AmeriCorps Alabama.png

Our AmeriCorps Members


Emilee Foster
Baykeeper AmeriCorps volunteer engagment

Emilee Foster was born in the Port City, but grew up in Leakesville, Mississippi and graduated from Greene County High School. She obtained her B.S. in International Studies from Spring Hill College in 2018 and began as an intern at Mobile Baykeeper that summer. She jumped at the chance to continue her service to the Bay through AmeriCorps. In her free time, Emilee likes to shop and go to the white, sandy beaches of Coastal Alabama. She also likes to spend time with her family and English Bulldog, Princess. As a Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement (Bay AVE) member, Emilee engages the community to increase participation in the protection of our coastal communities.


Boris Kresevljak
Baykeeper AmeriCorps volunteer engagment

Boris Kresevljak is originally from Hamburg, Germany, but he has proudly called Mobile, Alabama home since he was three years old. He graduated from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in 2014 and from Spring Hill College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science. Boris dedicated a portion of his last semester of college to Mobile Baykeeper as a development intern, and it only seemed fitting for him to join the AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement (AVE) team. You can probably catch him enjoying the beautiful coastal outdoors or engaging with the local community at various events.

Kassie Trahanas.JPG

Kassey Trahanas
AmeriCorps SWAMP Member

Kassey grew up along the lakefront of an urban jungle: the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. Her interest in marine life flourished at a young age, leading to a Bachelor’s in Zoology from Olivet Nazarene University. She followed her passion for wildlife to internships in the Puget Sound and along the Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast. After working at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, she joined Mobile Baykeeper to educate students on the importance of our watershed. She also guides and educates tourists as a wildlife guide with Wild Native Tours. Kassey enjoys long walks in nature preserves with her dog, Malcolm, attending live music events, and going to the beach.


Braxton Orso
AmeriCorps SWAMP Member

Braxton grew up here in Mobile and spent much of his childhood on Dauphin Island, where he developed an appreciation for the bountiful opportunities and beautiful landscapes the water provides. With a background working with Autism and various developmental disabilities, education and advocacy have always been an important part of his life. He graduated from the University of South Alabama with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business and plans on pursuing further education upon the completion of his AmeriCorps term. As a SWAMP team member Braxton spends his time educating and engaging the community in order to spread awareness about clean water.


Lizzie Simon
AmeriCorps PatroL member

Lizzie was born in Georgia but grew up in beautiful Mobile, Alabama. She began serving her community at a young age through Girl Scouts of America, through which she grew to love the outdoors while hiking, swimming, and kayaking. This love of the environment drove her to pursue her B.S. in Biology, which she is currently completing at the University of South Alabama. She is thrilled to continue serving her community with the AmeriCorps Patrol team, and hopes to continue a career in environmental science. Lizzie plans to continue her education by pursuing an M.S. in Environmental Science or Marine Biology.

Ellie Mallon.JPG

Ellie Mallon
AmeriCorps PatroL member

Ellie is from Evergreen, Colorado but calls Mobile home for now. She recently graduated from Spring Hill College where she received a B.S. in Marine and Organismal Biology. She started working with Mobile Baykeeper as a Patrol and Monitoring intern in the summer of 2017. She then stayed on the team as a part-time Patrol AmeriCorps member during her Senior year at Spring Hill. Currently she is a full time Patrol AmeriCorps member and still loving the work she is able to do with Baykeeper. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys hiking and exploring our beautiful delta with her dog, Archer.


Ryann Wilcoxon
AmeriCorps SWAMP Member

Ryann grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina before attending Presbyterian College, where she met her wonderful husband, Buz. They moved to Mobile five years ago to be close to Buz’s family in Fairhope. Ryann has a degree in psychology and taught preschool for twelve years before starting as an AmeriCorps member with Mobile Baykeeper last fall. She and her family (including Lohi, 9, and Wilson, 5) have been volunteering with Mobile Baykeeper since they moved here. Ryann also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is on the PTA Board at Mary. B. Austin. Ryann enjoys running, cycling, yoga, kayaking, and any other chance to get outside with her family.

Sarah Asher.JPG

Sarah Asher
AmeriCorps PatroL member

Sarah is originally from Coronado, California but after graduating from Auburn in 2017 with a degree in Geology, she moved to Fairhope to be close to her family. Having always lived near the water, she decided to focus on it after graduation. She was Mobile Baykeeper’s GIS intern during the summer of 2018, and afterwards became a Patrol AmeriCorps Member. She focuses most of her work on GIS mapping and water quality. When she’s not at work, she is a Middle and High School girls’ lacrosse coach for Lower Alabama Lacrosse. She spends a majority of her time down on the water with her family, her friends, and her dog.

Jamie Elis.JPG

Jamie Ellis
AmeriCorps PatroL member

Jamie was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and raised in lower Alabama, where she developed the utmost love for Mobile. She will graduate from the University of South Alabama with a BS in Geology this year and has served as a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2016. She discovered her passion for planetary sciences through field camp in New Mexico and utilizes her passion to show young girls their potential in any STEM field. Jamie has cultivated herself not only to be versatile but also unique within her field of study. She hopes to leverage her knowledge and skills gained at Baykeeper to forward future water missions within Planetary sciences.