We are grateful to our Board of Directors for their support, guidance and passion for our mission of protecting land.
Kenwood C. Nichols, President, Selma, AL – Mr. Nichols serves as Vice President and has spent most of his life working for companies in the timber and forest products industry. He lives in Selma, Alabama where he lives with his wife Joanna and the rest of his family on the farm where he was born and grew up. He now owns and manages farm and timberland acreage in the area and does volunteer work for The Longleaf Alliance, Auburn University, and other organizations.
Thomas L. Hamby, Vice President, Birmingham, AL – Mr. Hamby has returned to the Land Trust board of directors after serving on our advisory board for the past few years. Mr. Hamby retired from AT&T in 2008, where he held the office of President for Alabama. After joining AT&T in 1971, Tom held various positions of increasing responsibility within the company, including Director of Federal Regulatory Matters and Vice President of Product Management. After his retirement, Mr. Hamby has served on many boards, including the Protective Life Board, Region’s Bank Birmingham Advisory Board, and he served 6 years as the chair of the Trustees of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Mr. Hamby earned an undergraduate degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Georgia and is actively involved in beef production on the Hamby farm in Georgia.
Ruth Seawell, Treasurer, Daphne, AL – Mrs. Seawell is a vice president at Larson & McGowin Forest Managers and Consultants. She received her degree in natural resources from the University of the South and a master’s degree in the same field from the University of Georgia. She is a registered forester and was named outstanding young forester in 1992.
Dr. Ken Davis, Secretary, Rome, GA – Dr. Davis is a native of Rome where he attended Darlington School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia and his Medical Doctorate from Emory University. He has served as Chief Resident at Emory University Hospital and in private practice at Harbin Clinic as a General Surgeon. After retiring from his general surgery practice in 2000, he became the Chief Executive Officer and President of Harbin Clinic in 2002. Dr. Davis retired as President and CEO in 2015 and now serves as the Chairman of the Board. In addition to his career in the medical field, Ken has business partnerships with Hardy Realty, Lavender Mountain Hardware, Jordan Davis Partners (medical consulting), Adams Project Management, Heritage First Bank, Hydrodynamics, Inc., and The Georgia Land Trust.
Bo Bickerstaff, Columbus, GA – Bo is a graduate of Davidson College in NC and holds a Master’s in Construction Management from Southern Polytechnic. He has led projects for Brasfield & Gorrie in Georgia for the past 14 years. In his free time, Bo enjoys hunting and fishing. Bo lives in Columbus with his wife Katie and their three children, Lizzie, Frankie and Ruth.
David Blanchard, Columbus GA – David is Columbus native. He earned his BBA and MBA from the University of Georgia and is a small business owner with a career in the commercial real estate business. In addition to serving on the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust Board, he is a member of the University of Georgia FCA Football Chaplains Board, University of Georgia Terry College of Business Americas Board, and Young life Columbus Board He also serves as President of the Brookstone School Athletic Booster Club.
Charles B. “Chop” Evans, Fort Valley, GA – Mr. Evans lives in Fort Valley, Georgia. He received a B.A. and a master’s degree from The University of Georgia. He is the president of Evans LLC which runs the largest pecan operation in the State of Georgia.
Sally Morgens, Atlanta, GA – Sally Morgens has been active in community and family affairs in the Atlanta, GA area since 1981. She is a co-founder of SPACE, an Urban Land Trust. She spends most of her time on park, green space, and transportation issues. She and her husband, Jim, have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Dr. John H. (Chip) Reed, III, Roswell, GA – A native Georgian, Dr. Reed’s journey as a land conservationist began in the late 1980s. As development and urban sprawl edged north in Fulton County, GA, his 13 wooded acres became surrounded by strip malls and housing developments. In 1994 he created the Chattowah Open Land Trust, which has grown and evolved into our present-day organization, the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust. Dr. Reed received his B.S. from the Oxford College at Emory University and later his Doctor of Medicine from Emory University School of Medicine in 1979. Chip and his wife Roberta reside in Alpharetta.
Cathy W. Rice, Tuscaloosa, AL – Ms. Rice holds a BS in Biology and Financial Management and a Master of Tax Accounting from the University of Alabama. As a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, Cathy’s expertise with timber and estate planning is a great asset to our Land Trust. Cathy lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Thad Watters, Rome, GA – Mr. Watters has been self-employed since 2001, and was previously part-owner and Vice President of Sales for Syntec Industries, Inc. Mr. Watters obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Management from Georgia Tech. Mr. Watters is a past President of the Northwest Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America, serves as Chairman of the Georgia Alliance of the Boys & Girls Club for the State of Georgia, and serves on the Executive Committee and is a past President of the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Georgia. Thad also serves on the Board of Directors of Cancer Navigators, and the Board of Directors at Heritage First Bank in Rome, Georgia.
Floyd “Buck” Wiley, Atlanta, GA – Mr. Wiley received his B.A. in European History from Washington and Lee University and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Georgia, a Master of Business from Georgia and a Masters of International Law from the University of Brussels in Belgium. He practiced tax law in Holland, Russia, and England before becoming Managing Director of Merrill Lynch PBIG and Global Consulting Group in Atlanta, GA. Buck serves as a board member and is the past Chairman of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Alumni Board. He is active with the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Georgia and Business Executives for National Security (BENS). Buck and his wife, the former Ellen Wilkins of Athens, Georgia, live in Atlanta with their three children, ages 4, 6, and 9.