Our Staff

Dawn Haight
Executive Director

Dawn has spent the past 19 years conserving land in the northeast and Atlantic regions of the country.  She is excited to continue her passion through preservation, education, and providing public access to our beautiful Gulf Coast.

Nick Goyette
Land Manager

Nick is a graduate of the University of South Alabama earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology.  Currently he is enrolled a graduate student at Auburn University working towards a masters degree of natural resources. He has managed the LTMCP portfolio of land holdings since January of 2018 by conducting site visits and updating management plans.  Nick holds certificates for burn management and private herbicide application as well as Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification.  He has served as a deckhand on a research vessel and assisted with educational programs including summer camps.  Nick leads volunteers to conduct land management activities such as invasive species management and native planting.  In his spare time, Nick is a referee for college and high school soccer games and tournaments.  His strong work ethic and independent curiosity have allowed him to grow in his role as Land Manager.

Christina Nanney
Office Manager

Christina “Mimi” Nanney has been a non-profit bookkeeper managing federal and non-federal grant funding for coastal non-profit organizations since 2008 and providing bookkeeping services for small businesses since 2003.  Passionate about the coast, Christina took on the role of Office Manager for LTMCP in February of 2016.  Christina provides bookeeping services, grant writing, grant management, office management, social media publishing, marketing, graphic design, outreach, event planning and management, and other duties as needed.  Christina was born and raised on the coast and has never been able to leave the beauty of the area.


Judy Steckler
Founding Executive Director 2000 – 2020

Beginning in 1998, Judy participated in a series of roundtable discussions on the needs of the community, the economy, and the environment of the Mississippi coast. These sessions brought together business and community leaders across the coast. The loss of green space and open space was identified as a major concern from these community meetings. As a direct result of these meetings, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain was formed with Judy becoming its first Executive Director in May 2000. Since that time over 9,500 acres have received protection under the umbrella of LTMCP. Through contractors as well as job training programs, restoration occurs as needed on all properties. Low impact outdoor recreational facilities are developed on appropriate parcels to facilitate connecting the community to the environment.

In partnership with local communities, DEQ, and EPA, Judy was instrumental in establishing watershed protection programs and developing implementation plans for Turkey Creek, Tchoutacabouffa, the Bay of St. Louis, West Boley Creek, Old Fort Bayou, Rotten Bayou and Red Creek. After Katrina, Judy was invited to serve on Governor Haley Barbour’s Mississippi Gulf of Mexico Commission to help draft a coastal restoration plan for the State of Mississippi, which was used as the framework for the development of a Gulf wide restoration effort. She was appointed after the BP Oil Spill, to the 2020 GoCoast Commission by Governor Phil Bryant, as a Eco-restoration GoTeam member.

Judy, a resident of Biloxi since 1963, grew up in Elton, Louisiana and earned her B.S. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.