Christy Milbourne (Executive Director and Founder, non-voting)
Luke Milbourne (Co-Executive Director and Founder, non-voting)
Christy and Luke have always had a passion for animals. One day, they noticed a turtle that had been hit by a car on the roadway. The turtle was still trying to walk, so the Milbournes quickly stopped to try and help. Giving turtles a helping hand whenever they'd see them injured quickly turned into passion to help all the injured or sick turtles in Mississippi. The Milbournes received an administrative wildlife rehabilitation permit from the MS Department of Wildlife in 2013, and set out to make this "hobby" a nonprofit organization so that they could help as many turtles as possible around the state. In 2017, they saw their dream realized, when they were approved by the State of Mississippi and the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and officially became the Central MS Turtle Rescue.
Christy and Luke live in Florence, Mississippi (Christy's hometown) with their ever changing number of turtle and tortoise "patients", 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, 3 snakes, 1 crested gecko, 1 bearded dragon, and 1 75+ pound sulcata tortoise. Luke and Christy both also work full time for the state government, but hope to retire one day and do nothing but help turtles and tortoises in need.