Jim Grode

Jim Grode, Executive Director, is an environmental lawyer by training, a transportation advocate by profession, and an outdoorsman by passion. He is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Colorado Law School and, before coming to WaysSouth, practiced Read More

Grace Trimble

Grace Trimble, Secretary, Atlanta and Clayton, GA, is senior communications coordinator for the Atlanta Regional Commission, the metropolitan planning organization for the Atlanta region, and has more than 30 years of experience as an independent communications consultant with a variety Read More

Axel Ringe

    Axel Ringe, New Market, TN, holds a bachelor’s degree in geology and has done graduate work in animal behavior, and is retired from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information. He now advocates for Read More

Betty Petty

Betty Petty, Ooltewah, TN, is a retired systems analyst from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). She works on hiking and environmental issues through several different organizations.

Terry Miller

Terry Miller, Chair, Hixson, TN, holds a bachelor of science in Political Science and Economics, and has worked in both state and local government.  Terry is an Employee Benefits Broker and Consultant.

Don McGowan

  Don McGowan, Asheville, NC, a native Georgian, now lives in Haywood County, North Carolina. He is an award-winning professional nature photographer, writer, and teacher.

Melanie Mayes

  Melanie Mayes, PhD, Oak Ridge, TN, is a scientist who investigates the microbiology, hydrology, and geochemistry of soils and Earth materials, seeking to understand how contaminants are retained and transformed, and how nutrients and organic carbon are stored and cycled in the Read More

Charley Kraus

Charley Kraus, Young Harris, GA, retired in 2001 to Towns County, where he is currently active as a founding director of the Towns County Homeowners Association and is a member of the Towns County Board of Elections. He served five Read More

Hugh Irwin

Hugh Irwin, Black Mountain, NC, is Landscape Conservation Planner for the Wilderness Society. In his current role and prior positions he has used geographic analysis and mapping as tools in the effort to obtain better protection for priority conservation lands. Read More

Clyde Holler

  Clyde Holler, Morganton, GA, is an associate broker with Coldwell Banker High Country Realty in Blue Ridge, Ga. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago (BA), the Episcopal Theological School (MDiv) and Boston University (PhD), and taught at Read More