Pam Torlina, Director of Stewardship and Land Protection,

Pam received her B.S. degree in Biology from USC Upstate.  She has been at PAC since May of 2006.   When not out walking and monitoring PAC protected lands or working on baseline documentation reports, etc. at the PAC office, you can find Pam outdoors in some capacity.  She loves hiking, camping, canoeing, and basically anything outdoors.

Her work experience includes field biologist, naturalist and interpreter, outdoor educator, and wilderness tour guide.  She designed and taught a natural science education program that won the state wide South Carolina Parks and Recreation Association Arts and Programming Branch award for the most Innovative Program of the Year.  She has performed research including such techniques as:  vegetation analysis, nest searching, assisting a licensed bird bander, GPS, GIS, electro-shocking, seining and hoop netting fish, as well as wildlife surveys including:  small mammal, ground beetle, Red-back Salamander (Plethodon cinereus), scent post, and migratory and breeding bird surveys.

    Debra Hansborough, Office Assistant,

Debra began working for PAC in February 2008 as a private contractor working solely on PAC’s application preparation for accreditation. Since then, her duties have expanded to administrative and bookkeeping duties. She has a background in banking, writing Government printing contracts and has managed her own printing brokerage company and real estate business with her husband, John.  Debra and her husband live in Green Creek on a mini-farm along with chickens, guineas, peacocks, peahens and their loving canine, Sasha. Their extended family includes 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

Mary Ann Merrill



Mary Ann Merrill, Office Assistant,

After a banking career in Texas, Mary Ann moved to our area 19 years ago where she became active in the arts and dog community.  She is a co-founder of Service Animal Project and participates in the after school reading program with Doc, her registered therapy dog.  A nature lover and conservation advocate of long standing, she is delighted to be a part of the PAC family…and we are delighted to have her help and enthusiasm!

   Susan Kelley, Office Volunteer

Susan joined PAC in July 2006 as Office Assistant after moving to Tryon from Basking Ridge, NJ, with her husband, Rick.

Her previous careers included Secretary/Special Events organizer in Public Relations for Exxon Corporation; Typesetter and Proofreader for Kelley Coldtype; Executive Assistant in Human Resources for Thomas & Betts.  Her last position was Executive Assistant to the President/CEO/CFO/Chairman of the Board of a start-up medical device company, Exogen, Inc., which manufactured an accelerated bone healing medical device using low-intensity ultrasound.

Since moving to Tryon, Susan volunteers at PAC two days a week in the office, is the current President of the Tryon Garden Club (previously Chair of Pearson’s Falls and Programs/Hospitality), a board member in charge of receptions for the Tryon Concert Association, and Treasurer of the Questers.  Susan is a Master Gardener and is a member of the Foothills Association of Master Gardeners.

In January 2013, she was inducted into the Second Wind Hall of Fame.

gretchen  Gretchen Verbonic, Office Volunteer

Gretchen’s careers were in the computer and equestrian fields. Growing up in Michigan, she began riding hunters, equitation and event horses as a child, and also began dressage at an early age. Following a career in computers in Washington, D.C., she moved to Northern Virginia and took up foxhunting.  As well as competing herself, she trained horses and riders. She became a nationally known, licensed dressage judge,  which she did for over 35 years. In August of 2010, The Chronicle of the Horse published her article, “Reflections of Ye Crochety Olde Dressage Judge.”