The friendly SCWF staff encourages contact with its donors. The SCWF may be small, but the staff work hard together and make a great team. They are very passionate about what they do and hope that same passion will rub off on all of SCWF’s supporters.
Ben Gregg, Executive Director
Ben received his Master of Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University, his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina Law School, and his Bachelor of History from Presbyterian College. He has been a staff member of the SC Coastal Council, the Director of the Natural Resources Division under Governor Dick Riley and a lawyer in a private practice. He has also been the South Carolina Manager and Director of Governmental Communications for Carolina Public Relations/Marketing, Inc. and an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at Brevard College, Furman University and University of South Carolina Honors College. Outdoor activities that he enjoys in his free time are fishing, birding, baseball and bicycling.
Sara Green, Director of Education
Sara received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. She started working at SCWF in 1997 as the Administrative Assistant. In 1998, she worked for USCB's Pritchards Island on a Loggerhead Sea Turtle Conservation Project. She then returned to SCWF upon graduation in 1999 and started full-time as the Director of Education. Sara coordinates the Midlands Master Naturalist class, Palmetto Pro Birder program, Women’s Outdoor Retreat, and other education programs and events. Some outdoor activities that she enjoys in her free time are gardening, hiking, camping, kayaking, swimming, beach-combing, and playing outside with her family and dogs.
Laura Blake-Orr, Wildlife Habitat Manager
Laura received her Master’s degree in Earth Resources Management from USC and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the College of Charleston. Laura has over 30 years of experience working with SCANA in the environmental field including training, compliance, permitting, assessment and remediation, as well as managing its avian protection program. In addition, she led community outreach, corporate environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts. She is a long-standing board member of Keep the Midlands Beautiful and an avid supporter of SCWF. At SCWF, she assists in planning and coordinating all habitat programs. In her free time, Laura enjoys boating, fishing and swimming on the lake and tidal creeks of the low country with her family and four dogs.
Kristin Weaver, Development & Events Manager
Kristin recently graduated from Columbia College SC, receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Writing for Print and Digital Media. During undergrad, she had the opportunity to intern at Sustainable Midlands, a Columbia based environmental non-profit organization, where she worked to fine tune her communication skills and assisted in planning the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival and the Sustainable Holiday Celebration. Her passion for the environment and conservation make her feel right at home as a part of the SCWF team. Kristin is responsible for developing and coordinating SCWF's fund-raising efforts through cultivation and solicitation of individuals, businesses, industries, and foundations. In her free time, Kristin is an avid runner, participating in multiple races each month. She also enjoys hiking, cooking, and exploring Columbia with her fiancé and their rescue pups, Ellie and Frankie.
Steve Gilbert, Fish & Wildlife Biologist, Special Projects Manager
Steve received his Bachelor and Masters of Biological Sciences/Marine Biology at Florida Institute of Technology. He is retired from a Federal Service career working and supervising for both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Ecological Services Division) working on wetlands, streams, rivers, fish passage and the Everglades Restoration; and the NOAA Coastal Services Center supporting coastal professionals. He is currently on the Board of Audubon SC and involved in National Audubon’s Marsh Migration (in light of sea level rise) Project. Favorite outdoor activities include diving, snorkeling, and downhill skiing.
Trip King, Government Relations Manager
A Columbia, SC native, Trip attended Wofford College and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned a bachelors’ degree in political science. Trip worked as former U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings’ State Director for many years, did a stint as a development officer with University Libraries at USC and went on to serve as Vice President Biden’s National Political Director on the 2012 Obama-Biden re-election campaign. He is the principal in S.B. King & Associates, a Columbia, S.C.-based government relations and public affairs consulting firm. Trip is our point person on legislation at the SC Statehouse, and he assumes those duties as well for our conservation partner, Audubon South Carolina.
Max Ciarlone, Summer Intern
Max is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of South Carolina. He has worked with similar organizations in the past such as Sustainable Carolina and the Conservation Voters of South Carolina. This summer, Max is conducting research on the best practices of environmental education throughout South Carolina as well as traveling to St. Lucia to evaluate their practices. He sees tremendous value in an environmentally conscious education system to create a more sustainable culture. He hopes to take his experiences to create a greener society through his future career path. Max is an avid triathlete but enjoys leisure activities such as camping, baseball, and travelling.