Derek Halberg joined the staff of Tar River Land Conservancy in August 2004 as its Director of Land Protection overseeing conservation planning activities, acquisition of easements and fee-owned tracts, and stewardship of protected lands. Derek has served as TRLC’s Executive Director since March 2007. He works closely with the TRLC Board, staff, volunteers, and partners to implement the day-to-day mission of the organization. One of Derek’s favorite parts of his job is thanking a landowner with a handshake after a conservation easement closing. He takes great pride knowing that the lands that TRLC protects today will be enjoyed for many generations to come. Derek received his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from North Carolina State University and a Master of Forestry from Yale University. Prior to joining TRLC, he managed the natural resources program at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, supporting Army National Guard installations across the country. Derek grew up in Charlotte and currently resides in Wake Forest with his wife Christy and their two children.
Amy Edge joined the staff of Tar River Land Conservancy as Business Manager and General Counsel in October 2005. Prior to joining TRLC, she practiced law in Oxford, North Carolina for ten years. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law. She also earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management through Duke University Continuing Education. She is a champion of the Carolina madtom, a small, rare catfish found in the Tar River Basin. When not thinking about land conservation, she enjoys activities that involve being near water such as fishing and kayaking. Her two cats, Annie and Gracie, allow her to reside with them in Wake Forest.
Sheryl Munt joined the staff of Tar River Land Conservancy in February 2012 and serves as the Development Assistant. She majored in business at the State University of New York at Oswego and sustainable agriculture at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC. She previously worked at a law firm in Research Triangle Park for 15 years. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and camping.
Hannah Rank serves as Land Stewardship Intern for Tar River Land Conservancy. She conducts monitoring visits to protected properties across an eight-county region. Previously, Hannah interned at the Robert E. Lee Soil and Water Conservation District in Amherst, Virginia, where she conducted stream monitoring and mapped critical areas for conservation practices. Hannah is a 2012 graduate of Granville Central High School. She is a senior at North Carolina State University where she is majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Applied Ecology. She previously attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Hannah enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and camping in her free time, and keeps horses on her family’s property in western Granville County.
Elaine Nichols serves as CTNC AmeriCorps Member and Land Management Associate with Tar River Land Conservancy from February through November 2016. Prior to arriving at Tar River Land Conservancy, Elaine relocated back to NC after serving an AmeriCorps term as an assistant crew leader on saw and trail crews in Colorado. Before that, she earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University at Buffalo in New York. Elaine is leading the effort to open Tar River Land Conservancy’s Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area to the public in late 2016. She has designed a network of hiking trails at the Conservation Area and is currently recruiting for, coordinating and leading volunteer trail building events every week. Elaine is passionate about creating a recreational and educational resource for the local community.
David Thomas joined the staff of Tar River Land Conservancy in May 2014 as a Land Stewardship Intern. He returned in December 2015 as a Land Stewardship Specialist. His chief responsibility is to conduct the annual monitoring of conservation easements and to file reports based on his findings. David is a 2015 graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Natural Resources in a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Ecosystem Assessment. David raises livestock and grows hay on his family’s farm near Centerville in eastern Franklin County. He is an active member of the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association.