Marina Robertson has served as the Executive Director for the Pettit Preserve since December 2009. A graduate of Berry College (B.A.) and the University of Georgia (MSW), Marina has worked in nonprofit management in Cartersville for over 25 years, including service with the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter and Bartow County Habitat for Humanity. Marina also served as a Southeast Region/Northwest GA Trainer for Habitat for Humanity International and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Bartow. Marina’s love of nature and conservation ethic started as a child. Growing up, family vacations were always a two-week camping trip, usually to Maine, but also the Midwest and eastern Canada. In 1970, Marina’s school participated in the first Earth Day, cleaning up trash in city streets and alleys, which left a lasting impression about the importance of environmental stewardship.
Mary Ann Pawlowski joined the staff of the Pettit Preserve as a part time educator in August 2014. Mary Ann received her B.S. in Education from the University of Georgia, her M.ED in Special Education from Georgia State University and her Education Specialist degree from Piedmont College. After retiring with 30 years as an elementary school classroom teacher, Mary Ann decided to pursue her passion for nature by joining the Pettit Preserve staff. Mary Ann spent years as a leader for both Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. She has also led hikes for the Appalachian Trail Club for both adults and inner city youth and participated in many Appalachian Trail & other trail maintenance projects. During her time with the Preserve, Mary Ann has become a Certified Interpretive Guide, a program of the National Association of Interpretation.