Staff & Board
Meet the team.
Rick joined the Tennessee River Gorge Trust on January 7, 2013 after retiring from a 26-year career of public service with the US Fish and Wildlife Service where he has worked throughout the Southeast in five different states in various capacities. Most recently, Rick served as the Deputy Regional Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Rick spent his youth in Old Hickory, Tennessee roaming the banks of the Cumberland River where he was inspired at a young age to follow his passion for conservation. He attended Middle Tennessee State University and graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant and Soil Science with an emphasis on Wildlife Management.
After earning her degree in Human Services Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Sarah worked as an education coordinator for the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts in Chattanooga and then as a case manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County in Iowa City, Iowa. In 2006, she and her family happily returned home to Chattanooga and she began working for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. Sarah has found a fulfilling career in the nonprofit world, and is passionate about what the citizens of Chattanooga have done to build this fantastic city. Working with incredible volunteers and Trust supporters, as well as collaborating with other area nonprofits, is a favorite part of her job.
Sarah is married to Sam. They have a very energetic nine-year-old son and two lively girls, ages three and five. In addition, one cat, two dogs and a frog are a part of the family. There is never a dull moment in their household!
Business & Community Access Director; Lead for Water Quality Program
Mariah is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Michigan State University. She is the current Chair of the Chattanooga Tree Commission and sits on the Southeast Conservation Corps Committee. She fell in love with the great outdoors while exploring the rugged mountains, slot canyons, and rivers around Flagstaff, Arizona where she lived for 8 years. Mariah, her husband Greg, and their dogs Frankie and Louie settled in Chattanooga in 2011, and can't imagine living anywhere else.
Although Pine Mountain, GA will always be home, Audrey has spent the better part of the last 17 years living in Asia with her family. After Audrey graduated from Columbus State University in 1997 with a degree in Accounting and passed her CPA exam, she met her husband Tom on a blind date. Eleven months later they were married and living in Japan. Altogether, Audrey and Tom spent 11 years in Japan and China and moved back to the States in 2012. When Audrey isn't crunching numbers she loves cooking, traveling, taking spin classes, and spending time outside with her husband and two boys, Henry and Grant.
Holland is a native of the South Carolina coast, and a graduate of Clemson University. She has enjoyed working environmental conservation jobs in Wyoming, Mississippi and Texas; and recently left her position with the SC Department of Natural Resources in Charleston to move to Chattanooga. She is thrilled to be here, where she will pursue her Masters of Environmental Science degree at UTC while working with the TRGT conducting Worm-eating Warbler research.