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HCLT welcomes first executive director


The Hill Country Land Trust (HCLT), a nonprofit land conservation group headquartered in Fredericksburg, recently announced that Martha Zeiher has been named its first executive director, effective Jan. 1.
Zeiher will coordinate the land trust's activities in its 19-county area of interest by working with landowners to preserve their property through land easements.
"Since achieving accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission last February, we are committed to adhering to the standards and policies associated with this higher level of service to our landowner-partners. An executive director will help us maintain levels or service and take us to the next level as an organization," said Katherine Peake, HCLT president.
"The executive director position will allow our all-volunteer board to focus on the land easement process in a more comprehensive way. Martha brings to us a wealth of experience in nonprofit leadership, fundraising and organizational management that is perfectly suited to our small but mighty group."
Zeiher comes to HCLT with over eight years of ground-level, land conservation experience at two organizations in California. She founded and served as first president of Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation and was a founding board member of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy in Ventura, California where she served on the original board for five years.
In addition, Zeiher was the executive director of Loving Heart Hospice Foundation in Moorpark, California and the manager of community relations for SAGE Publications, in Thousand Oaks, California.
She received much of her fundraising experience while working in the development departments at University of California, Santa Barbara and California State University Channel Islands, and has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Ventura County Community Foundation.
Originally from Bryan-College Station, Zeiher received a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching degree from Sam Houston State University. She has recently moved to Fredericksburg with her husband to be closer to her extensive family, many of whom live in the Hill Country.
"I'm honored to be selected as the first HCLT Executive Director and I hope that the experience and skills I acquired while in California will translate well to the Texas Hill Country. I plan to use those skills to support the mission and expand the Hill Country Land Trust's impact in our area," said Zeiher.
Founded in 1998 by a group of volunteer landowners, The Hill Country Land Trust conserves and protects agricultural lands, wildlife habitat and watersheds of the Texas Hill Country for present and future generations. The organization is active in Menard, Kimble, Mason, Llano, Burnet, Blanco, Hays, Comal, Kendall, Gillespie, Bandera, Real, Kerr, Edwards, Schleicher, Sutton, Lampasas, San Saba, and McCulloch counties.
For more information on the Hill Country Land Trust, visit www.hillcountrylandtrust.org or call 830-997-0027.