Kelly Crane

Annual Fund Manager

What is your role at TLC? As part of the Development Team, my role is to grow and maintain the Annual Fund in collaboration with my committed colleagues. I strive to provide dedicated support and develop meaningful connections with our members and donors so that they can build long-lasting relationships with TLC and its important work.

Favorite TLC Preserve: My favorite TLC preserve is Johnston Mill.  It is special to my family because it is near our home and we’ve spent many weekend mornings there splashing in the creek, climbing tree roots and hiking the trails.  I think what makes it so wonderful is that, although it is smaller in acreage, there is a lovely and surprising amount of micro-climate change, taking trail users from creeks and bottom land up through beechy groves and then finally climbing to ferny forests.  It’s very accessible and can be a perfect, place to take little ones for sensory experiences, spotting wildflowers in the spring, or watching deer in the evenings.

Kelly comes to TLC from the Oregon Farmers Markets Association, where she served as their Executive Director.  As a committed environmentalist, she has dedicated her career to working on environmental and agricultural sustainability issues, and is inspired by TLC’s goal of conserving 25,000 acres of forests and farmland for future generations by 2025.  She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and also owned and operated a sustainable farm operation in Charleston, West Virginia for 5 years.  In addition to her experience at OFMA, she also previously served as the Executive Director of the West Virgnia Farmers Markets Association and, before that, was a Policy Analyst for the West Virginia Legislature.  She enjoys hiking, biking and swimming with her friends and family, and is currently passionate about “rewilding” her yard in Chapel Hill to support more local, native flora and fauna.

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