershed. Cody spends his free time hunting, fishing, and camping.
Membership and Outreach Associate
Sam began work as the Membership and Outreach Associate in January of 2017. He was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina and attended his hometown university, Wofford College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Business in the spring of 2015. Prior to The LandTrust, Sam worked with conservation organizations in the High Sonoran Desert of Arizona, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and the Piedmont Region of South Carolina. Sam is passionate about conserving the Carolina’s natural resources, including it’s land, wildlife, and heritage. In his free time he likes to hunt, fly fish, rock climb, and camp.
Memberships and Outreach Intern
Madeline began as the Membership and Outreach Intern in May 2017. While she grew up in Salisbury, North Carolina, she just finished her junior year at Wofford College where she is pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Biology with a minor in Government. Madeline’s previous work experience has taken her to Clearwater, Florida and Yellowstone National Park. She is dedicated to conserving the land in and around her hometown as well as continuing to learn about conservation from her coworkers and the community. In her free time, she likes to travel, run, and backpack.
Land Protection Intern
A native Floridian, Taylor is excited to be a member of the LandTrust team for the Summer of 2017 as a Duke University Stanback Intern. Graduating from Columbia University last Spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Biology and a minor in Classics, he has spent the past couple years focusing on primate behavioral ecology with projects in Kenya and Puerto Rico. Although he misses watching monkeys, Taylor is eager to learn and work to conserve the natural world both here at the LandTrust and at Duke where he will be starting a Master of Forestry and Environmental Management in the Fall.