2016 Board Members conclude a successful Strategic Planning Session. Pictured above (L to R, Top to Bottom): Bert Prater, Cullan Duke, Rebecca Williams, Debbie Quinn, Steve McClure, Paul Myrick, Benson O'Connor, Mel Washington, Bryan Pape, Sam St. John, Laura Byrne, Amy Powell, Sam St. John, Ray Mayhall, and Wayne Keith. Not pictured: Kellie Hope and Lee Adams. 

2016 Board Members conclude a successful Strategic Planning Session. Pictured above (L to R, Top to Bottom): Bert Prater, Cullan Duke, Rebecca Williams, Debbie Quinn, Steve McClure, Paul Myrick, Benson O'Connor, Mel Washington, Bryan Pape, Sam St. John, Laura Byrne, Amy Powell, Sam St. John, Ray Mayhall, and Wayne Keith. Not pictured: Kellie Hope and Lee Adams. 


Wayne Keith, President

Wayne has served as the President of Keith Air Conditioning for 41 years. He is the immediate past Alabama State Chairman of Ducks Unlimited and serves on the advisory board for the Chamber of Commerce. He's also a member of the Mobile Kiwanis Club, a charter member of the Mobile Pops Band and a former Board member of the Better Business Bureau of South West Alabama and United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile. Wayne was born and raised in Mobile. After graduating from Davidson High School, he attended the University of Alabama. Wayne is married to Pamela and together they have four children and three grandchildren. 

Mel Washington, Vice-President

Mel Washington is the Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center in Mobile, Alabama, providing counseling services to entrepreneurs and small business in six counties in Alabama. Mr. Washington was formerly the Executive Director and CEO of a micro-lending organization supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in New York City.  He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, a Masters in Business Administration from New York University and completed the Administration Executive Education Program at Wharton School of Business. Mr. Washington also held executive level positions at top tier firms in the financial services, telecommunications, and non-profit sectors.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the History Museum in Mobile, Alabama and currently serves on the Boards of Prichard Preparatory School and Gulf Coast Angel Network; and the Advisory Board for the Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  Mr. Washington resides in Mobile, Alabama and enjoys the arts, reading and traveling.  He is also and avid competitive runner and cyclist. 

Rebecca Williams, Secretary

Rebecca is the owner of Legacy Development, LLC.  She enjoys volunteering as a member of the Junior League of Mobile and has been involved with the Bay Area Food Bank, Goodwill Easter Seals, and many more. Rebecca is a 2001 graduate of Millsaps College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Situated on Dog River, Rebecca lives with her husband Billy and son Price.

Amy Powell, Treasurer

Amy is a controller for IPC Industires, Inc. and its affiliated companies in Mobile. A graduate of the University of South Alabama, she holds a BS and MBA from the Mitchell College of Business. Amy is an active member of Springhill Presbyterian Church, where she serves as an elder and co-chair of the budget and finance committee. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Mobile, where she has held various treasury positions including Treasurer of the Board of Directors. She and her husband Charlie reside in Mobile with their three children. 


Lee R. Adams

Lee, a native Mobilian, graduated from Spring Hill College with a degree in Fine Arts. She is married to Sumner Adams and they have two children. Lee and a partner created and ran a successful estate jewelry business here in Mobile for 20 years. Retired now, she is dedicated to the mission of protecting Mobile Bay, which she has known and loved all her life. 

Cullan Duke

Jep Hill

Jep was born and raised in Mobile and attended the University of Alabama. After completing his degree, he returned to Mobile to work at a local public accounting firm and complete his CPA exam. After a brief stint in public accounting, Jep switched his focus to private industry and began working at Graham Holding Company, where he performed accounting and supplemental administration support for our offshore supply business. Jep now serves as a senior accountant for CPSI. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, exercising, and spending time with his wife Corinna. He also volunteers and raises money for the St. Mary's Home. 

Cullen Jacobs

Kelly Jones

As a 17-year news veteran and mom of two, Kelly's career has crisscrossed the globe as she has lived and worked overseas in Tirana, Albania and Brussels, Belgium. She also anchored and reported news on television and radio airwaves in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan as well as Yuma, AZ, Billings, MT, San Diego, CA, Kansas City, MO and here in Mobile. Jones proudly served as the first civilian Family Readiness Officer in the United States Marine Corps (MWSG-37), where she was the direct liaison between the colonel and four squadrons of Marines, sailors and their families (19,000+) and was also responsible for leading four squadron Family Readiness Officers as well. 

Kelly is actively involved in several local organizations. She serves as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail, is a proud board member for the H. Roger Williams Boys and Girls Club of Alabama, has recently been nominated to serve on the Prichard Preparatory School Board, and is a member of the Women's Business Alliance. Kelly and her children enjoy volunteering at their church, City Hope. She is a graduate of Wayne State University and holds her B.A. in Radio/Television. 

Throughout her professional travels, it has been instinctively clear to Jones that giving back to where you live and work is vital. This Michigan native has been been raised to appreciate the importance of clean, sustainable and healthy water and air and feels it is something our entire community should be able to enjoy and offer to visitors as well. Since joining the board, Kelly is thankful to be able to help encourage all citizens to play a vital role as advocates of healthy communities. 

C. Ray Mayhall, Jr.

Ray is a native of Mobile, Alabama.  After forty years in the Coca-Cola Bottling business, he retired as the Senior Vice-President of Sales for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated.  Ray graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He completed Executive Development Programs for Marketing and Human Resources at Harvard University as well as the Executive Development Program for Business at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is past President of the Board of Mobile Baykeeper and currently serves on the Executive Committee.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Fowl River Area Civic Association, the Board of Directors of the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, and works with the American Cancer Society.  Ray is a member of St. Rose of Lima Church.  He resides on Fowl River with his wife, Jacque.  

J. Steven McClure

Steve is a Project Director with Hargrove Engineers + Constructors.  He grew up in Fairhope and holds BS in Civil Engineering from The University of South Alabama.  Steve is a Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction and is an officer of the local chapter of the US Green Building Council.  Steve is an active sailor and a past Commodore of the Fairhope Yacht Club.  Steve and his wife Susan reside in Fairhope and are active in the Fairhope United Methodist Church. 

Sumpter McGowin

Sumpter is a native of Greenville, Alabama and has lived in Mobile with his wife and three small children since 2014. He is an attorney currently practicing in the areas of tax and estate planning, healthcare, and general business law at Phelps Dunbar, LLP. He graduated from Ole Miss in 2004 with a degree in Economics, before earning a law degree from the University of Alabama in 2008, and obtaining his LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School in 2009. When not working or spending time with family, Sumpter loves being on and around the water and enjoying Mobile's unique natural resources.

Kelly McGriff

Kelly is a lifelong resident of Montrose, Alabama. He graduated from Fairhope High School, the University of Alabama, and the University of Alabama School of Law. He has practiced law in Baldwin County in the firm now known as Brackin, McGriff, and Johnson, P.C., since 1995. He is an Assistant Troop Leader of Troop 47, Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Fairhope Sunset Rotary Charity Board, the Baldwin County Board of Education Community Task Force and Junior Advisor of Fairhope Yacht Club. He is also a member of Fairhope United Methodist Church. In his free time, Kelly enjoys traveling and sailing with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children Camille and Pete. 

Paul Myrick

Paul grew up in Fairhope, swimming, paddling and fishing on Mobile Bay. Paul graduated from the University of Alabama and, after a two year stint with the U.S. Army by invitation, graduated from Alabama Law School. Paul has practiced law in Mobile for “a lot” of years, specializing in labor and employment law representing management. Paul’s wife Karen, also an Alabama Law School graduate, chose a higher calling and teaches in the International Baccalaureate program at Fairhope High School. Paul and Karen have lived on the Eastern Shore for some forty years and recently became “bluffers” living high above the duck pond overlooking Mobile Bay on North Bayview in Fairhope. They enjoy frequent visits from their three sons and their wives and six grandchildren! Paul and Karen are dedicated to protecting and preserving Mobile Bay and our environment (and the ducks).

J. Benson O'Connor

Benson serves as Controller at White-Spunner Investments, LLC. He previously served as the President of Mobile Baykeeper’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Vice President of the St. Ignatius School Advisory Board. He resides in Mobile with his wife and three children.

Bryan Pape

Bryan is the Managing Partner for Synergy Financial Solutions. He graduated from Auburn University in 1988 and received his Master's Degree from the University of South Alabama in 1991. In addition to as a board member and past President, Bryan is also a member of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and the Mobile Touchdown Club. He lives in Mobile with his wife and two children. 

Debbie Quinn

Debbie White Quinn and her husband, Michael, grew up in Fairhope boating, sailing, and fishing the Bay and Rivers.  They raised their two sons doing the same.  Debbie is a graduate of The University of South Alabama and is a Registered Nurse.  She worked as an Operating Nurse for 10 years.  She was appointed to Fairhope’s Planning Commission in 1992 for 5 years and then appointed in 1997 to the Fairhope City Council.  Debbie now serves as the Chairman of the Alabama Trails Commission, member of the Alabama Recreational Trails Advisory Board, member of the Weeks Bay Advisory Board, Fairhope Library Foundation, past Chairman of the Thomas Hospital Foundation and past President of the Eastern Shore Junior Auxiliary.  Their two sons are both active duty military.  The Quinn’s oldest son is married to the former Rebecca Walton, from Fairhope, and they have 2 children.

Sam St. John

Sam St. John is the President and CEO of Logical Computer Solutions, Inc., a technology company providing solutions, service and consulting throughout the Gulf Coast region. Mr. St. John graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering. Mr. St. John and his wife Linda have a house on Fowl River and they are active in managing and monitoring the Osprey population, storm water and water quality issues there. Mr. St. John is also actively involved in various organizations in the community such as Muddy Water Watch, Coastal Conservation Association, Fowl River Area Civic Association, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Technology Council, and the Alabama Coastal Foundation where he serves on the Board. 

Lee Webb

With a 17-year background in the banking industry, Lee joined Trustmark Bank in 2016 as a commercial lender, focusing on public finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and commercial real estate lending. An active leader, Lee serves in leadership roles with various local organizations, including: M.S. Leadership of Greater Mobile, Fuse Project, Thomas Hospital Future Founders, Eastern Shore Sertoma Club, and the Development Board for the City of Fairhope. Lee is a graduate of the University of Alabama, LSU Graduate School of Banking, Leadership Baldwin, and Alabama Leadership Initiative. He resides in Fairhope with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, traveling, and spending time in the outdoors.  

Honorary Board Members

  • Jimmy Buffet- Singer, Songwriter, Author
  • Robert Evans, MD
  • Jack V. Greer, Chairman- Greer's Food Tiger, President; Rotary Club of Mobile
  • R. Terry Hartley- Hartley Brothers Manufacturing, President
  • Frederick T. Kuykendall, III- Attorney
  • E. Rob Leatherbury- Land Acquisition
  • James "Jimbo" Meador- Flyfisher extraordinaire, outdoor gear salesman
  • Edward "Skeeter" Morris
  • Henry R. Seawell, III- Thompson Engineering
  • L. Page Stalcup, III