Travis assumed the Executive Director position in February of 2016. Previously, he worked with the Catawba Lands Conservancy as the operations director of the Carolina Thread Trail project. Prior to that, he served in the military, including a combat deployment in Iraq, and worked as a senior and principal city planner for the town of Cary. Travis grew up in Stanly County and attended high school in Albemarle. He has a degree in political science with a concentration in town, city, and county management from Appalachian State University. Travis is dedicated to the Uwharrie region and the heartland area of North Carolina. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Michael Nye Fulk
Michael “Mikey” Nye Fulk began working with Three Rivers Land Trust in June 2016, and assumed the Associate Director position in January 2018. Previously, she served as the Southern Piedmont Hunter Education Coordinator for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Prior to that, she worked for nearly 12 years in Wyoming as a wildlife biologist and in Montana as the Access Coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Michael was born and raised in Orrum, NC (Robeson County) and attended North Carolina State University, where she earned a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and a minor in Environmental Science. She is dedicated to conserving the natural places and resources of her home state, while ensuring that all walks of life can enjoy the outdoors. Michael spends her free time hunting, fishing, and traveling.
Director of Conservation
Crystal began her time at the Land Trust as a Duke University Stanback Intern in Summer 2005. She enjoyed the job so much that she came back to work part-time her last semester of graduate school, and joined on as a full-time staff member in July 2006. A local girl born and raised in Moore County, Crystal has always had a heart for conservation issues in this region. She graduated from Duke University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, and minors in Earth and Ocean Science and in English. In May 2006, she received her Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, with a focus on Environmental Health and Security. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, backpacking, hiking, fly-fishing, and pretty much anything outdoors.
Conservation Lands Manager
Cody, a native of Yadkin County, North Carolina, began work with the Land Trust in February 2017. A graduate of Haywood Community College, he earned his degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management in 2010. Over the course of his career, Cody has led teams on whitetail deer and alligator research projects in both Tennessee and Louisiana. Additionally, Cody worked with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks access programs and led a sage grouse research team for the Bureau of Land Management. Most recently, Cody was the Team Leader for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Troy Depot, where he oversaw the management of all Game Lands along the Yadkin – Pee Dee watershed. Cody spends his free time hunting, fishing, and camping.
Sam began work with TRLT in January of 2017 and was named Membership and Outreach Director in January 2019.
Steely began working as the Membership and Outreach Associate for the Land Trust in November of 2017. She attended the University of North Carolina, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in the spring of 2017. Her studies included doing field work in the southern Appalachian region as well as northern Wyoming. Born and raised in Albemarle, North Carolina, Steely is very passionate about conserving natural land in North Carolina’s Piedmont region, along with introducing others to all that this region has to offer. In her free time, Steely enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, and cheering on the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Eastern Regional Director
Ellie Daniels began working with Three Rivers Land Trust as the Eastern Regional Director in July 2019. Ellie was born into a farming family who taught her the value of historical family land and about the important relationship between landowners and natural resources. Ellie comes to Three Rivers with a passion for conserving ecologically and historically significant lands, and with a broad understanding of environmental law. She pursued this passion both as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and at Campbell Law School, focusing on clean air and water issues. She also has a natural knack for event planning and fundraising through working with her mother, Gail Perry, CRFE, author of Fired Up Fundraising. She enjoys spending time with her family (especially her new baby boy!), yoga, and exploring the outdoors as much as possible.
Tiffany began working as the Administrative Associate for the Three Rivers Land Trust in November 2019. A graduate of Stanly Community College who transferred to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro after graduation. Her studies have focused on early childhood education, both in the classroom as well as administratively. Tiffany is a native of Rowan County, North Carolina and lives here with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time outdoors and believes that exploring nature is essential to our wellbeing.
Valerie Alzner began working as a Stewardship Associate for the Three Rivers Land Trust in July 2019 when Three Rivers merged with Sandhills Area Land Trust. Valerie began working for Sandhills Area Land Trust in 2007 as a Land Steward Associate. She served in the U.S. Army as a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic/crew chief before getting a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University in 2005. Since graduation, she has worked as an intern at the U.S. Army Environmental Center and has banded birds in West Virginia for the Institute of Bird Populations. Valerie is a native of Michigan and first came to North Carolina in 1990 with her husband who was stationed at Ft. Bragg. In her free time, she enjoys keeping chickens, hiking, camping, reading and spending time with family.
Land Protection Specialist
Emily began working as the Land Protection Specialist for Three Rivers Land Trust in February 2021. She attended North Carolina State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in the spring of 2020. Her studies included ornithology, herpetology, and field work throughout North Carolina. She is also a Certified Associate Wildlife Biologist. Before coming to the Land Trust, she worked on wildlife management projects for private companies and managed the hunting program on a wildlife refuge. As a Montgomery County native, Emily is passionate about conserving the natural lands she has been able to enjoy in the region. In her spare time, Emily is an avid birder and also enjoys hiking, paddling, and baking.
Media and Communications Specialist
Nicky Black began working as the Media and Communications Specialist at Three Rivers Land Trust in March of 2021. She is a Rowan County native and a graduate from the Catawba College Ketner School of Business. She has a background in event planning and media marketing. Nicky is an outdoor enthusiast, she enjoys camping, hiking, and kayaking. She is an ACA Kayak Instructor and a Paddlesports Safety Facilitator. Nicky is also a Leave No Trace Educator and is extremely passionate about sharing the beauty of the great outdoors with others, including her husband and three beautiful children.