Westervelt Lodge Staff

    STEVEN CARROLL Lodge Manager

    Steven’s career with The Westervelt Company began in 1991 (31 years), when he was hired as a wildlife coordinator at Westervelt Lodge. Over 10 subsequent years he logged thousands of hours in the field guiding guests on successful white-tailed deer and turkey hunts, then spent the spring and summer seasons working to improve the quality of wildlife and wildlife habitat on Lodge property.  In the fall of 2006 Steven was named as lodge manager. Steven holds the distinction of being the only member of our staff to hold full time roles in all of our forest recreation businesses.

  • Jeff Criswell
    Jeff Criswell Wildlife Cordinator

    We want to welcome Jeff Criswell to Westervelt Lodge! Jeff joined us in a full time capacity in September. He’ll be a familiar face to a lot of our turkey and deer hunters. He’s has been helping out with deer hunts and guiding turkey hunters here since 2000. Jeff is an excellent outdoorsman and spends any free time he has in the woods or on the water. Jeff’s passion though is turkey hunting and is known around here as one of the best. Our turkey guests that have hunted with him will back us up on that! He is a lifelong resident of Pickens County.

    JUSTIN RAKESTRAW Wildlife Coordinator

    Justin joined the Westervelt Lodge team in May of 2022. He is a former intern at the Lodge and is a graduate of Mississippi State University’s Forestry/Wildlife Management program . After his internship he helped manage a large hunting ranch in Southwest Texas. He has excellent experience under his belt for guiding a variety of different animal species and customer service. Justin is a native of Blue Springs, MS. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and shooting competitive archery.

    KRISTIE ELLIS Secretary and Outreach Coordinator

    Kristie Ellis serves as secretary for the Westervelt’s recreation business division. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Kristie she has a daughter and enjoys spending time outdoors (especially fishing). Kristie’s energy and organizational skills are valuable assets and contribute greatly to the team approach at Westervelt Lodge.

    KEVIN MCKINSTRY Recreation Director/Certified Wildlife Biologist®

    Kevin is the Recreation Director for the Westervelt Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida and is a certified wildlife biologist™.  He currently serves as on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Wildlife Federation and serves as Vice President for the Board of Directors for the Alabama Wildlife Federation.  In 2017 he was appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to serve on the Alabama Environmental Management Commission.

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