Jenessa Casey is the Manager of Finance & Administration for TennGreen. She was raised in Brentwood, her love of Tennessee crystalized by childhood fossil hunts, tree species identification walks with her father, and biking to her neighborhood Crockett Park. She gained not only a B.A. in Natural Resources and minor in Women’s Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South, but a lasting devotion to the rolling oak-hickory forested hills of Tennessee. As the Administrative Director of Sewanee’s Environmental Residents program she discovered her aptitude for organization and environmental leadership. She served as Development Intern and later the Administrative Manager of The Land Trust for Tennessee before joining TennGreen. She’s a proud mom to her two rescue cats Zena and Cooper.

My Favorite Hiking Spot:

I love the 20-mile Perimeter Trail that encircles my Alma Mater, Sewanee: The University of the South. It’s a rite of passage to complete the trail loop all in one day before graduation and it’s a hike that has such diversity...scenic bluffs & lakes, cove waterfalls, and upland dry sandy paths. My favorite quick hike starts at the Morgan’s Steep trailhead and guides you through waterfalls, creek beds, and through a rock tunnel to “The Cross” overlook where you can gaze onto the town of Cowan, TN. The ideal 20 mile trip starts and ends at Shenanigans Restaurant where friends can recount the lessons learned and memories made from the day’s trail hike. 

Jenessa Casey, Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation staff