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Staff Directory

Main Office
140 A S.W. Broad Street
P.O. Box 1032
Southern Pines, NC 28388
Phone: (910) 695-4323
Fax: (910) 695-1087

Name Title Telephone
Nancy Talton Executive Director 910-695-4323
Valerie Alzner Land Steward 910-695-1087
Jesse Wimberley Outreach Coordinator 910-695-4323
Jessica Ball SIMS Coordinator 919-272-1475

Nancy Talton, Executive Director

Nancy came to the Sandhills Area Land Trust in 2002 with a background in medical management, business development, and nonprofit administration. She has lived and traveled throughout the United States, Mexico and Japan, while serving as the wife of career Naval Aviator. She has experienced the diversity and complex ecosystems throughout the country including Monterey Bay, California, the Louisiana bayou, and the New Jersey's Delaware Water Gap area. She hiked on the Appalachian Trail, in the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado, and the Yosemite high country. She canoed the white waters of Virginia and California and after years of world travel and adventure, Nancy settled in a log home on several acres in Moore County.

Valerie Alzner, Land Steward Associate

Valerie, a native of Michigan, first came to the Sandhills in 1990 with her husband Kerry, who was stationed at Ft. Bragg with the Army. While at Ft. Bragg, she too joined the Army in 1993 as a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic/crew chief. From 1996 to 2000, they were stationed at Panama, Ft. Lewis in Washington State (where Valerie joined the Washington Army National Guard), and Okinawa, Japan. In 2002, Valerie returned to Michigan to attend Michigan State University where she received a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife in 2005. Since graduation, she has worked as an intern at the U.S. Army Environmental Center at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in MD and last summer banding birds in West Virginia for the Institute of Bird Populations. She joined SALT in June of 2007. Valerie and her husband Kerry have two daughters.

Jesse Wimberley, Outreach Coordinator

Jesse Wimberley has been associated with SALT for over ten years, and most recently has served as SALTís Outreach Coordinator. In this capacity, Jesse develops outreach programs that help landowners achieve their management goals, and, at the community level, enables local and regional agencies to understand the value of the natural resources and the role they play in supporting local economies and sense of place. One example is the Sandhills Heritage Gateway project, which focuses on the designated Scenic By-ways in Richmond and Moore Counties. The SHG project describes how human and ecological forces combine to create a culture unique to the Sandhills, one worth celebrating and preserving. As a fourth generation landowner and farmer, Jesse brings his personal experience and perspective to create programs that resonate with the real needs of landowners. He is able to promote programs that serve landowners because he has used them himself. It is this high touch quality that makes Jesse particularly effective in his work with landowners.

Jessica Ball, SIMS Environmental Education Coordinator

Jessica Ball has been a certified North Carolina Environmental Educator since 2000. She has been a facilitator for Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, and Project WET workshops. She has taught numerous nature programs for all ages in many different settings. Her interest in environmental education came from receiving a BS in Environmental Biology and Ecology and teaching as an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University. Her master thesis set her on a journey out west studying scorpions, birds and desert ecology. She quickly developed a passion for field work and a love for the outdoors. She enjoys sharing those experiences and has a goal to inspire each individual she teaches to become conscience stewards towards their surrounding environment.