BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sumpter McGowin, President
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 this year. Cullen will serve on the HBAMM Board of Directors as President. Cullen will also serve as a national director with the National Association of Home Builders, as well 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. He also serves the community as a Board Member for Camp Rap-A-Hope. His favorite pastimes include fishing, hunting and spending time with his daughters.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
A native of Andalusia, AL, 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 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 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.
Jasmine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but due to growing up in a military family she traveled around a bit before they landed in Tallahassee, Florida, which she considers home. 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 fiancé Javon to assist the City with the Capital Improvement Program and 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 and being a member of the FBI Mobile Citizens Academy Alumni Chapter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their dog Prince, playing soccer, and staying involved with many other community engagement activities.
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