BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  L to R:  Benson O'Connor, Sam St. John, Cullen Jacobs, Jep Hill, Wayne Keith, Sumpter McGowin, Cullan Duke, Debbie Quinn, Steve McClure, Paul Myrick, Mel Washington, and Lee Webb.  Not pictured:  Rebecca Williams, Kelly Finley, Kelly McGriff, Ray Mayhall, Bryan Pape, Scott Posey, Jasmine Washington. 

L to R: Benson O'Connor, Sam St. John, Cullen Jacobs, Jep Hill, Wayne Keith, Sumpter McGowin, Cullan Duke, Debbie Quinn, Steve McClure, Paul Myrick, Mel Washington, and Lee Webb. Not pictured: Rebecca Williams, Kelly Finley, Kelly McGriff, Ray Mayhall, Bryan Pape, Scott Posey, Jasmine Washington. 

Officers

Sumpter McGowin, President

Sumpter is an attorney in Mobile practicing in the areas of tax and estate planning, healthcare, and general business transactions at Phelps Dunbar, LLP.  He is a native of Greenville, Alabama, studied economics at Ole Miss, obtained a law degree from the University of Alabama Law School, and obtained an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School.  Sumpter has a wonderful wife, Dr. Alinda Guynes McGowin, and three small children.  He is a mediocre but dedicated fisherman whose best days are spent with his son exploring the rivers, bays, and bayous surrounding Mobile – killing bait and learning lessons the hard way.

J. Steven McClure, Vice-President

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 and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction. Steve is an active sailor and a past Commodore of the Fairhope Yacht Club.  Steve has also volunteered with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), the U.S. Green Building Council, the City of Fairhope's Industrial Development Board, and has served on the boards of the Fairhope Yacht Club and the Fairhope United Methodist Church. Steve and his wife Susan reside in Fairhope.  

Rebecca Williams, Secretary

Rebecca is a licensed realtor and owner of Legacy Development, LLC and Price Land Holdings, 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.

 

Cullan Duke, Treasurer

Cullan is a Trust Advisor at Regions Bank. Prior to joining Regions, Cullan was an attorney in private practice. Cullan is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and Auburn University.  In addition to his service with Baykeeper, Cullan serves on the boards of the Estate Planning Council of Mobile and the Mobile Botanical Gardens. He is also on the advisory board of the Alabama Coastal Foundation. He is past president of the Mobile West Rotary Club, founded the largest charitable farmers’ market in Mobile, and formerly served as Chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee at his church, Christ United Methodist Church. Cullan and his wife, Nicolette, are natives of Mobile and have three sons. They enjoy cycling, sailing, and oystering---Cullan is the founder of the second oldest off-bottom commercial oyster farm in Alabama, The Mobile Oyster Company.  

Members

Kelly Finley

Kelly is an 18-year news veteran. She and her husband Judge Karlos Finley are the proud parents of 3 children. Her career has crisscrossed the globe as Finley 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. Kelly's television career began in Yuma, Arizona, then Billings, Montana, San Diego, California was next, followed by Kansas City, Missouri and Mobile, Alabama. Kelly made her home here in Mobile, in 2013. Finley proudly served as the first civilian Family Readiness Officer in the United States Marine Corps (MWSG-37). Finley was the direct liaison between the colonel and four squadrons of Marines, sailors and their families (19,000+) and was responsible for leading four squadron Family Readiness Officers, as well.

Kelly looks forward to bringing her extensive media experience and public service to the FM Talk 106.5 team and listeners. Kelly Finley is also the director of communications and public relations for the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail, is a proud board member of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Mobile Baykeeper, Prichard Preparatory School, the H. Roger Williams Boys and Girls Club of Alabama and is a member of the Women's Business Alliance. Kelly and her family enjoy volunteering at their church, City Hope. Kelly is a graduate of Wayne State University and holds her B.A. in Radio/Television. Follow Kelly's news updates and behind the scenes coverage, every morning on social media and listen to Sean, Dalton and Kelly every morning from 6-9 am on Mobile Mornings on FMTalk 106.5.

Jep Hill

Jep is a native Mobilian who returned after studying at the University of Alabama. After obtaining his degree in accounting, he began his career and became a certified public accountant. Once licensed, Jep switched his focus toward private accounting; first with a local offshore supply and marine construction company, and he is now with Mobile-based healthcare software company CPSI. When not working, Jep enjoys the year-round Carnival atmosphere of the City of Mobile, as well as the bounty of outdoor activities the greater Mobile Bay area offers. He and his wife Corinna reside in Midtown with their dog, Chili. 

Cullen Jacobs

Cullen was born and raised in Mobile and opened RCJ Construction in 2001. RCJ Construction specializes in remodeling, renovations, and new construction – both residential and commercial.  Cullen attended the University of South Alabama and has earned four state-wide awards for Remodeling Excellence. Locally, Cullen was awarded the Remodeler of the Year award in 2010 and again in 2012. He served two terms as Chairman of the Remodeler’s Council in Mobile and was Chairman of the Alabama Remodeler’s Council. He was charged with building the 2015 Showcase Home in Riverwood Estates and served on the HBAMM Board of Directors as President in 2016.  Cullen serves as a state director with the Home Builders Association of Alabama and on the Executive Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Alabama. Cullen also serves as a national director with the National Association of Home Builders. He is active in the community as a Board Member for Camp Rap-A-Hope. His favorite pastimes include fishing, hunting and spending time with his daughters. 

Wayne Keith

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.

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C. Ray Mayhall, Jr.

A native of Mobile, Ray is the retired Senior Vice-President of Sales Operations for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated. He now owns and operates Servpro of Southwest Mobile. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also completed Executive Programs at Harvard and the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. Ray is a member of St. Phillip Neri Church. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Bellingrath Home and Gardens and works with the American Cancer Society. He resides on Fowl River in South Mobile County with his wife Jacque.

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.

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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. 

 

 

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Scott Posey

A native of AndalusiaAL, Scott has worked in public, private, and non-profit communications for more than 25 years. He currently serves as Director of Communications for AM/NS Calvert, a state-of-the-art steel processing facility and joint venture between ArcelorMittal USA and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation. Prior to joining the AM/NS Calvert team, Scott served as Vice-President of Governmental and Community Affairs at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Chief of Staff for the President of the State of the Alabama Public Service Commission, and provided communications consulting services for companies in Northwest Florida and New Orleans. He graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. In addition to Mobile Baykeeper, Scott currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Mobile Area Education Foundation, Mobile County Education Commission, and the Board of Trustees for the Gulf Coast Exploreum and Science Center. 

Debbie Quinn

Debbie White Quinn and her husband, Michael, grew up in Fairhope boating, sailing and fishing on Mobile Bay.  They raised their two sons in Fairhope with the same outdoors activities.  Debbie is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and a Registered Nurse.  She worked as an Operating Nurse for 10 years when she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps to become a member of the Fairhope City Council. Debbie served for 16 years and 5 years prior to that on the Fairhope Planning Commission.  She held chairmanships statewide and nationally as an elected official and now serves as the Past Chairman of the Alabama Trails Commission, Governmental Liaison with the Alabama Trails Foundation, a 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 Eastern Shore Junior Auxiliary.  Their two sons are married and are both active duty military

Sam St. John

Sam 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. 

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Jasmine Washington

Jasmine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but due to growing up in a military family, traveled around a bit before they landed in Tallahassee, Florida, where she was raised. She received her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Florida State University and comes to Mobile after a brief stint in Colorado with her current company, Stantec. She relocated to Mobile with her husband Javon to assist the City of Mobile with the Capital Improvement Program where she currently serves as a Project Controls Consultant. Since relocating to Mobile, Jasmine has been able to rapidly get involved with various opportunities the City has to offer  including participating in the Mobile Citizen’s Police Academy, the Mobile Fire and Rescue Citizens Academy,  and being a member of the FBI Mobile Citizens Academy Alumni Chapter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog Prince, playing soccer, and staying involved with many other community engagement activities.

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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