Peggy Horner - Executive Director
Peggy worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation for 13 years as a Wildlife Programs Coordinator, specializing in endangered species recovery and land conservation and protection. While working for MDC, she often partnered with ORLT on projects to permanently protect habitat for endangered species, and when her interests in land conservation became a stronger passion, she was hired to lead ORLT. Peggy's experience in grant writing, building partnerships, and coordinating innovative projects will be an asset to ORLT in building capacity for future conservation initiatives.
Abigail Lambert, River Stewardship Project Coordinator
Abigail Lambert has worked for the Ozark Regional Land Trust (ORLT) since 2001. She was born and raised in St. Louis. Her primary assignment is to develop and administer land and river protection in the upper Meramec River watershed. Abigail has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from University of Arizona and a master's degree in Environmental Management from Duke University. Before returning to St. Louis and joining ORLT in 2001, she served as the sole staff person with Lower Shore Land Trust in Maryland for four years.
Kathy Lee - Office Assistant
Kathy Lee assists with day to day administrative operations, membership, and bookkeeping. Kathy originally hails from in Sarasota, Florida. After high school, she joined the Air Force and was stationed in Germany. She served in both Airfield Operations and as a Professional Military Education Instructor. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Management after her service.
Kathy’s proudest accomplishment is homeschooling her two children for 12 years. During that time, she started the Whiteman AFB Homeschool Support Group and worked for the Red Cross assisting military personnel with family emergencies.
Kathy is a runner, having completed 7 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2009, and with her bike “Dewi”, she has logged thousands of miles riding the Katy Trail. Kathy loves being outside. She is keenly aware of all our precious natural resources and our responsibility in protecting them for all to enjoy - like she has. Working at ORLT is giving her an opportunity to help make sure that can happen for future generations.
Kelly O’Mara – Conservation Projects Manager
A St. Louis, MO, native, Kelly grew up fishing local rivers and ponds; and camping and hiking in the Ozarks. Chasing romantic ideals of rural life, she earned a B.S. in Animal and Dairy Sciences from Auburn. Later, she earned a M.S. in Biology, and a graduate certificate in Ecology and Conservation from University of MO - St. Louis (UMSL).
Since 2009, Kelly has worked with numerous agencies: TNC, Ducks Unlimited, MDC, ORLT, and USFS to protect private land with conservation value. Prior to joining ORLT in late 2016, she served the Biology Department at UMSL for 16 years. In her free time she keeps honey bees, gardens, hikes, runs trails in the Ozarks, and searches for a little peace/piece of rural life.
Nic Rogers – Stewardship Specialist
Nic Rogers, our new Stewardship Specialist, is a native of the Black Hills of South Dakota. He also hails from Laramie, Wyoming. Nic’s appreciation for nature began at a very early age while accompanying his family on hikes, fishing trips, and archery shoots.
A natural outdoorsman, he followed his passion and received his B.S in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Wyoming in 2012. While attending college and after earning his degree, Nic worked in rangeland management for the U.S. Forest Service. Nic then had the opportunity to direct the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation where he worked with landowners across the state to improve wildlife habitat.
Nic moved to Missouri in the fall of 2015, and immediately volunteered to clean up the Big Muddy with Missouri River Relief where he is now a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining the ORLT staff, Nic worked in fundraising for Central and NE Missouri. Nic loves exploring the Ozark s via trail and canoe with his girlfriend, Alexis and their dog, Sunny.