Kathryn Kolb


Master Naturalist Kathryn Kolb shares over 30 years of field experience in forests and wild lands of the Southeast.  Her fresh and insightful perspectives on our native forest make each Eco-A walk a new and interesting experience. She has collaborated for over 25 years on projects with many regional environmental groups including The Wilderness Society, Georgia Forestwatch, Georgia Conservancy, Trees Atlanta, South River Watershed Alliance, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, and many others. Kathryn was founder and director Atlanta’s Keeping It Wild program, under the umbrella of the Wilderness Society, leading a diverse, community based, education and outings program from 2005-2009. She also served as consultant to DeKalb County Commissioners in 1999-2000, leading an initiative to re-vise the DeKalb County Tree Ordinance.  She also served on a City of Atlanta tree ordinance task force, and today consults with other municipalities and community groups on raising awareness about the value of regional forests and natural areas, and methods of incorporating trees and forests into urban and suburban environments.

Kathryn is also known for her distinctive, award-winning work as a fine art photographer of natural forms and landscapes. Her photographs are found in prominent regional collections and public venues throughout the US. To view her fine art photographs visit KathrynKolb.com. 

Lisa Frank

Director of Communication

Lisa has worked at several of Atlanta’s finest cultural attractions.  She launched the first PR departments at the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Botanical Garden with award-winning media relations campaigns to introduce new multi-million dollar buildings.  As a PR writer, media relations expert and president of FRANK RELATIONS, she provides imaginative, results-oriented public relations writing and consulting to nonprofits and small businesses.

As Director of the Turner Environment Division at Turner Broadcasting, Lisa created an award-winning Clean Air Commuter initiative that continues to be a role model today for riding transit, and forming carpools and vanpools to reduce traffic and smog.

An avid gardener, Lisa is a graduate of the Audubon Society’s master birder program and her home garden was featured on their 2010 tour of certified backyard wildlife sanctuaries.

As a consultant with MillionMile Greenway, she mentors nonprofits in community building including Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Atlanta, TRED in Rome, and Campbellton Park in Chattahoochee Hills. She’s also on the Tree Canopy Committee of the Buckhead Neighborhood Association.

Debra Pearson 

Board Member, Environmental Educator, Treasurer

Debra Pearson is a retired educator having served 30 years as a high school language arts teacher in Atlanta’s public schools. Her destiny crossed with Eco-A when a neighbor clear cut the trees in his back yard. He used the forest in Debra’s back yard as a felling ground for the trees he destroyed, killing trees on her property in the process.

Debra took ownership of her backyard forest and created a walking path that has become “the biggest blessing” in her life. Her forest has been designated as a wildlife habitat by both the National Wildlife Federation and the Atlanta Audubon Society. Her forest is home to a diverse number of bird, tree, and native plant species. Debra has opened her forest trail to her neighbors and many now use the trail for daily walking. Debra welcomes the opportunities to share its blessings while imparting the values of tree conservation.


Morgan Hamlin 

Administrative Coordinator

Morgan Hamlin graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Population Studies. She found her passion for Environmental Justice issues, especially access to green space, through a D.I.S. she conducted in East St. Louis, IL.

Now, Morgan has moved to Atlanta, and loves it with every fiber of her being, because it is the “City in the Forest”. You can find her on the weekends attending one of our walks, wandering through a park, or removing invasive plants during volunteer workdays. No matter what she is doing, she’s committed to restoring and maintaining urban green spaces throughout Atlanta.

Jimmy Cyganek

Kennesaw Mountain High School STEM Magnet Program Intern

Jimmy Cyganek is an Eagle Scout, and a senior in the Kennesaw Mountain High School STEM Magnet Program. He is an all-state level baritone and plays many other instruments including marimba, guitar, and ukulele. He’s won several awards for multimedia applications at the Cobb Regional and GA Student Technology Competitions, and is looking forward to serving as an intern and helping to enhance Eco A’s virtual presence. In his occasional spare moments, he enjoys basking in nature cycling on the Silver Comet Trail.

Anna Hauser 

Forest Restoration Specialist 

Anna’s academic and work experience provide her with a range of perspectives and skills that are fundamental to the management of landscapes. Prior to attending university, she studied at Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Training Program and worked in horticulture and organic agriculture in Ireland and Italy. She later received an Honors Interdisciplinary Degree from the College of Agriculture at the University of Georgia, where she enrolled in graduate courses in forestry, horticulture, environmental design, land use law, and historic preservation. Concurrent to that Anna qualified as an ISA Certified Arborist. Most recently, she earned a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a Masters in Social and Public Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Anna works for both private and public sector clients, as an arborist, a landscape management consultant, and as a trainer for landscape crews. Recent institutional work includes crew training and woodland management for the University of the South, landscape management for the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, viewshed management and forest restoration for the Reynolda Museum of American Art, crew training at the University of Georgia, and forest restoration and viewshed management for the Grant Park Conservancy.

Jessica Muhammad

Forest Therapy Guide, Former Co-Director, Walk About Down Yonder

We’re deeply grateful for all she has done to nurture the Eco-A experience and grow our community to where we are today.  She’s been a wonderful friend to so many Eco-A walkers, inspiring them with her soothing presence – especially with her creative introductions to our naturalist walks from 2013-2016. Today Jessica focuses on her family, especially her nine grandchildren, and from time to time still leads shirin-yoku, forest “bathing” walks as part of Eco-A programs.

Jessica Muhammad is a long-term community builder and advocate for children, equality and justice in the greater Atlanta area. She has family roots in both rural and urban environments, and while raising her six children, she was also involved in Atlanta community education and recreation. Jessica attended classes at Spelman College, holds a degree in Transpersonal Psychology, is a certified Forest Therapy Guide and a Master Naturalist.  She is a member of Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam — and she loves to travel!

Advisory Council

Corliss Claire

Advisory Council Member

Served as vice-chair to Keep Atlanta Beautiful, Inc. and co-chairs the Adams Park Foundation which developed Trees Alive, a Georgia Urban Forest Council awarded program to bring awareness to the need for education and collective focus on the impact of invasive plants on Atlanta trees. Corliss lives in Adams Park and is a Master Gardener.


James Tyler

Advisory Council Member

James Tyler is Co-Chair of the Friends of Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, is a naturalist-in-the-making, an avid bicyclist and Advisory Board Member of Eco-A. He is active in Southwest Atlanta Parks that, as he says, “quietly provide life-giving and life-sustaining tree canopy that moderates our City’s climate. These forests exude psychological and health benefits to the surrounding neighborhood residents yet are often taken for granted.” He is also an officer for The Friends of Lionel Hampton-Beecher Hills Nature Preserve, which is his favorite park in Atlanta!

Jeannie Bartow Hartman

Advisory Council Member

Animal Lover,
Nature Enthusiast &
Long Time fan of Eco-A




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