Richard Perritt, Executive Director


Before SALT, Richard Perritt directed the University

of Southern Maine's Environmental Science and Policy Program located in Gorham, Maine.  He is an environmental geographer by training and holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University.  He has authored many articles and reports on watershed and river basin planning and served as president, project director, and a board member of community development and environmental nonprofits in Alabama, Georgia, and Maine.  One of his most rewarding achievements is receiving a W. K. Kellogg Foundation International Fellowship.  From 1993-95, with 23 other international fellows, he examined how nonprofit organizations in the Western Hemisphere are resolving community, environmental, and social problems.  Richard is a native of North Carolina and is pleased to have returned, now living in Fayetteville along with his wife, Terezinha Perritt, M.D.

Candace Williams, Program Coordinator

Candace heads the Cumberland County field office.  She has a Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University. Candace is a native of Fayetteville, NC, but worked in New England for twenty-five years. She returned to North Carolina in 2000 to work as one of two state sea turtle biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Formerly with the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Coastal Waterbird Program, she was the South Shore Program Coordinator.  She has also worked with the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and as a migratory songbird bander for Manomet Bird Observatory.   She brings to her position great passion for the natural world, and an eagerness to build partnerships with organizations, communities, and landowners in protecting land and the diverse flora and fauna of Cumberland County and the Sandhills area.

 Nancy Talton, Program Associate

Nancy has come to the Sandhills Area Land Trust with a background in medical management, business development, and nonprofit administration.   She has lived throughout the United States and Japan, while serving as the wife of a geologist and career Naval Aviator and has been fortunate to experience the diversity and complex ecosystems throughout the country, from the Monterey California Bay, the Louisiana bayou, and the Delaware Water Gap area in New Jersey. She has hiked on the Appalachian Trail, in the mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, and the Yosemite high country. She has canoed the white waters of Virginia and California. After years of world travel and adventure, Nancy settled in a log home on several acres in Moore County

Dan Ryan - Conservation Planner/Land Steward. 

Dan joined the SALT staff in 2006. Originally from Georgia, Dan completed his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina Asheville. He served for over two years in the Peace Corps as a Natural Resource Volunteer in rural Bolivia focusing on sustainable agroforestry and soil conservation projects. After his return, Dan became the Stewardship Director for a land trust in Southern California. In the three years he spent there, Dan directed numerous coastal sage scrub restoration projects, managed a native plant nursery, and took part in the development of management plans that balanced public access with sensitive and rare species issues on municipal lands. His current responsibilities include landowner contact, the development of management plans, and baseline documentation of conserved lands.

Betts Monkman, Membership Coordinator


Betts is a transplant to North Carolina most recently from New Hampshire.  She was raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Vassar College.  She brings to SALT a variety of administrative experiences from her work in both business and academic institutions - 16 years in administration with an international consulting firm in Wilmington, Delaware, 5 years as assistant to one of the Associate Deans at Dartmouth Medical School, and 3 years as Assistant to the Chair of the Government Department at Dartmouth College. Betts, her husband, Jim, and their Golden Retriever, Paynter, have lived in Pinehurst since 2000. Between them, they have 7 grown children living in 5 different states.

Betts is in the Southern Pines office Wednesdays, and Thursdays and will be happy to answer questions about SALT membership or SALT's various activities.


Katie Walsh, Development Officer


Katie joined the SALT staff as Development Officer in 2005.  She is new to the Sandhills area, but not to North Carolina.  She attended UNC graduate school in Chapel Hill and completed a Masters and all coursework and exams for the PhD in Botany before moving to New York City.  There she eventually worked as Development Director for the Museum of American Folk Art and later Director of Corporate Fundraising for the American Museum of Natural History.  She was also a fundraising consultant for the national environmental political campaign “Save Our Everglades.”  She relocated from Greenwich, Connecticut to Southern Pines in 2004 with her horses and dogs to enjoy the temperate weather and easy footing for riding.  Katie and her husband Dick live in Southern Pines.  They share their love of horses, dogs, golf and the outdoors.  Together, they have three grown children and four grandchildren.