Peggy Horner - Executive Director
Peggy has been with Ozark Regional Land Trust since 2013, initially as the Stewardship Director, then as the Executive Director. Prior to that, she worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation for 13 years specializing in endangered species recovery and land conservation and protection. Peggy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the University of North Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Wildlife from North Carolina State University – where she studied black bears in Blue Ridge Mountains.
As a child growing up in the remote woods of Maine, her love of animals and ‘all things nature’ has matured into a passion to assist private landowners to permanently conserve their land that will ensure habitat for all species is protected.
Contact Information firstname.lastname@example.org Main Office: 573-817-2020 Mobile: 314-920-0038 Columbia, MO (Main Office)
Abigail Lambert, River Stewardship Project Coordinator
Abigail has worked for Ozark Regional Land Trust since 2001. Her primary assignment is to develop and administer land and river protection in the upper Meramec River watershed. Abigail assists private landowners to find and tailor conservation tools that meet their needs and at the same time protect the natural resources of the property. Abigail was born and raised in St. Louis.
She 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. Abigail’s love of birds started in Maryland and is one of the reasons she loves working at ORLT and protecting bird (and other wildlife) habitat in the Ozarks.
Gray Summit, MO
Kelly O’Mara, Conservation Projects Manager
Kelly joined Ozark Regional Land Trust in December, 2016 after 16 years of service in the Biology Department at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She earned degrees from Auburn University and University of Missouri – St. Louis in agriculture and ecology/conservation. Since 2009, Kelly has worked with numerous conservation agencies: The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, Missouri Department of Conservation, Ozark Regional Land Trust and United States Forest Service to draft baseline documentation reports for conservation easements.
A Missouri native, Kelly grew up camping, hiking and fishing in the Ozarks. As the Conservation Projects Manager, she’s excited to share her love of the Ozarks with prospective landowners who are passionate about protecting the amazing Ozark landscape and culture.
St. Louis, MO
Nic Rogers, Stewardship Specialist
Nic has been with Ozark Regional Land Trust since December 2016. A natural outdoorsman, he followed his passion and received his B.S degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Wyoming in 2012. Following time working with the US Forest Service, Nic worked for the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation working alongside private landowners on complex projects.
He moved to Missouri in the fall of 2015, and immediately volunteered with Missouri River Relief where he is now a member of the Board of Directors. Nic enjoys the complexity of stewarding land conservation projects and he especially likes learning about the unique histories and passions of all ORLT’s easement landowners.
Kathy Lee, Administrative Assistant
Kathy has worked for Ozark Regional Land Trust since 2016. Kathy is the Administrative Assistant and works with the day to day office operations to include membership, bookkeeping and preparing outreach materials. Kathy was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She has a B.S degree in Management from Park College in Parkville, MO. Kathy served in the United States Air Force and has been stationed in San Antonio Texas, and Germany serving in Airfield Management and as a Professional Military Education Instructor.
Kathy is a runner, having completed 7 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2009. With her bike, “Dewi”, she has logged thousands of miles riding the Katy Trail. Kathy also enjoys bike-packing and camping along the trail. Working at ORLT gives her an opportunity to help make sure future generations will be able to enjoy the outdoors and our natural resources as she does.
Columbia, MO (Main Office)