The strength of any organization is always its people. That’s certainly true for us. We are fortunate have such strong, smart, committed people work here, and their passion for our mission has sustained the Land Trust since the beginning.

Wendy Jackson
Wendy JacksonExecutive Director
Many of you have prob­a­bly vis­ited these places, but one thing they all have in com­mon is that they are prod­ucts of part­ner­ships and ini­tia­tives that Wendy Jack­son, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust, has played a key role in estab­lish­ing. There is no one bet­ter at bring­ing diverse orga­ni­za­tions and peo­ple together bet­ter than Wendy—she sim­ply makes it happen.

Wendy Jack­son has more than 20 years of expe­ri­ence in the field of real estate with most of those years spent in con­ser­va­tion. Since join­ing the Fresh­wa­ter Land Trust in 2001, Wendy’s pas­sion for river and land con­ser­va­tion has fueled her work to estab­lish mean­ing­ful projects such as the Turkey Creek Nature Pre­serve, the Five Mile Creek Green­ways project, and Red Moun­tain Park. Wendy has also played a vital role in spear­head­ing the plan for the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem which has been an inte­gral part of down­town Birmingham’s revitalization.

Wendy has been rec­og­nized across the state for her busi­nesslike approach to con­ser­va­tion and her unique abil­ity to bring diverse part­ners together for the ben­e­fit of con­ser­va­tion. Dur­ing her tenure as Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, the Land Trust has helped to pro­tect more than 10,000 acres of land in north-central Alabama. In 2013, Wendy was named Friend of Plan­ning by the Amer­i­can Plan­ning Asso­ci­a­tion for her efforts to coordinate the Red Rock Ridge and Val­ley Trail Sys­tem. These are just a few exam­ples of the large impact Wendy has made and con­tin­ues to make on our com­mu­nity and on the environment.

Mem­o­rie Eng­lish
Mem­o­rie Eng­lishDevelopment & Communications Coordinator
Mem­o­rie is orig­i­nally from Wood­stock, GA, but received a B.A. in pub­lic rela­tions from the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama in 2013. Her enthu­si­asm for pub­lic rela­tions and strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions is matched with a pas­sion for land con­ser­va­tion. Mem­o­rie has enjoyed the out­doors her whole life, hav­ing grown up on the banks of her family’s cabin along the Toc­coa River in Blue Ridge, GA, where she loves to fly-fish. Mem­o­rie looks for­ward to mak­ing a last­ing impact on Alabama and con­tribut­ing to her com­mu­nity. In her spare time, Mem­o­rie enjoys watch­ing Alabama foot­ball and spend­ing time with her Golden Retriever Macken­zie and 120-pound Ger­man Shep­herd Gunther.
Adam Greene
Adam GreeneAmericorps Member: Five Mile Creek
Adam Greene graduated from the University of Alabama with a major in history and a minor in the University’s highly respected Blount Undergraduate Initiative. After college, he spent a year in Shanghai teaching English to Chinese children and adults. Upon his return to the United States, his love of the outdoors and deep respect for nature inspired him to get involved in conservation work, and in August 2015, he began working with the Freshwater Land Trust as an Americorps VISTA. In his off time, he can be found reading, playing music, or running/hiking.
Evan Sznajderman
Evan SznajdermanAmericorps Member: Village Creek
Evan Sznajderman is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama, where he studied geography and urban planning. At the University of Alabama, he was a member of the prestigious Blount Undergraduate Initiative. Evan’s passion for protecting the natural world started at a young age and he has been participating in Land Trust cleanups since the age of 10. Now, he is bringing that desire to the Land Trust as the Village Creek Coordinator. In his spare time you can often find him playing or watching sports.
Liz Sims
Liz SimsStewardship Administrator
As you may know, real estate deals require a lot of records, and being an accredited land trust requires even more record keeping! The Freshwater Land Trust is thrilled to welcome back former employee Elizabeth Sims! Over the next several months, Liz will be working to update our stewardship filing system, bringing our record keeping into the 21st century and streamlining our acquisition and stewardship activities while meeting national accreditation standards. Elizabeth worked previously as our Director of Philanthropy before leaving to raise her two wonderful daughters, and we are thrilled to have her back on the Freshwater Land Trust team!
Kaitlin Goins
Kaitlin GoinsPR Assistant
Kaitlin Goins is returning after two years (and a lot of experience in between) to head up communications efforts for the Freshwater Land Trust. She interned with FWLT in the summer of 2014. Originally from Ardmore, Alabama, Kaitlin is a senior, dual-degree student at the University of Alabama and will graduate in May with a master’s degree in advertising and public relations and a bachelor’s degree in public relations. After interning with the Freshwater Land Trust, Kaitlin went on to pitch communications campaigns to NASCAR and Fox Sports. Last summer, Kaitlin was a summer fellow at Ketchum in New York City working in the corporate and food/wellness practices.

After being in the concrete jungle for three months, Kaitlin returned to Alabama with a renewed appreciation for green spaces. She grew up enjoying and photographing the outdoors and found herself constantly returning to Highline Park and Chelsea Pier to find green spaces away from the hustle and bustle of NYC.

In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide, hiking various trails around Alabama, and traveling to new areas.