Nancy Talton, Executive Director

Nancy has served the Sandhills Area Land Trust since 2002.  Her medical management, business development, and nonprofit administration background provides a strong resource for the Executive Director position she now holds.
Nancy lived and traveled throughout the United States, Mexico and Japan, while serving as the wife of career Naval Aviator. She 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.  Nancy enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail, the mountains 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, she settled in a log home on several acres in Moore County.

Valerie Alzner, Land Steward


A Michigan native, Valerie came to the Sandhills in 1990 with her husband Kerry. They were stationed at Ft. Bragg where Valerie was a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic/crew chief. They were later stationed in Panama, Ft. Lewis, Washington State (where Valerie joined the Washington Army National Guard), and Okinawa, Japan. A graduate of  Michigan State University with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife, she has worked as an intern at the U.S. Army Environmental Center at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in MD. She spent a summer banding birds in West Virginia for the Institute of Bird Populations.  Valerie has been SALT’s Land Steward since June of 2007.  She currently monitors 97 tracts of land, 85 miles of river and stream buffers, within 13,600 acres of land under SALT’s care.

Jesse Wimberley, Outreach Coordinator

Jesse Wimberley has been associated with SALT for over ten years, and most recently has served as SALT’s 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.