Steffney Thompson: Executive Director
     Steffney Thompson, an attorney with expertise in environmental law and policy, was ORLT's first staff person, and has served as executive director since 1999.    
     She claims Missoula, Montana, where she lived for eight years, as home, but also has fond memories of living in places as diverse as the Mogollon Rim in Arizona, and White Pine in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Living in remote and beautiful areas planted the seed for her commitment to protecting land.
    Steffney earned her law degree, as well as undergraduate degrees in history and economics, from the University of Arizona. Following graduation, she worked as an environmental practice lawyer with a law firm in Tucson, Ariz.
     Steffney moved to Athens in 1993 with her husband, Todd Rasmussen, a University of Georgia professor of hydrology. They are the parents of two adult children who also enjoy hiking and exploring.