Anne Coates

Anne Coates
(Executive Director)
705 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
B: 434-975-0224, Ext. 100
anne.coates [@] tjswcd.org

Anne has over twenty-five years of land use, management, and environmental planning experience on private land, as well as with local, state, and federal agencies. While she has spent about 19 years working in California, she is a Virginia native. She spent six years as Executive Director of the Resource Conservation District located in Santa Barbara, CA, serving over 1.9 million acres. Prior to that, Anne was the Conservation Director on a 14,000 acre working cattle ranch located along a 9-mile stretch of the Gaviota Coast in CA, and a Land Use Planner with the County of Santa Barbara. Before moving to CA, she was wrangler in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and a contract US EPA Clean Air Act Inspector and Auditor for Region 1 (Virginia to Maine). Anne received her Emergency Medical Technician training in Crozet, VA and volunteered as an EMT at Wintergreen and in Petersburg, Alaska. She graduated with a BA and Honors from UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) in Geography and is a member of Class 42 from the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Anne also attended Virginia Tech and Randolph Macon Women’s College. Anne’s coursework has included such diverse topics as Urban Planning, Animal Production, Conservation Ecology, Urban Sustainability, GIS, Environmental Planning, Environmental Law, and Watershed Policy.

Marie Abowd

Marie Abowd
(Conservation Technician)
705 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
B: 434-975-0224, Ext. 104
marie.abowd [@] tjswcd.org

After growing up in Southern California, Marie graduated from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and double minor in Equine Studies and Biology. Her senior research focused on equine herd management of the Corolla wild horses, Assateague, and Chincoteague ponies. Marie worked with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Soil and Water Conservation, in Richmond as their equine specialist intern researching equine stocking rates and incentives for properties with horses on small lots. Marie spends her free time riding her Quarter horse and spoiling her Shetland pony. She also enjoys hiking and camping.

Matt Carroll (Louisa Office)
(Senior Conservation Specialist)
39 Industrial Drive
Louisa, VA 23093
P: 540-967-5940
matt.carroll [@] tjswcd.org

Matt attended Virginia Tech, earning a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Forest Resource Management.  He has worked for nonprofit organizations, the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Matt has over 14 years of conservation experience serving a variety of landowners, farmers and clients across Virginia. Matt, his wife and family reside at their family farm in Louisa County.

Courtney Harlow-Humphreys
(Environmental Programs Coordinator)
705 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
B: 434-975-0224, Ext. 107
courtney.harlow-humphreys [@] tjswcd.org

Courtney has worked in the field of Environmental Education for the entirety of her professional life. Growing up in Nelson County fueled her love for the outdoors, and after earning her B.S. in Anthropology from VCU in 2012, she pursued her passion for outdoor and science-based education. Courtney has worked at various locations, including multiple Virginia State Parks, the Science Museum of Virginia, the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, and most recently, Maymont Foundation. Her passion for wildlife, stewardship, and lifelong learning drives her to teach others while expanding her own knowledge along the way. Courtney is thrilled to be returning to the part of the state most dear to her heart to continue sharing her love for our planet with local communities.

Lisa Hyatt
(Outreach and Administrative Coordinator)
705 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
B: 434-975-0224, Ext. 110
lisa.hyatt [@] tjswcd.org

Lisa moved to Virginia in 2010 after growing up in snowy New Hampshire. After working in the professional horse industry for most of her adult life, Lisa graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2015 with a BA in Sustainable Business. While at UMass she became increasingly interested in the vital role that agricultural producers play in communities and how the local food economy impacts rural areas. After graduation she worked for the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello where she became interested in the use of native plants in the landscape. She joined the TJSWCD team in 2016. When free time allows, Lisa enjoys hiking and kayaking with her husband and two dogs.

Audrey Kirschner

Audrey Kirschner
(Conservation Technician)
705 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
B: 434-975-0224, Ext. 105
audrey.kirschner [@] tjswcd.org

Audrey grew up in Richmond, VA and has lived there most of her life. She is excited to become a part of the Charlottesville community, especially in the large agricultural community. She graduated with a Master’s at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 where she studied coastal dune grasses and their response to salinity. Before working on her Master’s, Audrey spent a year working on a Ranch in Arkansas where she became excited about sustainable agriculture and began her dream of one day owning a small farm. She also spent a year teaching ESL in South Korea. Audrey spends her free time hiking with her boyfriend and two dogs, rock climbing, and planting in her vegetable garden.

Luke Longanecker
(Conservation Programs Manager)
705 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
luke.longanecker [@] tjswcd.org

Luke graduated from Nelson County High School and went on to major in Fisheries Science and minor in Watershed Management at Virginia Tech. After graduation, Luke interned for USGS before getting a job with the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District as a Conservation Technician. After spending a year over in the valley, Luke moved back to Nelson County and began working for the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. Luke is very happy to be back in the area he grew up in and enjoys working in the place he calls home. Luke manages all of the agricultural programs for the TJSWCD, and his focus continues to be working with landowners to improve water quality throughout the TJSWCD.

Amy Moyer

Amy Moyer
(Management Analyst)
705 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
B: 434-975-0224, Ext.101
amy.moyer[@] tjswcd.org

Amy joined the TJSWCD as the management analyst in May 2018.  She previously worked as a municipal clerk, handling a variety of local government administrative tasks.  Amy is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a BSBA in Accounting.  She enjoys camping, music, and historical fiction.  Amy and her family live in Nelson County.

 

Tim Talley

Tim Talley (Louisa Office)
(Senior Conservation Specialist)
39 Industrial Drive
Louisa, VA 23093
B: 540-967-5940
tim.talley [@] tjswcd.org

Tim was raised on his grandfather’s farm in Spotsylvania County. Following his graduation from Spotsylvania High School, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Tech, majoring in in Crop and Soil Environmental Science. Prior to joining the District staff in June of 2016, Tim worked at Dominion Power as an electrician. Tim works out of the TJSWCD Office in Louisa County, providing agricultural conservation assistance throughout the County. He also manages dam maintenance for the flood control structures owned by the TJSWCD. He resides with his wife in Louisa County.

Mike Yager
(Conservation Specialist)
705 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
B: 434-975-0224, Ext.103
mike.yager [@] tjswcd.org

Mike graduated from Orange County High School then went on to Virginia Tech where he earned an Associates Degree in Agriculture Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Conservation. After his graduation in 2021 he went to work for the West Virginia Conservation Agency as a Conservation Specialist primarily working on administration of ag best management practices installation and septic improvement in Monroe and Greenbrier Counties in South-East West Virginia. Michael currently lives on his family’s farm in Orange.