THE BAYKEEPER TEAM
Casi (kc) Callaway
executive director & Baykeeper
Casi (kc) Callaway is from Mobile, Alabama, graduated high school from the last all girls' class of Julius T. Wright and received a degree in Philosophy and Ecology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She began working in the environmental field as the Southeastern Regional College Campus Coordinator for Earth Day 1990. Casi then began working for Clean Water Action in Washington, D.C. She worked on local, state, and federal campaigns in many areas, including public education, research of political issues, lobbying at every level of government, and fundraising. Before leaving D.C., Casi attained the positions of the D.C. Field Canvas Director and the D.C. Office's Florida Program Director.
As Executive Director & Baykeeper of Mobile Baykeeper (formerly Mobile Bay Watch, Inc.), Casi is responsible for coordinating public education; community organizing; research and fundraising. She holds four gubernatorial appointments and serves on the boards of several local, state and regional environmental organizations. Casi is also active in the Junior League of Mobile and with Government Street Presbyterian Church. She and her husband, Jarrett, have one amazing son, Coleman.
Born and raised in Mobile, Justine has a deep passion for the city of her birth. After graduating from St. Paul's Episcopal School, she attended The University of Alabama. In 2012, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology. After graduation, she quickly returned home to serve the city that she loves. In the three years following her college career, she worked as a paralegal on the BP Oil Spill team at Cunningham Bounds, LLC. She is an active member of the community serving on several local boards and committees including: Mobile Arts Council, St. Paul’s Episcopal School, St. Mary’s Home, and James T. Strickland Youth Center. Justine is also an active member of St. Ignatius Parish and a past member of the Board of Directors and chairwoman of the Young Advisory Council for Mobile Baykeeper.
She is honored to be a full-time staff member and is eager to advance the mission of the organization while building membership, hosting events, and fundraising. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and on the water with family, friends and her dog Marley.
Cade grew up on Guntersville Lake in north Alabama. After earning his B.S. from Auburn University he took a position with the U.S. Forest Service as a wilderness restoration intern in Washington; however, sweet home Alabama called and Cade returned to work on his M.S. at Auburn University. He has completed all coursework and will receive his M.S. upon completion of his thesis. After getting married he followed his wife to her home in Baldwin County and has been exploring the treasures of the Gulf coast since. In his spare time Cade likes to kayak and bike with his wife and snow ski whenever he can. Cade is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for the citizens of the Alabama Gulf coast and preserve the environment of this majestic area.
As Program Director, Cade works to make sure that projects Mobile Baykeeper engages in fit the vision and strategic plan of the organization. He is responsible for determining how and when to engage in policy matters to ensure responsible growth throughout the area. Cade manages Mobile Baykeeper's activities in protecting our waterways and communities from pollution resulting from infrastructure issues such as sewage overflows, construction stormwater, and industrial pollution. With assistance from the Program Coordinator and Education and Outreach Coordinator and guidance of the Executive Director and Board of Directors he designs and implements new programs to educate and engage citizens on environmental issues. He also oversees work related to citizen concerns on environmental issues.
Elise grew up on the Coosa River in Childersburg, Alabama which fostered a love within her for Alabama’s waterways and the knowledge that they need protecting. She graduated from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a M.S. in Marketing in May 2007 before starting her career in Birmingham where she worked in various marketing, advertising, sales, and graphic design positions for close to a decade. In July of 2016, following an opportunity for her husband, she was led to Mobile. Shortly after arriving, she attended the Bay Bites Food Truck Festival where she was first introduced to Mobile Baykeeper. She immediately knew it was an organization she would love to be involved with and was thrilled when the opportunity to join their team arose. In her spare time, Elise loves to go on walks through Midtown with her husband and their Australian Shepherd, Wyatt. She also enjoys attending classes at Mission Fitness, fellowship at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, and long walks on the beach.
Elise joined the Baykeeper team in September 2018. As Communications Coordinator, Elise works with the directors of the Programs, Grants, Development, Education & Outreach, and Membership & Volunteer teams to implement marketing and PR strategies to raise awareness of environmental issues, promote fundraising events, and increase membership. She is responsible for writing and designing all promotional material, building relationships with and serving as a liaison to local media, and directing the organization's digital strategy through the management of social media, e-mail marketing, the Mobile Baykeeper website, and blog.
program & Grants Coordinator
Laura was born and raised in Scottsdale, AZ, but always knew she wanted to live by the water. She graduated from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Environmental Studies in May 2012. After graduation, she moved down to Alabama to work for the Fisheries Ecology Lab at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Shortly after, she started graduate school and completed a M.S. in Marine Science at the University of South Alabama in December 2014. Laura has always been fascinated with the water and all that lives in it. She loves to go fishing, kayaking, and snorkeling in her free time. It was not surprising that she fell in love with Alabama's Gulf Coast and decided to call it home.
As Program and Grants Coordinator, Laura researches local projects in regard to their environmental impact. She helps carry out existing Mobile Baykeeper programs and designing and works to implement new programs to educate citizens on environmental issues. She also addresses and investigates citizen concerns on environmental issues. Laura is responsible for researching, writing and managing grants to fulfill the organization’s mission.
membership & Volunteer COORDINATOR
Chad was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama where he spent much of his childhood enjoying the water - either off the coast or on the Pascagoula River with his family. After attending Mary G. Montgomery High School, he spent a few years living in different surrounding states before his hometown called him back.
Upon returning home, he attended Bishop State Community College before transferring to the University of South Alabama, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Gender Studies. While he was acquiring his degree, Chad interned at Mobile United. He eventually was hired on as a staff member and worked alongside some of the city's most influential leaders and organizations. Chad is an active member of the community, serving on the Advisor Board of AIDS Alabama South and helping many people in our area in finding their “zen” as an instructor at Glow Yoga.
As Membership & Volunteer Coordinator, he is responsible for engaging the community and capturing their momentum as members, volunteers, and partners to help the advancement of Mobile Baykeeper in their mission to ensure everyone has clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. In his free time, you can find Chad either in a kitchen, in the outdoors, or with friends.
Rebecca Domangue is a Yankee by birth but a Southerner by choice. She has lived in every time zone in the contiguous US in the 15 years since she gave up winters and snow up north for good. Rebecca has a background in biogeochemistry from the University of Alabama but isn’t allowed to say Roll Tide at home since her husband is an LSU fan. Coincidentally, a number of places she has lived Nick Saban has been football head coach at the same time (for Michigan State University during undergrad, for the Miami Dolphins during her MS degree at Florida International University, and of course at University of Alabama during her PhD). Rebecca has worked in environmental research and administration since 2004 and enjoys keeping Mobile Baykeeper running smoothly and effectively focused on the mission, ensuring everyone has clean water, clean air, and healthy communities.
Rebecca is responsible for the business operations aspect of Mobile Baykeeper, including budgets, office management, staff training, fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency, and operating the organization efficiently. She assists the Executive Director and Directors in managing partnerships within the organization and drives the logistics for events. Free moments find her inshore and offshore fishing with her husband, playing Frisbee with their Labrador, Finn, and knitting.
education and outreach coordinator
Ilka grew up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Ocean Springs. After spending two years at a land-locked college, she transferred to the University of South Alabama and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. While teaching in the Mobile County School System, she obtained her Masters in Elementary Education from Spring Hill College. She is a consummate educator with 20 years of both formal and informal education experience, including local education foundation programs. After spending 15 years as the education director at both the Exploreum Science Center and later GulfQuest Maritime Museum, environmental education called.
As the Education and Outreach Coordinator, Ilka leads education and outreach efforts for Mobile Baykeeper programs. She manages the educational component of Mobile Baykeeper’s Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) and the grants supporting this program. She happily works to develop community partnerships and leads community outreach events. Ilka and her husband live in Midtown Mobile with their daughter, Lina. Their favorite thing to do together is travel.