THE BAYKEEPER TEAM

L to R: Cade Kistler, Justine Herlihy, Rebecca Domangue, Laura Stone, Casi (kc) Callaway, Ilka Porter, Astoria Jellett, Chad Chappell

Casi (kc) Callaway
executive director & Baykeeper

callaway@mobilebaykeeper.org

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. 

 

CADE KISTLER
PROGRAM director

ckistler@mobilebaykeeper.org

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.

 

Astoria Jellett
communications COOrdinator

ajellett@MOBILEBAYKEEPER.ORG

Astoria Jellett moved to the Mobile Bay area as a child and grew up catching lizards on the beaches of the Eastern Shore. After graduating from St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, she earned a BFA in Writing with a minor in Drawing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After a stint as Outreach Coordinator at a specialty coffee roaster, she worked as an instructional designer for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in Geneva, Switzerland. Shifting to a part-time remote position on UNITAR’s Green Development Programme enabled her to deepen her commitment to environmental issues in Nicaragua. There she worked as Executive Director and later Communications Director of the Selva Negra Community Foundation, which focused on promoting sustainable coffee farming practices. However, Nicaragua’s political instability led to the foundation’s closure and she returned to Mobile, where she was delighted to discover Mobile Baykeeper.

With a fierce belief that smaller, local organizations are the most effective at solving problems in all sectors, Astoria joined the Baykeeper team as Communications Coordinator in March 2019. She works with the directors of the Programs, Grants, Development, Education & Outreach, and Membership & Volunteer teams to raise awareness of Mobile Bay’s environmental issues, promote fundraising events, and increase membership. She writes and designs all promotional material, serves as a liaison to local media, and directs the organization's digital strategy through the management of social media, e-mail marketing, the Mobile Baykeeper website, and blog. 

               

Meredith Diskin
program Coordinator

mdiskin@mobilebaykeeper.org

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Meredith is a born and raised Texan, but developed a strong passion for all things aquatic during her family’s vacations to the beaches of Florida and California. She graduated from the College of Charleston in South Carolina with a B.S. in Marine Biology. Following graduation, she moved back to Texas to work for the Marine Ecology Lab at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Shortly after, she started graduate school there and obtained her Masters in Biology. She then moved to Mobile to begin working towards her second Masters in Marine Biology. She will complete this degree in December of 2019! She loves to spend time outdoors, whether it be hiking and camping in the mountains or skiing the slopes. Meredith is ecstatic to have the opportunity to preserve and protect the Mobile Bay Watershed, and work to provide its surrounding communities with clean water and air. 

As Program Coordinator, Meredith 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. Meredith also addresses and investigates citizen concerns on environmental issues to fulfill the organization’s mission.

 

chad chappell
membership & Volunteer COORDINATOR

cchappell@mobilebaykeeper.org

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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 and Mission Fitness.

As Membership & Volunteer Coordinator, Chad 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. He is also the Site-Supervisor for two AmeriCorps Members serving in the Volunteer Engagement Program. In his free time, you can find Chad either in a kitchen, in the outdoors, or with friends.

 

Rebecca Domangue
operations manager

rdomangue@mobilebaykeeper.org

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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. 

 

ilka porter
education and outreach coordinator

iporter@mobilebaykeeper.org

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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.

Emilee Foster
Administrator
efoster@mobilebaykeeper.org

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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 the Administrator, Emilee is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in carrying out Mobile Baykeeper’s mission. She manages office operations, the Executive Director’s calendar, the Board of Directors and Leadership Committee, reports and correspondence, documents and financial solvency, and the membership database.