Our Staff

Pee Dee Land Trust Staff

PDLT currently employees six full-time and two part-time staff members.  PDLT's experienced team is energetic and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table.

Lyles Cooper

Executive Director

Lyles joined PDLT in April 2015 as the Director of Education and Outreach and was promoted to Executive Director in October 2017. Lyles' professional experience spans multiple organizations in both the corporate and non-profit worlds. A graduate of College of Charleston with a degree in Corporate Communications and Marketing, Lyles brings a unique mix of skills to PDLT. Lyles is actively involved in many community organizations and currently serves on the board of the SC Land Trust Network. Lyles enjoys outdoor activities with her son, Woods (7).  Growing up and having spent much of her childhood enjoying all the Pee Dee outdoors has to offer, she is passionate about helping preserve our resources for future generations in order to sustain a balance for economic growth in our state.

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Seth Cook

Director of Land Conservation

Seth joined the PDLT staff in April of 2013 upon completion of his Masters Degree in Ecosystem Management from Utah State. Seth, who was raised in Greenwood, received his undergraduate degree from Clemson in Environmental and Natural Resources and recently completed the MBA program through Francis Marion University. His family has farmed for many years in the Camden area and although he enjoys hunting and fishing, he and his wife, Erika, spend most of their time raising their three boys, Mclean, Nelson, and Cullen.

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Hughes Page

Land Protection Associate

Hughes joined PDLT in 2017 as a Land Conservation Associate. He was born and raised in Marion, SC growing up around the family farm from an early age. Hughes graduated from Francis Marion University with a BS in Biology, minoring in History and Chemistry. Hughes is also a certified Master Naturalist through Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. Hughes has volunteered countless hours helping with conservation efforts, including helping to preserve and clean Lynches River of unnatural debris, along with educating others on the importance of keeping our water systems clean. Hughes and his wife, Heather, are both certified American Canoe Association Level II guides and spend their weekends running tours on Lynches River in Scranton, SC and chasing their son, Oliver.

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Shannon Copes

Director of Education & Outreach

Shannon joined PDLT in December 2017 as the Director of Education and Outreach. Shannon has gained many years of non-profit leadership expertise working with several organizations in the region. A native of the Pee Dee, Shannon is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration. She enjoys being active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization and is a member of the Florence Rotary Club and St. John’s Church. Shannon enjoys camping, kayaking and taking in the natural beauty of the Pee Dee with her sons, Graham and Lucas.

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Ashley Scott

Finance Coordinator

Ashley joined PDLT in fall 2011 as a part-time Finance and Administration Coordinator. Since that time, her efforts have moved away from the administration side to the finance area of the land trust. She is a graduate of College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration. Ashley has previous experience serving non-profits and working in the private sector. While having been born in Greenville, SC, she was raised in several places across the state, Tennessee, and Texas. She is actively involved with First Presbyterian Church and Helping Florence Flourish. Ashley is inspired by the passion Pee Dee landowners have for preserving their property for future generations. Her husband John, is an attorney in Florence, and together they have one son, Ford. 

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Farris Lupo

Operations & Outreach Coordinator

Farris joined PDLT in June 2021 as the Operations and Outreach Coordinator. Farris graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Business Administration. Over the years she has had the privilege of enjoying a wide variety of professional experiences with the majority in community focused non-profit organizations. She is passionate about helping others and is involved with various non-profits in the area. Farris is a Florence Chamber Ambassador and member of FBT. Originally from the Pee Dee, she has a love for the outdoors and a real appreciation for the continued efforts of PDLT. Farris is married to Kenneth, with whom she shares two young sons, Baze and Kash, as well as their newest four legged son, a chocolate lab named Rocket.

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Andrew Harlan

Land Protection Specialist

Andrew joined PDLT in March 2021 as a Land Protection Specialist. He grew up in Florence, SC and spent most of his childhood exploring the Pee Dee watershed before moving to Tennessee for undergraduate studies. Andrew graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a BS in Environmental Chemistry concentrating on Ecology and Biodiversity where his interest in conservation and spatial analysis only intensified. He returned to coastal South Carolina, where he attended graduate school at the College of Charleston completing his Masters in Environmental Studies. Andrew has accrued extensive experience in spatial analysis and is eager to apply his academic and professional knowledge to PDLT’s mission. When he is not entertaining his dog, Remley, he will most likely be on his bicycle exploring the less traveled roads of the Pee Dee.

Erika Cook

Finance Manager

Erika joined PDLT in November 2021 as a part-time Finance Manager. Erika earned a Business Administration degree from Lander University along with a MBA from Francis Marion University. Erika was raised in the upstate of South Carolina and has always loved being outdoors. She quickly fell in love with the Pee Dee upon her and Seth’s arrival to Florence in 2013. Erika is an active member of Church at Sandhurst and stays busy with her and Seth’s four energetic boys Mclean, Nelson, Cullen, and Nathan. They have recently acquired a you pick blueberry and muscadine farm in Darlington and are trying their hands at raising chickens.

Contact Us:

843.667.3229

448 W. Cheves St.
Florence, SC 29501

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