Staff & Board


Meet the team.

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Staff

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Rick Huffines

Executive Director

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. 

 
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Alishea Hixson

Associate Director

Alishea Hixson joined the Trust on February 19, 2018 as the new Associate Director. Originally from Decatur, TN, she grew up on a farm and understands the value of protecting our local open spaces. Alishea moved to Chattanooga to attend UTC and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Ecology.  

Alishea's professional work includes serving as the Director of Special Events at First Things First for 8 years, and the Associate Director of Annual Giving for the UC Foundation for 2 years. She is also a 2014 graduate of Chattanooga’s Chamber of Commerce Protégé Leadership Program.  
  
She and her husband, David, love to travel. In recent years they have been to Alaska, Colorado, New York, and are planning a trip out west this summer to South Dakota, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons. 

 

 
 

Audrey Nord

Accountant

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugh Bullock

Conservation Director

Born in New Orleans but raised in East Tennessee, Hugh has lived and worked all across Tennessee. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Memphis State University and a Master's Degree in Forestry from the University of Tennessee. Over the years Hugh has worked for universities, state parks, and another land trust but joins TRGT after working as a Field Forester for 13+ years with Tri-State Forestry Consulting, Inc. Hugh has travelled with his wife and son from the Virgin Islands to Alaska, and enjoys sharing a wide variety of outdoor adventures with them including bird watching, backpacking, hunting, fishing, and a variety of paddle sports. 

 
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Eliot Berz

Acting Business & Community Access Director, Avian Technician, Lead for Water Quality ProgramLead LOWA Technician

Eliot, a Chattanooga native, received his Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South. Before returning to Chattanooga, Eliot worked with a land trust in Northern Virginia. He has enjoyed working and studying within the conservation field, pursuing a variety of forestry and wildlife based projects. Eliot has also worked on public access endeavors on various blueways and greenways, such as the Rapidan River in Virginia and Hiwassee River in Tennessee. When not working, you will likely find Eliot in the river kayaking or fishing. 


Field Team

 

Holland Youngman 

Worm -eating Warbler StudyLOWA Technician

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 is pursuing her Masters of Environmental Science degree at UTC while working with the TRGT conducting Worm-eating Warbler research.

 
 

Want to join the Trust's team? Check out our Careers page to find open positions.


2018 Board of Directors

 George Caudle,  President

George Caudle, President

 Rob Donina,  Vice President

Rob Donina, Vice President

 Anne Wilkins,  Treasurer

Anne Wilkins, Treasurer

 Barry Allen,  Secretary

Barry Allen, Secretary

 Annette Allen

Annette Allen

 Brenda Brickhouse

Brenda Brickhouse

 Van Bunch

Van Bunch

 Evann Freeman

Evann Freeman

 Russell Friberg

Russell Friberg

 Jim Hall

Jim Hall

 Anne Holt

Anne Holt

 Nicole Lewis

Nicole Lewis

 Henry Lodge

Henry Lodge

 Vivian Lozano

Vivian Lozano

 Jerry Miller

Jerry Miller

 John Myers

John Myers

 Kathy Patten

Kathy Patten

 Sam Powell

Sam Powell

 Larry Roberts

Larry Roberts

 Fred Robinson

Fred Robinson

 Mary Beth Sutton

Mary Beth Sutton

 Greg Vital

Greg Vital

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