Deborah White, Executive Director

Deborah served as a botanist and program manager for the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission, a state agency, until her retirement in 2014. Her interest in conservation began as a kid during summers on her family's farm, as well as growing up in Florida, where the land changed from wild areas to subdivisions very quickly.

After completing a master’s degree in plant systematics, she worked in Florida's wetland regulatory program and then with The Nature Conservancy; she has worked in plant and land conservation ever since.

She has been in Kentucky for over 20 years and “loves it - western wetlands to eastern mountains”. Deborah is the author and editor of two recent books, “Kentucky's Natural Heritage” and “Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky”, both published by the University Press of Kentucky. She served as a WWLT Board member for several years.

Deborah White has been Executive Director since 2014.