Staff

Gerald R. Barber, ASLA, IAAO, MAE
President

Gerald R. Barber

Gerald is a certified general appraiser, registered landscape architect, licensed real estate broker and property tax arbitrator. Gerald became President of Barber and Mann, Inc. in 2002 and has performed conservation easements and other specialized appraisals and real estate consulting on environmentally sensitive lands for numerous landowners, non-profits and government agencies in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee. Prior to serving as the elected Tax Assessor of Madison County (one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S.) from 1988-2015, Gerald was President of Oak Lane, Inc, a landscape architecture, land planning, and development firm for 16 years. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1972 from Mississippi State University.

His passion for the outdoors has extended far past his professional career. He has volunteered over 35 years of service with several state, regional and national conservation organizations. He is the former Chairman of the National Wildlife Federation, the former Chairman and co-founder of Republicans for Environmental Protection Educational Foundation and the former Vice President and co-founder of the Delta Land Trust.

More about Gerald Barber (resume – pdf)

Elizabeth “Liz” Rooks-Barber, CWB
Vice President

Conservation Planning
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Liz is a certified wildlife biologist, majority owner and managing partner of Barber & Mann, Inc.  Her past clients include many private landowners across the Southeast US and non-profits and agencies such as the National Audubon Society, The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plains, The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Ducks Unlimited, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, The Land Trust Alliance/Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks. Before starting her own business, she served as executive director of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation and as the executive director of the American Lung Association of Mississippi.

Liz is an avid outdoorswoman and is an active volunteer in several community and statewide charitable organizations.  She is the former Vice President of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Past Chair of the Catholic Charities Governance Council for the Jackson diocese and is a certified Mississippi Master Gardener.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Forestry/Wildlife Management (1987) from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science in Communication (1990) from Mississippi College.

More about Liz Barber (resume – pdf)

Ray Kinney, GA-1063, Broker – 19303

Appraisal Division

Ray KinneyRay is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and Real Estate Broker. Ray has been working with Barber & Mann since Spring 2009, focusing on conservation easement and environmentally sensitive property valuation among other large land projects. As a real estate broker he specializes in buyer’s representation, 1031 exchange, and general consulting for timberland, farmland, recreational, and environmentally sensitive property acquisition. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate Finance. Ray also studied international business while living abroad in Florence, Italy, and traveling the continent of Australia. An avid duck hunter, Ray grew up hunting the fields and flooded timber of central Arkansas, as well as the Mississippi Delta Region. Ray’s passion for the outdoors and hunting is the driving force behind his work for the conservation of America’s wetlands and wildlife habitat.

More about Ray (resume – pdf)

C.J. Garavelli, GA-1115, B-19197, MAE

Appraisal Division

Ray KinneyC.J. is a licensed real estate appraiser and licensed real estate broker. He has worked in the appraisal field for over 5 years at many levels of the profession including residential, commercial, eminent domain at the state level, tax assessment, and presently environmentally sensitive land. He received his Bachelor of Management of Construction and Land Development in 2008 from Mississippi State University. C.J. is an avid outdoorsman. He has enjoyed hunting and fishing many wildlife habitats over the years including much of Mississippi and the Southeast. From this experience he has gained a great deal of respect and admiration for the outdoors.