Young Advisory Council Leadership Committee
The Young Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of young professionals ages 21-35 in Mobile and Baldwin County who share a vested interest in achieving our mission to provide citizens a means to protect the beauty, health, and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities.
Members of the YAC volunteer their time, talents, and treasure by participating in a variety of community outreach events throughout the year, assisting with the planning and preparation of Bay Bites Food Truck Festival, hosting Meet & Greets, and much more. To get involved or learn more information about the YAC, please contact Justine Herlihy at firstname.lastname@example.org call 251-433-4229.
Jep Hill, Chair
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.
Brent Keith, Vice-Chair
Brent is a native of Mobile and a graduate of UMS-Wright and the University of Alabama. He currently serves as the Vice President of Keith Air Conditioning and is actively involved in Ducks Unlimited. In his free time, Brent enjoys spending time with his wife Julie and their son, Hawkins. He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors hunting and fishing.
Laura Curtis, Secretary
A Mobile native, Laura graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School in 2007 before receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama. She currently works for the Mobile County Public School System as a fourth grade teacher at Castlen Elementary School. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her nieces Penny and Charlotte. She also enjoys running, spending time at Dauphin Island, and serves as an active volunteer for the St. Mary's Home.
A proud Mobile native, Renita graduated from John L. LeFlore High School and received her undergraduate degree from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. She currently works as a Paralegal for Cunningham Bounds, LLC. Renita is actively involved in the Junior League of Mobile and is a member of Connect Mobile’s 2017 leadership class. In her spare time, Renita enjoys traveling, listening to live music and spending time with family.
Jessica was born and raised in Indiana but is happy to call Mobile her home. She is currently a social media and content manager for Optera Creative, after previously working in higher education and non-profit fundraising. Jessica and her husband, Andy, enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding and spending time outdoors with their sweet dog.
John is a lifelong Mobilian who is a graduate from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He is currently finishing up a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of South Alabama. John works at American Tank & Vessel, Inc. in estimating and sales. In his free time, he enjoys working on engines, sailing, biking, all things Mardi Gras, and helping his family restore and preserve historic homes in Mobile.
Lyndsey was born and raised in Montgomery, but has called the Gulf Coast home for the past five years. She has a undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and currently works as a manager for Wilkins Miller Certified Public Accountants and Advisors. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Will, two children, Margaret and William, and dog, Layla. She also enjoys live music, podcasts, and traveling to the Pacific Northwest.
Reggie is a proud native of the Port City. A graduate of both Murphy High School and Alabama A&M University, Reggie is currently pursuing a Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University-Portland. In 2012, Reggie founded "Success 4 the Future" Charity Foundation, Inc., a non-profit entity established to ensure that at-risk kids steer clear of pathways that lead towards delinquency, social dependency, and incarceration - through implementation of behavior intervention and character development programs. "Success 4 the Future" primary operations are in the 'Fuse Factory' downtown. Reggie is actively engaged in civic, civil, and humanitarian issues, enjoys golf, and plays the trumpet and piano. Reggie is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; District 2 Representative to the City of Mobile Human Relations Commission; and a Sunday School teacher at Yorktown Missionary Baptist Church, in AfricaTown, USA.
Elizabeth is a native Mobilian and graduated from Murphy High School in 2007. She initially served on the Development Committee for Baykeeper before transitioning to the Leadership Committee of the Young Advisory Council. She currently serves as the Administrative Coordinator at United Way of Southwest Alabama. She is an active volunteer at St. Mary's home, and enjoys hot yoga, listening to music, and spending time outdoors and at the beach with her fiance Seth and their lab.
Breck is a lifelong Mobilian and proud graduate of St. Paul's Episcopal School and the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. After graduating from Sewanee with an English degree, Breck worked for a year in Mobile at Red Square Agency before moving to New Zealand to work on a kiwi farm. Following his adventure back home, he began writing for Mobile Bay Magazine. Breck loves the water, Mobile history, tacos and playing the guitar and cello.
Ashley is a native Mobilian who received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Alabama, before receiving a law degree the University of Alabama. After law school, she spent four years working for the federal government in Washington, DC. She has practiced law with Cunningham Bounds since August 2012, where she has primarily spent her time working on the BP Oil Spill settlements. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys listening to live music, watching college football, and spending time at the beach.
Benton, a Mobile native, graduated from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in 2008 before receiving a degree in Business Administration from The University of Alabama. He is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch and provides investment advice to high net-worth professionals and executives throughout the Southeast and beyond. Benton is actively involved with the Young Advisory Group at Providence Hospital and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Charles was born and raised in Mobile and is a proud graduate of St. Paul's Episcopal School. He graduated from The University of Mississippi with a degree in Geological Engineering. Currently he is an Associate Engineer for Thompson Engineering's Geotechnical department. In his spare time, Charles enjoys spending time with his wife Rebecca and their son, David. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, the beach and anything outdoors.
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.
Lacie was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, but has called the Gulf Coast her second home her entire life. She moved to Mobile almost two years ago to oversee environmental laboratory operations at her current company, Energy Technical Services. She has worked in the environmental testing field for over eight years. In her spare time, Lacie loves spending time outdoors with her dog Memphis, listening to music, watching college football, and traveling.