Board Members

Our Board meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Board meetings will take place virtually via Zoom and are open to the public. Anyone who wishes to attend can contact Hannah Johnson at

Sarah Yates Sutherland President

Sarah has over four decades of construction experience, including development, general contracting, historic restoration and construction program management for non-profit clients. She also serves as Vice President of Wholesome Wave Georgia’s Board of Directors. She currently serves on the Housing, Development, and finance committees.

Lara Mathes

Vice President
With a professional background in city and university planning, Lara has served on a variety of Athens Land Trust committees since first joining the board in 2006. She is most inspired by the organization’s adaptability in addressing community needs while remaining steadfast in its socially-focused land stewardship role. Currently she serves on the Housing and Executive Committees.

Nancy Stangle

As co-Founder and former Executive Director of Athens Land Trust, Nancy played an essential role in the formation of ALT in 1994 as one of the few organizations in the country that is both a conservation and community land trust. She currently serves on the Finance and Development committees.

Willa Fambrough

Willa is the owner of ICook_ieForYou, a baking business in Athens, Georgia. Ms. Fambrough is a vendor at the West Broad Farmers Market, selling delicious cookies, cakes, and other baked goods.

Quito Anderson

Quito has used his conservation and legal background in his years of service to Athens Land Trust, including as a pro bono consultant, standing member of the Conservation and Development Committees, and Board Member. He believes that a healthy environment plays a vital role in holistic, equitable community development.

Jeff Bishop

Vanna Cure

Vanna joined the Athens Land Trust Board in October 2020. As the Associate Director of Advocacy for Prosperity Now (Washington, DC), she works to advance federal and state policies for equitable financial stability and wealth building. She has a history of grassroots political activism and organizing. She seeks to leverage this experience, as well as her deep ties to the Athens community, to support ALT's mission and programs.

Sherrie Hannah

Sherrie is a Georgia native and has resided in Athens for over 30 years. She became an Athens Land Trust homeowner in 2019. She is employed with the Clarke County School District as a Food Service Nutrition Manager. Sherrie serves on several auxiliary committees with her local church, and truly believes "that what you make good happen for others, God will make happen to you."

Charley Hill

Charley has worked in commercial real estate in Atlanta, Georgia for the past thirty seven years. As a University of Georgia alumnus, he and his family have maintained a strong connection and love for Athens. He sees his work with Athens Land Trust as an important way to give back to the city and its people.

Shirley Sherrod

Shirley has been educating and empowering communities for more than 60 years, including through the creation of New Communities Inc., a collective farm that is widely recognized as the first community land trust in the United States. Through the Southwest Georgia Project, where she continues to serve as Executive Director, she has dedicated her life to addressing black land loss, voter education, asset building, and human rights.

Johnelle Simpson

John Iverson

Dr. John Iverson taught 8th grade Georgia History and 7th grade Eastern World at Creekland Middle School in the Gwinnett County Public School System (GCPS) for over twelve years. In 2019, he began serving Alps Road Elementary School as the Assistant Principal in Clarke County School District and now serves as the Associate Principal at Taft Middle School in the San Diego Unified School District. He earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Harding University in Searcy, AR (1992) and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Georgia (UGA-2010). His Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) was completed in Educational Leadership and Policy from UGA in June 2018. In 2006, with the help of the Teacher Education Evening Licensure (TEEL) program at Notre Dame College, Iverson obtained an Ohio Professional Educators License to teach full-time in Mathematics, Social Studies, and Reading. When he is not writing papers and/or reading research articles and books, Dr. Iverson enjoys reading historical fiction books, running, golfing, horseback riding, and gardening. Most of all he loves to learn and teach others the joy of learning.

Willie Thomas

Willie Thomas is an Athens native who grew up and still resides in the West Broad community. He is a proud alumnus of West Broad Elementary School, Athens High Industrial, and he graduated from Burney Harris High School. Mr. Thomas worked many years in the retail industry, and as a self-employed contractor. He retired from Lowe’s after 19 years of service. Mr. Thomas became the chair of the West Broad Advisory Board in 2019 where he has led community meetings, spoken on behalf of the community, and strives daily to work with his neighbors to promote engagement and advocacy for their needs.