Alabama Rivers Alliance Board of Directors at Camp McDowell 2016 (not pictured: Julian Wathall)

           Alabama Rivers Alliance Board of Directors at Camp McDowell  (not pictured: Julian Wathall)

Officers:

Jenn PattersonJenn Patterson, President

Birmingham, AL

Black Warrior River Basin

Jenn is a civic leader and is involved with many cultural and environmental organizations in the Birmingham community. Her interest in the natural world began as a child and continued through high school where she pursued an environmental science degree. Working through college, she performed water quality assessments at an aquaculture lab. She earned her degree in Geography and Biology from the University of South Alabama. Jenn has worked with local conservation organizations including Black Warrior Riverkeeper, the Southern Environmental Center and the Alabama Urban Forestry Association. At International Expeditions, she was the destination manager for the Galapagos Islands where she served as a board member for the International Galapagos Tour Operators’ Association, which lobbies for conservation, funds projects and promotes the practice of sustainable tourism. She is an avid volunteer, amateur photographer and Master Gardener and is passionate about recycling. In 2012, Jenn was awarded the James Lowery Volunteer Service Award by the Alabama Rivers Alliance.

Georgia PearsonGeorgia Pearson, Vice President

Hoover, AL

Cahaba River Basin

Georgia is a former GIS specialist for The Nature Conservancy of Alabama who is now staying home to raise her children.  She is passionate about Alabama’s natural resources and protecting the planet for her children’s future.

 

Tony Diliberto, Secretary

Indian Springs, AL

Coosa River Basin

Tony Diliberto is the most recent addition to the ARA Board of Directors. He grew up on Cotton Creek in Gulf Shores, Alabama where he developed his passion for Alabama waterways. Tony spent much of his childhood exploring the woods and splashing in the waters nearby. His dedication to people and nature led him to scouting where he achieved the highest honor of earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Through scouting, Tony gained an appreciation for protecting our natural resources and defending our rivers.

Tony graduated from the University of Alabama with a major in advertising and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, he moved to Birmingham and began his professional career with the Birmingham Business Journal. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising, he brings a wealth of knowledge to ARA. Tony has volunteered his time with organizations such as the Birmingham Advertising Federation, Birmingham Artwalk, Sidewalk Film Festival and more. Currently, Tony is president of the Alabama Cup Races which features canoe and kayak racing on the Locust Fork and Mulberry Fork.

In his spare time, Tony enjoys whitewater kayaking, camping, photography and outdoor events. Tony lives on the campus of Indian Springs in the Coosa watershed with his wife Amelia and their two dogs, Tanner and Boodog.

 

Paul PerrettPaul Perrett, Treasurer

Birmingham, AL

Black Warrior River Basin

Paul works as a financial consultant for a company focusing on sustainable investments.  He is an avid paddler, long-term member of the Birmingham Canoe Club, and a passionate dog lover.

 


Directors:

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Dr. Barbara Burke

Birmingham, AL

Black Warrior River Basin

Dr. Barbara Burke is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is a board-certified emergency physician and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from UAB. She brings a special interest in international humanitarian medicine to the ARA Board. Barbara has worked with esteemed organizations such as The International Rescue Committee and Doctors Without Borders. Barbara enjoys swimming, hiking and backpacking in the great outdoors. She advocates for clean water for all Alabamians.

 

 

 

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Ben Ferrill

Huntsville, AL

Alabama River Basin

Ben is a geologist and city planner with the City of Huntsville, an active paddler, and a local conservationist who is active with the Flint River Conservation Association and a board member with the Alabama Rivers Alliance.

 

Henry Hughes on Shades CreekHenry Hughes

Homewood, AL

Cahaba River Basin

Henry worked in Alabama for 25 years in forestry and horticultural research, teaching, and consulting before joining the Birmingham Botanical Gardens as director of education in 2008. He is a member of numerous environmental groups and is executive director of  Friends of Shades Creek. He is a graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee), the University of Kentucky and Texas A&M University. He is particularly interested in the role of forests in protecting watersheds and water quality.

 

Jack KeyJack Key 

Birmingham, AL 

Cahaba River Basin

Jack grew up in Decatur, AL fishing, swimming and water skiing in the Tennessee River. Jack graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and currently owns the commercial real estate brokerage and investment company J. Key Properties, LLC. Jack is active in several local environmental organizations and is passionate about protecting Alabama’s natural resources. Jack enjoys hiking, fishing and cycling in his spare time.

 

James LoweryJames Lowery

Birmingham, AL

Cahaba River Basin

James is retired from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was the Director of Management Support Services, and he considers himself an “Amateur Scientist” and an “Environmental Enthusiast.”  He is active in environmental education as a member of nine environmental and science related Boards of Directors, serving as an officer on five.  James’ widespread involvement in Alabama non-profit organizations was featured in the August 28, 2005, Birmingham News edition of “Good Work.”  Along with countless environmental awards including ARA’s Volunteer of the Decade Award, James has been honored three times as a vigilant member of Alabama’s Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 01090.  James gives excellent presentations concerning constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment, as well as about urban streams he has walked.  He is also an experienced speaker about Antarctica and about the Netherlands and leads guided tours of Alabama’s Wetumpka Astrobleme (Impact Crater).  During rare breaks in his multifaceted community service, James enjoys paddling whitewater rivers as a member of the Birmingham Canoe Club.

 

 

Stephen StetsonStephen Stetson

Montgomery, AL

Alabama River Basin

Stephen is an attorney and policy analyst at Alabama Arise, a statewide anti-poverty organization. He was born and raised in southeast Alabama (Pike County) and received his undergraduate degree in media studies (with an emphasis on print journalism) from the University of Texas in Austin. After a few years as a beat reporter, he attended law school at the University of Alabama, receiving his J.D. in 2007. He has been a member of the Bar and working on behalf of low-income and working Alabamians ever since. His areas of expertise include predatory lending, public transportation policy, criminal justice issues, and utility rates. He lives in Montgomery with his wife, Kate Shuster, their dog, Toffler, and two cats, Gai Pan and Snowden.

 

Robert TateRobert Tate

Birmingham, AL

Cahaba River Basin

Robert owns a local printing company called Proforma.  He and his wife are active in the Birmingham civic community and help greatly with fundraising activities for the Alabama Rivers Alliance.While studying at Auburn, Robert went west, experienced the wonder of Yosemite Park, and the day after graduation moved to San Francisco where he furthered his education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Over the years he has visited 30-plus national parks (plus several in Canada) and looks forward to many fly fishing forays in pristine Alabama rivers and streams. Mr. Tate is a local business owner in Birmingham.

 

Julian WalthallReverend Dr. Julian Walthall

Mobile, AL

Mobile River Basin

Julian grew up in Newbern in Alabama’s Black Belt and spent much time on the Black Warrior River at old Lock 5 in Hale County.  He recently retired as a Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister having served four churches over the past 39 years in West Virginia and Alabama. In retirement, he is active in the Baldwin County Master Gardeners, volunteers at the Weeks Bay Arboretum, oversees a public access to Mobile Bay in Daphne and manages a family farm at Sunshine near Newbern.  His hobbies include gardening, fishing, hunting and canoeing. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Daphne and they have a son who practices environmental law in Albany, NY and another son  who teaches English at an Italian university in Siena.

 

 

 

2015 Board of Directors Holiday party

NOTE: ARA Board members are elected to three year terms and may be elected to three consecutive three year terms, then extended for one extra year (10 years total) before being termed out for at least a year.

 


Of Counsel:

Mr. William L. Andreen (Bill), esq.

Tuscaloosa, AL

Black Warrior River Basin

Bill is the Edgar L. Clarkson Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law.  He previously served as Assistant Regional Counsel for Region IV of the US Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, Georgia and is a graduate of Columbia Law School and the College of Wooster. He is a Scholar Member of the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington, DC and a Member of the Commission on Environmental Law and World Conservation Union.

 


 Advisory Board:

Dr. Ramble Ankumah

Tuskeegee, AL

Chatahoochee River Basin

Ramble teaches environmental sciences at Tuskegee University. Dr. Ankumah is originally from Ghana, Africa.

 

Dr. Rob Angus

Birmingham, AL

Cahaba River Basin

Rob is a recently retired former professor of biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to serving on the board if the Alabama Rivers Alliance, Rob also serves on the Advisory Board of the Black Warrior Riverkeepers and on the Board of the Valley Lake Association. Rob, his colleagues, and his students have engaged in considerable research evaluating the effects of urban development on stream fish and invertebrate populations. Rob is a fisherman and musician who enjoys playing the banjo and hammered dulcimer.

 

Karan Bailey

Shorter, AL

Tallappoosa River Basin

Karan is a consulting field biologist who has spent a considerable amount of her energies tracking the conservation status of the federally endangered flattened musk turtle in the Black Warrior River Basin.

 

Bill Bennett

Birmingham, AL

Cahaba River Basin

 

Randy Haddock

Birmingham, AL

Cahaba River Basin

Randy is Field Director for the Cahaba River Society.

 

Reverand Mark Johnston

Nauvoo, AL

Black Warrior River Basin

Mark is the Executive Director of Camp McDowell, an Episcopal Church Camp and Conference Center near the Bankhead Forest and Alabama’s Smith Lake.  Mark is a priest in the Episcopal Church and a graduate of University of the South.

 

Joseph B. Mays

Birmingham, AL

Cahaba River Basin

 

Michael Mullen

Troy, Alabama

Choctawhatchee River Basin

Michael is the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper. He holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Athens College, an MS in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas, and an MS in Biology from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. He holds an AS Certificate in Environmental Science from the University of  Alabama, Huntsville, is certified in Watershed Management  from the University of British Columbia – IRES, and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) – Cert. # 2129. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Alabama Water Watch. During his spare time he enjoys playing golf, fishing, and canoeing.

 

John Scott

Montgomery, AL

Alabama River Basin

John is a retired attorney who has been active for many years in conservation work, including service on the boards of Southern Environmental Law Center, The Nature Conservancy of Alabama, and Forever Wild.

 

Beth Young

Birmingham, AL

Cahaba River Basin

Beth Maynor Young is an accomplished conservation photographer who has spent much of her life chronicling the natural beauty and remnant wild places of the contemporary South. In 1990, she founded Cahaba River Publishing, a conservation-motivated firm that supports her life’s passion—nature and landscape photography. Today, Beth’s photographs give us a moving vision of the natural world and speak quietly yet deeply of our need to preserve the South’s unique environmental heritage.

Beth’s conservation photography is part of many private and corporate art collections across the country. Her renown and popularity is a testament to the importance of environmental issues and the caliber of her photography.